Lippes Mathias Independent School Practice Team represents schools across New York State and throughout the country.  Our Independent School Practice Team of attorneys represents schools of different sizes and denominations as well as charter schools, and counsels clients so that they can operate and educate in a manner consistent with their mission and principles.   In light of this practice team’s experience guiding independent schools through some of the most challenging circumstances a school can face, it is able to draw upon that experience and expertise to provide nuanced legal advice relevant to independent schools.  With a deep bench of attorneys in a variety of disciplines, this practice team is able to seamlessly utilize their colleagues’ support and knowledge to provide integrated counsel. A sample of some of the services provided by the Independent School Practice Team are:

Focus Areas 
  • Investigations 
  • Crisis Response
  • Allegations of sexual abuse
  • Governance
  • Head of School contracts and compensation issues
  • Trainings
  • Student issues including those of a criminal nature and those pertaining to gender identity
  • Workplace policies for administration, faculty, and other employees
  • Student travel and field trips
  • Social media
  • Litigation
  • Real estate and land use for campus and capital projects
  • Insurance coverage and risk management
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