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Middleton Reutlinger attorneys have over 140 combined years of experience, with a special focus on representing Kentucky’s schools and educators. Our expert team has the deep knowledge required to handle education-related matters including: personnel problems, special education cases, tort claims, personal and constitutional claims. The team also routinely represents school boards, educators and insurance companies regarding all manner of legal questions. We have successfully defended school boards in state and federal courts, and have done similar work for Kentucky universities and colleges.

Middleton’s education attorneys bring a wide variety of expertise to every issue they take on. With years of experience and leadership in labor and employment, environmental, tax, insurance and Title IX law our attorneys can tackle any education-centered legal question from multiple angles. This makes Middleton’s attorneys uniquely suited to represent Kentucky educators and educational stakeholders.   

Middleton’s education team also understands schools often function as employers and businesses. To that end we advise on school finances, taxation, organization, and other business matters.

Middleton’s clients have received a number of positive high-profile, precedent-setting decisions. These include:

  • Nelson v. Turner, Ky., which defined teachers’ obligations under the Kentucky child abuse reporting statute.
  • Beckham v. Jefferson County Board of Education, which dealt with complex legal questions related to Kentucky’s Open Records Act. 
  • Cornett v. Jefferson County Board of Education, which affirmed a school board’s ability to conduct drug testing for school bus drivers.
  • Estate of Max Gilpin v Jefferson County Board of Education, et al., where Kentucky high school football coaches and the School Board were sued after a football player died of a heat stroke. 

Middleton’s education team has also dealt with, and helped favorably resolve questions related to: teacher pay and tenure, religious rights, and special education.

Additional representative experiences include:

  • Defending Kentucky school districts in Due Process administrative proceedings
  • Successfully defending Kentucky school districts against Title IX claims and
  • Defending former school district employees relating to retirement pay calculations in Kentucky Teachers’ Retirement System administrative proceedings. 

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