O'Hara, O'Connell & Ciotoli 

Dennis G. O'Hara

Denny is acknowledged by his peers and members of the education community as one of the preeminent authorities in New York State on education law issues. He has represented school districts and individuals in education law matters since 1965. He is a highly experienced trial attorney who has represented clients in several New York State and federal courts and is admitted to practice before several federal district courts, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals and the United States Supreme Court.  Denny is also a recognized bond attorney.  He has also served as an adjunct professor teaching a graduate-level course in Education Law at both Syracuse University’s School of Education and SUNY Oswego.
Denny has lectured extensively on education law issues at state and national education law and public employment law seminars for such organizations as the National Educational Negotiators Association, the New York Bar Association, the New York State School Boards Association, the Syracuse University Summer law conference, the Central New York School Boards Association, the New York Association of School Business Officials (NYASBO), and the Management Advocates for School Labor Affairs Association (MASLA).
In addition, he has presented in-service training programs for clients on such topics as Sexual Harassment, American with Disabilities Law, the Family Medical Leave Act, the Open Meetings Law, and the Fiscal Accountability legislation (Chapter 263 of the Laws of 2005). 
Denny is a member of the New York State Bar Association, the NYSBA Labor Law Section, the American Bar Association, the ABA Committee on Employment and Labor Law, the ABA Section on Litigation, the Education Law Association, the American Arbitration Association’s Panel of Arbitrators, the New York State Association of School Attorneys, the National School Boards Association Council of School Attorneys, the National College of Advocacy, the Association of Trial Lawyers of America, the New York State Trial Lawyers Association, and the Management Advocates for School Labor Affairs.  He is a graduate of LeMoyne College and the Syracuse University College of Law.

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