Christina is a partner who focuses her practice on education law and labor and employment law. She 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. Christina also counsels boards of education regarding state and federal laws relating to the education of students with disabilities, and she routinely provides training for teachers and administrators on special education issues. Her representation in this area includes attendance at Multi-Factored Education (MFE) and Individualized Educational Plan (IEP) meetings, assisting districts with child find and evaluation issues, providing counsel regarding programming for students with disabilities, and reviewing draft IEPs for legal compliance. Additionally, Christina represents school districts before the Ohio Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights in matters involving students with disabilities.
Christina also represents school districts in due process proceedings under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, from initial administrative hearings through litigation in federal court. In addition to her education law practice, Christina represents private and public sector employers in a variety of labor and employment matters including defense of employment discrimination claims brought under Title VII, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act, and other claims arising from terminations. Along with representing employers in federal and state courts, Christina defends employers against complaints of discrimination filed with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and the Ohio Civil Rights Commission (OCRC). She regularly provides training to employers regarding compliance with various discrimination laws.
Christina is a former adjunct professor at Case Western Reserve University School of Law, where she taught a course on disability laws.
Christina routinely presents to board members, school administrators and staff via a variety of associations, organizations, school districts and educational service centers. Topics include: