Donna M. Andrew


Cleveland / Cincinnati

Donna Andrew has represented school boards as a labor negotiator in both teaching and nonteaching collective bargaining since 1999. Donna assists school boards in complex discipline investigations and termination matters, including related litigation. Donna also has extensive experience in all administrative levels of workers’ compensation and unemployment matters, including assisting school boards in implementing strategies to lower workers’ compensation premiums.

Donna also advises school boards in general school law matters, including defending school boards against discrimination claims in a variety of forums and in special education matters. Donna’s practice also includes providing in-service workshops and presentations to help prevent costly legal issues before they occur.

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
Cleveland Bar Association
Ohio Council of School Board Attorneys


J.D., CSU College of Law, Cleveland State University
M.P.A., Bowling Green State University
B.A., English/Political Science, Bowling Green State University

Selected Presentations & Published Works

“Investigating Employee Misconduct and Imposing Discipline” – Administrative In-Service

“Surviving Technology, Social Media Posts, and Public Records Requests” – BASA Women’s Conference

“Setting the Bargaining Table: Preparations for Negotiations” – School Negotiations Workshop


“Opening Your Mind to Ohio’s Open Meetings Act” – Legal Update Seminar

“Considerations for Investigating Employee Misconduct and Imposing Discipline” – In-Service

“The Ins and Outs of Bargaining Non-Teaching Contracts” – School Negotiations Workshop

“The Board’s Role and Understanding Policies and Laws” – In-Service


“At the Table or Behind the Scenes, Proper Preparation is Key” – School Negotiations Workshop

“The Board’s Role and Understanding Policies, Laws, and Consequences” – In-Service

“A Review of Bargaining in 2021 and a Look Forward to 2022” – In-Service


“COVID-19 Reductions in Force”; School Law Update Seminar

“EdChoice 2.0”; OSBA Capital Conference

“The Rollover Rollercoaster: Negotiations in the Age of COVID-19”; Buckeye Association of School Administrators

“Foul Language: Finding and Removing Burdensome Contract Provisions”; School Negotiations Workshop

“When I’m 64: Preparing for Post-Secondary Transition”; Special Education Seminar