The 2015U.S. News – Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms” ranked Britton Smith Peters & Kalail as a “Best Law Firm” in education law. The rankings are based on a rigorous evaluation process that includes thousands of clients, highly skilled lawyers, and law firm representatives.
According to U.S. News and its evaluation criteria, education law deals with public and private institutions at all levels. A comprehensive practice encompasses public finance, labor and employment, special education, taxation, real estate, litigation, intellectual property, environmental, and regulatory law.
Areas of coverage for public education typically include:
Board organization/operations – ethics issues, sunshine laws, public records requests and the development/revision of policies
Construction – public improvements, architect and construction contracts, competitive bidding documents, and procedures
Federal and state employment laws – Fair Labor Standards Act, Family Medical Leave Act, Title VII, Title IX, Americans With Disabilities Act, OSHA, workers’ compensation, reductions-in force, health benefits, pensions/retirement plans, tax sheltered annuities, evaluations, and employment contracts
Financing – counseling and supervision of proceedings for debt and lease-based financing of capital improvements and for cash-flow financings including state law, federal tax, and securities law analysis and assistance
Labor relations and collective bargaining – employee grievances, arbitration, unfair labor practice claims, union negotiations, fact-findings, and impasse/strike preparations
Acquisition and disposition of property – office equipment, energy conservation measures, and the leasing, purchase and sale of property
Special education law – counseling on compliance with Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, attendance at Individualized Education Program meetings, mediations, and due process hearings, staff training, legislative involvement, and court appeals
Student rights and responsibilities – custody, residency, transportation, discipline, student records/privacy, first amendment issues, and tuition
Territory transfers – procedures for district reorganization including annexation, consolidation, and transfer