4 Essex Avenue, Suite 200
P.O. Box 259

Bernardsville, NJ 07924

CALL: 908-658-3800

FAX: 908-658-4659

School Law

The Flanagan, Barone & O’Brien (f/k/a Purcell, Mulcahy & Flanagan) School Law team has extensive experience in all matters relating to local boards of education and boards of trustee. We provide skilled representation on any issue faced by school districts or charter schools. Our professionals have significant experience litigating in the New Jersey State courts, in all 21 counties; United States District Court of New Jersey; Third Circuit Court of Appeals; and in administrative forums including the Department of Education, School Ethics Commission, the Office of Administrative Law, the Public Employment Relations Commission, the EEOC and the DCR. Our attorneys also regularly conduct investigations, provide trainings and counseling on the many sensitive matters that arise in the school setting.

Our experience in school law includes specialization in the following areas:

  • Special education matters (Due Process Petitions, IEP disputes, placement decisions)
  • Discrimination (age, sex, race, disability, national origin, sexual orientation in the context of filed allegations internally and litigation)
  • School Board Ethics
  • Constitutional (free speech, religion, privacy)
  • Harassment, Intimidation and Bullying appeals and investigations
  • Affirmative Action and Board policy investigations
  • Negligence and Title 59
  • Tenure and seniority
  • “Whistleblower”
  • Family leave
  • Reduction-in-force
  • Residency issues
  • Student discipline
  • Teacher discipline
  • PERC matters
  • OPRA
  • OPMA