ABOUT THE FOUNDER
Mark Woodsmall is the founder of Woodsmall Law Group, PC a law firm based in the San Gabriel Valley area. The firm practices exclusively in the areas of Special Education, Regional Center Matters, Special Needs Trust Planning and Conservatorship.
In 2006, Mr. Woodsmall joined the faculty of the USC Gould School of Law as a Professor Adjunct, teaching in the area of special education law. He also served as the teaching attorney in the Special Education Advocacy Training Project – Los Angeles. The SEAT Project, an innovative nationwide advocacy training project, is funded under grant from the US Department of Education and administered through COPAA, The Council of Parent Attorneys & Advocates and the USC Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (Children’s Hospital Los Angeles). Mr. Woodsmall sits on the UCLA Center for Autism Research & Treatment (CART) Community Advisory Committee.
He has been an active volunteer with Cure Autism Now/Autism Speaks, serving on the National and Los Angeles Walk Planning Committees and Government Relations Committee. He was named to the Board of Autism Speaks – Southern California in 2008 and served as its Chair from 2008- 2015. During this term, the organization sponsored essential family support talks throughout Southern California, advocated for comprehensive medical care in Autism (Lobbied for establishment of the ATN hospital at Children’s Hospital – Los Angeles), and secured more than $900,000 in local grant funding for programs serving children and young adults on the Spectrum.
Mr. Woodsmall is a national lecturer on parent’s rights under the IDEA, Section 504 and the Lanterman Act. Mr. Woodsmall was an invited presenter at the 2012, 2013 and 2014 COPAA Conferences (national conference of student attorneys) in Florida, New Mexico and California.
Mr. Woodsmall has been recognized for his work in the field in 2012 as the recipient of the National Ambassador for the Children Award from Casa Colina and in 2013 with the prestigious Stanley I. Greenspan Humanitarian Award.
In 2014 Mr. & Mrs. Woodsmall formed the Spero Project, a 501C3, non profit organization dedicated to work training opportunities for young adults (16 to 25 years of age) with developmental disabilities.
Mark & Eva Woodsmall are parents of a child with autism.
“If I only had the courage, the patience, the strength he does, I would be a remarkable person. Each and every day he works harder than any of us to speak, to share his hopes and dreams, to prove to others that his intelligence is not defined by the words he has but by the words he holds within, and to change the world for the better.” – Eva Woodsmall, 2009
Areas Of Practice
Special Education, IDEA & Section 504 Claims
Rights Under the Lanterman Act
State Bar of California
U.S. Federal District Court
U.S. Court of Appeals, 9th Circuit
Southwestern University School of Law (SCALE Program), Los Angeles, California
Bachelor of Arts
Pepperdine University, Malibu California
Professional Appointments, Associations & Memberships
Professor Adjunct – (2006-2010)
University of Southern California,
Gould School of Law
Special Education & Disability Rights
SEAT National Advocacy Training Project,
Los Angeles Site
Community Advisory Committee
UCLA Center for Autism Research and Treatment (CART)
(COPAA) Council of Parent Attorneys & Advocates
(COPAA) Council of Parent Attorneys & Advocates – Amicus Committee – Circuit Representative, 9th Circuit.
(CAPCA) California Association for Parent-Child Advocacy
Autism Speaks Board – Southern California – (2008-2015)
Cure Autism Now Government Relations Committee
Cure Autism Now Los Angeles Walk Committee
Max Goldman joined Woodsmall Law Group as an of counsel associate attorney in June 2014. Mr. Goldman earned his Bachelor of Arts from Yale University in 2010, graduating with honors. He received his Juris Doctorate from Loyola Law School in 2013.
While at Yale, Mr. Goldman pursued educational advocacy in the classroom and within the New Haven community. His senior thesis focused on American education policy and access to preschool services, while also devoting his time to counseling inner-city high school students through the college application process.
During his legal career, Mr. Goldman has continued his commitment to educational access by serving as a Fellow and Pro Bono Attorney at the Disability Rights Legal Center. His public service also includes pro bono experience at Compton-based Community Legal Services, San Francisco’s General Assistance Advocacy Project (GAAP), and an internship with the U.S. Department of Labor.
As someone who was effectively guided through the IEP process as a child, Mr. Goldman seeks to bring the same level of personal attention and advocacy to his clients. In his free time, he enjoys distance running, soccer, and international travel.
