Attorney Profile

Angela L. Gilmartin earned her Juris Doctorate Degree in 1997 from the Ventura College of Law in Ventura, California; her Master of Arts Degree in Clinical Psychology in 1992 from Pepperdine University, Malibu, California; and a Bachelor of Science Degree in 1990 in Health Care Management, Minor in Psychology, from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, Illinois. Ms. Gilmartin was admitted to the California State Bar in 1997 and the U.S. District Court Central District of California in 2001.

Ms. Gilmartin has extensive, hands-on experience working with individuals and families who live with developmental disabilities and mental illness. Her experience as a lawyer and in social services spans over 20 years. She has worked in a variety of public, private and non-profit settings throughout California and Illinois, including Regional Centers, community care facilities, early intervention programs, educational centers, inpatient hospital programs and long term care. In 1997, Ms. Gilmartin received the California State Bar's Wiley W. Manuel Pro Bono Services Award for her commitment to the poor and under served in Los Angeles County.

Ms. Gilmartin represents private parties and nonprofit agencies throughout California and serves as a court appointed attorney for the Superior Court of Los Angeles County in Mental Health and Probate matters. She has successfully represented victims in personal cases involving abuse and neglect committed by institutions, schools, hospitals and community facilities; settled complex due process and civil rights disputes between students and school districts; obtained mental health services and Regional Center benefits for individuals who had previously been denied; developed innovative plans that resulted in the deinstitutionalization of individuals throughout California resulting in more normalized lifestyles in the community; and persuaded courts to order treatment in safe, therapeutic environments in lieu of incarceration or institutionalization.

Ms. Gilmartin conducts in-services and seminars throughout the year to community groups, organizations and various county and state departments in a variety of topics including Issues affecting individuals with special needs; Special Education law and procedure; Regional Center eligibility and benefits; Alternative dispositions for persons with special needs involved in criminal and juvenile matters.