Lisa Burleson

Lisa M. Burleson


Direct:  614.246.2156
Fax:  614.246.2281

Focus Areas


  • Capital University, J.D., 1997
  • Ohio Wesleyan University, B.A., 1992

Licensed to Practice

  • Ohio
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio


Lisa has over 15 years of in-depth experience in the areas of law that have immediate impact and benefit to education law clients. These areas of in-depth experience include:  labor negotiations, labor relations, arbitration, grievance processing, mediation, employee discipline, reductions in force, employee termination and appeals, harassment/bullying/hazing complaints and investigations, student issues including student discipline and appeals, student enrollment and transportation and open enrollment, domestic and custody issues involving students, special education, due process, trial and civil litigation, subpoena enforcement, competitive bidding and selection processes, sale/purchase/lease of real property, public records, public audits, Sunshine Law, ethics, booster organizations, Title IX, constitutional issues, and administrative law (including practice before the Ohio Department of Education, Ohio Election Commission, local boards of revision, Ohio Department of Taxation, Ohio Environmental Protection Agency, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, U.S. Department of Labor, and State Employment Relations Board).

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  • Arbitration
  • Grievance processing
  • Labor-management committee facilitation
  • Labor negotiations
  • Labor relations
  • Mediation
  • Employment contracts
  • Employee evaluation
  • Employee discipline
  • Employee training/in-services
  • Non-renewal
  • Separation agreements
  • Termination
  • Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
  • Ohio Attorney General
  • Ohio Auditor of State
  • Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation
  • Ohio Department of Education
  • Ohio Department of Taxation
  • Ohio Elections Commission
  • Ohio Ethics Commission
  • Ohio Unemployment Compensation
  • State Employment Relations Board
  • Due process representation
  • IDEA compliance
  • IDEA document review
  • IEP representation
  • Litigation
  • Mediation
  • State complaint representation
  • State progressive sanctions representation
  • State selective review representation
  • Board bylaw and policy
  • Board elections/appointments
  • Board levy process
  • Board training
  • Competitive bidding
  • Sunshine Law
  • Civil litigation
  • Open enrollment
  • Student attendance
  • Student discipline
  • Shared services agreements
  • Student tuition
  • Title IX compliance



  • Ohio School Boards Association
  • Buckeye Association of School Administrators
  • Midwest Regional Educational Service Center
  • Client District Administrative Team Training
  • Client District Staff Training
  • Clark County Educational Service Center
  • Spring 2015:  National Business Institute, IEP and 504 Legal Workshop
  • Summer 2015:  Northwest Ohio ESC, Budget Bill Recap
  • Summer 2015:  Webinar, Budget Bill Recap
  • Fall 2015:  Title IX Workshop for Public Schools
  • Fall 2015:  Clark County ESC, Title IX Workshop for School Administrators
  • Winter 2016:  Buckeye Association of School Administrators (BASA), Collective Bargaining Preview
  • Winter 2016:  Brown County ESC, Hot Topics in Special Education
  • Spring 2016:  National Business Institute:  IEP and 504 Legal Workshop
  • Spring 2016:  Buckeye Association of School Administrators (BASA)
    Women in Leadership Conference, Partnering with Legal Counsel
  • Fall 2016:  Special Education In-Service for Administrators and Staff
  • Fall 2017:  Clark County ESC, Principals Legal Update – Changes in Student Attendance Laws
  • Fall 2017:  Clark County ESC, FERPA and Social Media Update
  • Winter 2017:  Employee Discipline In-Service for School Administrators
  • Spring 2018:  Midwest Regional ESC, FERPA, HIPPA and Related Compliance Issues
  • Spring 2018:  Midwest Regional ESC, Custody, Enrollment and Parental Rights
  • Fall 2018:  Midwest Regional ESC, Ohio’s New Medical Marijuana Laws and Schools
  • Fall 2018:  Midwest Regional ESC, Truancy Law and Attendance Compliance
  • Fall 2018:  Ohio School Boards Association, How to Be a Good Bargaining Team Member
  • Fall 2018:  Midwest Regional ESC, Student Discipline
  • Fall 2018:  Ohio School Boards Association Capital Conference, Essentials of Harassment Investigations
  • Winter 2018:  Midwest Regional ESC, Employee Discipline (3-Part Series)
  • Summer 2019:  Clark County Treasurers, Legal Update 2019
  • Summer 2019: Clark County Administrators Monthly Meeting, Legal Update
  • Fall 2019: Midwest Regional Educational Service Center, Sports Law Update
  • Fall 2019: Logan County Principals Meeting, Legal Update
  • Fall 2019: Shelby County Principals Meeting, Legal Update
  • Fall 2019: OASPA Fall Conference, Employee Issues: Discipline and Investigations
  • Fall 2019: Buckeye Association of School Administrators (BASA) Conference, How Successful Leaders Work with Legal Counsel
  • Fall 2019: Ohio Association of School Business Officials (OASBO) Essentials of Human Resources 2019-2020, Recruiting, Interviewing and Hiring Basics
  • Summer 2020: Walter | Haverfield webinar with NE Ohio ESC, Talking Points & Other Related Considerations: Re-Open and Re-Start Guidance for 2020-2021
  • Summer 2020: OCSBA School Attorney Workshop, Professionalism Considerations When Handling Internal Investigations
  • Summer 2020: Clark County Educational Service Center, Legal Update for School Treasurers
  • Summer 2020: Galion City Schools, Administrator Back to School In-Service/Legal Update
  • Fall 2020: Midwest Regional ESC, Legal Update for Shelby County Administrators
  • Fall 2020: OSBA Capital Conference and Trade Show, New Decade – Student Discipline Challenges
  • Winter 2021: Clark County Administrators’ Meeting, Legal Update
  • Winter 2021: Logan County Principals’ Meeting/Midwest Regional ESC, Legal Update
  • Spring 2021: Hardin County Principals’ Meeting/Midwest Regional ESC, Legal Update
  • Spring 2021: Shelby County Principals’ Meeting/Midwest Regional ESC, Legal Update


  • Ohio State Bar Association – member
  • Ohio State Bar Association’s Labor & Employment Law Section – member
  • Columbus Bar Association – member
  • Columbus Bar Association’s Admissions Committee – member
  • Ohio Council of School Board Attorneys (via the Ohio School Boards Association) – member
  • Upper Arlington Schools, Jones Middle School PTO – Treasurer-Elect
  • Upper Arlington Civil Service Commission – President & Commissioner
  • Upper Arlington Lacrosse Association Girls Recreation League – volunteer coach
  • Regular volunteer for various activities at her children’s schools
  • Ohio High School Mock Trial Competition – annual volunteer judge
  • Ohio State Bar Association’s Education Law Committee – Past Chair


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