Kimberly La Salle

ATTORNEY

Practice Area: Education Law & Youth Justice

Education 

Kimberly La Salle graduated with honors from UC Irvine in 1991, receiving the Outstanding Achievement in Field Study Award for her work with traumatic brain-injured adults by creating a resource directory of support services in Orange County. She attended Loyola Law School, on a full scholarship and fellowship, where she earned her Juris Doctor Degree in 1994. While in law school, Kimberly was awarded a public interest grant to advocate on behalf of women and children at the Los Angeles Superior Court, Santa Monica branch Domestic Violence clinic, and focused her legal writing on the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. 

Career & Protection of Vulnerable Populations 

Kimberly has served vulnerable populations for over twenty-five years. She served as a deputy attorney in the offices of the Los Angeles County District Attorney, the Los Angeles and the San Diego Offices of the Public Defender. In addition to being an Attorney for Youth Justice with the Los Angeles County Bar Association’s Independent Juvenile Defenders Office, she also practiced Educational Law, protecting the rights of youth being denied access to educational opportunities and support services necessary to help them develop into the best versions of themselves.

Kimberly is an experienced advocate working to obtain justice in the most serious of matters. She has conducted hundreds of preliminary hearings, court trials, and administrative law hearings, as well as dozens of jury trials. 

Kimberly’s litigation efforts have produced life altering results for juveniles in particular:  In 2017, the California Supreme Court granted review in favor of Kimberly’s client’s position that the client was denied educational and therapeutic intervention services. In 2019, Kimberly obtained a dismissal of a double homicide filed against a 15-year-old. Also, in 2019, Kimberly freed her cognitively impaired client and facilitated his release to the care of the Regional Center.

Honors & Recognition 

Kimberly has dedicated her life to serving individuals on the margins, youth and developmentally different youth, and utilizing neuroscience, best practices, meditation, yoga, and leading-edge intervention strategies to empower others to embrace their greatness.  She has been honored and lauded for her contributions. Kimberly was recognized by: the UCI Department of Social Ecology 1991; the Society For the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals–Los Angeles Prosecutor (2001); Laura’s House Domestic Violence Clinic–Telephonic Assistance Program Attorney (2015); the Orangewood Foundation–Bell of the Ball Keynote Speaker (2017); the Thurgood Marshall Bar Association–President (2017) and Inaugural Gala Chair (2018); the Children’s Law Center–representing foster youth (2018); the UCI School of Law, Black Law Students Association–Outstanding Community Member (2018); the Dale E. Fowler School of Law–Black Law Students Association–Excellence in the Legal Profession Award (2019); Inaugural Orange County Superior Court Young Women Civic Empowerment Conference (2019); Law Pathways–Community Partner (2021); Orange County Women Lawyers–Everyday Hero Award (2021).

Message from Kimberly

“It is easier to build strong children, than to repair broken men [and women].”–Fredrick Douglas
It is my great honor and privilege to be a lawyer and mother and to have the opportunity to raise three incredible teenagers with my husband. I know that I have a divine opportunity to improve the lives of others. I understand that you are entrusting me with a sacred duty to protect, care, and advocate for your children’s wellbeing. I do not take this responsibility lightly. I personally know the pain, confusion, and helplessness that occurs when your child receives a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder, Speech Impairment, Learning Differences, and Other Health Impairments. In 2009, I advocated on behalf of our two sons, a toddler and preschooler with our School District, Regional Center, and our Insurance Company, in an effort to obtain therapeutic intervention services so that my sons could have opportunities to develop into functional, independent young men. I also know the frustration of having your School District, Regional Center, and Insurance Company act in a less than helpful and compassionate manner. I will focus on helping your family and these entities move forward in a manner that is most beneficial for your child’s social, emotional, and cognitive development.
Today, because of a passion for the truth, a willingness to seek out experts in the field, and a professional collaboration centered on wholistic representation, my own boys, and the youth I represented experienced remarkable success. After successfully advocating with our insurance company and being reimbursed, our three-year-old son received intensive ABA and social skills services until the age of five. He is now a thriving high school student at Orange County School of the Arts, OCSA, taking an AP Class, and attending Homecoming. Our eighteen-month-old participated in speech and occupational therapy three times weekly and is now a 14-year-old member of the OCSA Science Olympiad team and even ready to try out for mock trial in high school. My personal and professional life experiences inform all I do. I am committed to your child and what is important to you and will treat your child and family as I would my own. Do not loss hope.
“The wound is the place where the light enters you.”–Rumi