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Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2015
  • Location:
    Phoenix, Arizona
  • Practice Areas:
    Education Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2008
  • Location:
    West Chester, Ohio
  • Practice Areas:
    Education Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2010
  • Location:
    Birmingham, Michigan
  • Practice Areas:
    Employment Law - Management Education Law Litigation - Labor and Employment
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2013
  • Location:
    Columbus, Ohio
  • Practice Areas:
    Education Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2018
  • Location:
    Lubbock, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Education Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2008
  • Location:
    Lafayette, Indiana
  • Practice Areas:
    Railroad Law Education Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2007
  • Location:
    Athens, Georgia
  • Practice Areas:
    Education Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2013
  • Location:
    Raleigh, North Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Education Law
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Melissa Norman Bork was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

Melissa Norman Bork

Dentons Bingham Greenebaum
  • Recognized Since: 2011
  • Location:
    Louisville, Kentucky
  • Practice Areas:
    Education Law Commercial Litigation Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 1995
  • Location:
    Montgomery, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Education Law Appellate Practice Bet-the-Company Litigation Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2020
  • Location:
    Dallas, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Labor and Employment Education Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2017
  • Location:
    Boulder, Colorado
  • Practice Areas:
    Education Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2003
  • Location:
    Huntsville, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Education Law Litigation - Labor and Employment Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2009
  • Location:
    Boulder, Colorado
  • Practice Areas:
    Education Law Real Estate Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2011
  • Location:
    Nashville, Tennessee
  • Practice Areas:
    Education Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2003
  • Location:
    Omaha, Nebraska
  • Practice Areas:
    Labor Law - Management Education Law Employment Law - Management Litigation - Labor and Employment
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2008
  • Location:
    Columbus, Ohio
  • Practice Areas:
    Education Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2020
  • Location:
    Montgomery, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Employment Law - Management Education Law Litigation - Labor and Employment
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2018
  • Location:
    Boston, Massachusetts
  • Practice Areas:
    Education Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2009
  • Location:
    Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • Practice Areas:
    Labor Law - Management Employment Law - Management Education Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2018
  • Location:
    Fort Wayne, Indiana
  • Practice Areas:
    Education Law Litigation - Labor and Employment Employment Law - Management
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2017
  • Location:
    St. Louis, Missouri
  • Practice Areas:
    Education Law
Lawyer
Guy R. Colson was awarded 2021 "Lawyer of the Year" in Elasticsearch.PracticeArea

