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Laura Anthony is a partner with Bricker & Eckler and chairs the Education group. Her education practice emphasizes issues involving special education, student discipline, pupil personnel and employment law. She advises boards of education, county boards of developmental disabilities, and other public entities on issues arising under various state and federal laws and regulations, including the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, and the Family and Medical Leave Act. In addition, she defends school districts and other public entities against employment discrimination claims and other administrative and judicial actions. Her special education practice includes counseling school districts on special education issues, training staff, attending IEP meetings and mediation sessions, representing school districts in due process hearings and related litigation, and responding to special education complaints. She advises school districts on student issues regarding custody, residency, discipline, tuition, transportation, athletic participation and constitutional rights. Laura is a public speaker on a wide variety of legal topics for education-related organizations including the Buckeye Association of School Administrators, the Ohio School Boards Association, the School Study Council of Ohio, the Ohio Association of Supervisors and Coordinators for Exceptional Students, Ohio Association for Career and Technical Education, as well as numerous Special Education Regional Resource Centers, Educational Service Centers, and school districts throughout Ohio. She currently serves as board designee for student disciplinary appeal hearings and has served as a Judicial Law Clerk to Judge Thomas F. Bryant of the Third District Court of Appeals.

Location

  • 100 South Third Street
    Columbus, OH 43215-4291

Education

  • The Ohio State University, BA, graduated 1992

Affiliations

  • Education Law Association - Member
  • Friends of the Columbus Metropolitan Library - Board of Trustees
  • Leadership Columbus Class of 2008 - Member
  • National Association of College and University Attorneys - Member
  • National School Boards Association Council of School Attorneys - Member
  • Ohio Center for Law Related Education – Mock Trial Program - Volunteer
  • Ohio School Boards Association Council of School Board Attorneys - Executive Committee
  • Ohio State Bar Foundation - Member; Foundation Fellow 2001; Membership Marketing Committee

Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2019 - Education Law

Named "Lawyer of the Year" by Best Lawyers® for:

  • Education Law, Columbus, OH (2019)

Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® 2023 for work in:

  • Education Law

Special Focus

  • COVID-19

Awards:

  • •Listed, Ohio Super Lawyers (Schools & Education) 2015-2016
  • •Recipient, The Ohio State University's Josephine Sitterle Failer Award for Volunteer Service to Students, 2010
  • •Ohio Lawyers Weekly Up & Coming Lawyer of 2004
  • •Barrister Leader, Columbus Bar Association
  • •Fellow, Ohio State Bar Foundation, 2001

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