Giarmarco, Mullins & Horton, P.C. Education Law

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EDUCATION LAW EDUCATION LAW ATTORNEYS The Education Law Practice Group at Giarmarco, Mullins & Horton has extensive experience serving public school districts, charter schools, intermediate school districts, independent schools, and universities on legal issues which impact all facets of school operations.

EDUCATION LAW GROUP AREAS OF EXPERTISE: GENERAL SCHOOL LAW COMPLIANCE Board Policies & Administrative Guidelines Board Governance Public School Legislation and Laws Michigan Revised School Code Freedom of Information Act Open Meetings Act Robert’s Rules of Order Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act Conflicts of Interest and Compatibility of Offices Fingerprinting and Criminal Background Checks School Election Laws Crisis Management and Response Safety and Security


Purchasing and Competitive Bidding School Construction and Related Professional Services Contracts Real Estate Issues Leasing Land Use Regulation Cell Tower Leasing Telecommunications Retirement and Employee Benefits Technology School Election Laws Contract Drafting Outsourcing of Non-Instructional Services Pupil Transportation Food Services Facility Operations and Management, including Custodial, Grounds and Facility Maintenance Intellectual Property Environmental Regulations Educational Foundations & Charitable Giving


Compliance with the Michigan Teachers’ Tenure Act Filing of Teacher Tenure Charges Representation before the Michigan Teacher Tenure Commission

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Board of Directors, Chair, Government Law and Insurance Defense Mr. Mullins has been successfully representing Michigan public school districts for more than 30 years. His representation of public school districts includes: employment discrimination, constitutional litigation, general education, special education, personal injury, serious school bus accidents, workers’ compensation and more. Mr. Mullins has successfully argued cases in front of the Michigan Supreme Court, the Michigan Court of Appeals, the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, the United States Supreme Court and the numerous state trial courts and administrative agencies.


Municipal and Education Mr. Amodeo concentrates his practice in the areas of education and municipalities. He represents public school districts, municipalities, and employers in claims of wrongful discharge, employment discrimination, harassment, breach of contract, retaliation, wage and hour laws, and family medical leave laws. Additionally, Mr. Amodeo assists public and intermediate school districts with civil rights suits and constitutional law claims, Title IX claims, peer-on-peer harassment claims, and personal injury claims.


Labor and Employment Mr. Chapie represents public school districts, municipalities, and employers against claims of wrongful discharge, employment discrimination, harassment, breach of contract, retaliation, wage and hour laws, and family medical leave laws. He also assists public school districts and intermediate school districts with student issues involving: special education, civil rights and constitutional claims, Title IX, student discipline and due process, peer-on-peer harassment, and personal injury. As a trial lawyer, Mr. Chapie has defended clients in state and federal courts, at both the trial and appellate levels.


Municipal Mr. Hitchcock concentrates his practice in the areas of municipal law, litigation, employee benefits, and business transactions. He has extensive experience in municipal matters over the past 26 years, handling municipal government and school board issues. Mr. Hitchcock also represents a number of insurance companies in litigation defense, fringe benefits, disability, and other employment related litigation.


Workers’ Compensation Mr. Levitsky concentrates his practice in the areas of workers’ compensation defense, subrogation, general civil liability, and criminal defense. He has successfully defended employers, their insurance companies, selfinsureds, and third-party administrators at all levels of the workers’ compensation process. Mr. Levitsky has extensive trial and appellate court experience in Michigan state and federal courts.


Labor and Employment Mr. Miller represents public school districts and municipalities in a wide array of litigation—including: employment, FOIA and Open Meetings Act, general education, special education, civil rights, constitutional law, personal injury claims, and workers’ compensation. He has represented governmental entities and private employers throughout Michigan’s state and federal courts—both at the trial and appellate levels, including the Michigan Supreme Court and United States Supreme Court.


Education and Ligation Ms. Shea is an associate in our Education and Litigation Group. She focuses her practice on complex, evolving legal issues impacting school district such as: Title IX, governmental immunity, FERPA, employment law, Child Protection Law, civil rights and constitutional law. Ms. Shea assists in all aspects of the litigation process - including discovery, research, motion practice, and appeals.


Collective Bargaining Administration of Collective Bargaining Agreements Grievance Arbitrations Mediation & Fact Finding Unfair Labor Practice Charges Union Campaigns & Elections


Federal and State Equal Employment Opportunity Laws Employee Handbooks and Personnel Policy Manuals Employment Contracts Severance Agreements Employment Counseling and Training Family & Medical Leave Act Disability Accommodations Criminal Background Checks Fair Labor Standards Act State Wage & Hour Laws Social Media Unemployment Compensation Teacher and Staff Evaluations Employee Discipline Harassment/Bullying Freedom to Work Weapons in Schools First Amendment and Establishment Clause Occupational Safety & Health Investigations Employee Discipline & Investigations


Whistleblowers’ Protection Act Civil Rights Litigation under Federal and State Civil Rights Laws; including alleged discrimination based on race, color, age, sex, national origin, disability, religion, pregnancy, marital status, height and weight, disability, gender identification Compliance Audits by the Office of Civil Rights Wage and Hour Laws Administrative Proceedings Michigan Employment Relations Commission Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Michigan Department of Civil Rights Teacher Tenure Commission Michigan Wage/Hour Division U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Safety & Health Administration U.S. Department of Education


Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act Compliance Public Acts 54 and 152 of 2011 403(b) Plans Section 125 Cafeteria Plan Compliance

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