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Donna M. Andrew, Esq.

Donna Andrew


address: 5005 Rockside Rd. Suite 260 Cleveland, Ohio 44131-6808
phone: 216.520.0088
fax: 216.520.0044
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Ms. Andrew is a Partner with Pepple & Waggoner. She represents school districts as a negotiator in both teaching and nonteaching collective bargaining, as well as in all administrative levels of workers’ compensation matters. She has also assisted many districts in determining strategies to lower workers’ compensation premiums. Ms. Andrew advises school districts in general school law matters, including employee investigations and discipline, and in special education matters. Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Andrew served the City of Cleveland Law Department as a civil trial attorney practicing in the areas of civil rights, First Amendment, and general tort litigation.

Selected Recent Presentations and Published Works

2019 Ultimate Impasse – When Can the Board Implement its Last Offer?“; School Negotiations Workshop
Concerns About Staff Compliance? How to Handle Problematic Employees“; Special Education Seminar
2018 “Prepare, Persuade, and Prevail”; School Negotiations Workshop
“Don’t Be Deliberately Indifferent: Bullying and Harassment of Disabled Students”; Special Education Seminar
Don’t Lose the Grievance Before the Hearing“; School Law Update Seminar
Bullying in 4-D“; OSBA Capital Conference
2017Common Bargaining Mistakes by Inexperienced Negotiators“; School Negotiations Workshop
Legal Rights and Wrongs for Hiring Employees“; School Law Update Seminar
2016 “Is There Fire Under That Smoke?”; School Law Update Seminar
“The Sunshine Law”; School In-Service
“The Board’s Role”; School In-Service
“Understanding Policies, Laws and Consequences”; School In-Service
“Student Discipline Basics”; School In-Service
2015 “Watching out for Kids – Student Issues that Should Not be Ignored”; School Law Update
Fundamentals of “Crisis” Communications and Media Relations During Difficult Negotiations”; School Negotiations Workshop
Managing School Leave”; HR Update OCSBA
“Dealing with Sexual Harassment and Misconduct in the Schools”; School In-Service
“Effective Employee Investigations”; School In-Service
“Special Education Update: Restraint and Seclusion”; School In-Service
2014 “How to Properly Prepare for Negotiations”; School Negotiations Workshop
“NSFW: When Employee Investigations Are Complicated By Computer and Technology Issues”; School Law Update Seminar
“The OTES Waltz:  Two Steps Forward, One Step Back”; School In-Service
“Emergency Removal, Suspension, and Expulsion Procedures Under O.R.C. 3313.66”; School In-Service
“Student Investigations and Discipline”; School In-Service
“Ten Common Special Education Mistakes”; School In-Service
2013 “Concussions and Head Injuries – What You Need to Know Now”; OSBA Sports Law Workshop
“Employee Discipline and Other Thorny Issues”; OSBA Capital Conference
“Current Negotiation and Labor Relation Trends”; NEOASBO Fall Chapter Meeting
“What You Need to Know About Workers’ Compensation”; School Law Update Seminar
2012 “I Have a Student who … Attendance FAQs”; OSBA
“Reducing Health Insurance Costs through Negotiations”; School Negotiations Workshop
“Managing the Aging Workforce”; School Law Update Seminar
2011 “Bullying and Disabled Students”; Special Education Seminar
“The Next Phase – Bargaining After SB 5 is Effective”; Seminar on the Challenges and Opportunities of SB 5
“Impact of SB 5 and Budget Proposals as They Relate to Special Education”; OCSBA Spring Seminar
“After Impasse – Bargaining When the Union Enters Crisis Mode”; School Negotiations Workshop
“Civil Rights Charges – EEOC-OCRC-OCR”; School Law Update Seminar
2010 “Boardsmanship”; School District Board Member Retreat
“The Board’s Role in District Matters and a Review of the Ohio Ethics Law Affecting Board Members”; School District Board Member Retreat
“Employment Issues Unique to Hard Times”; School Law Update Seminar
“Investigating Employee Misconduct and Winning Disciplinary Appeals”; The University of Akron, College of Education, Women Leaders in Public Education Conference
2009 “School Bullies and Legal Implications”; School District Administrative Inservice
“Bargaining Health Benefits”; NSBA
“Workers’ Compensation Changes that Work”; School Law Update Seminar
“Effectively Dealing with Student Victims of Employee Misconduct”; OSBA Capital Conference

Bar Admissions
• Ohio
Court Admissions
• United States District Court, Northern District of Ohio
• United States Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
• Ohio local and state courts
Professional and Civic Organizations and Activities
• Ohio State Bar Association
• Cleveland Bar Association
• Ohio Council of School Board Attorneys
• J.D., Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, Cleveland State University
• M.P.A., Bowling Green State University
• B.A., English/Political Science, Bowling Green State University

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