Susan Keating Anderson

Shareholder, Practice Group Manager, Education
Cleveland
1375 East Ninth Street
One Cleveland Center, 10th Floor
Cleveland, OH 44114
P 216.232.3595
F 216.623.0134
P 216.232.3595 | F 216.623.0134



Overview

Susan's practice is focused on representing boards of education on a wide array of issues, which include labor and employment, board governance and policy and general counsel services. Susan counsels her boards of education and their administrators on the myriad of issues regularly faced by school officials, including personnel issues surrounding discharge and discipline of teaching and non-teaching employees, teacher evaluations, layoffs and reductions in force, and Title IX issues; collective bargaining negotiations, grievances and arbitrations; pupil issues; levy matters; public records and open meeting act concerns; board policy concerns; and defending school boards against claims before the EEOC, OCRC, OCR and in state and federal courts. In addition to her education law practice, Susan advises municipalities and county boards of developmental disabilities on labor and employment, planning and zoning and board governance matters, among others. Susan also serves as the law director for the City of Vermilion, the solicitor for the Village of Put-in-Bay and labor counsel for the City of Elyria.

Experience
  • Chief labor negotiator for teaching and non-teaching contracts, including traditional and interest-based bargaining, and provide behind the scenes advice to the board’s negotiation team
  • Represents school districts in grievance proceedings and arbitration, including teaching and non-teaching termination challenges
  • Conducts required Title IX training and advises administrators involved in the Title IX grievance proceedings 
  • Negotiated the outsourcing of school transportation in several districts
  • Represented a school district in a merger with another district
  • Obtained the reversal of the award of unemployment benefits for a terminated non-teaching employee in common pleas court and successfully defended the decision before the Sixth District Court of Appeals
  • Regularly advises administrators on RIFS, non-renewals, discipline and termination issues, board policy, governance and Ohio public records and open meeting laws
  • Successfully defended the termination of a public employee for off-duty misconduct at arbitration
  • Successfully defended the constitutionality of regulations before the Ohio Supreme Court
Services

Industries

Education

  1. The Ohio State University, B.A., English and Political Science
  2. Capital University Law School, J.D.
    • magna cum laude
    • Order of the Curia
    • Associate Editor of Law Review

Credentials

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

Recognitions

  • Selected as an "Ohio Super Lawyers - Rising Star" by Ohio Super Lawyers magazine (2008)

Affiliations

Professional Affiliations
  • Ohio School Boards Association
  • Ohio Council of School Board Attorneys
  • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association
  • Lorain County Bar Association
  • The LCADA Way, past Chair

Insights

  1. Alerts
    Title IX’s Anniversary Gift – Proposed Changes (Jun 23, 2022)
    Ohio School Boards Permitted to Allow Employees to Carry Guns in Schools (Jun 14, 2022)
    New Ohio Law Prohibits Restrictions Against Students Wearing Religious Apparel While Competing (May 31, 2022)
    Juneteenth – A Legal Holiday in Ohio for Non-Teaching School District Employees? (May 11, 2022)
    504 Regulations Will Be Amended: Get Your Comments In (May 10, 2022)
  2. Articles
    The Tricky Impact of HB 244 on Covid-19 Protocols for the 2021-2022 School Year - BASA AdminiScope (Fall 2021)
    OCR Publishes New Guidance on Title IX Amendments - BASA AdminiScope (Winter 2021)
  3. Presentations
    "Hot Topics – Labor and Employment Edition" - ESC of the Western Reserve's Summer Legal Update (June 2022)
    "Hot Topics in Education Law" - Roetzel's Education Law Fall Forum (October 2021)
    “Critical Junctures: Critical Race Theory, Policy Making and Public Relations” - Buckeye Association of School Administrators Conference (October 2021)
    "The Impact of American Rescue Plan Funding on School Districts" - Roetzel Webinar (May 2021)
    "Innovative Programming to Combat the Opioid and Heroin Epidemic in Schools" - OSBA Capital Conference (October 2019)
  4. Podcast
    Legal Talk Today: HB 244 and Vaccine Considerations for School Districts (August 2021)
  5. Firm News
    Susan Keating Anderson Named Chair of Roetzel’s Education Law Group (Apr 15, 2021)

