Industries & Practices
Education (Pre-K to 12)
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.
Defense of public sector employers in unreported labor arbitration hearings
Successfully defended public sector employers across Ohio in numerous unreported labor arbitration hearings.
Regularly counsel public schools and private employers on ACA compliance issues.
Reduction of school district's liability
Worked with the Ohio Attorney General's Office to reduce a school district's liability for a common pleas court settlement to zero dollars. The school district paid nothing to have the case dismissed with prejudice and did not suffer any effect to its premiums as a result.
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.
Security of school bonds
Assisted an Ohio school district in the issuance of bonds in which the perceived security for the bonds was threatened by the financial woes of the county’s largest employer and taxpayer. Interdisciplinary approach provided timely and critical information to the bond rating agency and investors regarding how oil and gas leases and mineral rights are valued for property tax purposes and the potential impact of a bankruptcy filing on the payment of property taxes for the bonds.
Design-build renovation project
Prepared request for qualifications, request for proposals and contract documents for a K-12 school district's design-build project.
Waiver of competitive bidding
Prepared resolutions and related documents for projects deemed to be of urgent necessity, including fire alarm and HVAC renovation projects for a K-12 school district.
Misapplied school foundation funding
Obtained a favorable decision in a $40 million lawsuit filed on behalf of three large metropolitan school districts against the Ohio Department of Education claiming that ODE misapplied the statutory school foundation funding formula to the detriment of the school districts.
Fraud and breach of contract claim
Successfully defended a large metropolitan school district in a lawsuit filed by a real estate developer claiming $10 million in lost future profits for fraud and breach of contract in conjunction with the development of property owned by the district.
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.