Helen S. Carroll

Of Counsel
Akron
222 South Main Street
Suite 400
Akron, OH 44308
P 330.849.6710
F 330.376.4577
P 330.849.6710 | F 330.376.4577

Overview

Ms. Carroll focuses her practice on representing school districts throughout Ohio. She routinely represents boards of education in special education disputes, including complaint resolution through the Ohio Department of Education and the United States Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights. Ms. Carroll provides guidance for schools when developing and implementing a student’s Individualized Education Program (IEP) and when navigating legal disuputes regarding special education issues.

Ms. Carroll also assists clients in labor negotiations, as well as the implementation and administration of collective bargaining agreements. She provides counseling to board members and school administrators on a variety of legal matters, including issues related to students, parents, and staff members. Ms. Carroll assists with employment matters related to defense of claims related to discrimination based upon age, gender, race, religion, disability and national origin. She represents school boards before the Ohio Civil Rights Commission, the State Employment Relations Board, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and the Ohio Ethics Commission. She regularly speaks to local and state professional groups on a variety of school related topics.

Experience
  • Mediated numerous special education disputes to avoid protracted and costly litigation
  • Assisted with drafting and presentation of various special education documents to support a school districts’ legal obligation to provide students with a free and appropriate public education
  • Conducted multiple independent investigations of complaints against school employees and allegations of employee misconduct
  • Successfully defended public school districts in administrative proceedings related to claims of harassment and discrimination
  • In administrative proceedings before an Impartial Hearing Officer and a State Level Review Officer, a parent's demand for private school placement was rejected
  • Conducted multiple internal investigations and resolutions of bullying/harassment complaints by students and staff members
  • Successfully represented boards of education in teacher non-renewals and terminations before an appointed referee
  • Negotiated successor collective bargaining agreements for multiple boards of education in compressed bargaining sessions using collaborative methodologies resulting in agreements within a limited number of days 
Services

Industries

Education

  1. The University of Akron, B.S., Speech Pathology
  2. The University of Akron School of Law, J.D.
    • cum laude

Credentials

Bar Admissions
  1. Ohio
Court Admissions
  1. U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
  2. U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio
  3. U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio
  4. U.S. Supreme Court

Recognitions

  • Named to The Best Lawyers in America© for Education Law (2011-2019)
  • Named “Lawyer of the Year in Education Law” by The Best Lawyers in America©  2017
  • Named Fellow of the Ohio State Bar Association 2017
  • Named Fellow of the Akron Bar Foundation 2016
  • Assistant Attorney General under Attorney General Lee Fisher and Attorney General Betty Montgomery
  • Served as counsel to the State Employment Relations Board (SERB) and Department of Industrial Relations

Affiliations

Professional Affiliations
  • American Bar Association
  • Ohio State Bar Association
    • Education Law Committee, Vice-Chair (2017-2018)
  • Akron Bar Association
  • National Counsel of School Board Attorneys
  • Ohio Counsel of School Board Attorneys

Insights

  1. Alerts
    When Pronouns Matter: Legal Issues Related to Transgender Students (Jan 7, 2019)
    The Road to Success Widens for Students Planning to Graduate in 2019 and 2020 (Jan 3, 2019)
    Taking the "Strict" Out of Treasurer Liability (Jan 2, 2019)
    Copyright or Wrong? (Nov 2, 2018)
    "It's Like Déjà Vu All Over Again" : The Boeing Micro-Unit Case (Oct 15, 2018)
  2. Presentations
    "Annual Legal Update" - Yearly, Multiple Boards of Education (2018)
    "Progress Reports and Pitfalls" - KEEP (Kent Education Excellence Partnership) Academy, Kent State University (2018)
    "IDEA and Section 504 – What is the Difference and Why Does it Matter?" - OSBA Special Education Law Workshop (2018)
    "504 Plan Eligibility and Accommodations Best Practices" - National Business Institute (2018)
    "Developing Legally Compliant IEPs that Benefit Students" - National Business Institute (2018)
  3. Firm News
    Over 50 Roetzel & Andress LPA Attorneys Named to 2019 The Best Lawyers in America© List (Aug 17, 2018)
    Over 50 Roetzel & Andress LPA Attorneys Named to 2017 The Best Lawyers in America© List (Aug 15, 2016)

Overview

Ms. Carroll focuses her practice on representing school districts throughout Ohio. She routinely represents boards of education in special education disputes, including complaint resolution through the Ohio Department of Education and the United States Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights. Ms. Carroll provides guidance for schools when developing and implementing a student’s Individualized Education Program (IEP) and when navigating legal disuputes regarding special education issues.

