Nicole M. Donovsky

Of Counsel


Nicole Donovsky serves as general counsel to school districts with an emphasis in labor and employment issues, including contract negotiations, grievances, arbitrations, FMLA, ADA, workers’ compensation, evaluation, nonrenewal and termination. Nicole also advises school districts in the areas career-technical education, student issues, civil rights, public records, abuse reporting, ethics, board policies and meeting requirements. In addition, Nicole advises clients on conducting investigations related to allegations of discrimination and other civil rights violations.

Nicole is chief legal counsel to the Buckeye Association of School Administrators. She has presented extensively on issues affecting public education.

In addition to proactively counseling clients, Nicole has represented school districts before a variety of courts and administrative agencies throughout Ohio, including the Ohio Supreme Court.

Professional & Community Activities
  • Board Member, Tri-Village Mentor League
  • Board Member, Grandview Heights Public Library Foundation
  • Past-Chair and Member, Ohio Council of School Board Attorneys Executive Committee
  • Member, National School Board Association Council of School Attorneys
  • Former Board Member, Rosemont Center
  • Participant, Columbus Bar Association Barrister Leader Program, 2003-2004
Presentations & Published Works
  • Author, "Grandparents Can Get Authority to Make School Decisions for Grandchildren," Ohio State Bar Association – Law You Can Use, originally printed November 2004, updated annually
  • Author, "Ohio Law Says Where Students Can Attend School Tuition-Free," Ohio State Bar Association – Law You Can Use, originally printed November 2004, updated annually
  • Author, "Liability Issues and Immunity," Ohio School Board Association Journal
  • Author, "Dissecting Qualified Immunity After Filarsky," National School Board Association Inquiry & Analysis, September 2012
  • Author, "FMLA: An Onerous Task," SBO Quarterly, January 2017
Bar Admissions & Activities
  • Admitted, State of Ohio; United States District Court, Southern District of Ohio; United States District Court, Northern District of Ohio; United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
Awards & Recognition
  • Listed, Columbus CEO Top Lawyers, 2015
  • Listed, Ohio Super Lawyers Rising Stars Edition, 2012, 2013
  • Capital University (B.A., 1995; J.D., 2000)
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