Karl Widell is Of Counsel in the Long Beach office where his practice focuses on legal issues concerning students and special education, charter schools, and litigation.
As part of his special education practice, Karl advises school districts and county offices of education concerning student educational rights and anti-discrimination provisions under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and related state laws. He regularly attends Individualized Education Program team meetings and represents school districts in mediation and due process hearings when disputes over educational programming arise. Karl also works with school districts and county offices of education on charter school matters, including charter petition review and assessment, oversight, investigation, and revocation. He has successfully litigated a variety of general education, charter school, and student and special education matters in state and federal trial and appellate courts in California and Arizona.
Karl has also served as amicus curiae counsel in cases of statewide importance in the California Court of Appeal and Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. He is often asked to speak on school law topics during district in-service trainings and at statewide and regional education conferences.