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.

Ms. Lordi was appointed by the New Jersey Supreme Court to serve as a member of its Committee on the Unauthorized Practice of Law effective January 1, 2019.

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-Hubbell AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating and selected for inclusion in New Jersey Super Lawyers since 2013.


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