Nicholas A. Pittner

Nick Pittner's practice emphasizes education law, and public finance labor relations, including litigation and collective bargaining. He has served as trial counsel in numerous precedent-making cases involving major education law issues in state and federal courts, including the constitutionality of Ohio's school funding laws. He regularly participates in the negotiation of public school district collective bargaining agreements involving both teaching and non teaching bargaining units, and has participated in numerous administrative hearings before such agencies as the Board of Tax Appeals, the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio, the Ohio Industrial Commission, the State Department of Education, the Board of Building Appeals and the State Employment Relations Board.

Nick is also the author of numerous articles dealing with such areas as the levy and collection of school district taxes, public sector collective bargaining and legal issues in special education. He lectures extensively on matters related to school law at state and national conferences.

Professional & Community Activities

  • Past Chairman, Ohio Council of School Board Attorneys
  • Past Director, Upper Arlington Civic Association
  • Past President, Columbus Amateur Radio Association
  • Member, Ohio Council of School Board Attorneys
  • Member, National School Boards Association Council of School Board Attorneys
  • Past Secretary, Capital University Law School Alumni Board

Presentations & Published Works

  • Speaker, "Title VII An Overview," National Council of School Board Attorneys, 1980
  • Speaker, "Managing the Burden of Proof: The School District's Role in a Due Process Hearing," The Ohio Department of Education, 1982
  • Speaker, Monograph, "The View of the Board of Education and School Administration Toward Ohio's Public Employee Collective Bargaining Law," University of Toledo, 1984
  • Co author, "Planning, Promoting and Passing School Tax Issues," The Ohio School Boards Association, 1986, 1988
  • Author, "How Can We Fund a Quality Education System? Part 1," Capital Briefs, Winter 1993
  • Author, "Funding Reform in Ohio, Part 2," Capital Briefs, Spring 1993

Bar Admissions & Activities

  • Member, American Bar Association; Ohio State Bar Association; Columbus Bar Association

Awards & Recognition

  • Listed, Best Lawyers in America (Education Law; Labor Law - Management), 2016–2019
  • Recipient, Demetrio Rodriguez Champion of Education Justice Award, 2017
  • Recipient, Ohio Association of Local School Superintendents' Friends of Education Award, 1997
  • Recipient, Ohio School Boards Association's President's Award, 1997
  • Named, "2000 Ohioan of the Year," The Cleveland Plain Dealer
  • Ranked, AV Preeminent, Martindale-Hubbell


  • Capital University Law School (J.D., 1970); Honoris Causa, 2001
  • The Ohio State University (B.A., 1964)