Charlotte Cassady

Attorney at Law

A graduate of Tulane University School of Law, cum laude, Charlotte Cassady moved to Seattle in 1990 to work in the areas of labor, employment, and school law. She then decided to pursue a career in public interest law and became focused on child advocacy work while volunteering for TeamChild, a legal services organization dedicated to protecting the rights and education of at-risk youth.

In 1998, Charlotte started Cassady Law, focusing on youth advocacy and education law. In 2019, Nicholle Mineiro became a Partner at the firm, and the firm name changed to Cassady Mineiro, PLLC. Throughout her career, Charlotte has volunteered with and been a board member of various community organizations focused on ensuring rights and services for youth and their families.

Charlotte enjoys giving talks in the community on her areas of expertise. If you are interested in having Charlotte or one of Cassady Mineiro’s staff members speak at your event, please contact the office.

See Charlotte’s LinkedIn profile for more information.

Nicholle S. Mineiro, M.Ed.

Attorney at Law

Nicholle Mineiro is passionate about fighting for the rights of children and youth with disabilities. She has personal experience herself as a parent navigating the complex world of special education. She regularly litigates special education and discrimination cases. She handles special education due process hearings, federal appeals, and state and federal court litigation.

She is admitted to practice in the U.S. Supreme Court, Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, United States District Courts, Western District of Washington and Central District of California, and is a member of the Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates, as well as the Washington State Association for Justice. She is a founding board member of Attorneys for Education Rights and serves as a mentor attorney for TeamChild.

Nicholle has practiced law for fourteen years in Washington and California. She earned her J.D. from Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, a Masters in Education from Claremont Graduate University, as well as a B.A from UCLA in 1998. Nicholle is a frequent speaker for community groups and nonprofits, please contact us at (206) 452-5665 or on the web here if you are interested in having Cassady Mineiro come speak at your event. She also tweets regularly about education, civil rights, and parent advocate resources here.

Katie Hurt

Of Counsel

Katie Hurt earned her Juris Doctor Cum Laude from Seattle University School of Law and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Political Science from the University of Washington.

Katie Hurt, Of Counsel grew up in the disability community. From a young age when her brother was diagnosed with Autism, she honed her advocacy skills on behalf of her brother and their friends from the playground to the classroom to school board meetings and now with the Social Security Administration and the Courthouse. She attended the Experimental Education Unit (EEU) at the University of Washington with her brother as students in the preschool classroom and later returned as a teacher’s assistant. She understands first-hand the struggles and needs of families impacted by disabilities. She pursued a profession in law to meet some of the more complex and lesser understood needs of these families.

Ms. Hurt has expertise in the areas of federal, state, and county benefits and how assets, income, and special needs trusts can impact those benefits. Ms. Hurt also has experience in guardianship, estate planning, trust drafting and administration, special education, and independent living and housing options.

Ms. Hurt has coached with the Ski Hawks Special Olympics ski racing team. Ms. Hurt serves on the Board for the Arc of Washington and the Arc of King County.

Ms. Hurt has received recognition as a 2018 and 2019 Washington Super Lawyers Rising Star.

Diana Lafornara


Diana Lafornara  has an extensive background in special education advocacy and parent support. A graduate of the University of Washington, and member of the Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates (COPAA), Diana is committed to helping families achieve positive outcomes. Diana studied for an Advanced Paralegal Certificate at Edmonds Community College, is a registered King County Bar Association Legal Assistant, and holds an Advanced Advocate Training Certificate from COPAA. Diana can be reached by calling 206-452-5665 or by using the contact button below.