HANSBERGER & KLEIN
Charter School Advocates
Effective Attorney-Client Communication
Comprehensive & Distinctive
WHAT WE DO
Hansberger & Klein, PLC (“HK School Law”) is a boutique law firm representing California schools exclusively. Founded by long-time Charter School supporter and Educator, Dr. Richard J. Hansberger, and civil litigator and former educator, Erica B. Klein. Hansberger & Klein was formed with the specific purpose of reinventing how charter schools were represented. Our practice focuses on showcasing uniqueness, diversity and, of course, choice. We wanted to become part of every charter family we represented, developing strategies and practice that served to prevent the need for legal intervention, rather than being reactive, whereby schools are forced to choose between spending hard earned dollars on legal fees or on students.
The partners at Hansberger & Klein know having to call the lawyer is scary. And, for most, the first question is always, ‘How much will it cost?’ We wanted to create a legal practice where our school clients could always be first focused on their students and their staff. We wanted our clients to know that ‘we’re there when you need us’ wasn’t a tag line, but a way of life. Ask any H&K Client, and they’ll tell you, if they have a question at 8 pm on a Tuesday, or at 7 am on a Sunday, someone is always there.
We are the outside the box antithesis to the traditional firms — those advertising themselves as ‘here from the beginning,’ only concerned with expansion and increased billable hours. We deliberately choose a limited caseload, in order to serve our clients’ needs. At H&K, we focus on direct client representation that is highly responsive to actual client needs. We provide personalized attention, exemplary, cost effective legal services, 24/7 service and work diligently to develop, grow and protect charter schools throughout Southern California.
Bottom line…We LOVE what we do! Nothing makes us prouder knowing that we are helping charter schools in California make their unique difference every day.
Our firm structures bond and other tax exempt financing for facilities acquisition and construction
We help charters transition to SELPA membership and manage complex IDEIA and Section 504 disputes.
As unique as charters are, there are numerous laws and regulations that govern charter school operations.
As non-profit corporations, charter school governance and operations require experienced counsel to handle the tough demands of your school business.
MEET OUR TEAM
Hansberger & Klein, A Professional Law Corporation is managed by partners . . .
“HK School Law has been with us for six years, and they were instrumental in securing our initial petition approval...the first charter petition approved by our authorizing District. Now, they are helping secure a new facility as we take our school to the next level.”
“With HK School Law, our school would not be where it is today. From our earliest days when we occupied a strip mall to our new $25 million school facility, the team at HK School Law has been an indispensable source of support and strategic counsel.”
“We rely on HK School Law for all our legal needs. My staff and I can contact them at any time and they have never let us down. Like any charter school, we've faced some tough times and difficult moments. I feel better knowing that HK School Law is just a phone call away.”
"I have been thoroughly impressed by the quality of legal representation offered by HK School Law. They have a passion for charter school representation and an excellent legal background to serve clients well. We rely on them now for all our legal needs."
“H & K are very knowledge regarding public and charter school law. They always have our best interest at heart and are not interested in spending unnecessary school funds. I am very appreciative of their hard work and sincere advice. Thank you, H & K!”
“At Excelsior, we believe that your legal counsel should care about your school and your organization as much as you do. For the first time since our inception, our lawyers visited our school and saw our operations first hand – at no cost to us – to make sure they understood what motivates our work and how we help our kids achieve. That is the kind of representation we want, and we look to Hansberger & Klein for all our legal needs.”
“As one of the oldest public charter schools in California, H & K have helped us transition from a dependent to an independent charter, and we could not have made the transition without them. We rely on them every day for all of our legal needs, and the firm has truly become an integral part of the TVCS team.”
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