Industries & Practices

Education Law

A resource for education leaders looking for workable solutions and experienced attorneys with an unmatched knowledge base and a broad array of competences.


As the single largest legal group in Ohio dedicated specifically to education, Bricker & Eckler represents a wide range of educational entities, including well over 200 public school districts and numerous educational service centers across the state. Our proven array of cost-effective legal services is designed to provide our clients with personalized, responsive assistance in meeting their goals.

Types of clients we represent:

  • Pre-K to 12 schools
  • Career/technical schools
  • Colleges and universities
  • Community schools
  • Education service centers
  • Information technology centers

Specific areas in which our attorneys provide on-going service to our education clients:

  • Collective bargaining
  • Employee misconduct
  • Technology and intellectual property issues
  • Board policy
  • Contract nonrenewals/termination
  • Litigation
  • Discrimination claims
  • Alternate energy projects
  • Attendance, Custody and Tuition
  • Student discipline
  • Special education
  • Family & Medical Leave Act
  • Grievances/arbitration
  • Employee contracts/benefits
  • School finance
  • Bonds and levies
  • Tax issues
  • School facilities
  • Real estate, including eminent domain
  • Transportation issues
  • District-sponsored community schools
  • Public records/sunshine law
  • Ohio High School Athletics compliance
  • Collaborative agreements between entities
  • Workers' compensation issues

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Areas of Focus
Student Rights & Responsibilities

Our education law team advises educators on the ever-changing social, technological and legal environment in which student-related issues arise. These include student suspension/expulsion, student policies and handbooks, bullying, transportation, open enrollment, student privacy, discrimination, religious speech/activities, school fees and extracurricular activities, to name a few. Our attorneys also practice in every aspect of special education and disability law.

Personnel & Employment

Our attorneys advise administrators on the daily complexities of public employment law relating to contracts, nonrenewal/suspension/termination, licensure, misconduct, compensation, benefits, retirement, workers' compensation claims and more, and we vigorously defend employers in all phases of employment discrimination claims. We also have extensive skill in collective bargaining matters and have helped hundreds of public sector entities conclude contract negotiations positively, cooperatively and efficiently.

Board Governance

Compliance with sunshine laws and ethics laws help Board members, administrators, and other employees of public entities to maintain the trust of their public constituents. We counsel clients regularly on resolutions, policy language, and ethical compliance, and can provide training to help prevent problems before they arise.

Finance & Facilities

A school district’s success often depends on its ability to obtain funding and manage its resources carefully. Bricker’s Education group uses a collaborative approach to protect school funding and solve a variety of school finance issues, including tax levy planning, the protection of assessed property valuation, and tax abatement and exemption. For more than a decade, we have had first-hand involvement in DeRolph vs. State contributing to our deep understanding of taxation and school funding. Likewise, our attorneys help schools address the legal and practical implications of acquiring or disposing of real estate and personal property and the financing and construction of new school facilities.

Innovative Options

To meet the needs of their communities, school districts may wish to pursue alternative educational delivery options, including the creation of community (charter) schools or STEM schools, entering into collaborative agreements with other entities, or implementing other innovative programs. We take a holistic approach in advising clients on the options available to them to help them reach their goals.

Civil Rights

Civil rights laws protect individuals from discrimination or harassment on the basis of certain traits, such as age, sex, race or disability. Having the proper policies and procedures in place can help schools address allegations of discrimination and harassment quickly and effectively, and we regularly draft policies to help clients do just that. When a dispute does arise, we represent schools before the Office for Civil Rights, the Ohio Civil Rights Commission, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and in court in cases involving civil rights laws such as Title IX, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, Title VII, and other state and federal laws.

Title IX & Sexual Misconduct

Regulating discrimination and misconduct in education programs and activities is an ongoing hot topic in schools and on campuses nationwide. The Department of Education’s recent spotlight on the Clery Act pursuant to the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) and Title IX makes this a quickly evolving area of law. Administrators of education services need to protect their employees and students in the areas of sexual harassment, pregnancy discrimination, athletic discrimination and more. A number of Bricker & Eckler Education Law attorneys specialize in Title IX and sexual misconduct proceedings, working with educational institutions to prevent violations and to handle these cases when they arise. Visit our Title IX Resource Center

Higher Education

Bricker & Eckler represents state universities, independent colleges and universities, community colleges, and non-traditional education providers, handling the special legal challenges faced by institutions of higher education. Our higher education attorneys offer a broad range of services to colleges and universities throughout the United States, providing guidance in areas such as institutional governance obligations, student rights, employee rights, tax exemption, real estate and construction, environmental sustainability, government advocacy, intellectual property protection and courtroom representation. Visit our Colleges & Universities industry page.


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Resource Centers

This landmark case, which took place from 1991 to 2003, plays a critical role in the way schools are funded. Because Bricker & Eckler represented the plaintiff's in this case, a detailed timeline and related information is available, describing this important decision. For more information, please visit our DeRolph v. State of Ohio Resource Center.

A collection of documentation related to Title IX issues on college campuses and education environments. For more information, please visit our Title IX Resource Center.

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Special Education Training Videos

The Bricker & Eckler Education Law team brings special education issues to life through informative, entertaining and memorable training videos. Each video depicts a special education team meeting involving challenging legal issues and common compliance blunders. Through the expert leadership of the district representative and the narrator comments, the videos illustrate effective — and not so effective — techniques and provide practical tips and guidance on how to avoid common legal mistakes.