Special Education Law and Advocacy


Helen Ghio, Attorney

Helen Ghio

Helen Ghio​ is an attorney representing students with disabilities in special education. With large law firm experience as well as mediation and due processing hearing experience, she is also a parent of a child with disabilities.

Helen began her law career in real estate, both litigation and transactions, and moved on to handling complex, large scale multi-state commercial real estate transactions.

Since 2002 when her son was born with multiple mild disabilities due to a viral brain injury, she has been advocating for him and has continuously mentored and advocated for numerous families of children with disabilities. She has a deep understanding of special education through her personal experiences with her son, who is thriving, embraces his differences, and most importantly understands his strengths. She has been representing students and their families in special education matters since 2015.

Helen has been dedicated to the Autism Tree Project Foundation since its inception in 2003, previously served on several nonprofit boards, and currently is involved with various other nonprofit organizations. 

University of California, San Diego - Bachelor of Arts, Political Science, 1994
University of San Diego School of Law - Juris Doctorate, 2001

Current Affiliations:
State Bar of California #217850
United States District Court, Southern District of California
​United Cerebral Palsy San Diego, Board Member
Autism Tree Project Foundation, School & Education Resources Team
​Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates (COPAA)
​California Association for Parent-Child Advocacy (CAPCA)
Disability Rights Bar Association
Lucier Law Group, Of Counsel

Prior Employment:
Luce, Forward, Hamilton, & Scripps (now Dentons)
Hovey & Kirby
Ghio & Associates
Chicago Title Company, Legal Department
Vinmar Real Estate

Some of Our Successes

Read the judges' decisions in some of our Office of Administrative Hearing due process cases