Donna M. Andrew


Cleveland / Cincinnati

Donna Andrew has represented school boards as a labor negotiator in both teaching and nonteaching collective bargaining since 1999. Donna assists school boards in complex discipline investigations and termination matters, including related litigation. Donna also has extensive experience in all administrative levels of workers’ compensation and unemployment matters, including assisting school boards in implementing strategies to lower workers’ compensation premiums.

Donna also advises school boards in general school law matters, including defending school boards against discrimination claims in a variety of forums and in special education matters. Donna’s practice also includes providing in-service workshops and presentations to help prevent costly legal issues before they occur.

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
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

Selected Presentations & Published Works

“COVID-19 Reductions in Force”; School Law Update Seminar

“EdChoice 2.0”; OSBA Capital Conference

“The Rollover Rollercoaster: Negotiations in the Age of COVID-19”; Buckeye Association of School Administrators

“Foul Language: Finding and Removing Burdensome Contract Provisions”; School Negotiations Workshop

“When I’m 64: Preparing for Post-Secondary Transition”; Special Education Seminar


“Ultimate Impasse – When Can the Board Implement its Last Offer?“; School Negotiations Workshop

“Career Redirection for Teachers and Staff“; School Law Update Seminar

“Concerns About Staff Compliance? How to Handle Problematic Employees“; Special Education Seminar


“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


“Common Bargaining Mistakes by Inexperienced Negotiators“; School Negotiations Workshop

“Legal Rights and Wrongs for Hiring Employees“; School Law Update Seminar


“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


“Watching out for Kids – Student Issues that Should Not be Ignored”; School Law Update Seminar

“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