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Kevin J. Locke, Esq.

Kevin Locke

Managing Partner

address: 5005 Rockside Rd. Suite 260 Cleveland, Ohio 44131-6808
phone: 216.520.0088
fax: 216.520.0044
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Kevin Locke has practiced exclusively in the area of public school law since 1990.  As a result, he has acquired extensive experience in public sector labor contract negotiations, labor arbitrations, board of education policy preparation, special education, teacher evaluations and non-renewals, reduction-in-force matters, student suspensions, unfair labor practice defense, and general school law representation. Kevin is a frequent presenter at seminars for the Ohio School Boards Association, Buckeye Association of School Administrators, the Ohio Association of School Business Officials, Ohio Association of Local School Superintendents and at numerous other school conferences and seminars.  Kevin was a member of the Ohio Council of School Board Attorneys’ Executive Committee for eight years and served as its chairperson in 2016.

When not working, Kevin and his wife Sue like to spend time going to concerts, visiting their daughter in Columbus, and their son in Denver. 

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
• American Bar Association
• Ohio Council of School Board Attorneys’ Executive Committee
• National School Boards Association

• J.D., The University of Akron School of Law
• B.A., Personnel Management, The University of Akron

Selected Recent Presentations and Published Works
2020 “Sealing the Deal: Techniques for Successful Settlement”; School Negotiations Workshop
“Preparation, Proposals, Goals and Strategies”; OSBA Intro to Collective Bargaining
“We Can Work It Out: Options for Changing a Student’s Placement”; Special Education Seminar
2019 Hot Bargaining Topics in 2019“; School Negotiations Workshop
Current Issues in Collective Bargaining“; School Law Update Seminar
No Good Deed Goes Unpunished and Other Pitfalls to Avoid When Dealing with District Issues“; Ohio Association of Local School SuperintendentsFBAs, BIPs, and BCBAs: Navigating the Alphabet Soup of Student Behaviors“; Special Education Seminar
2018 Getting a Head Start on Bargaining”; School Negotiations Workshop
“Employee Issues in Special Education”; Special Education Seminar
Investigating Employee Misconduct and Imposing Discipline“; School Law Update Seminar

2017Closing the Deal: Critical Moments and Timing“; School Negotiations Workshop
Smart Bargaining: How to Save Time and Money for Your District“; School Law Update Seminar
2016 “Keep it Simple Superintendents: Getting Back to Bargaining Basics“; School Law Update Seminar
Proper Investigation and Discipline of Employee Misconduct”; BASA Fall Conference
Teeing it up: How to Prepare for Bargaining”; School Negotiations Workshop
2015 “Tips for Effective Grievance Responses”; School Law Update Seminar
“Top Ten Tips and Then Some for New Superintendents”; BASA Fall Conference
“Ultimate Impasse and Unilateral Implementation”; School Negotiations Workshop
“Negotiations for New Treasurers”; OASBO New Treasurer’s Survival Series 103 – 2014-15
“Improving Employee Performance Through Effective Discipline”; School In-Service
“Proper Investigation and Discipline of Employees & Students”; School In-Service
2014 “Closing Time! Techniques for Successfully Settling Collective Bargaining Agreements”; School Negotiations Workshop
“Reining In Your Hidden Labor Costs Through Collective Bargaining”; School Law Update Seminar
“Common Mistakes Made by Superintendents”; OALSS Conference 2014
“Negotiations for New Treasurers”; OASBO New Treasurers Survival Series 103 – 2013-2014
2013 “Fundraising Issues for Booster Organizations”; Cuyahoga Falls, OH
“What Do You Mean, That’s Not Private – E-Mails, Texts, and Other Public Records Issues”; School Law Update Seminar
“Preparing For and Responding to Common Union Tactics”; School Negotiations Workshop
2012 “30 Legal Tips in 60 Minutes”; OSBA Capital Conference
“Shared Services, Legally and Practically”; OSBA Capital Conference
“Hazing, When Rites Become Wrongs”; OSBA Sports Law Workshop
“What Every School Administrator Should Know about Teacher Evaluation”; School District Administrative Inservice
2011 “What’s Next for Health Insurance in Ohio”; School Law Update Seminar
“Teacher Contract Analysis and Negotiations for the New Superintendent With or Without S.B. 5”; BASA Fall Conference
“Student Suspension, Expulsion, and Emergency Removal”; School District Administrative Inservice
2010 “No Good Deed Goes Unpunished – Implementing Discipline Appropriately”; OHPELRA Fall Program
“Effectively Evaluating, Supervising, and Disciplining Nonteaching School Employees”; OASBO Annual Workshop
“A Review of the Ohio Sunshine Law and Public Records Laws”; School District Board Member Inservice
2009 “Board Policies You Must Have Right”; Negotiations Workshop
“Practical Suggestions for Negotiating and Implementing a Reduction in Force”; BASA Regional Meeting
“Employment and Bargaining Issues Treasurers Must Know”; OSBA/OASBO
“Avoiding the Most Common Board Meeting Mistakes”; School District Inservice
“Avoiding or Fixing Ten Common Language Mistakes in Bargaining”; Negotiations Workshop

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