Lisa focuses her practice on special education law, school law, and labor and employment law. She provides general counsel to school districts in personnel and student matters, including discipline, records retention, FERPA, board policies, collective bargaining agreements, arbitration, residency and custody disputes, social media, Sunshine Laws, Constitutional rights, and discrimination concerns. Lisa also counsels boards of education on laws related to the education of students with disabilities, and she routinely provides training for teachers and administrators on special education issues. In addition to counseling and training, Lisa provides preventative services to school districts: leading in-service sessions, reviewing IEPs and ETRs for legal compliance, attending IEP and ETR team meetings, representing boards of education in direct requests for mediation, and issuing guidance relating to systemic and programmatic matters. Lisa also handles all aspects of litigation related to student issues. She has represented boards of education in student matters before the Ohio Department of Education and U.S. Department of Education, and in state and federal court. Furthermore, she handles employment and general board litigation, and has represented boards of education in these matters before the EEOC, OCRC, and state and federal court.
Lisa is co-host of the Walter Haverfield podcast, “Class Act: Updates in Education Law,” which covers legal topics relevant to school districts, board of education members, administrators, teachers and parents.
Lisa brings nearly a decade of experience into her legal career from her prior work as a school psychologist in Ohio and Arizona (both in public school districts and charter schools, and with student caseloads ranging from preschool through high school). She also has supplementary training related to autism, including ADOS administration and Applied Behavior Analysis Therapy. Such background and knowledge allows Lisa to assist school districts with their special education challenges utilizing innovative and comprehensive legal services.
EDUCATION GENERAL COUNSEL SERVICES
LABOR & EMPLOYMENT
SUNSHINE LAW/PUBLIC RECORDS
LABOR & EMPLOYMENT (general- not education law specific)
Lisa routinely provides training for administrators and staff regarding legal updates, general education, and special education issues. Representative topics include: