The Education Law Group of TimberlakeSmith is a team of lawyers and staff dedicated to the highly specialized practice of education law. The Group’s attorneys possess substantial experience representing public school boards, public regional educational programs, private schools and private institutions of higher education. From the firm’s centralized location in Staunton, the Group has represented over 35 public school boards and regional programs all over the Commonwealth and its lawyers are recognized as leaders in Virginia in education law.
Our lawyers routinely focus on the substantive specialties in school law, including employment/human resource issues, teacher issues, student discipline, special education, construction, public procurement, FOIA, constitutional issues, and board governance. Our lawyers also have a well-established track record of successfully defending client interests in litigation, backed by a team of lawyers who are recognized as outstanding by peers.
The lawyers in our Group take seriously the commitment to be available to our clients whenever they need us. This means we are always “on call.” The complex legal and operational challenges confronting school administrators are not confined to the normal work day and when a crisis or significant problem arises, we strive to provide our clients with the confidence and reassurance that our attorneys are available to work through any problem, day or night, and no matter where we may be physically located. Our counsel is prompt, recognizing the time-sensitivity of client needs and our advice and solutions are practical and pragmatic. Importantly, our commitment to client relationships is reinforced by a shared passion for the noble work of educators and the goals of education. In addition to responding to pressing legal needs, we help keep our clients current on legal issues and court decisions. Clients are updated through presentations and seminars. Our lawyers regularly speak at statewide and regional education law conferences and are active in education law professional organizations.