School and Higher Education


As one of Wisconsin’s largest and most experienced school law practices, Davis & Kuelthau’s School and Higher Education Team has proudly served districts statewide for more than 45 years.

Leveraging our combined 230 years of service, we understand that a school district is a complex institution with many distinct responsibilities. We work closely with every school district and higher education client to help them balance their obligations as an employer, a workplace, a social services agency, a financial institution, and a governmental body. And our experience with constituent and public relations means that we can account for school districts’ need to communicate effectively with the public on almost everything they do.

Today, Davis & Kuelthau serves more than 100 public school districts, as well as numerous universities and technical colleges across Wisconsin.

Our services include:

  • Constitutional Obligations of School Districts
  • Construction Contracts and Real Estate
  • Employee Benefits
  • Employment Litigation
  • General School Law
  • Immigration
  • Insurance Claims
  • Intellectual Property
  • Labor and Employment
  • Public Finance
  • Public Records
  • Pupil Rights, Responsibilities, and Discipline
  • Tax
  • Teacher and Administrator Contracts
  • Trusts, Estates and Succession Planning
  • School Law Litigation
  • Special Education

Representative clients include:

  • Appleton Area School District
  • Chilton School District
  • Cooperative Educational Service Agency #7 (CESA 7)
  • Green Bay Area Public School District
  • Lakeshore Technical College
  • School District of Manawa
  • Manitowoc Public School District
  • School District of Marinette
  • School District of New London
  • Northeast Wisconsin Technical College
  • Oshkosh Area School District
  • Sheboygan Area School District
  • St. Norbert College
  • Waupaca School District
  • West Allis/West Milwaukee School District
  • Unified School District of De Pere

School and Higher Education Team

Robert W. Burns, Abby S. Busler, Sherry D. Coley, Bruce B. Deadman, Mary S. Gerbig, Aaron E. Hall, Joseph S. Heino, James M. Kalny, Mark G. Kmiecik, James E. Lowe, Jr., Laurie E. Meyer, Elizabeth K. Miles, Kathy L. Nusslock, Thomas V. Rohan, Katharine G. Shaw, Anthony J. Steffek, Joseph E. Tierney IV

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