School District Representation

School districts across New York State face a unique set of challenges. Having represented more than 60 school districts since 1977, Hurwitz & Fine has a wide range of experience in counseling and litigating matters for school districts in federal and state court.  

Hurwitz & Fine regularly defends public school districts and private schools across New York State in claims involving:

  • Child Victims Act and Sexual Misconduct Coverage and Defense – Defense of schools, teachers and administration in the full range of matters involving claims of inappropriate behavior. We regularly conduct investigations of allegations of misconduct. We have represented clients in highly sensitive claims of sexual abuse including claims of lack of supervision, negligence, civil rights violations, abuse/harassment, retaliation and discrimination. We are also experienced in developing policies and procedures which aid in prospective risk management endeavors and regularly assist clients in this area.
     
  • Labor & Employment Law – Defense of claims in matters involving discrimination (race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, age). We also assist our clients in the defense of various labor and employment matters including representing districts and school personnel before the New York State Division of Human Rights, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, as well as state and federal courts; before the New York State Unemployment Insurance Division and Unemployment Insurance Appeal Board, Workers' Compensation Board, and representation at Public Employment Relations Board; before the New York State and Federal Department of Labor.
     
  • Automobile Liability – Defense of claims arising from transportation accidents involving buses and other school-owned vehicles.
     
  • Premises Liability – Defense of claims involving alleged negligent supervision, slip-and-falls, bullying/harassment, sport injuries and playground accidents.
     

With the 2020 Coronavirus Pandemic and the school year in session, we anticipate additional claims arising in the area of Premises Liability. Our dedicated COVID-19 Legal Response Team was created to provide legal advice and counseling our clients are seeking during this time. For the latest legal updates in this area click here.