About Us

A Fond Farewell and an Enthusiastic Welcome

Smith Peters Kalail Co., L.P.A. has changed its name to Peters Kalail & Markakis Co., L.P.A. The name change reflects the departure of David Smith who is leaving the firm and transitioning to a part-time practice and the addition of two new partners – Maria Limbert Markakis and Albin Bauer, II. We wish David Smith the best and welcome Maria and Albin! With successful education practices, Maria and Albin will be great additions to the firm and will help us launch a new union designed to align resources, leverage experience and add depth to our existing practice. The firm will continue to focus on its growing school law practice and remains committed to combining small-firm responsiveness with large-firm capability and expertise.

Professional. Responsive. Trusted.

At Peters Kalail & Markakis Co., L.P.A., we partner with Ohio school boards to provide high-quality legal services and guidance.

Clients benefit from our statewide presence, active networking, and decades of experience. Many school districts face common challenges; we take what we learn from every case and issue and apply that knowledge to answer similar questions and to solve similar problems while considering each client’s unique needs and priorities.

Our Philosophy

  • Board counsel accessibility and responsiveness are crucial to our clients and their administrative teams. Clients can access our attorneys at any time for telephone consultation.
  • Preventative legal maintenance is accomplished through relevant, proactive communication with clients, including electronic communications and in-services. Providing these services at a reasonable fee is our commitment to our clients.
  • A solid understanding of the legal issues impacting education is vital to the administration and management of public and private schools. It is our role to help school boards avoid legal pitfalls.
  • Strong defense of lawsuits filed against boards of education is achieved through thoughtful legal analysis, vigorous advocacy, and effective courtroom skills. We believe that regular communication with clients during the litigation process ensures they are confident and informed throughout each case.

At Peters Kalail & Markakis, we provide comprehensive legal service and guidance to Ohio school boards at a reasonable cost. Whether it’s professional guidance on financial issues, student rights and discipline, or employment matters, we help districts avoid economic and legal frustrations so they can focus on what is most important: educating children.

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Peters Kalail & Markakis is listed in Martindale-Hubbell’s Bar Register of Pre-Eminent Lawyers for its education law practice.