Providing Legal Services to the Special Needs Community

Advocacy for individuals with developmental and intellectual disabilities and their families.

Southern California Law Firm

Waterson Huth & Associates

At Waterson Huth & Associates, our goal is to assist our clients to become strong advocates for their family member with special needs. Special Needs may include individuals diagnosed with Developmental Disabilities (Intellectual Disabilities, Cognitive Delays, Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Down Syndrome), and Dementia. We work in partnership with you to navigate issues in the areas of Transition Planning, Conservatorship, Guardianship, Special Needs Trust, Special Education, Estate Planning, and more. 

Our attorneys, Cynthia Waterson, Jessica Franey, Nora Asahara, and Pat Huth (retired), are uniquely qualified to assist you in accomplishing these goals.

Our Areas of Practice

Meet Our Attorneys


Cynthia J. Waterson, Esq.

Cindy Waterson began her Special Needs practice in 1997. Prior to becoming an attorney, she worked for 15 years in direct care programs for individuals with developmental disabilities and as a case manager for a California regional center. She is passionate about providing personalized advocacy and legal services to those who are the most vulnerable, including addressing the unique needs of individuals with disabilities. Her professional focus is in the areas of Special Needs Law.

Ms. Waterson especially enjoys assisting families in understanding and creating life plans for their loved ones. The development of these plans includes consultation about Estate Planning, Special Needs Trusts, the ABLE Act, SSI, Medi-Cal, Regional Center Services and Conservatorships. She will tailor your plan to meet the specific needs of your family member.

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Pat Huth, Esq.

RETIRED

Pat Huth dedicated her career advocating for individuals with developmental disabilities including acting as the Client’s Rights Advocate and Director of Advocacy Services for Southern California Regional Centers.

Ms. Huth is passionate about protecting the rights of people with disabilities. She was instrumental in influencing legislation affecting regional center clients. A high point in her professional career was coordinating and implementing the Amnesty Program for Regional Center clients and their caregivers in the late 1980s. Her vast background includes representing regional center clients in administrative service appeals such as SSI, Medi-Cal, In Home Support Services and Special Education.

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Jessica Franey, Esq.

Jessica Franey is passionate about protecting the rights of people with disabilities and her legal experience reflects her commitment to public service.

Ms. Franey started her legal career as a Staff Attorney at the Lanterman Special Education Law Clinic where she advocated for families and children with developmental disabilities. During this time, she attended IEP meetings to ensure these students had access to a free and appropriate public education, received the services in their IEPs, and were being educated in the least restrictive environment. She also filed compliance complaints when school districts violated federal and state education laws. Ms. Franey also has experience in juvenile dependency proceedings, immigration law, civil rights, family law, and contract law.

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Nora Asahara, Esq.

Nora Asahara is a special education attorney who loves working with families of children with disabilities because of the joy of seeing these special kids flourish at school with better grades, getting involved with peers, and simply looking forward to being in the classroom. Ms. Asahara provides a personalized experience for every family, leaving an impact long after school district issues are resolved because her goal is to teach every client how to advocate for themselves. She has extensive knowledge and experience in the development and writing of IEP’s, from both the educational and legal perspectives. This expertise gives her specialized skills in addressing issues at their source. 

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For Consultation

Waterson Huth & Associates is here to help. If you, a family member, or loved one needs an attorney to help navigate issues in the areas of Transition Planning, Conservatorship, Guardianship, Special Needs Trust, Estate Planning or Special Education, call us to schedule an appointment or complete the form below.