Viola S. Lordi - Education Attorney in NJ
New Jersey and United States District Court, District of New Jersey, 1985
New York and United States District Court, Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, 1986
J.D., Rutgers School of Law – Newark, 1984
Ed.M., Teachers College, Columbia University, 1981
A.M., Teachers College, Columbia University, 1974
A.B., Douglass College, Rutgers University, with general honors, 1972
Viola S. Lordi is a Shareholder in the Administrative Law & Governmental Agencies group at Wilentz, Goldman & Spitzer, P.A. Ms. Lordi is a long-time and trusted advisor for public, private and independent schools, as well as colleges and universities. Private agencies and other companies that provide professional educational services also rely on her guidance in navigating the complex aspects of state and federal education laws. Over the course of her career, she has earned a reputation as a zealous yet reasonable advocate for her clients, focusing on the best ways to support their mission of educating the students they serve.
Ms. Lordi brings to the table a practical and comprehensive understanding of what it takes to manage stakeholders’ expectations, labor demands and regulatory requirements facing governing bodies, administrators and private providers in the education setting. Often appearing on her clients’ behalf before state administrative tribunals and the courts governing educational entities that operate in New Jersey, for over 25 years, Ms. Lordi has represented clients before the New Jersey Superior Court, the Commissioner of Education, the Office of Administrative Law, the School Ethics Commission and the New Jersey Public Employment Relations Commission. Her representation of education clients has involved governance and regulatory issues, special education litigation and school ethics, public and private sector employment law matters and labor negotiations. Longtime clients include private schools in matters involving children with educational disabilities, school governance and employment issues. She also represents boards of education for traditional school districts, charter schools and entities providing pre-school and early education services and mental health services in schools on the broad range of matters involving the regulation of these entities.
Prior to joining Wilentz in 1986, Ms. Lordi had the privilege to work as a Special Assistant United States Attorney in the Civil Division of the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of New Jersey.
Ms. Lordi is a prolific author and presenter of workshops on education law issues, all with a practical bent geared to application in the school setting. At the invitation of the NJ Bar Foundation, Ms. Lordi has presented workshops on special education law for teachers from schools throughout New Jersey. She has also participated as a seminar panel member for the NJ Association of School Attorneys, the NJ School Boards Association and the NJ Institute for Continuing Legal Education on a wide range of education law issues. Ms. Lordi has been accorded a Martindale Hubble ® AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating and selected for inclusion in New Jersey Super Lawyers® since 2013.
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- “Enduring Themes in Special Education Law: A Free Appropriate Public Education and Least Restrictive Environment,” which appears in Emerging Trends in Education Law (Aspatore December 2013)
- “FERPA – The Buckley Amendment – Safeguarding the Rights and Privacy of Parents and Students from Pre-School to Graduate and Professional School” (New Jersey Lawyer December 2013)
- “Special Education: Practical Applications of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act” (New Jersey Lawyer February 2009)
- IDEA Guidebook: A Comprehensive Guide to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (LRP Publications 2007) (Lead Author)
- The IDEA 2004 Guidebook: A Comprehensive Guide to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act Of 2004 (Brownstone Publishers, Incorporated, 2006) (Lead Author)
- Education Law – Early Childhood to Grade 12
- Special Education Law
- Public Sector (School Board) Labor Law
- Employment Law in the Public and Private Education Sectors
- Private and Independent School Law
- College and University Law