Helen Ghio​ is a special education attorney representing students with disabilities. With large law firm experience as well as mediation and due processing hearing experience, she is also a parent of a child with disabilities.

Helen began her law career in both real estate litigation and transactions and moved on to handling complex, large scale multi-state commercial real estate transactions.

Since 2002 when her son was born with multiple mild disabilities due to a viral brain injury, she has been advocating for him and has continuously mentored and advocated for numerous families of children with disabilities. She has a deep understanding of special education through her personal experiences with her son, who now is thriving, embraces his differences, and most importantly understands his strengths.

Helen has been dedicated to the Autism Tree Project Foundation since its inception in 2003, previously served on several nonprofit boards of trustees, and currently is involved with various other nonprofit organizations. 

She joined forces with the Law Offices of Cara Lucier in 2015 and is in the process of formalizing a partnership with Ms. Lucier, whose business office is located in Carlsbad, California, though Helen is based in Point Loma.

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Special Education Attorney
​San Diego, California

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University of California, San Diego - Bachelor of Arts, Political Science, 1994
University of San Diego School of Law - Juris Doctorate, 2001

Current Affiliations:
State Bar of California #217580
United States District Court, Southern District of California
​United Cerebral Palsy San Diego, Board Member
Autism Tree Project Foundation, School & Education Resources
​Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates (COPAA)
Of Counsel, The Law Offices of Cara Lucier

Prior Employment:
Luce, Forward, Hamilton, & Scripps (now Dentons)
Hovey & Kirby
Ghio & Associates
Chicago Title Company, Legal Department
Vinmar Real Estate