Public Sector Law

MVP has vast experience providing general legal services to educational institutions both as general counsel and as special counsel for particular matters or issues. Because legal services needed by educational institutions vary, counsel need the necessary experience to recognize issues and be in a position to give advice necessary to help minimize problems as they arise. MVP has gained this experience over many years representing educational institutions and has passed this experience down to those attorneys presently employed by the firm. This includes experience with issues of accreditation, litigation (formal and informal administrative hearings as well as proceedings in federal and state court), contracts/agreements, real estate matters, environmental issues, asbestos removal, collective bargaining, finance, employee benefits, training and drafting guidelines, policies and procedures.

MVP is keenly attuned to recognizing and addressing issues involving students including freedom of speech, search and seizure, transportation, student employment, student organizations, athletics, intellectual property, academic fraud, substance abuse, harassment, discrimination, accommodations, safety, criminal activity, enrollment, records, special education, physical injuries and allegations of discrimination. MVP works with clients to establish policies and procedures for dealing with the various issues which can arise involving students and then works to train staff on how to implement and follow these procedures to ensure compliance. MVP also works with various regulatory bodies to ensure compliance with legislative mandates including those related to gender equity under Title IX. If issues involving students end up in litigation, MVP has extensive experience in handling litigation whether it involves issues of academic freedom in the classroom, free speech in a school newspaper/website, accommodations in the provision of services or gender equity in athletic programs. MVP has successfully handled numerous matters involving students including suspensions and expulsions, constitutional rights, Department of Education Office of Civil Rights complaints, harassment complaints, personal injury claims, special education issues and a variety of other matters arising from the school's relationship with its students.

School Law and Public Law:

MVP has vast experience providing general legal services to educational institutions both as general counsel and as special counsel for particular matters or issues. Because legal services needed by educational institutions vary, counsel need the necessary experience to recognize issues and be in a position to give advice necessary to help minimize problems as they arise. MVP has gained this experience over many years representing educational institutions and has passed this experience down to those attorneys presently employed by the firm. This includes experience with issues of accreditation, litigation (formal and informal administrative hearings as well as proceedings in federal and state court), contracts/agreements, real estate matters, environmental issues, asbestos removal, collective bargaining, finance, employee benefits, training and drafting guidelines, policies and procedures.

Administrative Law:

MVP regularly attends board meetings and planning sessions, cabinet meetings, budget workshops of community colleges and school districts and is intimately familiar with all aspects of the law governing the conduct of such meetings. MVP is experienced with issues relating to Open Meetings Actsand Open Records Act.

Special Education Law:

MVP has experience in every aspect of the laws and regulations pertaining to the provision of special education. MVP regularly reviews new developments in the area of special education whether it involves changes to the statutes or implementing regulations or judicial decisions. MVP provides updates and guidance to its educational clients on these new developments to ensure that they remain in compliance with the law. This includes analyzing the interaction between the special education statutes such as the IDEA or Section 504 and other legislation such as the ADA, Title I, NCLB, FERPA and McKinney-Vento. MVP lawyers frequently lecture at both the state and national level on special education issues. School personnel frequently consult with firm attorneys when developing policies and procedures for the provision of special education services and firm attorneys often provide legal guidance during the development of IEP’s. Firm attorneys also draft or review contracts with outside agencies for the provision of services.


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