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Experience

Following is a selected sampling of matters and is provided for informational purposes only. Past success does not indicate the likelihood of success in any future matter.

  • Served as General Counsel for school systems totaling 250,000+ students and $2.5 Billion+ budgets
  • Represented over 350 university boards of trustees, college presidents, and nonprofit executive
  • Handled 250+ special education disputes before OCR, administrative agencies, and federal courts
  • Served as lead counsel for prosecution of 150+ employee discipline matters arising from a widely publicized cheating scandal
  • Managed and led the creation of the first large public charter system (100,000+ students)
  • Obtained dismissal on behalf of our client in the trial court, affirmed at the United States Court of Appeals, and then successfully opposed a petition of certiorari to the U.S. Supreme Court by relying on a complex issue involving offensive nonmutual collateral estoppel

Multidisciplinary team

  • Former U.S. Secretary of Education and Governor of South Carolina
  • Former teachers and university-level professors
  • Real estate, tax and finance perspectives
  • Regulatory compliance experience
  • Litigators to anticipate issues and successfully tackle disputes

Our clients fill every corner of the education space

  • University presidents and executives
  • Large and medium-sized public school districts
  • Colleges and universities
  • Charter schools, charter operators, and charter authorizers
  • Private education service providers
  • Non-profit boards
  • Education executives
  • University and non-profit boards

Nelson Mullins has the right experience to help our clients meet the unique needs of the education industry

Attorneys on the School and University Team include leaders in the field, as well as former educators, who bring a unique and holistic perspective to representing the education industry. We work with elected officials, appointed trustees, superintendents, CEOs, and university presidents and deans to help identify best practices and meet the challenges that are unique to the education industry.

Our attorneys are problem solvers and problem preventers to help you make timely and well-informed decisions across the education industry

Facilities and Operations

  • Technology issues
  • Data security audits
  • Construction agreements
  • Construction claims and litigation
  • Procurement – RFP drafting/bid protest defense
  • Contract drafting and negotiation
  • Leasing – equipment, cell towers
  • Special Referendum preparation and implementation
  • Land acquisitions and use, including eminent domain

Governance and Policy

  • Accreditation and School Improvement
  • Policy development and drafting
  • Open Meetings / Open Records Act (Sunshine Laws)
  • Charter Schools and Systems
  • Governance training for Boards (governance vs. management)
  • Elections, Redistricting and DOJ Validation preparation and defense
  • Intergovernmental Agreements
  • Finances, QBE, TANS, TADS, Bonds

Labor and Employment

  • Wage and Hour issues (FLSA)
  • Benefits/Affordable Care Act
  • Executive compensation
  • Workplace conduct training
  • EEOC investigations, position statements and defense
  • FMLA
  • Disability/ADA compliance and defense
  • Workers Compensation
  • Personnel policy drafting and review
  • Employment contracts
  • Employee misconduct
  • Employee tenure disputes/administrative proceedings
  • Training and compliance review regarding employee evaluations

Litigation

  • Constitutional law (Free Speech, Religion, etc.)
  • Civil Rights
  • Discrimination Claims
  • Personal Injury Defense
  • Administrative Hearings – employee, student, and special education
  • General Defense of Educational Entities
  • FERPA
  • RICO prosecution and defense

Special Education and Disability

  • IDEA, ADA, 504 Laws and Regulations
  • IEP Disputes –due process hearings
  • Student Litigation

Students

  • Title IX – compliance, investigation, and defense
  • OCR and DOJ
  • FERPA and Privacy
  • Code of Conduct
  • Student-related Board policies
  • First Amendment issues
  • Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) Federal and State Accountability
  • Student Discipline Hearings and Appeals
  • Bullying-Cyberbullying
  • Social media issues
  • Parental Rights/Advocacy
  • Constitutional Law (Free Speech, Religion, etc.)
  • Early Learning Initiatives – for disabled and non-disabled Students

Following is a selected sampling of matters and is provided for informational purposes only. Past success does not indicate the likelihood of success in any future matter.

  • Served as General Counsel for school systems totaling 250,000+ students and $2.5 Billion+ budgets
  • Represented over 350 university boards of trustees, college presidents, and nonprofit executive
  • Handled 250+ special education disputes before OCR, administrative agencies, and federal courts
  • Served as lead counsel for prosecution of 150+ employee discipline matters arising from a widely publicized cheating scandal
  • Managed and led the creation of the first large public charter system (100,000+ students)
  • Obtained dismissal on behalf of our client in the trial court, affirmed at the United States Court of Appeals, and then successfully opposed a petition of certiorari to the U.S. Supreme Court by relying on a complex issue involving offensive nonmutual collateral estoppel
  • One of the larger higher education practices in the United States
  • Partner with our education clients to provide holistic, 360 degree representation
  • Access to the deep bench of talent and resources
  • Educational experience giving insight into the challenges faced by our clients and the skills to meet those challenges head-on
  • Deep understanding of the legal, financial, operational, and political forces impacting our clients, resulting in effective legal advocacy at every level and thought leadership to help them achieve their operational goals

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