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Florida Education Litigation Lawyers

We are believers in the Florida education system, and we are believers in helping our clients work to improve it through school choice. With more than a decade of experience in education law, partner attorney Melissa Gross-Arnold has represented diverse clientele with a variety of goals and needs in Florida, while Shawn Arnold has worked in both Florida and Georgia on difficult litigation matters, representing schools' interests against school districts as well as students and parents.  Our charter school and private school attorneys have the experience and skills to represent public and private school clients in nearly every aspect of their day to day operations up to litigation that involves the very future of the client’s school.

At Arnold Law Firm, we work with clients in the public and private sectors, including charter schools, private schools, education management organizations, educational service providers, investors and other stakeholders. Our lawyers work closely with our clients to resolve their unique legal needs as diplomatically and straightforwardly as possible, even in litigation.

Contact us today by e-mail or call us at 904-731-3800 to schedule a free initial consultation with an experienced and pragmatic Florida education litigation attorney.

Our Services

Though our firm is small, we are focused and able to counsel and represent clients on a wide range of issues, including but not limited to:

  • Appeals — charter application denials and termination or nonrenewal of contracts
  • Funding — state and federal funding negotiation, mediation and litigation for public and private schools
  • Charter application review and renewal — review and collaboration on charter school application or renewal, preparation for interview by the authorizer and the review process
  • School site lease or purchase agreements: review and analysis — initial including due diligence in relation to school site entitlements such as land use and zoning
  • Contract negotiation and disputes — charter contract negotiation and resolution of disputes, as well as drafting of review of other types of contracts relating to school operations
  • Compliance with Sunshine and other laws — guidance and structuring to assure compliance with open meetings and public records laws relating to schools FERPA compliance. Compliance with laws relating to public and private schools
  • Special education issues — representing schools and working for collaborative resolution through mediation and negotiation, due process proceedings and State Complaints, restraint protocols and procedure.
  • Governance issues and school policy development — advising schools on internal structuring and compliance with external legal requirements in relation to a range of issues
  • Family Law Issues impacting schools — parental responsibility, mandatory child abuse reporting, school responsibility regarding restraining orders and subpoenas for teacher testimony in family law proceedings
  • Private schools — general counsel assistance to private schools, including contract drafting and review, resolution of disputes, governance, compliance with federal and state requirements, and eligibility for governmental programs such as McKay Scholarships

We are preferred vendors of legal services to the Florida Consortium of Public Charter Schools (FCPCS).

Consult With a Jacksonville Education Litigation Attorney

Contact us today by e-mail or call us at 904-731-3800 to schedule a free initial consultation.

We provide governmental rates and preferential rates to clients affiliated with FCPCS.

Connect With Our Firm:

Arnold Law Firm
6279 Dupont Station Court
Jacksonville, FL 32217
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Toll Free: 904-731-3800
Phone: 904-731-3800
Fax: 904-731-3807