Tressler's Education Practice includes experienced attorneys prepared to satisfy the legal and practical needs of any school, cooperative or school district in Illinois.
Tressler attorneys have represented a variety of entities from small downstate districts, to large diverse suburban school districts to independent charter schools. We recognize that each client is unique with different needs and budgets. Tressler attorneys forge strong, trusting relationships with their clients which lead to long-term partnerships with boards and management teams. This allows us to support administrators, educators and most importantly, students. With a results-driven focus, Tressler is able to provide cost-effective guidance regardless of the issues that may be facing the client.
We have extensive depth in providing general counsel services such as managing board matters, negotiating contracts, finance, personnel, intergovernment agreements, navigating real estate and construction projects. Whether your question stems from Student Discipline, Title IX, Open Meetings Act, Freedom of Information Act, Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, Illinois School Student Records Act, 504s or IEPS, you will receive prompt, practical advice. Additionally, unlike many firms that are forced to outsource work in certain areas, the Education Practice is able to offer the “value add” that we can call on our Tressler attorneys to handle niched areas such as: tax objections, cyber liability issues such as SOPPA and data breaches, insurance coverage matters, intellectual property items, environmental concerns, civil rights, workers compensation defense and other tort matters.
Labor issues and employment matters often loom large as one of the biggest forces within your world. Tressler attorneys have extensive experience handling grievances and negotiating collective bargaining agreements. At the client’s request, we can act as lead counsel throughout the entire collective bargaining process or serve as behind-the-scenes consultants on isolated issues. Our objective is that your collective bargaining agreement empowers you to achieve your goals without labor disruptions that interfere with the educational process and divert precious resources from the classroom. Likewise, today’s employment landscape is filled with potential landmines. We can help your human resources to avoid unnecessary exposures while being mindful that risk management must be cost effective. Our attorneys regularly provide counsel on issues involving hiring, firing, teacher discipline and remediation process, Americans with Disabilities Act, Family and Medical Leave Act and we regularly appear in EEOC and IDHR hearings to protect our client’s interests.
Our goal is to work with our clients in a cost-effective and proactive manner so that risk management and educational missions can be attained. We listen and provide resources such as handbooks, policies, procedures and timely advice to ensure compliance with the current laws. As issues emerge and school laws develop, we keep our clients up-to-date with newsletters, seminars and in-service offerings tailored to your needs.
We advise, counsel and represent school districts in nearly every legal issue they may face, including, but not limited to, the following:
- Board Services
- Labor and Employment
- Student Matters
- SOPPA Compliance
- Constitutional Rights
- Real Estate and Construction
- Procurement and Contracts
- Special Education
- Public Finance
- Tort Immunity
- Policies and Procedures
- Charter Schools