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Your leading resource for proactive, full-service education counsel to guide and secure the future.

Since 2006, our Education Group’s attorneys have been dedicated to providing attentive counsel throughout Ohio. Our depth of knowledge complemented by a full-service firm supports our primary focus: proactive counsel to guide and secure quality education.

Our collaborative team assists Ohio public school boards and districts of all sizes with a focus on the following areas:

Collective bargaining
General counsel services
Labor and employment
Special education
Student issues
Sunshine Laws and public records

Practice Group Leader

Christina Henagen Peer, Partner

Christina provides counsel to boards of education on student discipline, collective bargaining agreements, employee grievances, employee evaluation and discipline issues, the First Amendment, public records requests including Sunshine Laws, records retention policies, social media issues, residency and custody disputes, and the drafting and implementation of board policies.

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The “Class Act: Updates in Education Law” podcast, which is believed to be the first of its kind specifically targeting school districts, is just one more way that Walter Haverfield is reaching out to enhance the understanding of the challenges schools face today. 

Our Education Law Difference

Our objective is simple: to make sure our clients have the knowledge they need to effectively manage their workforce and educate their students.

Our education law clients benefit from our proven and unique firm-wide deep bench strength to ensure their success. Supportive counsel includes firm attorneys who practice in the areas of litigation, public law, real estate, intellectual property, labor and employment, and tax and environmental law. In addition, we provide customized, professional development sessions through partnerships with several educational service centers at no charge.

Recognition

U.S. NEWS – BEST LAWYERS® 2023 “BEST LAW FIRMS” RANKINGS

  • Metropolitan Tier 1: Education Law

U.S. NEWS – BEST LAWYERS® 2022 “BEST LAW FIRMS” RANKINGS

  • Metropolitan Tier 1: Education Law
  • Metropolitan Tier 2: Litigation – Labor & Employment

U.S. NEWS – BEST LAWYERS® 2021 “BEST LAW FIRMS” RANKINGS

  • Metropolitan Tier 1: Education Law
  • Metropolitan Tier 2: Litigation – Labor & Employment
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Experience

  • Representing school districts concerning the development of legally defensible Individualized Education Programs (IEPs), Evaluation Team Reports (ETRs), and all aspects of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) procedural compliance
  • Representing school districts in due process cases filed with the Ohio Department of Education; matters involved requests for private placement, allegations of Denial of Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE), and student discipline issues
  • Representing school districts in federal court litigation involving alleged violations of constitutional rights and Section 1983 (e.g., bullying, harassment, etc.)
  • Representing school districts in class action complaint proceedings before the Ohio Department of Education’s Office for Exceptional Children
  • Obtaining a precedent-setting decision from the Ohio State Employment Relations Board in favor of a board of education when a teachers’ union attempted to prevent the school district from implementing a policy to put into operation the Ohio teacher evaluation system
  • Defending boards of education using the Ohio Tort Liability Act in multiple causes of action including student-on-student violence and student injuries
  • Defending board of education in student discipline matter for possession of drugs on school property, including defense of plaintiff’s motions for a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction
  • Defending school district before the U.S. Supreme Court against a parent’s challenge to their child’s special education program
  • Defending the school district against a coach’s claim of defamation
  • Representing school districts in numerous cases involving the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights, including issues of disability discrimination, race discrimination, harassment, and bullying
  • Representing school districts regarding regular education and special education student discipline issues
  • Representing school districts in teacher termination/discipline proceedings
  • Representing school districts in proceedings regarding discipline/termination of classified employees
  • Counseling school districts faced with voluminous public record requests
  • Assisting the development of Section 504 policies for boards of education after statutory revisions
  • Counseling clients on public records and the Sunshine Laws, addressing the privacy concerns of employees and students
  • Counseling clients on student legal issues, including challenges to board policies, discipline, and First Amendment issues
  • Advising client on how to navigate potential violations of the Establishment Clause and Free Speech Clause of the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution
  • Assisting in protecting tens of thousands of public dollars in a contract dispute between a school district and a services vendor
  • Preventing the loss of tens of thousands of dollars in property tax revenue by protecting school district interests at hearings before the local Board of Revision and Board of Tax Appeals
  • Attending numerous IEP and ETR meetings on behalf of school districts to provide legal support to teams in contentious situations
  • Resolving numerous due process complaints in mediation in a cost-effective and expedient manner
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