Christopher Leopold, Attorney

 

About Chris

Chris has significant experience representing school districts throughout Vermont, handling all aspects of labor and employment matters, general education law, and school governance issues.  For over twenty-five years, Chris has devoted his practice to serving the legal needs of school districts.  From collective bargaining, to resolving general employment issues, to handling student issues and governance matters, Chris guides administrators and school districts to solve their legal challenges.

Before entering private law practice, Chris served school districts as both a public school administrator and school board member. As the Manager of Personnel and Legal Counsel for the Chittenden South Supervisory Union, Chris oversaw all aspects of human resources management and advised the District on the full range of legal issues facing schools, including labor and employment matters, collective bargaining, contract negotiations, school construction and environmental permitting, and general and special education matters.  Chris also served on the school board for Champlain Valley Union High School for seven years, including three years as the board chairperson.  He is a former Executive Director of Common Cause Vermont, and previously worked for twelve years as a department head and attorney in Vermont’s criminal justice system. 

Chris frequently conducts seminars for school districts and professional organizations on general education and school governance, and he trains school administrators and supervisors concerning school governance, student rights and discipline, and effective contract and policy administration.  Chris also taught Education Law & Finance as an adjunct faculty member at St. Michael’s College in 2016. 

Chris lives in Shelburne, Vermont.  When he is not serving his clients, Chris enjoys spending time with his wife, children, and six grandchildren.  During the summer, Chris can be found sailing his boat Starwagon on Lake Champlain.   

Workshops and Presentations

“Student Discipline, Due Process & Privacy Issues and Employee Evaluation, Due Process,” Vermont Superintendent Association and Client Presentations, 1998-2014
“Collective Bargaining at the Supervisory Union Level,” Vermont Superintendents Association and Client Presentations, 2008-2013
“Employee & Student Due Process, Discipline, Discharge and Evaluation Issues,” Vermont Superintendents Association and Client Presentations, 2003-2013
“Labor Relations Negotiations Update for Superintendents,” Vermont Superintendents Association and Client Presentations, 2005-2013
“What You May Not Know: Legal Basics for Education Leaders,” Vermont Superintendents Association, Vermont Council of Special Education Administrators Annual Spring Conference, 2014
“New Superintendent Orientation: Key Vermont Educational Legal Issues,” Vermont Superintendents Association, 2005-Present
“Contemporary Issues Class: Personnel Issues in Public Education Law,” College of Saint Joseph Education Division, 2005
“Act 46: Vermont Education Reform,” Client Presentation, 2015
“Employee Evaluation, Discipline & Due Process,” Client Presentations, 1998-2014
“Vermont Public Records Law,” Client Presentations, 2005-2014
“Unlawful Harassment, Bullying: Conducting Effective Investigation Issues,” Client Presentations, 2006-2013
“Managing and Investigating Employee Misconduct,” Client Presentations, 2006-2013
“Guidelines for Vermont Public Employers During A Union Organizing Campaign,” Client Presentation, 2007
“Student Records & Privacy,” Client Presentations, 1998-2010
“Overview of Family Education Rights and Privacy Act,” Client Presentation, 2004        

Education

Vermont Law School (J.D., 1978)
University of Vermont (B.A., 1975)





Phone 802.497.1853

Bar Admissions

Vermont (1978)
United States District Court, District of Vermont (1978)

Association Memberships

Vermont and American Bar Associations;
Labor and Employment Section of American Bar Association;
National School Boards Association Council of School Attorneys.  

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