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Our expertise in education law is unsurpassed.   Our attorneys have advised and represented the State of Georgia, the Georgia Department of Education, school districts, institutions of higher education, national charter school management companies, and superlative charter schools, including Georgia Cyber Academy and Charles R. Drew, Atlanta's first and most successful charter school.

Our attorneys have advised and represented school districts, charter schools, and private school administration in virtually all areas, including: 

  • Board governance, bylaws, and resolutions
  • Board policy
  • Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (Alexa Ross served as lead counsel in Mandy S. v. Fulton County School District, 205 F. Supp.2d 1358 (2000), aff'd, 273 F.3d 1114 (11th Cir. 2001).)
  • Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act
  • Title IX
  • Student harassment
  • Community – business partnerships
  • Open Records Act
  • Open Meetings Act
  • Federal funding
  • State funding
  • Employment and personnel matters
  • Employment law
  • No Child Left Behind
  • Review of prior litigation representation and costs

We offer a broad range of services to charter school governing boards, including board training and oversight of compliance with federal and state programs. We help boards learn how to govern their schools, rather than merely manage them, and we are available to offer counsel pertaining to any potential legal issue that may arise.

In addition to broader issues of school administration, our experience with special education matters makes us well-equipped to advise schools, administrators, government entities, and students in the area of special education law. We have mediated IDEA disputes, represented the State of Georgia in a dispute regarding services for students with severe emotional and behavioral disorders, and led special education services audits for institutional clients, such as county school districts.

We also are available to assist school officials in the handling of sensitive internal matters and investigations.

Representative Matters

We advised the State Attorney General in the Charter Schools Commission litigation.

We represent the State of Georgia in Department of Justice matters.

We are general counsel to the largest cyber-curriculum charter school in Georgia.

We advised Atlanta's first charter school on setting up its special education programs and providing related services to students with disabilities.

A metro-Atlanta board of education hired us to review its records regarding a three-year Individuals with Disabilities Act dispute.  We found close to seven figures in unexplained costs.

We have mediated dozens of special education disputes on behalf of school districts.

We have advised numerous charter school governing boards.

We advise the Georgia Department of Education in relation to a letter of findings issued by the United States Department of Justice. The Justice Department is challenging the State’s administration of services to students with Emotionally Disturbed Behavior based on the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Alexa Ross is among the most knowledgeable and experienced charter school attorneys in Georgia. When I served as Attorney General, Alexa was on my A-list of attorneys in private practice to whom I could reach out for expertise regarding charter schools.

Former state Attorney General

To address a recent complex education-related matter, we turned to Alexa Ross and the Robbins Firm for legal counsel and representation.  We found them to be, first and foremost, careful and attentive listeners.  Their deep knowledge of the intricacies of law as it pertained to our case was not only nuanced but, indeed, an integral part of what, combined with Alexa’s most impressive negotiation skills, tenacity and attention to detail, brought our case to a successful conclusion.  Above all, their personal integrity, balanced approach and genuine compassion went a long way toward easing an otherwise, unbearable ordeal.  We appreciate their professionalism and expertise.

The Robbins Firm attorneys are brilliant, dedicated, focused, consistent, and passionate. They deeply care about clients and relentlessly pursue the best possible result. The Robbins Firm represented me during a seemingly insurmountable situation, and they provided wise counsel and fought when we could not. There are no better negotiators. The other side learned quickly that they do not bluff. We will forever be grateful for what they did for us.

F.N. and C.N., Parent of student and student