Hodgson Russ Partnership


John J. Christopher, Jeffrey F. Swiatek, Karl W. Kristoff, David A. Farmelo


Row one: Lura Hess Bechtel, Brendan P. Kelleher, Karl W. Kristoff; row two: Elizabeth D. Carlson, Michael B. Risman, John J. Christopher; row three: Peter C. Godfrey, Anne Smith Simet, F. William Gray, III; row four: John A. Alessi, Michael E. Maxwell; row five: Peter K. Bradley, Ryan L. Everhart; row six: Paul I. Perlman, Benjamin M. Zuffranieri

Hodgson Russ LLP, which provides high-quality legal services to help school clients establish the best possible educational and work environments, is pleased to support the important work of the Western New York Educational Service Council.

Over the past 30 years, our attorneys have advised on the operations and employment matters of school districts and legal issues involving students. Our attorneys have extensive experience in every aspect of education law, including:

  • Administration of collective negotiations agreements in school districts and the Taylor Law

  • Constitutional issues, including due process, search and seizure, and the First Amendment

  • Contingency budgets in New York State

  • Discipline of classified and certified employees

  • Environmental law matters

  • Federal and state civil rights laws

  • Grievance administration and arbitration

  • Litigation

  • New York civil service issues

  • New York State and federal laws generally affecting public schools

  • Public Officers Law

  • Regulations and decisions of the New York State Commissioner of Education

  • Rehabilitation Act (§504) and Americans with Disabilities Act

  • School building construction, closings, sales, and leases

  • School finances

  • School transportation issues

  • Special education

  • Student rights and discipline

  • Tax issues pertaining to wages and benefits

  • Tort liability of school districts and officials

The Education Law Practice Group attorneys present several annual seminars, conferences, and customized workshops for clients.

For more information about Hodgson Russ, please go to www.hodgsonruss.com. For in-depth school-law information, go to www.hodgsonruss.com/schoolnet/.