Education Industry Overview

Porzio attorneys provide a broad range of legal counseling and litigation services to the education community. We regularly represent over 30 boards of education, charter schools, private institutions and charter management organizations, and routinely serve as special counsel to school districts and municipalities. Our unsurpassed level of experience and success on a wide range of issues, such as high-profile sending-receiving disputes and deregionalizations, provides tangible benefits to our clients that are unattainable through other law firms.

We offer our clients in the business of education, both public and private, a broad range of services—from insurance coverage to environmental law, from land use to bankruptcy, from construction to collective bargaining, from charter school governance to forming non-profit "Friends" entities. Our firm boasts a former New Jersey Supreme Court Justice and a former judge with decades of experience at the trial and appellate level. They regularly assist our clients in developing strategy and in addressing complex constitutional and contractual matters, particularly where there are issues that are likely to be placed before the state or federal courts of New Jersey.

A Suite of Services

We provide the following services to our education clients:

  • Tenure proceedings and increment withholdings
  • Student suspensions and expulsions
  • Special education disputes
  • Charter school real estate development
  • Negotiation and drafting of contracts
  • Arbitration
  • PERC hearings
  • Formation of "Friends" non-profit corporate entities
  • Real estate and land use matters
  • Bid disputes
  • Construction law matters
  • Application of the Open Public Meetings Act and Open Public Records Act
  • Employment discrimination and sexual harassment—prevention, investigation and litigation
  • Labor law and collective bargaining
  • Negotiation and termination of sending-receiving relationships
  • Restructuring of, withdrawal from, or dissolution of regional school districts
  • Insurance coverage
  • Bankruptcy and financial restructuring