School District Representation

Education Lawyers for School Districts

Steele Schneider has a wide range of expertise to offer school boards, including collective bargaining, grievance arbitration advocacy, special education advocacy, construction contract drafting, litigation support, student expulsions and suspensions, teacher terminations and disciplinary suspensions, and Board management and oversight of budgets, superintendents, and administrative personnel.

Charlie Steele, the firm's senior partner, has negotiated teacher contracts in Allegheny, Mercer, Westmoreland, Erie, Dauphin, Bucks, Washington, Beaver, Butler and other counties throughout Pennsylvania. As a negotiator, Charlie has successfully bargained pay freezes, fringe benefit concessions, management rights and other management rights for School Boards.

As an employment lawyer for school districts, we have also successfully resolved grievances filed by local teachers' unions. Often, we have been able to avoid grievance arbitration by convincing the teachers' union that it will be unsuccessful in a grievance arbitration hearing.

The firm also possesses substantial experience in special education matters, including due process hearings, resolution meetings, IEP meetings and federal court litigation. Whenever a special education complaint arises, we are capable of posturing the pending case for an early resolution.

School districts faced with challenges to its right to expel or suspend a student will find Steele Schneider lawyers capable of defending the expulsion or suspension decisions entered against the student. Steele Schneider also has expertise in negotiating settlements of student expulsion or suspension rulings by devising pre-hearing diversion arrangements with parents. This approach saves taxpayer dollars and is consistent with advocating the interests of students.

School construction projects are another area of expertise for the firm. We understand the importance of drafting construction contracts that protect the interests of the school districts, and we are experienced at handling the litigation associated with school construction, which can occur in the absence of well-written contracts. The firm's construction and architect contract advice can save a school district and taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars.

We also assist school board members in effectively supervising superintendents and other educational administrators. We are expert at writing and the terminating superintendent contracts. Given that a school board's effectiveness can be enhanced or diminished by the quality, or lack thereof, in a superintendent's leadership, it is important to have a school lawyer who has expertise to assist the Board in effectively evaluating its superintendent and members of his/her executive staff.

Steele Schneider represents clients throughout Western Pennsylvania, including Pittsburgh and surrounding communities. Contact us at 412-228-4657 to arrange a free initial consultation with an experienced Pittsburgh employment law attorney.