Tilman is an associate at Gutierrez, Perry & Villarreal, LLP. He first became involved in special education as a Teacher’s Assistant in an SDC classroom, later spending school breaks working with children with exceptional needs in city-run summer camps. Through an educational career spent in public schools and universities, and with two parents also working in public education, Tilman understands the important role of public schools, and feels honored to contribute to the mission of serving California’s schoolchildren.
Tilman focuses on the needs and goals of each client, developing a unique and well-planned approach for each situation. Since graduating law school, Tilman has worked nearly exclusively with public school clients, practicing in the areas of special education and student matters. Tilman believes that legal counsel is most effective when the client and attorney focus on their respective areas of expertise, and closely collaborate together. Tilman’s practice centers on the IDEA, Section 504, student discipline, student records and confidentiality, as well as many other areas of student issues and special education.
Tilman earned his undergraduate degree in Political Science and German from University of California Santa Barbara. He earned his Juris Doctor from the University of California Irvine School of Law, where he was the student director of the Education Law Clinic and clerked for the legal department of a school district. Tilman is fluent in three languages.
Outside of work, Tilman enjoys traveling the world, and hiking, biking, or kayaking throughout Northern California. There is also a stuffed animal named after Tilman (Tilman the Husky). Tilman is an avid basketball fan and player, twice winning the division championship for a local city recreation league.