kmehfoud@reedsmith.com

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Kathleen focuses her practice on education law, including the representation of school boards in special education matters such as issues relating to eligibility, placement, IEP and due process hearings. She is involved in many administrative hearings and in litigation regarding special education matters in Virginia, and has provided representation and training in other states. Kathleen has handled many OCR investigations with respect to discrimination based on race or disability. She lectures extensively on a national basis on special education issues and has also published on this subject.

Awards & Recognition

  • Named as one of America's leading Education Law attorneys in The Best Lawyers in America (2007-2016 editions).  The Best Lawyers lists, representing 80 specialties in all 50 states and Washington, D.C., are compiled through an exhaustive peer-review survey in which thousands of the top lawyers in the United States confidentially evaluate their professional peers.
  • Named by The Best Lawyers in America for Richmond "Lawyer of the Year" in Education Law (2016)

Credentials

  • University of Richmond School of Law, 1978, J.D.
  • University of Richmond, 1974, M.C.
  • Mary Washington College, 1970, B.S., Mathematics

  • Virginia

  • Bar Association of the City of Richmond
  • Education Law Association – Past Board Member
  • Local Government Attorneys of Virginia
  • LRP’s School Attorneys National Special Education Advisory Council
  • University of Mary Washington
    • Rector of the University (1994-1996)
    • Board of Visitors (1989-1997)
    • Alumni Board Past President
    • Foundation Board and Chairman of the Real Estate Foundation
    • Image and Naming Committee Chair
  • Virginia Bar Association
  • Virginia Council of School Attorneys