Education

  • Capital University Law School, J.D., cum laude
  • Miami University, B.S., Business Administration

Admissions

  • Supreme Court of Ohio
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio
  • Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • United States Supreme Court
Sandra R. McIntosh
Of Counsel

Sandy is dedicated to obtaining the best results for her clients as efficiently as possible.  Her practice areas include employment law, special education, civil rights claims, and Title IX litigation.  She has extensive experience representing school boards in both state and federal courts, as well as before administrative agencies, including the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Ohio Civil Rights Commission, the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights, and the Ohio Department of Education Office for Exceptional Children.  She has litigated termination hearings, jury trials, and numerous due process hearings.  Sandy is accessible and responsive.  She prides herself on providing a high level of client service.

Primary Focus & Experience

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Investigations: Provides guidance to administrators conducting investigations or directly assists with investigations into student and staff issues
  • 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.
  • 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.   
  • 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.

Awards & Recognition

  • Named in the 22nd (2016), 23rd (2017), 24th (2018), 26th (2020), 27th (2021), and 28th (2022) Editions of The Best Lawyers in America in Education Law
    • Recognized as 2022 “Lawyer of the Year” in Education Law in Columbus, Ohio
  • Named an “Ohio Rising Star” in 2007 and 2009-2015 in Ohio Super Lawyers magazine
  • Named an “Ohio Super Lawyer” in 2016-2022 in Ohio Super Lawyers magazine
    • Named on the Top 25 Women Columbus Super Lawyers List in 2019, 2020, and 2021
  • Recipient of the Capital University Law School Alumni Association 2013 Young Alumnus of the Year Award

Presentations & Publications

Sandy has spoken and written on the following topics:

  • Public sector employment law
  • Special education
  • Boardsmanship and Effective Board Governance
  • Sunshine law (public records and open meetings)
  • Booster groups
  • Student issues, including the Equal Access Act and Transgender issues
  • Legal and legislative updates
  • Politics in the Workplace
  • Investigations
  • Litigation
  • School-related insurance claims

Sandy has presented for the following organizations:

  • Ohio School Boards Association
  • Ohio Association of School Business Officials
  • Amicus Curiae brief author, OSBA Legal Assistance Fund
  • Ohio Council of Community Schools
  • Ohio Alliance for Public Charter Schools
  • Various school districts
  • Various insurance companies

Professional Associations & Community Involvement

  • Ohio Council of School Board Attorneys
  • Ohio Council of School Board Attorneys Special Education Roundtable
  • Ohio State Bar Association: past Secretary of the Education Law Committee
  • Chief Justice Thomas J. Moyer Inn of Court: President
  • Columbus Collegiate Academy Main, Columbus Collegiate Academy West, and United Preparatory Academy: past Chairperson of the Board of Trustees
  • Capital University Law Alumni Association: past President
  • Women Lawyers of Franklin County: past President
  • Columbus Bar Association: past Board of Governors member
  • Columbus Bar Services: past Board member
  • Ohio State Bar Foundation Fellow Class (2011)

You Might Not Know

Sandy enjoys traveling and spending time with her husband and their Golden Retriever.  Sedona, Arizona is her favorite U.S. city (so far).