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William C. Pepple, Esq.


address: 5005 Rockside Rd. Suite 260 Cleveland, Ohio 44131-6808
phone: 216.520.0088
fax: 216.520.0044
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Bill Pepple has worked full-time representing Ohio’s school boards for more than thirty-five years. In addition to his law degree, Bill holds a B.S. in Mathematics, as well as a Master’s Degree in Business Administration which he earned while serving as an officer in the Strategic Air Command of the United States Air Force.  Bill was assigned as a Missile Combat Crew Commander and Missile Launch Officer in the United States Inter-Continental Ballistic Missile forces.  He attained the rank of Captain in 1975, after which he worked as a high school mathematics and economics teacher and later as a Central Office Administrator in several Ohio school districts.

As an attorney, Bill has represented school boards in over 450 teaching and non-teaching employee contract negotiations. He also has worked extensively in grievance arbitrations, unfair labor practice defense, representation elections, teacher terminations, school board litigation, and general school law representation. He is a regular presenter at seminars sponsored by the Ohio School Boards Association, the Buckeye Association of School Administrators, the Ohio Association of School Business Officials, and various colleges and universities throughout the state. Bill is also the past chairman of the Ohio Council of School Board Attorneys, an affiliate of the Ohio School Boards Association.

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
• Akron Metropolitan Bar Association
• Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association
• National Council of School Board Attorneys
• Ohio Council of School Board Attorneys (former Executive Committee Chairman)
• North American Association of Educational Negotiators

• J.D., The University of Akron School of Law
• M.B.A., University of North Dakota
• B.S., Mathematics, Bowling Green State University

Selected Recent Presentations and Published Works

2020 “Avoidable Mistakes: Common Errors by Inexperienced Negotiators”; School Negotiations Seminar
2019 How to Properly Prepare for Negotiations“; School Negotiations Workshop
Case Law and Legislative Update“; School Law Update Seminar
Your Professional Accountability and How to Avoid Disaster“; BASA New Superintendent Transition Seminar
2018 “The Art of Settling Agreements”; School Negotiations Workshop
Reducing Employee Absenteeism”; School Law Update Seminar

2017Setting and Achieving Your Bargaining Goals“; School Negotiations Workshop

2016 “Is This Permissible? Ethics for Administrators and Board Members“; School Law Update Seminar
2015 How to Know if Bargaining is Successful”; School Law Update
Union Tactics in Teacher Negotiations A to Z”; Negotiations Seminar
Common Mistakes Made by Inexperienced Negotiators”; School Negotiations Workshop

2014 “Effective Negotiations – The Cornerstone of Successful Schools”; School Negotiations Workshop
“Effective Strategies for Administering Employee Discipline”; School Law Update Seminar
Case Law Update“; Northwestern Ohio Educational Research Council

2013 “Strategies for Reducing Employee Absenteeism”; OALSS Conference 2014
“Union Tactics A-Z”; NOERC
“Strategies for Effective Bargaining with School Employee Unions”; School Law Update Seminar
“Legal Issues Affecting Athletic Directors”; School District Administrative Inservice
“Should Our Staff be Armed – Pros and Cons”; BASA Northwest Ohio Regional Meeting
“Insurance Bargaining for 2013”; Ashland University ATLAS Seminar
“Responding to the Threat of a Strike”; Ashland University ATLAS Seminar
“Negotiations Strategies Designed to Improve Student Performance”; School Negotiations Workshop
2012 “Bargaining After Contract Expiration”; NOERC
“Common Mistakes Made by Inexperienced Negotiators”; School Negotiations Workshop
“Distressed District Bargaining”; BASA Regional Meeting
“Legal Issues for 2012-13 Dealing with Sexual Harassment and Misconduct”; School District Administrative Inservice
“A Primer on Employee Contracts”; Ashland University School Law & Ethics Class
2011 “Bargaining Special Education Issues”; Special Education Seminar
“Putting SB 5 in Perspective”; Seminar on the Challenges and Opportunities of SB 5
“What School Officials Must Know to Avoid Ethics Violations”; OASBO Annual Workshop
“Media Relations During Negotiations”; North Central State College
“What Every School Administrator Should Know about Teacher Evaluation”; School District Administrative Inservice
“The Sunshine Law”; Ashland University
2010 “Contract Language That Can Drain Your Treasury”; OALSS
“Minimizing Your Labor Costs Through Collective Bargaining”; NOERC
“Practical Suggestions for Negotiating and Implementing a RIF”; BASA New Superintendent Transition Meeting
2009 “When and How to Use IBB Effectively”; School District Administrative Inservice
“MSP Information on Funding for Districts”; School District Staff Inservice
“Ten Common Bargaining Mistakes to Avoid”; BASA Partner Regional Meeting

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