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R. Brent Minney, Esq.

Brent Minney

Of Counsel

address: 5005 Rockside Rd. Suite 260 Cleveland, Ohio 44131-6808
phone: 216.520.0088
fax: 216.520.0044
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Mr. Minney has served Of Counsel to the firm of Pepple & Waggoner since retiring from full-time practice in 2014. He began his legal career as an Assistant Prosecutor for Muskingum County, Ohio, during which time he represented county officeholders, townships, local school districts, and the joint vocational and county school districts in Muskingum County. Since 1981, his law practice has been limited exclusively to the representation and counseling of public school districts and boards of education. While Mr. Minney negotiates for board of education, his major emphasis is in the areas of special education law, litigation, grievance arbitration, and general counseling of boards of education. Mr. Minney has presented numerous speeches at various seminars and authored articles on education law topics.

Selected Recent Presentations and Published Works
2014 “Communications – Media Relations”; School Negotiations Workshop
“Conversion of Minimum School Year from Days to Hours”; School District Administrative Inservice
2013 “A Refresher on Student Discipline Basics”; School Law Update Seminar
“Effectively Responding to Free Speech Issues in Public Schools”; BASA Regional Meeting
“Legal Update – Food Allergies”; OME-RESA Inservice
2012 “Special Education Student Discipline – Seclusion and Restraint”; The Franciscan University of Steubenville
“Communications During the Bargaining Process”; School Negotiations Workshop
“Harassment, Intimidation, and Bullying”; School District Classified Employee Inservice
“Managing Special Education – A Special Education Primer”; Ashland University
2011 “Ten Common Special Education Mistakes”; Special Education Seminar
“Keep Your Name Off the Front Page – Discipline Strategies for Students with Disabilities”; Special Education Seminar
“Understanding Your Starting Point – How to Find and Fix Troublesome Contract Language”; School Negotiations Workshop
“Upending Tenure and Job Security”; Seminar on the Challenges and Opportunities of SB 5
“Sexting and Cyberbullying”; The Franciscan University of Steubenville
“Sports Law”; School District Athletic Directors Meeting
2010 “The Effective Use of Paraprofessionals in Special Education”; Special Education Seminar
“Managing Student Funds and Booster Funds”; OSBA Sports Law Workshop
“Service Animals in Schools”; OSBA Capital Conference
“Bargaining for Benefits”; OASBO Annual Workshop
2009 “Great Player, Bad Seed – Student Discipline and the Athletic Office”; School Law Update Seminar
“ESC Support for Response to Intervention (RTI) – The New Way of Doing Business”; OSBA Capital Conference

Ohio Sports Law Handbook published by the Ohio School Boards Association in 2004 and revised in 2006, 2008, and 2013
Complete Guide to Employing, Training & Supervising Paraprofessionals published by Brownstone Publishers, Inc. in 2005
Planning Your Paraprofessionals Path: An Administrator’s Legal Compliance and Training Guide published by LRP Publications in 2007
Brownstone’s newsletter, IDEA Compliance Insider, served on Board of Advisors

Bar Admissions
• Ohio
Court Admissions
• United States District Court, Northern District of Ohio
• United States District Court, Southern District of Ohio
• United States Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
• Ohio Supreme Court
• Ohio local and state courts
Professional and Civic Organizations and Activities
• Ohio State Bar Association
• American Bar Association
• Akron and Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Associations
• Ohio Council of School Board Attorneys’ Executive Committee (past Chairperson)
• OME-RESA Legal Services Director
• J.D., cum laude, University of Dayton School of Law
• B.A., with high distinction, Political Science, Ohio Northern University

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