About Bruce

 I am fortunate to be able to represent some of the most deserving children on the planet and their wonderful and dedicated parents. It is the greatest pleasure I derive from my practice.


Prior to becoming a sole practitioner, Mr. Bothwell practiced with the law firms of Grisham, Vandenberg, Nott Conway & Cannon as well as Pray, Price, Williams & Russell. As a partner he received an ”AV” rating with Martindale Hubbell, the national attorney rating service, the highest possible rating for professional competence and ethical excellence.

As a result of his personal experiences contending with his local school district and regional center, in 1997 Bruce changed his practice area to the representation of children with disabilities and their parents under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. The representation of disabled children and their parents under the IDEA and the Lanterman Act state disability statute are Bruce’s sole areas of practice. He has represented clients in dozens of due process mediations and has tried over 30 due process hearings under the IDEA, to completion. He has also handled numerous cases in federal district and appellate court.










Left, Bruce’s son Will, age seven, with his tutor. Right, Will’s graduation photo.


Cecilia Chang- Attorney

Ms. Chang has been affiliated with Mr. Bothwell for several years. She graduated from University of San Francisco School of Law and has been a member of the California State Bar since 1997.  She began her legal career in the area of Information Technology and Licensing law for SBC Communications and worked for numerous Silicon Valley  companies thereafter. In 2003, she took a leave from the law to raise her family and when she resumed her career in 2007, she switched the practice area to Special Education law with a focus on providing legal representation to children with disabilities in school district and regional center matters.  Ms. Chang brings her extensive knowledge and experience of the laws and procedures to secure necessary services for special needs children from school districts and regional centers. She assists with intake and consultations of prospective clients, review of records, case analysis, case management, preparation and attendance at IEP meetings, mediations, and due process hearings. Fluent in Korean, Ms. Chang is a frequent guest speaker in Korean American community on the topics of special education and autism.  She is also a founder of Spectrum of Hope Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting early intervention for children affected by autism spectrum disorder.  Ms. Chang lives in Los Angeles with her husband, Phillip, and her two young children, Justin and Clara.