Industries & Practices
We are a reliable and cost-effective resource for education leaders.
As the single largest legal group in Ohio dedicated specifically to education, our attorneys represent a wide range of educational entities, including well over 200 public school districts and numerous educational service centers across the state. We work with administrators to put proactive plans in place and, when needed, address any student, employee and community issues that may occur.
Types of clients we represent:
- Pre-K to 12 schools
- Career/technical schools
- Colleges and universities
- Community schools
- Education service centers
- Information technology centers
"We are fortunate to work with Bricker & Eckler. They are very responsive and available, and are truly partners with us!"
"Bricker & Eckler is large enough to provide very specific expertise but small enough to form personal and trusting relationships."
"The attorneys at Bricker & Eckler are extremely conscientious, hardworking, and determined to put my interests first. Whatever my issue happens to be, they are the first people I call. I want my school district to be legally compliant, and Bricker & Eckler is always there to make it happen!"
Developmental disabilities board trial success
Served as counsel for developmental disabilities board in bench trial for case addressing Ohio’s payment of sick leave upon retirement statute, public employer policy, breach of superintenden...More
Title IX Hearing Officer
Title IX Hearing Officer in live cross-examination hearings since September 2019 in the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals jurisdiction (Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee) following ruling re...More
Property acquisition for local school
Assisted a local school district in acquiring property to expand its campus. Our team not only handled the acquisition but also assisted the client in navigating restrictions of the property and va...More
Property acquisition for local school
Assisted local school district in acquiring property to expand its campus. Our team not only handled the acquisition but also assisted the client in navigating restrictions of the property and vari...More
School district expansion
Bricker assisted a local school district in the acquisition of over 104 acres of property. Our team negotiated and drafted the purchase agreements for the land from two sellers, obtained a lot spli...More
Sexual harassment investigation
Advised a private school regarding the investigation and termination of a semi-retired teacher after the school discovered harassment complaints occurring at a different school. Assisted school lea...More
Defense of public sector employers in unreported l...
Successfully defended public sector employers across Ohio in numerous unreported labor arbitration hearings.More
Open Meetings Act violation defense
Successfully defended a school board against claims that a majority of its members violated the Open Meetings Act through telephone and email discussions.More
Declaratory judgment and breach of contract action...
Successfully brought declaratory judgment and breach of contract actions on behalf of Butler Tech against its former Director of Police Training.More
Non-resident tuition recovery
Successfully prosecuted action before the ODE Superintendent of Public Instruction and subsequent court action to recover tuition against non-resident parents.More
Areas of Focus
Student Rights & Responsibilities
We advise educators on social, technological and legal student issues. 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 public employment law relating to contracts, nonrenewal/suspension/termination, licensure, misconduct, compensation, benefits, retirement, workers' compensation claims and more. 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.
Ensuring compliance with sunshine laws and ethics laws, we help board members, administrators, and other employees of public entities maintain the trust of their public constituents. We also counsel clients regularly on resolutions, policy language and ethical compliance and provide training to prevent problems before they arise.
Finance & Facilities
We adopt a collaborative approach to protect school funding and solve a school finance issues, including tax levy planning, the protection of assessed property valuation, and tax abatement and exemption. Many members of our team had first-hand involvement in DeRolph vs. State, earning a deep understanding of taxation and school funding. Likewise, we help schools acquire or dispose of real estate and personal property, as well as finance and construct new school facilities.
We advise school districts that may wish to pursue alternative educational delivery options to meet the needs of their communities. Options include creating community (charter) schools or STEM schools, entering into collaborative agreements with other entities or implementing other innovative programs.
To protect individuals from discrimination or harassment on the basis of age, sex, race or disability, we help our school clients create and maintain policies and procedures that address allegations quickly and effectively. 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
The U.S. Department of Education’s spotlight on Title IX and the Clery Act pursuant to the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) makes this a quickly evolving area of law. We help colleges and universities understand these requirements, put proactive measures in place, and address allegations quickly and effectively by applying experience-based guidance to real-life, rapidly changing situations. We also investigate and develop an appropriate institutional response to high-profile, highly sensitive allegations. Visit our Title IX Resource Center >>
We represent state universities, independent colleges and universities, community colleges, and non-traditional education providers. Our higher education attorneys provide guidance in the areas of institutional governance obligations, student rights, employee rights, tax exemption, real estate and construction, environmental sustainability, government advocacy, intellectual property protection and courtroom representation.More
Updated Federal Guidance: School Districts Must Include Gender Identity and Sexual Orientation in their Food and Nutrition Anti-Discrimination PoliciesMore
Mask on, mask off: Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals determines mask requirement can be a reasonable accommodation for studentsMore
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Higher Education CLE Webinar Series | Presented by Bricker & Eckler and the Southern Illinois University School of Law
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Butcher discusses NCAA’s lack of NIL clarity in Inside Higher Ed article
Higher ed attorney Erin Butcher explains the NCAA’s lack of clarity on NIL prohibited conduct creates confusion over allowable NIL contracts, especially NIL deals for teams or groups of student athletes at one college or university.More Jan 5, 2022
Ohio Court Tracker: The Impact of COVID-19
The goal of the "Ohio Court Tracker" is to pull all of that information into one place in order to allow attorneys, judges, court staff and the general public to quickly identify what courts in all 88 Ohio counties are doing in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.More
A Guide to Parent Rights in Special Education
The Ohio Department of Education has issued a new special education procedural safeguards notice titled, "A Guide to Parent Rights in Special Education." The new guide, which replaces "Whose IDEA Is This?," will be required to be used as of August 1, 2017.More