Our Team

Cedar Law’s experienced school law attorneys have diverse backgrounds and and specializations but share a passion for equity, diversity, and education. Read more about our education attorneys below.


Lara Hruska


Lara Hruska, Founding Partner

Lara founded Cedar Law based on a holistic approach to school law informed by her unique background in education, social work, and the law. more


Chris Williams


Chris Williams, Partner

Chris has spent most of his career focusing on children’s rights. Prior to law school he served as a VISTA volunteer with Milwaukee Public Schools. more


Shannon McMinimee


Shannon M. McMinimee, Partner
Shannon M. McMinimee has been practicing education and employment law since graduating with honors from the University of Washington School of Law in 2003. more


Angela Shapow, Of CounselAngela Shapow
Angela joined Cedar Law because of her particular interest in educational justice. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy from Boise State University and a Juris Doctor from the University of Idaho. more



Michelle Mentzer,
Of Counsel
Michelle C. Mentzer graduated from Wesleyan University, summa cum laude. She earned her law degree at the University of California at Berkeley, where she was a member of Order of the Coif. more


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Whitney Hill, Associate

Whitney has been an advocate for education access for over a decade. She was admitted to the Washington Bar in 2018 and received her JD from Seattle University. She also has a BA from Western Oregon University in American Sign Language/English Interpreting. She has been heavily involved in the Deaf and DeafBlind community since she was a small child and she started signing at the age of four. more


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Alex Hagel, Associate

Alex brings years of experience working with students to his work at Cedar Law PLLC. Alex graduated from the University of Washington School of Law, where he worked in the Children and Youth Advocacy Clinic representing homeless and low-income children in the dependency system. During law school, Alex also interned with the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Civil Rights Division, and with the Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights, enforcing civil rights laws that protect students from discrimination. more


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Elicia Johnson, Attorney
Elicia Johnson practiced employment law at Sheppard Mullin LLP in Los Angeles for six years before transitioning to in-house counsel at a major health care company, where she worked for twelve years. She loved her time as a corporate lawyer but ultimately found that big law wasn’t for her. She now seeks to help businesses and individuals on a smaller scale, in her solo law practice on Vashon Island and with her colleagues at Cedar Law. Elicia completed her BA in Communications at UCLA and her JD at Harvard Law School. She is licensed to practice in Washington and California.



Kaitlin Young, Paralegal
Kaitlin Young is Cedar Law’s paralegal, and she assists the firm’s attorneys in all areas of litigation. She has been working in the legal field since she moved to Seattle in 2012, after receiving her BA at Boston University. more