William C. Pepple


Bill Pepple has worked full-time representing Ohio’s school boards for more than thirty-eight years. In addition to his law degree, Bill holds a B.S. in Mathematics, as well as a Master’s Degree in Business Administration which he earned while serving as an officer in the Strategic Air Command of the United States Air Force. Bill was assigned as a Missile Combat Crew Commander and Missile Launch Officer in the United States Inter-Continental Ballistic Missile forces. He attained the rank of Captain in 1975, after which he worked as a high school mathematics and economics teacher and later as a Central Office Administrator in an Ohio school district.

As an attorney, Bill has represented school boards in over 450 teaching and non-teaching employee contract negotiations. He also has worked extensively in grievance arbitrations, unfair labor practice defense, representation elections, teacher terminations, school board litigation, and general school law representation. He is a regular presenter at seminars sponsored by the Ohio School Boards Association, the Buckeye Association of School Administrators, the Ohio Association of School Business Officials, and various colleges and universities throughout the state. Bill is also the past chairman of the Ohio Council of School Board Attorneys, an affiliate of the Ohio School Boards Association.

Bar Admissions


Court Admissions

United States District Court, Northern District of Ohio
United States Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
Ohio local and state courts

Professional & Civic Organizations/Activities

Ohio State Bar Association
Akron Metropolitan Bar Association
Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association
National Council of School Board Attorneys
Ohio Council of School Board Attorneys
North American Association of Educational Negotiators


J.D., The University of Akron School of Law
M.B.A., University of North Dakota
B.S., Mathematics, Bowling Green State University


Akron University School of Law “Outstanding 2019 Alumnus”

Selected Presentations & Published Works

“New Superintendent Transition Seminar – Your Professional Accountability” – BASA

“Media Relations During Negotiations” – In-Service

“Union Tactics A-Z and Board Responses” – In-Service


New Superintendent Transition Seminar – Your Professional Accountability and How to Avoid Disaster”; Buckeye Association of School Administrators

Avoidable Mistakes: Common Errors by Inexperienced Negotiators”; School Negotiations Workshop


“How to Properly Prepare for Negotiations”; School Negotiations Workshop

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

“Your Professional Accountability and How to Avoid Disaster”; BASA New Superintendent Transition Seminar


“The Art of Settling Agreements”; School Negotiations Workshop

“Reducing Employee Absenteeism”; School Law Update Seminar


“Setting and Achieving Your Bargaining Goals”; School Negotiations Workshop