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 M. McMinimee, PartnerShannon McMinimee
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

Jinju Park, Senior Associate

Jinju joined Cedar Law to serve the citizens of Washington and Arizona by providing legal representation of the highest quality to students, families, and teachers who need help accessing the promise of equal educational opportunities for all. more

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