Taryn Weiss Derin


Taryn Weiss Derin advises school boards in general school law matters, concentrating in special education, including representation in due process hearings, IEP team meetings, and manifestation determination reviews. Taryn has also represented school boards in litigation on various issues including employment discrimination, student discipline, and property disputes.

Prior to her time at Pepple & Waggoner, Taryn served as the Columbus Foundation Coyle Special Education Fellow where she assisted families throughout the special education process attending over 150 IEP meetings in a single school year.

Taryn graduated magna cum laude from the Scholars Program at The Ohio State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology in only three years and received her Juris Doctor from The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law. While in law school, Taryn earned a Certificate in Children Studies and worked as a Managing Editor for the Ohio State Journal of Criminal Law.

In her spare time, Taryn enjoys running and performing onstage in local musical theatre productions, and exploring Cleveland with her husband and daughter.

Bar Admissions


Court Admissions

Ohio local and state courts

Professional & Civic Organizations/Activities

Ohio State Bar Association
Ohio Council of School Board Attorneys


J.D., The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law
B.A., magna cum laude, Sociology, The Ohio State University

Selected Presentations & Published Works

“Restraint & Seclusion: What districts Need to Know About the New Regulation” – Special Education Seminar

“Case Law and Legislative Update” – School Law Update Seminar


“Special Education for Treasurers” – OASBO Annual Conference

“Beyond the Definition: An In-Depth Look at Related Services” – OSBA Special Education Law Workshop

“Reviewing the Game Tape – 2020: Year in Review” – Special Education Seminar

“Going the Extra Mile: Comp Ed., ESY, and Recovery Services” – Special Education Seminar


“What Goes On: Understanding FBAs, BIPs, and BCBAs”; Special Education Seminar

“Yesterday: Year in Review”; Special Education Seminar


“The 1-2-3s of the 504”; Special Education Seminar

“The 411 on 504’s: Best Practices for Your District”; School Law Update Seminar

“The Legal Liabilities of Social Media”; OSBA Cyberlaw Workshop


“Drafting an Appropriate IEP in Light of Endrew F.”; Special Education Seminar

“How to Keep Your Response to Social Media from Going Viral”; School Law Update Seminar

“Making Good Decisions About Bad Behavior”; OSBA Capital Conference


“Discipline of Students with Disabilities”; School In-Service

“Recent Guidance from the Office of Civil Rights and the Office of Special Education Programs”; School In-Service

“Case Law and Legislative Update”; School Law Update Seminar