Guy R. Colson

Fowler Bell PLLC
  • Recognized Since: 2007
  • Location:
    Lexington, Kentucky
  • Practice Areas:
    Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants Education Law Insurance Law Commercial Litigation Product Liability Litigation - Defendants Litigation - Insurance
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2007
  • Location:
    Portland, Oregon
  • Practice Areas:
    Municipal Law Litigation - Municipal Government Relations Practice Administrative / Regulatory Law Litigation - Land Use and Zoning Land Use and Zoning Law Education Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2007
  • Location:
    Dayton, Ohio
  • Practice Areas:
    Education Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2013
  • Location:
    Morgantown, West Virginia
  • Practice Areas:
    Education Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2001
  • Location:
    Rochester, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Health Care Law Litigation - Health Care Education Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2008
  • Location:
    Hartford, Connecticut
  • Practice Areas:
    Education Law Labor Law - Management
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2009
  • Location:
    Bellevue, Washington
  • Practice Areas:
    Education Law Employment Law - Management Litigation - Labor and Employment Labor Law - Management
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2014
  • Location:
    Little Rock, Arkansas
  • Practice Areas:
    Education Law Employment Law - Management Employment Law - Individuals
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2012
  • Location:
    Manchester, New Hampshire
  • Practice Areas:
    Education Law Municipal Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2009
  • Location:
    Richmond, Virginia
  • Practice Areas:
    Education Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2010
  • Location:
    Columbus, Ohio
  • Practice Areas:
    Education Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2010
  • Location:
    Charleston, West Virginia
  • Practice Areas:
    Labor Law - Management Litigation - Labor and Employment Education Law Employment Law - Management
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2006
  • Location:
    Cleveland, Ohio
  • Practice Areas:
    Labor Law - Management Employment Law - Management Education Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2009
  • Location:
    Washington, District of Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Education Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2007
  • Location:
    Baltimore, Maryland Washington, District of Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Labor and Employment Employment Law - Management Education Law Labor Law - Management
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2006
  • Location:
    New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Practice Areas:
    Education Law Appellate Practice Litigation - Environmental Professional Malpractice Law - Defendants Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law Mortgage Banking Foreclosure Law Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants Medical Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs Construction Law Product Liability Litigation - Plaintiffs Product Liability Litigation - Defendants Litigation - Securities Litigation - Construction Commercial Litigation Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Plaintiffs Bet-the-Company Litigation Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2007
  • Location:
    Columbus, Ohio
  • Practice Areas:
    Education Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2018
  • Location:
    Columbus, Ohio
  • Practice Areas:
    Education Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2011
  • Location:
    Knoxville, Tennessee
  • Practice Areas:
    Education Law Corporate Law Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2005
  • Location:
    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Practice Areas:
    Education Law Labor Law - Management Employment Law - Management
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2019
  • Location:
    Columbia, South Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Education Law Government Relations Practice
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2006
  • Location:
    Little Rock, Arkansas
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Labor and Employment Education Law Appellate Practice Bet-the-Company Litigation Employment Law - Management Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2014
  • Location:
    Cleveland, Ohio
  • Practice Areas:
    Education Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2007
  • Location:
    Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Practice Areas:
    Education Law Construction Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2007
  • Location:
    Seattle, Washington
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Labor and Employment Labor Law - Management Education Law Employment Law - Management
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2007
  • Location:
    Richmond, Virginia
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice Education Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2007
  • Location:
    Washington, District of Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Education Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2019
  • Location:
    Cleveland, Ohio Ocilla, Georgia
  • Practice Areas:
    Education Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2005
  • Location:
    Manchester, New Hampshire
  • Practice Areas:
    Employment Law - Management Education Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2008
  • Location:
    Boise, Idaho
  • Practice Areas:
    Education Law Insurance Law Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants Litigation - Labor and Employment Employment Law - Management
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2014
  • Location:
    Missoula, Montana
  • Practice Areas:
    Employment Law - Management Education Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 1997
  • Location:
    St. Louis, Missouri
  • Practice Areas:
    Education Law Immigration Law Employment Law - Management
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2010
  • Location:
    Ridgeland, Mississippi
  • Practice Areas:
    Labor Law - Management Employment Law - Management Education Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2010
  • Location:
    Richmond, Virginia
  • Practice Areas:
    Education Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 1995
  • Location:
    Des Moines, Iowa
  • Practice Areas:
    Labor Law - Management Education Law Administrative / Regulatory Law Employment Law - Management
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2009
  • Location:
    Des Moines, Iowa
  • Practice Areas:
    Employment Law - Management Education Law Litigation - Labor and Employment Labor Law - Management
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2017
  • Location:
    Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Practice Areas:
    Education Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2008
  • Location:
    Boston, Massachusetts
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Labor and Employment Education Law Employment Law - Management
Lawyer
Margaret Coughlin LePage was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