Ms. Carroll also assists clients in labor negotiations, as well as the implementation and administration of collective bargaining agreements. She provides counseling to board members and school administrators on a variety of legal matters, including issues related to students, parents, and staff members. Ms. Carroll assists with employment matters related to defense of claims related to discrimination based upon age, gender, race, religion, disability and national origin. She represents school boards before the Ohio Civil Rights Commission, the State Employment Relations Board, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and the Ohio Ethics Commission. She regularly speaks to local and state professional groups on a variety of school related topics.

Experience
  • Mediated numerous special education disputes to avoid protracted and costly litigation
  • Assisted with drafting and presentation of various special education documents to support a school districts’ legal obligation to provide students with a free and appropriate public education
  • Conducted multiple independent investigations of complaints against school employees and allegations of employee misconduct
  • Successfully defended public school districts in administrative proceedings related to claims of harassment and discrimination
  • In administrative proceedings before an Impartial Hearing Officer and a State Level Review Officer, a parent's demand for private school placement was rejected
  • Conducted multiple internal investigations and resolutions of bullying/harassment complaints by students and staff members
  • Successfully represented boards of education in teacher non-renewals and terminations before an appointed referee
  • Negotiated successor collective bargaining agreements for multiple boards of education in compressed bargaining sessions using collaborative methodologies resulting in agreements within a limited number of days 

Education

  1. The University of Akron, B.S., Speech Pathology
  2. The University of Akron School of Law, J.D.
    • cum laude

Credentials

Bar Admissions
  1. Ohio
Court Admissions
  1. U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
  2. U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio
  3. U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio
  4. U.S. Supreme Court

Recognitions

  • Named to The Best Lawyers in America© for Education Law (2011-2019)
  • Named “Lawyer of the Year in Education Law” by The Best Lawyers in America©  2017
  • Named Fellow of the Ohio State Bar Association 2017
  • Named Fellow of the Akron Bar Foundation 2016
  • Assistant Attorney General under Attorney General Lee Fisher and Attorney General Betty Montgomery
  • Served as counsel to the State Employment Relations Board (SERB) and Department of Industrial Relations

Affiliations

Professional Affiliations
  • American Bar Association
  • Ohio State Bar Association
    • Education Law Committee, Vice-Chair (2017-2018)
  • Akron Bar Association
  • National Counsel of School Board Attorneys
  • Ohio Counsel of School Board Attorneys

Insights

  1. Alerts
    When Pronouns Matter: Legal Issues Related to Transgender Students (Jan 7, 2019)
    The Road to Success Widens for Students Planning to Graduate in 2019 and 2020 (Jan 3, 2019)
    Taking the "Strict" Out of Treasurer Liability (Jan 2, 2019)
    Copyright or Wrong? (Nov 2, 2018)
    "It's Like Déjà Vu All Over Again" : The Boeing Micro-Unit Case (Oct 15, 2018)
  2. Presentations
    "Annual Legal Update" - Yearly, Multiple Boards of Education (2018)
    "Progress Reports and Pitfalls" - KEEP (Kent Education Excellence Partnership) Academy, Kent State University (2018)
    "IDEA and Section 504 – What is the Difference and Why Does it Matter?" - OSBA Special Education Law Workshop (2018)
    "504 Plan Eligibility and Accommodations Best Practices" - National Business Institute (2018)
    "Developing Legally Compliant IEPs that Benefit Students" - National Business Institute (2018)
  3. Firm News
    Over 50 Roetzel & Andress LPA Attorneys Named to 2019 The Best Lawyers in America© List (Aug 17, 2018)
    Over 50 Roetzel & Andress LPA Attorneys Named to 2017 The Best Lawyers in America© List (Aug 15, 2016)