Attorney Profiles

The attorneys and staff at Ruderman & Knox, LLP are experts in special education law.  Click on a name to learn more about our attorneys and staff:




F. RICHARD RUDERMAN brings more than 30 years of experience in law and education to his practice representing children in special education matters. Credentialed in both secondary math and social studies, Mr. Ruderman was a public school teacher for eight years. He left teaching to enter law school, and after graduation practiced education law on behalf of public agencies. Mr. Ruderman has focused exclusively on special education law for more than twenty-two years, first as a hearing officer for the California Special Education Hearing Office and then in private practice. As a California Hearing Officer he adjudicated special education cases for approximately 5 years and as a private attorney he has represented over 400 children and their families. He has conducted numerous presentations for attorneys, parent advocates, and public agencies and has participated in training special education hearing officers. Mr. Ruderman received his B.A. degree from the University of California at Berkeley and his J.D. degree from the University of San Francisco, where he received the American Jurisprudence award in Administrative Law.

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CHRISTIAN M. KNOX brings over 20 years of experience in working with special needs children and practicing law. Previously, Ms. Knox served as a Special Education Hearing Officer and traveled throughout the State of California conducting administrative hearings and issuing decisions. Ms. Knox has extensive experience with abused and neglected children and previously served as a staff attorney with Sacramento Child Advocates, representing children in all areas of law including education and emancipation. During her tenure with the Fourth Judicial District Court in Elko, Nevada, Ms. Knox served as Teen Court Judge, presiding over the first-time offender program. In 2001, Ms. Knox received the Women’s Role Model of the Year Award from the Attorney General for the State of Nevada for her work with children in the foster care system. In 1993, Ms. Knox received her Juris Doctor from Western State University College of Law, where she served as a tutor for disabled students. Ms. Knox completed extensive undergraduate work in music therapy at Long Beach State University and holds a Bachelor’s degree in law.

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COLLEEN A. SNYDER is an attorney with Ruderman and Knox, LLP. Ms. Snyder received her Juris Doctorate from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law, in 2010. During law school, Ms. Snyder worked as a judicial extern for the Sacramento County Family Court and wrote for the McGeorge Law Review. Upon graduation, Ms. Snyder became part of the Richard J. Traynor Honor Society. Ms. Snyder received her undergraduate degree in Psychology, with a minor in English, from Santa Clara University. Before attending law school, Ms. Snyder worked as a teen educator for a local non-profit agency.

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DIANE R. FOOS is an attorney with Ruderman and Knox, LLP and a parent of a child with special needs. Ms. Foos received her Juris Doctorate from the University ofthe Pacific, McGeorge School of Law, in 2001. During law school, Ms. Foos served as the Chief Legislation Editor for the McGeorge Law Review. Ms. Foos graduated law school as a member of the Traynor Honor Society. In 1994, Ms. Foos received her Bachelor of Science/Social Science Degree from Michigan State University. Prior to joining Ruderman and Knox in 2013, Ms. Foos practiced Civil Law, Family Law and Juvenile Law.

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Staff Profiles

LINDSEY MEHLER is a Paralegal for Ruderman & Knox, LLP.

CONNIE MARISCAL is a Paralegal and Notary Public for Ruderman & Knox, LLP.

KATE CHILCOTE is a Legal Assistant for Ruderman & Knox, LLP.

ADRIE PALM is an Administrative Assistant for Ruderman & Knox, LLP.

AMANDA FRITH is an Administrative Assistant for Ruderman & Knox, LLP.

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