Margaret Coughlin LePage

Pierce Atwood LLP
  • Recognized Since: 2003
  • Location:
    Portland, Maine
  • Practice Areas:
    Labor Law - Management Employment Law - Management Education Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2007
  • Location:
    Bridgeport, West Virginia
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law Oil and Gas Law Real Estate Law Banking and Finance Law Education Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2011
  • Location:
    Madison, Wisconsin
  • Practice Areas:
    Insurance Law Education Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2018
  • Location:
    Lubbock, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Education Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2012
  • Location:
    Ridgeland, Mississippi
  • Practice Areas:
    Employment Law - Management Education Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2001
  • Location:
    Burlington, Vermont
  • Practice Areas:
    Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants Litigation - Construction Employment Law - Management Litigation - Intellectual Property Education Law Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2019
  • Location:
    Knoxville, Tennessee
  • Practice Areas:
    Employment Law - Management Education Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2009
  • Location:
    Boston, Massachusetts
  • Practice Areas:
    Education Law Employment Law - Management
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2008
  • Location:
    Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • Practice Areas:
    Education Law Municipal Law Administrative / Regulatory Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2007
  • Location:
    Missoula, Montana
  • Practice Areas:
    Education Law Health Care Law Commercial Litigation Water Law Litigation - Real Estate Insurance Law Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants Workers' Compensation Law - Employers
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Dayton, Ohio
  • Practice Areas:
    Education Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2005
  • Location:
    Baltimore, Maryland
  • Practice Areas:
    Education Law Insurance Law Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2008
  • Location:
    St. Louis, Missouri
  • Practice Areas:
    Education Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Milford, Connecticut
  • Practice Areas:
    Education Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2012
  • Location:
    Troy, Michigan
  • Practice Areas:
    Education Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2016
  • Location:
    Louisville, Kentucky
  • Practice Areas:
    Education Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2007
  • Location:
    Boston, Massachusetts
  • Practice Areas:
    Education Law Employment Law - Management
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2006
  • Location:
    Columbus, Ohio
  • Practice Areas:
    Education Law Litigation - Labor and Employment Employment Law - Management Labor Law - Management
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2008
  • Location:
    Portland, Maine
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Civil Rights Law Appellate Practice Copyright Law Education Law Litigation - Patent Litigation - Labor and Employment Bet-the-Company Litigation Arbitration Litigation - Intellectual Property
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2020
  • Location:
    Boston, Massachusetts
  • Practice Areas:
    Education Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Phoenix, Arizona
  • Practice Areas:
    Education Law Civil Rights Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2016
  • Location:
    Manchester, New Hampshire
  • Practice Areas:
    Employment Law - Management Labor Law - Management Education Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2012
  • Location:
    Cleveland, Ohio
  • Practice Areas:
    Education Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2009
  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Education Law Labor Law - Management Employment Law - Management
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Cleveland, Ohio
  • Practice Areas:
    Education Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2007
  • Location:
    Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Practice Areas:
    Education Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2016
  • Location:
    Columbus, Ohio
  • Practice Areas:
    Labor Law - Management Education Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2018
  • Location:
    Providence, Rhode Island
  • Practice Areas:
    Education Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2016
  • Location:
    Columbus, Ohio
  • Practice Areas:
    Education Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2006
  • Location:
    Baltimore, Maryland
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Labor and Employment Labor Law - Management Employment Law - Management Education Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2010
  • Location:
    Columbus, Ohio
  • Practice Areas:
    Public Finance Law Education Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2007
  • Location:
    Pittsford, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Education Law Employment Law - Management
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2013
  • Location:
    Newton, Kansas
  • Practice Areas:
    Education Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 1995
  • Location:
    Boston, Massachusetts
  • Practice Areas:
    Education Law Bet-the-Company Litigation Commercial Litigation Criminal Defense: White-Collar Litigation - Labor and Employment
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2007
  • Location:
    Huntsville, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Water Law Education Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2015
  • Location:
    Bridgeport, Connecticut
  • Practice Areas:
    Education Law Litigation - Labor and Employment Labor Law - Management Employment Law - Management
