Jacqueline Walsh Brickman


Jackie Brickman advises school boards on a variety of special education and general school law matters, including identifying students with disabilities, providing appropriate IEPs and 504 plans, conducting manifestation determination reviews, carrying out school district investigations, addressing disciplinary issues for employees and students, and responding to employee requests for medical leave and accommodations due to a disability. Jackie also defends school boards in special education due process cases; administrative hearings regarding employee discipline; discrimination claims before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Ohio Civil Rights Commission, and the Office for Civil Rights; and other litigation before Ohio courts at both the trial and appellate levels.

Prior to joining Pepple & Waggoner, Jackie was a judicial clerk for the Honorable Vernon L. Preston at the Third District Court of Appeals of Ohio. Jackie graduated cum laude from The University of Akron School of Law where she served as the Executive Editor of the Akron Law Review, earned the CALI Award for Excellence in Appellate Advocacy, and received the American Law Institute-American Bar Association Scholarship & Leadership Award. Jackie graduated magna cum laude from The Ohio State University, with a Bachelor of Arts in English and Philosophy. On a personal note, Jackie is an avid reader, a loyal Buckeyes fan, and enjoys spending time with her husband and daughter.

Bar Admissions


Court Admissions

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

Professional & Civic Organizations/Activities

Ohio State Bar Association
Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association
Ohio Council of School Board Attorneys


J.D., cum laude, The University of Akron School of Law
B.A., magna cum laude, English/Philosophy, The Ohio State University

Selected Presentations & Published Works

“Common Errors Made by Administrators When Dealing with Student Discipline” – BASA

“What School District Staff Need to Know About Child Find Under the IDEA” – School District In-Service

“Reasonable Suspicion, Investigation, and Imposing Discipline” – ESC of Northeastern Ohio


“Student Mental Health and Special Education” – OSBA Capital Conference

“Providing FAPE: What All Educators Need to Know About IEP Development and Implementation” – University of Mount Union Symposium

“First Amendment and School Employees After Kennedy” – OSBA Human Resources Law Workshop

“Title IX Training: Sexual Harassment Regulations and Grievance Procedure” – School District Training


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

“Employee Leave and Student Considerations for Re-Opening During COVID-19” – ESC Seminar

“Executing the Game Plan – IEP Implementation” – Special Education Seminar


“Special Education in the Time of COVID-19”; School Law Update Seminar

“Practical Advice for Avoiding IEP Issues”; OSBA Capital Conference

“Title IX – New Sexual Harassment Regulations”; Ohio Association of School Personnel Administrators

“Here, There, and Everywhere: FAPE Obligations for Students Parentally Placed Outside of the District”; Special Education Seminar

“Here Comes the Sun: Legal Challenges for 2020”; Special Education Seminar