Education and Public Entity Matters

Education and Public Entity Matters

Experience counts

Our Education and Public Entities Group offers decades of collective experience in representing school districts, cities, counties, townships, joint powers entities and cooperatives in litigation, alternative dispute resolution and transactional matters.

We strategize with our clients to successfully advise, counsel and defend governmental liability issues, including civil rights and constitutional issues, immunity and statutory defenses, police and excessive force claims, liquor liability, construction projects, bonding and insurance matters, land use and zoning issues, facilities management, indoor air quality and environmental issues, collective bargaining and contract negotiations, open meeting, data practice and compliance issues, and employment law.

Our clients are varied, yet each values our experience and innovation in achieving goals, and guiding clients to effective decisions. We deliver by adhering to our mission of Relationships, Reliability and Results®.


We are trusted counsel in Minnesota and regionally. From senior administrators to boards, councils, and corporate counsel, every client of the Group is treated with the same commitment to quality representation and personalized service.

Our reputation for listening to our clients’ needs and respecting their concerns has led to strong legal advocacy and positive resolutions. We partner with our clients to tackle complicated matters in an efficient and professional manner. Attorneys in our Education and Public Entities Group can often resolve disputes before a lawsuit is even commenced. In fact, that’s our proven strategy and always an initial consideration. But we’re not just experienced litigators. We also provide professional and innovative solutions for our clients’ transactional needs, including employment matters, construction projects, contractual negotiations, real estate, and policies.


Reliability means continually moving your matter towards resolution and finality as efficiently as possible and always respecting an agreed-upon strategy. The Education and Public Entities Group of O’Meara, Leer Wagner and Kohl, P.A. recognizes the need for dependable legal advice on complex issues. As part of our mission, we focus on reliability by steadfastly maintaining communication and fostering a cooperative approach to reach sensible solutions. Reliability is our fulfillment of your expectation of candor, understandable explanations, and accessibility.

Our skills and proficiencies draw from decades of experience in administrative forums, state and federal district and appellate courts, mediations, arbitrations and alternative dispute proceedings. There is no substitute for preparation. We can assist you in negotiations, trials, appeals and other areas.

Our goal is to work with you to obtain the best possible result.

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