G. Frederick Compton, Jr.

Partner

Akron
222 South Main Street
Akron, OH 44308
P 330.849.6610
F 330.376.4577
E fcompton@ralaw.com
Columbus
41 South High Street
Huntington Center, 21st Floor
Columbus, OH 43215
P 614.463.9770
F 614.463.9792
Orlando
200 South Orange Avenue
SunTrust Center, Suite 1000
Orlando, FL 32801
P 407.896.2224
F 407.835.3596



G. Frederick Compton, Jr.

Partner

Phone: 330.849.6610
Fax: 330.376.4577
Email: fcompton@ralaw.com

Fred’s practice is focused in the area of school law representing and counseling boards of education and school administrators in a variety of matters including labor relations, negotiations, mediation, employee discipline, employee evaluations, student and parent rights, public records law, open meeting law, administrator employment matters, special education, grievance and arbitration proceedings, reductions in force, parliamentary procedure, policy development, election, and levy matters. He has exclusively represented school districts and boards of education for more than 30 years across the state of Ohio in state and federal courts in matters such as alleged discrimination, health benefits during a strike, student discipline, employee discipline and dismissal, reductions in force, public records, open meeting laws, and special education. 

In addition to his involvement in school related litigation, he has experience in labor negotiations, mediation, and arbitration under the auspices of the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service (FMCS) and the American Arbitration Association (AAA). He has negotiated numerous collective bargaining agreements with teachers and support personnel on behalf of boards of education utilizing a variety of negotiation methods including, but not limited to, traditional and interest-based bargaining, and statutory fact-finding. 

Fred regularly gives speeches and in-service presentations to school district personnel and members of boards of education throughout Ohio. He is extensively involved in the daily counseling of school district leaders concerning a myriad of topics ranging from labor and employment issues to student and employee discipline and other areas requiring preventative advice.

Representative Matters

  • Represented a city school district in a series of contested eminent domain matters in common pleas court regarding the acquisition of real estate in order to expand the campus of the existing high school and to construction a new adjacent middle school within the time frame established by the client to complete the land acquisition and commencement of construction
  • Successfully defended a Northeast Ohio school district from administrative proceedings to the U.S. Supreme Court against a parent's challenge to the scope of special education services provided by the district; the case set the standard for the provision of "extended school year" services for students with disabilities
  • Represented a board of education in litigation before the Ohio Supreme Court that established the supremacy of negotiated reduction in force procedures
  • Since 1979, has successfully negotiated collective bargaining agreements on behalf of school boards with major employee unions including Ohio Education Association, American Federation of Teachers, International Brotherhood of Teamsters, National Conference of Firemen & Oilers, and Ohio Association of Public School Employees (OAPSE/AFSCME)

Accomplishments

  • AV® Preeminent™ rating by Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory
  • Named to The Best Lawyers in America© for Education Law (2017-2018)
  • Named Akron, OH "Lawyer of the Year" to The Best Lawyers in America© for Education Law (2018)

Education

  • 1973, J.D., The University of Akron School of Law
  • 1970, B.A., Rutgers University

Professional Affiliations

  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • The Florida Bar
  • Akron Bar Association
  • National Council of School Board Attorneys
  • Ohio Council of School Board Attorneys, Past Chairman (1989)

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