Derek’s entrepreneurial mindset makes him trusted counsel regarding the business operations of public school districts. Whether it is negotiating a labor contract, tax abatement, or real estate deal, or representing a district in tax hearings, Derek knows how to keep a district’s goals and bottom line in mind. Derek is known for his ability to zero in on the most effective path to clients’ desired outcomes, while helping to weigh the risks, costs and benefits of options.
Representing school districts, Derek has significant experience in collective bargaining, labor grievances, termination proceedings, employment discrimination defense, and general employment law matters. Derek has represented school districts and public agencies in both state and federal court, including trying cases before the bench and before a jury. Derek finds creative solutions to complex legal problems and is valued counsel for his clients.
Rich is motivated by service—to his clients and to his community. Rich’s practice is primarily health and safety law, focusing on defending public and private employers against workers’ compensation claims. Rich is respected for his effective advocacy at hearings and trials and his commitment to achieving clients’ goals.
As an Ohio State Bar Association Certified Specialist in Workers’ Compensation Law for the last two decades, Rich has advocated on behalf of employers at thousands of workers’ compensation hearings and in hundreds of workers’ compensation court cases throughout the state. He has defended employers in discrimination suits in both state and federal courts. His years of experience and in-depth knowledge about workers’ compensation makes him a valued resource for employers seeking to defend employment-related claims. Rich is a proud member and past president of the Dublin-Worthington Rotary Club and enjoys its opportunities for leadership and service.
No one can question that Jessica cares—about her clients, her cases and the children served by Ohio’s public school districts. Jessica shares her clients’ commitment to serving all students and it is demonstrated daily in her practice. A skilled advocate, Jessica represents school districts in special education disputes, civil rights claims, student discipline matters, and employment matters. Jessica’s approachable manner, negotiation skills, and depth of knowledge on student issues makes her valued counsel for school districts.
Prior to joining Scott Scriven LLP, Jessica served as Legal Counsel and Associate Director in the Office for Exceptional Children at the Ohio Department of Education. She practiced family, juvenile, and immigration law at the beginning of her career. Her prior experience provides a deep understanding of the regulatory and legal circumstances confronted by boards of education.
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.
Dedicated to achieving client’s desired outcomes, Julia’s focus is on the client’s goals and finding creative ways to achieve them. Whether navigating complex special education disputes, negotiating a labor contract, strategizing a plan for an employment or student discipline matter or finding practical solutions for compliance issues, Julia works with public boards of education and their administrators to solve problems. Her attention to detail and breadth of experience working with public schools enables her to provide valuable advice to clients.
Julia joined Scott Scriven LLP in 2009 after starting her career in education law as a staff attorney at the Ohio School Boards Association. Her years of experience serving Ohio’s public boards of education means she understands the challenges today’s public educators face and she is committed to serving their missions.