Susan L. Oppenheimer

Susan Oppenheimer's practice encompasses the areas of education law, public sector labor/employment law, and developmental disabilities law, with an emphasis on grievances and arbitrations, discrimination claims before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the Ohio Civil Rights Commission, unfair labor practice proceedings before the State Employment Relations Board, and negotiation and administration of collective bargaining agreements. Susan also advises and represents clients on personnel matters, discrimination investigations, Title IX, FMLA, ADA, and issues involving the First Amendment (speech and religion). She represents public school districts and other public sector clients throughout the state of Ohio and is an experienced practitioner in civil litigation, having represented public sector clients before a variety of courts and administrative agencies in Ohio, including state and federal trial and appellate courts.

In more than 20 years of representing educational entities and other public sector clients, Susan has obtained numerous dismissals of charges of discrimination, dismissals of unfair labor practice charges, and favorable arbitration awards in discipline and contract interpretation cases. Other accomplishments include recommendations of termination in teacher termination hearings, reversal of an award of unemployment compensation benefits, and successful mediation of grievances as well as litigation matters.

Professional & Community Activities

  • Member, Ohio Council of School Board Attorneys
  • Member, National School Boards Association Council of School Attorneys
  • Former Member, Capital University's Choral Union; Ohio University's Choral Union and Chamber Chorale
  • Past president and trustee, United Appeal for Athens County

Bar Admissions & Activities

  • Admitted, Ohio; United States District Court, Southern District of Ohio; United States District Court, Northern District of Ohio; United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit


  • University of Chicago Law School (J.D., 1987)
  • Williams College (B.A., cum laude, 1984)