Overview

Susan's practice is focused on representing boards of education on a wide array of issues, which include labor and employment, board governance and policy and general counsel services. Susan counsels her boards of education and their administrators on the myriad of issues regularly faced by school officials, including personnel issues surrounding discharge and discipline of teaching and non-teaching employees, teacher evaluations, layoffs and reductions in force, and Title IX issues; collective bargaining negotiations, grievances and arbitrations; pupil issues; levy matters; public records and open meeting act concerns; board policy concerns; and defending school boards against claims before the EEOC, OCRC, OCR and in state and federal courts. In addition to her education law practice, Susan advises municipalities and county boards of developmental disabilities on labor and employment, planning and zoning and board governance matters, among others. Susan also serves as the law director for the City of Vermilion, the solicitor for the Village of Put-in-Bay and labor counsel for the City of Elyria.

Experience
  • Chief labor negotiator for teaching and non-teaching contracts, including traditional and interest-based bargaining, and provide behind the scenes advice to the board’s negotiation team
  • Represents school districts in grievance proceedings and arbitration, including teaching and non-teaching termination challenges
  • Conducts required Title IX training and advises administrators involved in the Title IX grievance proceedings 
  • Negotiated the outsourcing of school transportation in several districts
  • Represented a school district in a merger with another district
  • Obtained the reversal of the award of unemployment benefits for a terminated non-teaching employee in common pleas court and successfully defended the decision before the Sixth District Court of Appeals
  • Regularly advises administrators on RIFS, non-renewals, discipline and termination issues, board policy, governance and Ohio public records and open meeting laws
  • Successfully defended the termination of a public employee for off-duty misconduct at arbitration
  • Successfully defended the constitutionality of regulations before the Ohio Supreme Court

Education

  1. The Ohio State University, B.A., English and Political Science
  2. Capital University Law School, J.D.
    • magna cum laude
    • Order of the Curia
    • Associate Editor of Law Review

Credentials

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

Recognitions

  • Selected as an "Ohio Super Lawyers - Rising Star" by Ohio Super Lawyers magazine (2008)

Affiliations

Professional Affiliations
  • Ohio School Boards Association
  • Ohio Council of School Board Attorneys
  • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association
  • Lorain County Bar Association
  • The LCADA Way, past Chair

Insights

  1. Alerts
    Title IX’s Anniversary Gift – Proposed Changes (Jun 23, 2022)
    Ohio School Boards Permitted to Allow Employees to Carry Guns in Schools (Jun 14, 2022)
    New Ohio Law Prohibits Restrictions Against Students Wearing Religious Apparel While Competing (May 31, 2022)
    Juneteenth – A Legal Holiday in Ohio for Non-Teaching School District Employees? (May 11, 2022)
    504 Regulations Will Be Amended: Get Your Comments In (May 10, 2022)
  2. Articles
    The Tricky Impact of HB 244 on Covid-19 Protocols for the 2021-2022 School Year - BASA AdminiScope (Fall 2021)
    OCR Publishes New Guidance on Title IX Amendments - BASA AdminiScope (Winter 2021)
  3. Presentations
    "Hot Topics – Labor and Employment Edition" - ESC of the Western Reserve's Summer Legal Update (June 2022)
    "Hot Topics in Education Law" - Roetzel's Education Law Fall Forum (October 2021)
    “Critical Junctures: Critical Race Theory, Policy Making and Public Relations” - Buckeye Association of School Administrators Conference (October 2021)
    "The Impact of American Rescue Plan Funding on School Districts" - Roetzel Webinar (May 2021)
    "Innovative Programming to Combat the Opioid and Heroin Epidemic in Schools" - OSBA Capital Conference (October 2019)
  4. Podcast
    Legal Talk Today: HB 244 and Vaccine Considerations for School Districts (August 2021)
  5. Firm News
    Susan Keating Anderson Named Chair of Roetzel’s Education Law Group (Apr 15, 2021)