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LAURA J. O'NEILL

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207.253.0517 Phone
207.772.3627 Fax

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84 Marginal Way, Suite 600
Portland, ME 04101-2480


Assistant: Mary Kennedy




PRACTICE AREAS

School & Education
Disability Law Special Education

EDUCATION

University of California Davis School of Law, J.D., Order of the Coif, 2008

Princeton University, B.A., 1997

Harvard Graduate School of Education, Ed.M., 2001


BAR & COURT ADMISSIONS

California
Maine
U.S. District Court, Northern District of California


PRACTICE AREAS

School & Education
Disability Law Special Education

EDUCATION

University of California Davis School of Law, J.D., Order of the Coif, 2008

Princeton University, B.A., 1997

Harvard Graduate School of Education, Ed.M., 2001


BAR & COURT ADMISSIONS

California
Maine
U.S. District Court, Northern District of California


Laura O’Neill is a member of the School and Local Government Group with a focus on both general education and special education matters.  Since joining the firm, she has represented schools in special education due process hearings, conducted investigations on behalf of schools, and advised schools on a wide variety of other matters.  She thrives on working closely with educators to identify creative and restorative solutions to complex school problems. 

Laura brings extensive experience in school law to Drummond Woodsum.  Prior to joining the firm, she served as a staff attorney at the Oakland Unified School District.  In that role, she advised on board policies, represented the district before state and federal agencies, and conducted investigations into allegations of discrimination, among other duties.  She also served as lead attorney on a landmark agreement with the Office for Civil Rights to reduce suspensions and expulsions of students of color. 

Laura has also provided advice and counsel to the California School Boards Association regarding model school policies and state-wide school litigation.

Prior to her work as a school attorney, Laura represented technology companies and banks in complex litigation and investigations at Morrison & Foerster in San Francisco.  She is particularly proud of her pro bono work from that time, including her work persuading the Federal Circuit to recognize a veteran’s constitutional right to fair adjudication of a claim for benefits. 

Laura also previously served as both an extern and a law clerk to the Honorable William Alsup of the U.S. District Court, Northern District of California. 

Outside of work, Laura relishes being a mom to two school-age boys, whose whip-smart commentary at the end of every day keeps her grounded.

 



Laura O’Neill is a member of the School and Local Government Group with a focus on both general education and special education matters.  Since joining the firm, she has represented schools in special education due process hearings, conducted investigations on behalf of schools, and advised schools on a wide variety of other matters.  She thrives on working closely with educators to identify creative and restorative solutions to complex school problems. 

Laura brings extensive experience in school law to Drummond Woodsum.  Prior to joining the firm, she served as a staff attorney at the Oakland Unified School District.  In that role, she advised on board policies, represented the district before state and federal agencies, and conducted investigations into allegations of discrimination, among other duties.  She also served as lead attorney on a landmark agreement with the Office for Civil Rights to reduce suspensions and expulsions of students of color. 

Laura has also provided advice and counsel to the California School Boards Association regarding model school policies and state-wide school litigation.

Prior to her work as a school attorney, Laura represented technology companies and banks in complex litigation and investigations at Morrison & Foerster in San Francisco.  She is particularly proud of her pro bono work from that time, including her work persuading the Federal Circuit to recognize a veteran’s constitutional right to fair adjudication of a claim for benefits. 

Laura also previously served as both an extern and a law clerk to the Honorable William Alsup of the U.S. District Court, Northern District of California. 

Outside of work, Laura relishes being a mom to two school-age boys, whose whip-smart commentary at the end of every day keeps her grounded.

 



NEWS

Laura O’Neill Joins Drummond Woodsum’s Special Education Practice
May 24, 2018

ARTICLES

The FAPE Standard Stays Put
Winter 2019

Guidance from DOE on Videos as Education Records
Summer 2018

PRESENTATIONS

Guarding the Gates: Keeping Your Schools Safe from Violence and Harassment
September 7, 2018





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