The School Leaders’ Liability practice group of Marshall Dennehey represents and defends school leaders, school boards and all educational institutions including; public and private schools, school districts, charter schools, cyber charter schools, colleges and universities in claims and suits brought against them.

    Our attorneys handle a full complement of administrative, state and federal litigation matters, including, but not limited to:

    • Special Education Due Process (IEP, §504 including placement, tuition, compensatory education, attorneys' fees and Child Find)
    • Student Rights – including free speech, locker searches, etc.
    • Bullying and Anti-Bullying Policies
    • Employee Discrimination/Harassment/Retaliation – discipline, equal opportunity and equal pay (all federal, state laws and local ordinances prohibiting discrimination / harassment based upon protected classes)
    • Employee Grievances/Employer Investigation
    • Board Policies and Procedures
    • Educator Complaints
    • Educator Misconduct
    • Educator Due Process (termination or other discipline based upon performance)
    • Student Discipline
    • All manner of personal injury claims including those subject to the Pennsylvania Political Subdivision Tort Claims Act
    • Sexual misconduct

    We also offer comprehensive services for colleges and universities in a variety of litigation areas including, but not limited to:

    • All manner of Personal Injury claims, including those stemming from on-campus violence
    • Environmental disputes
    • Health, Safety and Security matters
    • Tenure disputes
    • Civil Rights issues
    • All manner of Employment Claims
    • Student Education and Privacy Rights
    • Student Discipline
    • Construction Litigation and Premises Liability
    • Intellectual Property and Technology Claims
    • Clery Act Violations
    • Sexual misconduct

    A significant strength of our practice group lies in the diversity of our coverage areas throughout Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, Ohio, New York, Florida and Connecticut. Our attorneys appear regularly before administrative hearing officers, investigative agencies and federal and state court judges where they bring to bear the experience and knowledge of the local jurisdictions where they practice and the communities where our clients conduct the "business of education."

    Our practice group appreciates the necessity of working together with our clients in a practical, result-oriented approach to achieve the most pragmatic, cost-efficient results that are satisfactory to our various school boards. We welcome the opportunity to handle your school leaders' matters. We gladly provide our clients with general education and employment matter consultations, training, seminars and presentations at mutually convenient locations for your staff.