Industries & Practices
Education (Pre-K to 12)
We empower educational institutions with smart, innovative and practical solutions throughout all stages of learning.
Addressing everything from facility needs to student issues to employee relations, we have built valuable partnerships with schools throughout Ohio. In fact, Bricker has the largest and most comprehensive education law practice in the state. We represent a wide range of education clients, including well over 200 public school districts. Despite our size, our services are tailored, and our accessibility and responsiveness is unmatched.
Types of clients we represent:
- K-12 schools (private and public)
- Career/technical schools
- 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!"
Areas of Focus
Our cost-effective legal services are designed to support schools’ goals. Specifically, we have experience in collective bargaining, board policy development, discrimination claims, student discipline, special education, district-sponsored community schools, public records/sunshine laws and more.More
Whether initiating new programs or solving issues within existing ones, our attorneys assist schools with effective revenue generation strategies. Our experience includes bond and note issuances and tax levies, as well as lease-purchase arrangements, collaborative agreements, foundation programs, protection of assessed valuation and more.More
We work with district administrators to identify and define the statutory requirements applicable to each project. We help analyze the benefits and risks of the various project delivery models available to school districts and the applicable parameters to selecting project professionals. Our construction attorneys provide guidance with regard to any issues that may arise during design, construction, close-out, claims and post-occupancy.More
Employment & Labor
From providing guidance on compensation to assisting with union negotiations, our employment attorneys collaborate with our education team to build proactive plans and creative solutions to keep employees focused on the classroom and out of the courtroom.More
Bricker attorneys represent schools, school districts, boards of education and education associations throughout each phase of complex legal issues. Whether the solution is an aggressive motion practice, mediation, arbitration or trial by jury, our goal is to deliver results while preserving resources and protecting relationships.More
Our lawyers provide a full range of real estate law services to schools and education clients. From acquisition, eminent domain, annexation, financing and development to investment, leasing and sales, our team assists in all aspects of real estate dealings — and with all the details these transactions entail.More
Our tax attorneys frequently represent school districts before county boards of revision, the Board of Tax Appeals and the Supreme Court of Ohio in disputes related to the valuation of real property. Also, for more than a decade, our firm had first-hand involvement in DeRolph vs. State, contributing to our deep understanding of school funding.More
Our lawyer-lobbyists work with schools, school districts and boards of education to develop and execute an effective advocacy plan. Whether lobbying for legislative change or taking an issue to the ballot, we partner with schools to ensure their students’ and employees’ interests are heard.More
Ohio Attorney General clarifies storm shelter moratorium financing requirements for public and private schoolsMore
- Wednesday, April 22, 2020
- 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
- Wednesday, March 11, 2020
- 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
Wednesday Webinar: School Construction - Understanding Procurement and Delivery Models (Pre-K to 12)
- Wednesday, February 26, 2020
- 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
Wednesday Webinar: Protecting Your Financial Base - The Significance of Tax Valuation Complaints and Appeals (Pre-K to 12)
- Wednesday, January 22, 2020
- 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
Bricker recognized in 2019 “Best Law Firms” national and regional rankings
Bricker & Eckler LLP has once again been recognized by U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers in the 2019 U.S. News – Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms” rankings. This year, five of Bricker’s practice areas received a national ranking and 39 practice areas received a regional ranking.More Nov 1, 2018
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
Ohio’s largest education law practice gains two experienced attorneys
Bricker & Eckler’s education practice, which represents more than 200 public school districts, as well as colleges, universities and educational service centers throughout the state, has added two experienced attorneys to its legal team. Joshua D. Nolan, formerly of Buckingham, Doolittle & Burroughs, LLC, will join the firm’s Cleveland office. Federico G. Barrera III, a former Assistant Attorney General in the Executive Agencies Section of the Ohio Attorney General’s Office, will join Bricker’s Columbus office.More Jan 26, 2017
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
Superintendent non-renewal defense
Successfully defended a board's action to non-renew its former superintendent against claims that the board breached his employment contract.More
Workers' compensation death claim defense
Defended a school board against a workers' compensation death claim. The court ruled that decedent's death did not occur in the course of and arising out of her employment with her emp...More
Athletic suspension appeal
Defended a school board against an injunction filed by a student seeking reversal of his athletic suspension. We established new law in Ohio when the court ruled that the student had no legal right...More
Open Meetings Act and due process challenge agains...
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 und...More
Regularly counsel public schools and private employers on ACA compliance issues.More