• University of Toledo, J.D.magna cum laude 
  • Bowling Green State University, B.S., Business Administration 


  • Supreme Court of Ohio 
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio 
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio 
Jennifer S. Tomlin

As a former Division I athlete, Jennifer knows how to perform under pressure. She serves as valued counsel to public school districts throughout the state, advising on employment and human resources issues, collective bargaining, discipline and termination proceedings, general education law issues, student discipline, ethics, property valuation and special education issues.  Appreciated for her thoughtful advice, professionalism and personal approach, Jennifer provides school boards and administrators with exemplary client service aimed at reaching their goals.   

Jennifer has represented school districts in various administrative proceedings, including before the State Employment Relations Board, the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights, the Ohio Civil Rights Commission, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission as well as numerous county boards of revision and the Ohio State Board of Tax Appeals.  Her experience with representing school districts through all manner of difficult disputes makes her sought-after counsel.

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; competitive bidding and sale of property issues 
  • 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

Jennifer frequently speaks and writes on the following topics:  

  • Student and employee discipline. 
  • General employment law matters and new legislation and other legal developments impacting public schools. 

Jennifer has presented for the following organizations: 

  • Ohio School Boards Association 
  • Ohio Association of School Business Officials 
  • Ohio Association of Local School Superintendents 
  • Ohio Association of Pupil Services Administrators 

Professional Associations & Community Involvement

  • Ohio State Bar Association, Member 
  • National Council of School Board Attorneys, Member 
  • Labor & Employment Section Counsel, Former Member 
  • The Development Board of Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Life Member 
  • Volunteer, Fairy Goodmothers