This past spring, schools and their staff worked diligently to find a way to provide education while under the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown. Now, all are faced with many more concerns beginning to unravel as they plan for the 2020-2021 school year.

Phillip Greer, CEO of Best Lawyers, moderates a panel of three education law attorneys to discuss how COVID-19 has changed public, private, and higher education throughout the country and the new legal problems that come with it.

Adrian D. Thompson
Partner, Taft Stettinius & Hollister
Cleveland, OH

Recognized by Best Lawyers in Education Law since the 18th Edition
The 2020 Education Law “Lawyer of the Year” in Cleveland, OH.

Adrian is the partner-in-charge and chief diversity officer in the Cleveland office of Taft Stettinius & Hollister. Adrian represents school districts in contract negotiations, grievance arbitration, litigation, education of the disabled, and employment discrimination matters. He served as chief legal counsel for the Cleveland Metropolitan School District for eight years. Adrian formerly served on the Commission on the Rules of Superintendence for Ohio Courts, having been appointed by the Supreme Court of Ohio. 


Jefferson (Jay) K. Brim III
Partner, Brim, Robinett, Cantu & Brim
Austin, TX

Recognized by Best Lawyers in Education Law since the 15th Edition
The 2014, 2017, and 2019 Education Law “Lawyer of the Year” in Austin, TX.

Jay has represented thousands of licensed professionals (primarily in the fields of education, medicine, and counseling) in matters related to employment and licensure. His clients have included employees of public and private schools, colleges and universities, educational institutions, non-profit corporations, and associations of the members of various professions, as well as many individuals with regard to their employment in the private sector.  


Karen A. Haase
Partner, KSB School Law
Lincoln, NE

Recognized by Best Lawyers in Education Law since the 14th Edition
The 2019 Education Law “Lawyer of the Year” in Lincoln, NE.

Karen focuses her practice exclusively on representing public school districts and related entities. Karen has taught at the high school, community college, and university levels. She is the author of numerous articles published in various academic journals. In addition to speaking on education law topics nationally, Karen loves speaking to students, staff, administrators, and board members about the issues facing schools in Nebraska.