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Lisa E. Pizza

Pizza, Lisa 8x10 L Lisa was an Assistant Attorney General for the State of Ohio before joining the firm in 1985. Lisa’s work emphasizes the areas of education and employment law. She represents school boards, municipalities, county agencies, and other public entities in matters of employment relations and employee discipline, public bidding and contracting, and compliance with public records and sunshine laws. Lisa defends employers against claims of employment discrimination, both in litigation and before administrative agencies. She also represents school boards on student-related concerns, such as student discipline issues and matters involving the education of students with disabilities.  Lisa has been selected for inclusion in the annual editions of The Best Lawyers in America in the field of Education Law every year from 2016 to the present.



Representative Matters

• Bakies v. Perrysburg (2006) 108 Ohio St.3d 361, 2006-Ohio-1190. (municipalities may require and enforce agreements to annex in exchange for receiving municipal water or sewer service)
• Cordrey v. Euckert (6th Cir. 1990), 917 F.2d 1460, cert. denied, 499 U.S. 938 (1991). (established standard for provision of extended school year services to students with disabilities)
• Representation of public school districts regarding education of students with disabilities under Section 504 and IDEIA, as well as student discipline, student privacy (FERPA), and other education issues.
• Counsel to local governments (schools, municipalities, counties) on matters of employment relations, discipline and discharge of employees, and implementation of employment policies and collective bargaining agreements.
• Defense of employers regarding claims of employment discrimination.



Articles and Updates


Form I-9 Reminder and Update


School Law Update: U.S. Supreme Court Changes Understanding of IDEA Exhaustion




Ohio State Bar Association
Toledo Bar Association (Member, Public Law Committee)
Ohio Council of School Board Attorneys
Member, Ohio Student Aid Commission, 1990-1993
Member, Ohio Board of Chiropractic Examiners, 1985-1987



900 Adams Street
Toledo, OH, 43604



Miami University (B.A. 1976)
University of Toledo (J.D. 1980)



Bar Admissions
All Ohio Courts
U.S. Supreme Court
U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio
U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio


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