Attorney Profiles

Roberta Savage, Attorney

While working as a behavior analyst, Ms. Savage frequently witnessed parents being overwhelmed and short-changed by the IEP process. Parents were having difficulties obtaining an appropriate education for their special needs child. There were severe inconsistencies in the information provided to parents concerning their rights, the rights of their child, and service options available to meet the educational needs of their child.

Ms. Savage saw a need to help and support parents with children in a failing education program. She has dedicated her career to representing children with disabilities. As a special education attorney, Ms. Savage represents children with disabilities and their parents in program disputes with local education agencies. The goal of her work is to help parents navigate through the process of obtaining a free appropriate public education for their special needs children.

  • Law Office of Roberta S. Savage, 2004
  • Varma and Clancy – Attorney, 1999-2004
  • Ruderman, Varma, and Clancy – Law Clerk, 1998-1999
  • Protection and Advocacy, Inc. – Law Clerk, 1997
  • Legal Services of Northern California – Law Clerk, 1997
  • Holdsambeck and Associates – Behavior Analyst, 1992-1996
  • UCSB Autism Research and Training Center – Staff Member, 1988-1995
  • Juris Doctorate, UC Davis School of Law (King Hall), 1999
  • Master of Arts – Educational Psychology, UC Santa Barbara, 1995
  • Bachelor of Arts – Psychology, UC Santa Barbara, 1992
  • California Association for Parent-Child Advocacy (CAPCA), Chair, Northern California
  • Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates (COPAA), Member
  • Office of Administrative Hearings (OAH) Advisory Committee Member 2008-2010
  • Admitted to 9th Circuit Court, Northern District California, Southern District California, Eastern District California
  • Member of the California State Bar, 1999


  • Practicing Law Institute (PLI)
  • National Business Institute (NBI)
  • COPAA Conference
  • UC Davis MIND Institute Parent Support Groups
  • Families for Early Autism Treatment (FEAT)
  • Special Education Discussion – Constant Chaos Podcast

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