Industries & Practices
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 superintendent’s employment contract and contractual fiduciary duty, and unjust enrichment.
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 requiring live cross-examination hearings in public institutions.
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 various pre-closing requirements imposed by the local government on the buyer.
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 split, drafted right of way easements, a sanitary sewer easement and an easement for ingress, egress, and public and private utilities. The acquisition of this property allowed the school district to build a new high school, build an additional elementary school and add upgrades to current buildings.
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 leadership with cooperating with local police, terminating the teacher and managing potential public relations backlash.
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 various pre-closing requirements imposed by the local government on the buyer.
Defense of public sector employers in unreported labor arbitration hearings
Successfully defended public sector employers across Ohio in numerous unreported labor arbitration hearings.
Managed care organization alliance
Represented a managed care organization in its negotiation of a strategic, multi-state alliance with another managed care organization. The firm represented the managed care organization during in-person and telephonic negotiations regarding the alliance and assisted in the drafting of the master alliance agreement and associated state-specific agreements. The firm also counseled the managed care organization with regard to the various legal implications of the alliance. Following the formation of the alliance, the firm has assisted the managed care organization with implementation in multiple states.
Title IX investigator training
Served as the sole presenter at training workshops for Title IX investigators at the college and K-12 levels, helping administrators to become trauma-informed and approach cases involving sexual assault and intimate partner violence in an appropriate and equitable manner.
University defense in Section 504 discrimination claim
Successfully resolved claims of failure to accommodate a student in university programming.
School employee termination defense
Obtained a favorable ruling from the Supreme Court of Ohio in a case involving a challenge by a non-teaching school employee who claimed the Board of Education violated the Open Meetings Act by deliberating about the decision to terminate his employment in executive session. The Court rejected the appellant’s argument that an employee’s “Loudermill” hearing rights could serve as a basis to demand that deliberations about his employment occur in public. This decision sets favorable precedent for districts and public bodies across the State of Ohio.
Open Meetings Act and due process challenge against a school board
Defended a school board against an Open Meetings Act and due process challenge filed by a terminated school employee. The Ohio Supreme Court ruled that the terminated employee had no right under ORC Section 121.22 to compel the school board to hold the hearing on his discharge in public.