Kevin J. Locke

Managing Partner


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


Court Admissions

United States District Court, Northern District of Ohio
United States Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
Ohio local and state courts

Professional & Civic Organizations/Activities

Ohio State Bar Association
American Bar Association
Ohio Council of School Board Attorneys
National School Boards Association


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

Selected Presentations & Published Works

“Strategies to End Negotiations” – OSBA Collective Bargaining Workshop

“Avoidable Mistakes. Common Errors by Inexperienced and Some Experienced Negotiators” – School Negotiations Workshop


“Bargaining Intelligently in 2021”; School Law Update Seminar

“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


“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

Superintendents “FBAs, BIPs, and BCBAs: Navigating the Alphabet Soup of Student Behaviors“; Special Education Seminar


“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


“Closing the Deal: Critical Moments and Timing“; School Negotiations Workshop

“Smart Bargaining: How to Save Time and Money for Your District“; School Law Update Seminar


“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


“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