• The Ohio State University, Moritz College of Law, J.D.  
  • Grinnell College, B.A., History 


  • Supreme Court of Ohio 
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio 
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio 
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois 
  • Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals 
Elizabeth A. Braverman

Elizabeth brings a calm, measured approach to her practice, as well as a practical understanding of the complex operations of today’s public schools and the scrutiny they face from the public.  Elizabeth’s practice focuses on representing school districts throughout Ohio on litigation defense and labor, employment and student matters.  Elizabeth is valued for her comprehensive advocacy skills and ability to relate to clients’ missions. 

Elizabeth has represented clients in a wide manner of disputes, including special education litigation and defense, labor and employment litigation, discrimination cases before administrative agencies and in state and federal court. 

Primary Focus & Experience

  • Education General Counsel:  Provides comprehensive advice and counsel to boards of education throughout the state of Ohio, including advising on public records, open meetings and board policy and governance issues, ethics and contracting advice, contract drafting and interpretation, community and media relations, litigation preparation and avoidance.  
  • Collective Bargaining:  Negotiates labor contracts on behalf of boards of education with teaching and nonteaching unions.  Represents boards in mediation, arbitration, fact-finding and proceedings before the State Employment Relations Board.   
  • Special Education Counseling & Litigation:  Defends boards of education in special education due process proceedings, administrative proceedings and in federal court.  Provides proactive advice to manage special education disputes and compliance concerns.   
  • Employment Law:  Defends boards of education in complaints before the Ohio Civil Rights Commission, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and other state agencies; represents clients in all aspects of employment law, from managing internal complaints and investigations, day to day human resources issues, and complex litigation.   
  • School Business Operations:  Provides proactive advice, review, drafting and negotiations regarding vendor contracts and strategic partnerships, risk assessment and management, and advice regarding financial issues.    
  • Construction and Real Property:  Provides review, drafting and advice on school construction contract issues and disputes; property valuation before county boards of revision and the Ohio Board of Tax Appeals; territory transfers; and bidding and bidding documentation.   
  • Investigations:  Provides guidance to administrators conducting investigations or directly assists with investigations into student and staff issues.   
  • Litigation:  Represents boards of education through all phases of litigation, including employee and student discrimination and civil rights cases; constitutional claims, including equal protection; Section 1983 claims; retaliation claims; sexual harassment and Title IX claims; teacher termination and employee discharge cases; and student discipline and special education claims.   
  • Student Matters:  Provides guidance and advice on various student matters, including bullying, parent complaints, student discipline, equity and diversity issues, and student records and privacy concerns. 

Presentations & Publications

Elizabeth frequently speaks and writes on the following topics:  

  • Legal and legislative updates 
  • Special education under the IDEA and Section 504 
  • Student discipline and privacy rights 
  • Labor and employment issues 

Elizabeth has presented for the following organizations: 

  • Ohio School Boards Association 
  • Ohio Association of School Business Officials 

Professional Associations & Community Involvement

Ohio Counsel of School Board Attorneys 

You Might Not Know

A Columbus native, Elizabeth is an avid reader and perennially disappointed Ohio sports fan. On the weekends, you can catch her jogging around her German Village neighborhood, reading a good mystery novel, or yelling at the Cleveland Indians or Ohio State Buckeyes on tv. 

“The reason I chose to be a lawyer and the reason I love my job are the same: I enjoy helping clients understand and navigate complicated legal and practical issues and working with them to reach the best possible solutions.”