Christina Brown joined Woodsmall Law Group, P.C. in June 2014. An alumnus of California State Polytechnic University Pomona, Mrs. Brown graduated summa cum laude, earning her Bachelor of Science degree in Organizational Communication in 2010. She then went on to earn her Juris Doctorate from Southwestern Law School in 2013 as a Wildman Schumacher Full Tuition Scholarship recipient.
Mrs. Brown’s passion for working with children of all ages is evident throughout her legal career. During her time at Southwestern Law School, she organized community outreach programs designed to mentor elementary and middle school students. As a student teacher in the Street Law Clinical Program, Mrs. Brown was responsible for teaching law-related critical life skills to youth in Los Angeles, most of whom are involved in the dependency or delinquency system. Thereafter Mrs. Brown worked as a certified legal advocate for the Children’s Rights Clinic representing children with special needs and children facing school discipline. Mrs. Brown continues to be passionate about children and the education that they receive, finding empowerment in the words of Nelson Mandela that “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”
Mrs. Brown is licensed to practice law in California with prior legal experience working for NBCUniversal as a law clerk in the business and legal affairs department and also working for the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office as a law clerk in the Justice System and Integrity Division, a division dedicated to prosecuting police officers, judges, attorneys and other members in the criminal justice system.
In her spare time, Mrs. Brown’s hobbies include relaxing on the beach, spending quality time with family and friends, traveling the world, cooking and devotedly watching Master Chef.
Nelson Chu joined Woodsmall Law Group as an associate attorney in November 2015. Mr. Chu earned his Bachelor of Arts from the University of California, Berkeley, graduating cum laude. He received his Juris Doctorate from the University of California, Davis in 2014.
Mr. Chu has always has always had a passion for helping children. Prior to law school Mr. Chu was a public school teacher and taught in West Covina and Richmond. While attending law school, Mr. Chu was a substitute teacher with the Woodland Unified School District. In addition during his 2L summer he worked at the King Hall Outreach Program (KHOP). KHOP is a unique initiative that helps college students from underrepresented communities prepare for the law school admission process.
Mr. Chu is licensed to practice law in California with prior legal experience working for the Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office as a certified legal intern.
In his spare time Mr. Chu likes to watch bad movies, eat at buffets, and reminisce about being the best basketball player in the 6th grade.
Ms. Cheung earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication from the University of Southern California and her Juris Doctorate from Whittier Law School (magna cum laude) with an emphasis in children’s rights. Ms. Cheung was honored with the 2011 Dean’s Citation Award for Outstanding Service to her law school community and 2011 Outstanding Children’s Rights Fellow award.
Ms. Cheung is deeply devoted to protecting access to education, human rights, and justice. During law school, Ms. Cheung’s studies were focused on the legal rights of children and families including juvenile dependency and delinquency, fertility and adoption law, and special education. Ms. Cheung found her most rewarding experience to be representing children in the community at their IEP meetings on behalf of her law school’s special education clinic. Ms. Cheung is trained as a mediator to help promote resolution of matters in hopes to circumvent financially and emotionally costly litigation whenever possible. Her unique blend of legal experience and high degree of compassion for clients offers an unmatched level of client focused legal representation.
Ms. Cheung is a licensed attorney member of the California State Bar, and has prior legal experience representing clients in tax and immigration matters. Ms. Cheung can often be found in her spare time embracing her love of yoga, dance, travel, or hiking with rescued German Shepherds available for adoption.
Justin Youngs joined Woodsmall Law Group as an associate attorney in January 2018. Mr. Youngs earned his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of California, Los Angeles, and earned his Juris Doctorate from Loyola Law School, Los Angeles in 2016. During law school, Mr. Youngs served as an editor for the Loyola of Los Angeles Law Review, and earned Dean’s Honors during his final year.
Mr. Youngs’ passion for working with and on behalf of children is evident throughout his professional career. Prior to law school, Mr. Youngs worked for the City of Arcadia Recreation and Community Services Department, where he supervised K-12 children in after-school and summer-camp settings. While attending law school, Mr. Youngs volunteered at a local high school as a basketball coach, and was involved with a nonprofit after-school program that prepared 6th and 7th graders to participate in a mock trial. In addition, he worked as a legal intern in the Office of the General Counsel for a major school system.
Mr. Youngs is licensed to practice law in California. He has prior legal experience as a civil litigator at a midsized labor and employment firm.
In his free time, Mr. Youngs likes to play various sports, spend time with his lovely fiancée, and watch his beloved UCLA Bruins compete in just about anything.