Professional Experience

Peter T. Zawadski assists clients in resolving various school law issues, such as labor and employment matters, real estate valuation, contract disputes, employee and student due process challenges, policy drafting, and public records compliance. Peter's practice is diverse and includes such topics as discrimination, free speech, eminent domain, freedom of religion, sovereign immunity, discipline, defamation, and social media. Peter defends boards of education in state and federal court and administrative agencies, including county boards of revision, the Ohio Civil Rights Commission, the Office for Civil Rights, the State Employment Relations Board, the Ohio Board of Tax Appeals, and the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Before pursuing a career in law, Peter served as a social worker.

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Peter’s practice is diverse and includes such topics as discrimination, free speech, eminent domain, freedom of religion, sovereign immunity, discipline, defamation, and social technology.

Presentations

  • "Managing Boosters and Other Outside Groups," Ohio School Boards Association, Columbus, Ohio, June 24, 2016
  • "Are you Ready for Some Football (or Basketball, Volleyball, etc.)?: Need to know information regarding athletics, coaches, booster groups and more," Northeast Ohio Legal Updates Network, Cuyahoga County Educational Service Center, Independence, Ohio, April 11, 2016
  • "Contracts Have Consequences," BASA School Facilities & Safety Conference, Columbus, Ohio, March 9, 2016
  • "When Enough is Enough: Managing Excessive Absenteeism Without Violating Employee Rights," Northeast Ohio Legal Updates Network, Independence, Ohio, January 25, 2016
  • "Transgender Students: Common Issues and New Guidance," Northeast Ohio Legal Updates Network - Session Two (program presented by Walter | Haverfield LLP and the Educational Service Center of Cuyahoga County), Independence, Ohio, April 17, 2015
  • "Contracts Have Consequences: The Nuts & Bolts of Vendor Contracts and Common Pitfalls," Northeast Ohio Regional Legal Updates Network - Session One (program presented by Walter | Haverfield LLP and the Educational Service Center of Cuyahoga County), Independence, Ohio, October 6, 2014
  • "Managing Boosters and Other Outside Groups," Northeast Ohio Legal Updates Network - Session Two (program presented by Walter | Haverfield LLP and the Educational Service Center of Cuyahoga County), Independence, Ohio, December 9, 2013
  • "Managing Competitive Bidding and Bid Disputes," Northeast Ohio Legal Updates Network - Session One (program presented by Walter | Haverfield LLP and the Educational Service Center of Cuyahoga County), Valley View, Ohio, September 30, 2013
  • "Caselaw Update," Ohio Schools Council (2012 Fall Seminar)
  • "Legal Issues Arising from the Use of Technology by and Among Students and Staff," Ohio Schools Council (2010 Fall Seminar)

Professional & Community Associations

  • Member of the Ohio School Boards Association’s Ohio Council of School Board Attorneys
  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association

Education

Case Western Reserve University School of Law, J.D., 2008, with honors in Health Law Concentration
Managing Editor, Health Matrix: Journal of Law-Medicine
Carleton College, B.A., 2001, cum laude (sociology/anthropology)

Licensed to Practice

  • Ohio
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit

Articles by Peter T. Zawadski

March 22, 2013 - "Don't be too quick to settle a lawsuit," Crain's Cleveland Business (Legal Guest Blog)

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