Education Practice Overview

The Porzio Education Team provides litigation and counseling services to a wide variety of public schools, private schools, charter schools, and colleges.  Our litigation services include defending our clients and prosecuting lawsuits instigated by our clients.  We frequently handle employment disputes, commercial disputes, construction and bid disputes, OPRA and OPMA disputes, insurance disputes, student discipline and bullying matters, tenure cases, and school district reconfiguration disputes.  Our extensive counseling services cover countless areas, including student and staff discipline, employment practices, contract and bidding matters, special education, policy drafting, implementation and enforcement, labor negotiations, and safety issues.

In certain matters, our team has distinguished itself with cutting-edge and precedent-setting cases:  

  • In school district reconfiguration cases, our attorneys have handled the only three regional school district dissolutions in state history; precedent-setting sending-receiving disputes; and disputes over the regional school district tax levies.
  • Our attorneys have worked with charter schools from the very inception of the charter school movement, helping to start charter schools throughout the state and helping them to achieve success.
  • Given our long-standing relationship with the Department of Education, we have helped public schools, charter schools and schools that serve children with special needs to work with state and county education officials in a cost-effective manner.
Charter Schools

Porzio is the leading legal service provider to New Jersey charter schools and charter management organizations.  As counsel to over 15 charter schools, we provide legal services in the areas of board governance, personnel management, real estate transactions, creation of “friends” entities, special education, Department of Education audits, charter agreement negotiations, public bidding, disputes with local resident school districts and other business matters.  We also represent charter management organizations with respect to their contracts with charter schools and in general matters.

Regional School Districts and Sending-Receiving Relationships

There can be no higher-stakes matter than one which involves a community’s relationship with its regional school district or its partner in a sending-receiving relationship.  In the past quarter century, Porzio attorneys have been involved in virtually every precedent-setting case in these two areas.

Private Schools for Children with Special Needs

Our educational practice extends to serving as general counsel or special counsel for schools for children with special needs.  In our work with these schools, we address issues involving the Department of Education, as well as employment, contractual and financial issues through either negotiation or litigation. We have also served as special counsel to ASAH for several years. 

Private Independent Schools

Private independent schools are small businesses whose product happens to be educational programs.  Our extensive experience in representing both schools and small businesses enables us to effectively and efficiently meet the needs of private independent schools.  In representing some of New Jersey’s finest private schools, our experience in relevant employment issues, contract issues and construction disputes, serves our clients well.

Colleges

Porzio attorneys regularly provide legal advice and representation to institutions of higher education.  We have been involved in high-profile matters involving New Jersey’s largest and most prestigious universities, as well as smaller, local colleges.  These matters involve issues of employment law, bidding disputes, land use, and intellectual property.  We pride ourselves on having an experienced team with a cost-effective approach to a myriad of issues.