School Districts and Public Bodies

Luvaas Cobb provides a comprehensive range of services to public entities and clients involved in education including employment, labor relations, public contracting, and civil rights abuse and proceedings.

School Districts: Attorney Joe B. Richards has represented school districts in Oregon for over 30 years, regularly representing 13 school districts in the Willamette Valley. The firm has obtained successful outcomes in matters involving employee claims, premises liability, failure to provide adequate supervision or instruction, student bullying and harassment, and unconstitutional searches. Luvaas Cobb has also defended claims brought under Title IX, 42 USC Section 1983, Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).

Civil Rights: Our attorneys provide counsel on the broad range of civil rights issues including matters involving free speech, gender identification, student searches, and religious garb and practices. We advise schools and public entities on the development and application of policies in these areas to ensure compliance with constitutional and statutory protections of students, teachers, employees and individuals.

Employment/Labor Relations: Luvaas Cobb regularly represents private employer and school districts on claims brought by employees alleging wrongful discharge, denial of due process, harassment, and employment discrimination. We provide advise on union contract negotiations, unfair labor practice complaints, and the arbitration and grievances under collective bargaining agreements.

Public Contracting: Our attorneys assist with transactions and disputes involving construction contracts and public purchasing contracts.