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Education and School Law

The Education and School Law Practice, led by a Brian Leinhauser, a former school teacher, is experienced in representing school districts, charter schools, private institutions, colleges, and universities and helping them navigate the multitude of issues facing educational institutions and their leaders such as special education, employment contracts and negotiations, student safety and discipline, lease and contract negotiations, and land use to name a few.

We serve as general and/or outside counsel, and litigation counsel to a variety of schools, and advise school officials on a daily basis on questions that arise including compliance with state and federal law, student disciplinary issues, real estate matters, employment issues, IDEA and special education issues, review of employment practices and other operational matters.

We perform internal investigations where necessary, and maintain communication with school leaders and board members regarding ongoing concerns and issues of immediate need. The best interest of the school and its students serves as our guide for all our representations.

We defend schools and educational institutions in all manner of litigation including Title IX matters, cases before the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commissions, the EEOC, Federal and state courts, and Pennsylvania agencies such as the Pennsylvania Department of Education, the Pennsylvania Charter School Appeals Board, and various school district boards.

We are a go to firm for charter school formation, daily operation, governance and defense, and we are retained by both prospective and long-established charter schools throughout Pennsylvania for full representation and ongoing counsel, as well as unique single issues that arise. We have been asked to present at a number of education seminars and summits including presenting to Charter School Conferences on IDEA compliance, Board Governance and Compliance issues, Labor and Employment issues, and Title IX Compliance and Investigations.

We have successfully defended school employers in Title VII claims and other federal litigation and provided handbook review and Human Resources training and audits to clients to ensure their compliance with this ever-changing area of the law.

A Message to Our Customers About Coronavirus COVID-19:
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A Message to Our Clients About Coronavirus COVID-19:

Dear Clients, Colleagues and Friends,
Like all of you, we have spent much attention and effort to determine the most responsible manner to navigate the challenges associated with the COVID-19 health crisis. We continue to follow daily developments prioritizing the health and wellbeing of our employees and their families, while continuing to fulfill our commitment to our clients. Effective Friday, March 20, our physical office will be temporarily closed. Our attorneys and staff will be working remotely and available by e-mail and phone. Please be assured, that we will promptly return all calls that go to our voicemail.

We are confident that the measures we have taken will enable continuous and uninterrupted service to you, while joining in the effort to slow the spread of COVID-19 and meeting our professional commitments. MacMain Connell & Leinhauser remains devoted to fulfilling the needs of our clients, and our team will continue to deliver legal services that are ‘real, practical and excellent’ in this challenging time. Should you have any questions or concerns, we encourage you to reach out to us.

We thank you all for your anticipated cooperation during this difficult period, and wish you and your family good health, protection and safety.

The Attorneys and Staff of MacMain Connell & Leinhauser