• University of Cincinnati School of Law, J.D.
  • Wittenberg University, B.A., Political Science


Supreme Court of Ohio

Nicholas R. Schlanz

There are few things Nick enjoys more than working on behalf of his community, making him a natural and dedicated advocate for public school districts and their students. Since joining the firm, Nick has tackled every issue clients face with enthusiasm and empathy, helping districts navigate employment disputes, discrimination litigation, student discipline matters, special education issues, and more in his practice. The commitment and passion he brings when helping clients solve their problems make him a valuable member of any district’s legal team.

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.    
  • 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.   
  • 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.

You Might Not Know

A Cincinnati transplant to Columbus, Nick loves to exercise both his body and mind. In his free time, you’re most likely to find him either training for an amateur powerlifting competition or browsing the shelves of The Book Loft to find his next binge read.

“I got where I am today in large part because of my public education. I’m grateful every day that my practice has put me in a position to give back and be a part of the amazing work that public schools and educators do.”