The Education Law attorneys at Brown, Hay + Stephens understand the financial constraints facing education institutions. We respond with prompt service by experienced lawyers skilled in strategic, critical thinking and practical problem-solving. Many times, legal issues can be addressed quickly with a phone call or even an email. When more complex legal issues arise that require litigation, decades of experience in the school law arena provides clients with access to experienced education law attorneys and on-site legal databases and files.

Our Education Law attorneys regularly represent:

  • Public K-12 school districts
  • Illinois public community colleges
  • Illinois private colleges and universities
  • Charter schools
  • Public school foundations
  • Education-related not-for-profit organizations

Our attorneys have decades of experience with venues where school law issues arise, including:  

  • Illinois State Board of Education
  • Regional Offices of Education
  • Illinois Educational Labor Relations Board
  • Illinois Department of Human Rights
  • Illinois Department of Employment Security
  • Illinois Human Rights and Industrial Commissions
  • The EEOC
  • United States Department of Education and Office of Civil Rights
  • State and federal courts.

The Education Law practice group offers Brown, Hay + Stephens' clients comprehensive legal representation in the following areas, among others:

  • Board Governance and Policy
  • Board Elections, Districts, and Desegregation
  • School Finance and Property Taxation
  • Business Office Administration and Audit Concerns
  • Annexation, De-Annexation, and Consolidation
  • Real Estate and Construction
  • Regulatory Compliance
  • Labor Relations (Collective Bargaining, Grievances, Arbitration)
  • Personnel and Employment Matters (Contracts, Hiring, Evaluation, Remediation, and Termination)
  • Risk Management, Safety, and Security
  • Intergovernmental Agreements
  • Public Information and Privacy Issues (e.g. FOIA, OMA, FERPA, ISSRA)
  • Special Education and Disability Concerns
  • Student Discipline and Constitutional Issues


Education Law Attorneys

Roland R. Cross

Roland R. Cross

Partner

Eric L. Grenzebach

Eric L. Grenzebach

Senior Counsel

David P. Hennessy

David P. Hennessy

Associate Attorney

Jessica A. Nardulli

Jessica A. Nardulli

Associate Attorney

Allison F. Richard

Allison F. Richard

Associate Attorney