Education Litigation

From IEP, disability accommodation and labor and employment disputes to facilities management, safety, environmental issues and financial constraints — education institutions must overcome far more than the typical hurdles public agencies face. Handling these and a host of other issues requires a wide range of regulatory and legal knowledge and experience. 

Best Best & Krieger LLP’s cross-disciplinary Education Litigation team represents public and private K-12 schools, school districts, county offices of education, community colleges and universities, special education local plan areas and education foundations. We help these clients minimize risk, avoid potential pitfalls, and resolve litigation while managing costs when going to court proves unavoidable. 

Our litigators have successfully represented educational institutions at all levels of state and federal court. We manage every aspect of litigation, preparing and responding to discovery requests including depositions, requests for admissions, interrogatories, requests for production of documents, and motions for physical and mental examinations. We represent our clients at motion hearings and litigate disputes in trial courts and on appeal, when necessary. BB&K attorneys also have extensive experience in handling collective bargaining negotiations, administrative hearings and proceedings, impasse procedures, grievances, discipline appeals, and layoff hearings. 

Meeting Our Clients’ Needs In & Out of Court
Our attorneys have litigated disputes involving a wide range of issues, including: 

Beyond the courtroom, we assist school districts in responding to federal and state complaint investigations and compliance reviews, in conducting audits and complaint investigations, and in mediations, arbitrations and settlement discussions. We also advocate regarding legislative initiatives and assert and defend our clients’ interests before government agencies and regulatory bodies, including the Public Employment Relations Board, the National Labor Relations Board, the California Department of Education, the California Office of Administrative Hearings and the federal Office for Civil Rights. 

Comprehensive Risk Avoidance and Litigation Prevention Strategies 
We recognize the benefits of avoiding litigation whenever possible. Taking a proactive approach, we work with clients on developing risk avoidance strategies and complaint/response procedures. We help create and revise student handbooks, and school policies and practices. We offer training to assure staff compliance. 

Areas of Focus: Board Governance & Administration | Business Services & School Facilities | Charter Schools | Education Law | Education Litigation | Special Education
Areas of Focus: Education Law | Education Litigation | Special Education | Student Affairs
Areas of Focus: Board Governance & Administration | Business Services & School Facilities | Charter Schools | Education Law | Special Education | Student Affairs
Areas of Focus: Education Law | Education Litigation | Special Education
Areas of Focus: ARC: Advanced Records Center | Business Litigation | Education Litigation | Environmental Litigation | Labor & Employment Litigation | Public Agency Litigation
Areas of Focus: Education Law | Education Litigation | Labor & Employment | Labor & Employment Litigation | Municipal Law
Areas of Focus: California Public Records Act | Education Law | Labor & Employment | Labor & Employment Litigation

Christine N. Wood

Director of PRA Services and E-Discovery Counsel

(213) 542-3861

Areas of Focus: ARC: Advanced Records Center | Board Governance & Administration | California Public Records Act | Government Policy & Public Integrity | Municipal Law | Public Agency Litigation
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