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2003
  • Location:
    Charleston, West Virginia
  • Practice Areas:
    Education Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2007
  • Location:
    Boston, Massachusetts
  • Practice Areas:
    Education Law Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2018
  • Location:
    Amarillo, Texas
  • Practice Areas:
    Education Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2012
  • Location:
    Boulder, Colorado
  • Practice Areas:
    Education Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2007
  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Employment Law - Management Education Law Municipal Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2007
  • Location:
    Concord, New Hampshire
  • Practice Areas:
    Education Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2007
  • Location:
    Atlanta, Georgia
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Education Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2012
  • Location:
    Cleveland, Ohio
  • Practice Areas:
    Education Law Litigation - Labor and Employment
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2018
  • Location:
    Bellevue, Washington
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Labor and Employment Education Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2007
  • Location:
    Nashville, Tennessee
  • Practice Areas:
    Health Care Law Government Relations Practice Education Law Insurance Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2020
  • Location:
    Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • Practice Areas:
    Employment Law - Management Education Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2008
  • Location:
    Montgomery, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Labor Law - Management Appellate Practice Employment Law - Management Employment Law - Individuals Education Law Health Care Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2014
  • Location:
    Hartford, Connecticut
  • Practice Areas:
    Education Law Labor Law - Management Employment Law - Management
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2009
  • Location:
    Boise, Idaho
  • Practice Areas:
    Education Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2008
  • Location:
    Greensboro, North Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Employment Law - Management Education Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 1995
  • Location:
    Newington, New Hampshire
  • Practice Areas:
    Commercial Litigation Education Law Litigation - Trusts and Estates First Amendment Law Litigation - Labor and Employment Employment Law - Management
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2018
  • Location:
    Phoenix, Arizona
  • Practice Areas:
    Insurance Law Education Law Litigation - Insurance
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2017
  • Location:
    Columbus, Ohio
  • Practice Areas:
    Education Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2010
  • Location:
    Seattle, Washington
  • Practice Areas:
    Education Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2009
  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Labor and Employment Education Law Employment Law - Management Labor Law - Management
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2012
  • Location:
    Baltimore, Maryland
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Labor and Employment Employment Law - Individuals Education Law Labor Law - Union
Lawyer
  • Ones to Watch Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Atlanta, Georgia
  • Practice Areas:
    Education Law
Lawyer
  • Ones to Watch Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Columbus, Georgia
  • Practice Areas:
    Education Law
Lawyer
  • Ones to Watch Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Atlanta, Georgia
  • Practice Areas:
    Education Law
Lawyer
  • Ones to Watch Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Atlanta, Georgia
  • Practice Areas:
    Education Law
Lawyer
  • Ones to Watch Since: 2021
  • Location:
    La Jolla, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Education Law
Lawyer
  • Ones to Watch Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Nashville, Tennessee
  • Practice Areas:
    Education Law Appellate Practice
Lawyer
  • Ones to Watch Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Columbus, Georgia
  • Practice Areas:
    Education Law
Lawyer
  • Ones to Watch Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Columbus, Georgia
  • Practice Areas:
    Labor and Employment Law - Management Education Law
Lawyer
  • Ones to Watch Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Nashville, Tennessee
  • Practice Areas:
    Litigation - Labor and Employment Education Law
Lawyer
  • Ones to Watch Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Cleveland, Ohio
  • Practice Areas:
    Education Law
Lawyer
  • Ones to Watch Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Honolulu, Hawaii
  • Practice Areas:
    Construction Law Commercial Litigation Education Law Appellate Practice Litigation - Real Estate
Lawyer
  • Ones to Watch Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Cerritos, California
  • Practice Areas:
    Education Law
Lawyer
  • Ones to Watch Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Cleveland, Ohio
  • Practice Areas:
    Education Law
Lawyer
  • Ones to Watch Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Columbus, Georgia
  • Practice Areas:
    Labor and Employment Law - Management Education Law
Lawyer
  • Ones to Watch Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Columbus, Georgia
  • Practice Areas:
    Education Law
Lawyer
  • Ones to Watch Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Practice Areas:
    Education Law
Lawyer
  • Ones to Watch Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Greensboro, North Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Education Law
Lawyer
  • Ones to Watch Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Cleveland, Ohio
  • Practice Areas:
    Education Law

