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General Counsel Services

Education

With our unique full-service firm capabilities, Walter Haverfield’s education law attorneys routinely serve as general counsel for school districts throughout Ohio. In this role, we are ideally positioned as a “one-stop shop” to provide solutions for the legal issues that face school districts.

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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Our Education General Counsel Difference

Our collaborative team’s experience allows us to identify risk in the general operations of the district, not just on the education front. After identifying an operational issue, we are able to utilize the breadth and depth of our firm resources in a wide variety of non-education areas, such as real estate, zoning and property matters, environmental issues, taxation, health care, and other areas that may impact the district’s business operations. Our firm’s full-service resources ensure we meet the needs of our school district clients — in all facets of their operations — in an efficient, proactive manner.


Recognition

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

  • Assisting school districts with policy review and development
  • Reviewing contracts on behalf of school districts and negotiating vendor contracts on behalf of school districts
  • Representing school districts in mediations involving contractual claims
  • Assisting school districts with investigations by various agencies including the Ohio Auditor’s Office, Disability Rights Ohio, and U.S. Department of Justice
  • Advising school districts of obligations under Ohio’s competitive bidding laws
  • Counseling school districts in developing policies for compliance with the Ohio Teacher Evaluation System
  • Representing boards of education before county boards of revision and the Ohio Board of Tax Appeals to maintain the tax base of the school districts
  • Advising clients on outsourcing and private contractor issues, including drafting requests for proposals and consulting contracting
  • Advising boards of education and district administrators on union and nonunion personnel issues, such as hiring, termination, evaluation, and pre-disciplinary hearings
  • Defending boards in civil litigation, administrative appeals, and before administrative agencies such as the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Ohio Civil Rights Commission, and the State Employment Relations Board
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