Lynn Himes’ labor and employment law experience includes representing Boards of Education and other units of local government. He has negotiated hundreds of collective bargaining agreements. Lynn has represented management in countless labor arbitrations and unfair labor practice charges. His breadth of experience includes employment discrimination claims, construction matters, student issues and detachment/annexation hearings.
Justin Petrarca's practice is concentrated in labor negotiations, labor relations law and personnel administration. Justin has significant experience in negotiating public contracts, including teachers, educational support professionals (bus drivers, custodians, secretaries, teacher aides), as well as municipal contracts, including police officers, firefighters, and public works employees.
Mr. Fester has extensive experience representing school district clients in matters relating to collective bargaining, grievance arbitration, investigating employee misconduct, employee discipline, executive compensation, employee benefits, pension law, employment discrimination and student residency and discipline matters.
Ms. Petretti manages complex federal and state court litigation for school district, community college and municipal clients. Her background includes extensive experience advising and litigating insurance coverage disputes, advocating administrative agency matters on behalf of clients, resolving contract controversies, and defending management against civil rights suits, employment discrimination charges, tort claims and grievances.
Ms. Williams counsels clients with respect to general matters of education law. Ms. Williams regularly advises clients on the Open Meetings Act and Freedom of Information Act. She also frequently counsels clients on matters of student discipline, student rights, student residency, homeless students, immigration and board policy and governance.
Mr. Mullins’ experience includes all areas of school law. Mr. Mullins has defended school districts before administrative bodies and in courts. He has also represented schools and other local governmental entities in all types of election matters. Mr. Mullins has worked with the Illinois Association of School Boards on various projects that affect school districts.
Mr. Petrungaro’s school law experience includes providing counsel to boards of education on matters pertaining to open government, board governance, elections, student discipline/rights, and personnel matters. Mr. Petrungaro’s litigation experience includes defending boards of education in personal injury, employee benefits, breach of contract, school transportation, school finance and discrimination claims.
Mr. Murphy is an experienced litigator with expertise handling teacher and administrator disciplinary issues; student residency issues, including issues related to school admission based on visa status; proper use of school funds, including tort funds; and litigation against school districts based on alleged sexual misconduct by district employees.
Tony concentrates most of his practice on assisting clients and colleagues with litigation before state trial and appellate courts and various administrative agencies. In his practice, Tony has helped clients revise and institute school board policies, draft and review contracts, respond to Freedom of Information Act and student record requests, and resolve student discipline and residency matters. Tony has also helped clients and colleagues resolve many other issues related to the daily function and governance of school districts and their personnel.