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Practice Area Definition

Education Law Definition

Education law deals with public and private institutions at all levels – primary, secondary, and higher education. A comprehensive practice encompasses public finance, labor and employment, special education, taxation, real estate, litigation, intellectual property, and environmental and regulatory law. 

Areas of coverage for public education (pre-Kindergarten – 12) typically include:
  • Board organization/operations – ethics issues, sunshine laws, public records requests, and the development/revision of policies.
  • Construction – public improvements, architect and construction contracts, competitive bidding documents and procedures.
  • Federal and state employment laws – Fair Labor Standards Act, Family Medical Leave Act, Title VII, Title IX, Americans With Disabilities Act, OSHA, workers’ compensation, reductions-in force, health benefits, pensions/retirement plans, tax sheltered annuities, evaluations, employment contracts.
  • Financing – counseling and supervision of proceedings for debt and lease-based financing of capital improvements and for cash-flow financings including state law, federal tax, and securities law analysis and assistance.
  • Labor relations and collective bargaining – employee grievances, arbitration, unfair labor practice claims, union negotiations, fact-findings, and impasse/strike preparations.
  • Acquisition and disposition of property – office equipment, energy conservation measures, and the leasing, purchase, and sale of property.
  • Special education law – counseling on compliance with Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, attendance at Individualized Education Program meetings, mediations, and due process hearings, staff training, legislative involvement, and court appeals.
  • Student rights and responsibilities – custody, residency, transportation, discipline, student records/privacy, first amendment issues, and tuition.
  • Territory transfers – procedures for district reorganization including annexation, consolidation and transfer.
For higher education institutions, many lawyers and firms act as general counsel. Areas of involvement include:
  • Board of trustee meetings, functions, and resolutions
  • Bond financing
  • Bylaws, faculty guidelines and administrative manuals
  • Litigation over testamentary gifts
  • Executive compensation
  • Development, fundraising, and implementation of gifts
  • Taxation of income from ancillary sources
  • Intellectual property ownership and licensing

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Education law deals with public and private institutions at all levels – primary, secondary, and higher education. A comprehensive practice encompasses public finance, labor and employment, special education, taxation, real estate, litigation, intellectual property, and environmental and regulatory law. 

Areas of coverage for public education (pre-Kindergarten – 12) typically include:
  • Board organization/operations – ethics issues, sunshine laws, public records requests, and the development/revision of policies.
  • Construction – public improvements, architect and construction contracts, competitive bidding documents and procedures.
  • Federal and state employment laws – Fair Labor Standards Act, Family Medical Leave Act, Title VII, Title IX, Americans With Disabilities Act, OSHA, workers’ compensation, reductions-in force, health benefits, pensions/retirement plans, tax sheltered annuities, evaluations, employment contracts.
  • Financing – counseling and supervision of proceedings for debt and lease-based financing of capital improvements and for cash-flow financings including state law, federal tax, and securities law analysis and assistance.
  • Labor relations and collective bargaining – employee grievances, arbitration, unfair labor practice claims, union negotiations, fact-findings, and impasse/strike preparations.
  • Acquisition and disposition of property – office equipment, energy conservation measures, and the leasing, purchase, and sale of property.
  • Special education law – counseling on compliance with Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, attendance at Individualized Education Program meetings, mediations, and due process hearings, staff training, legislative involvement, and court appeals.
  • Student rights and responsibilities – custody, residency, transportation, discipline, student records/privacy, first amendment issues, and tuition.
  • Territory transfers – procedures for district reorganization including annexation, consolidation and transfer.
For higher education institutions, many lawyers and firms act as general counsel. Areas of involvement include:
  • Board of trustee meetings, functions, and resolutions
  • Bond financing
  • Bylaws, faculty guidelines and administrative manuals
  • Litigation over testamentary gifts
  • Executive compensation
  • Development, fundraising, and implementation of gifts
  • Taxation of income from ancillary sources
  • Intellectual property ownership and licensing