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Kenneth A.
Roos

Partner

Kenneth A. Roos, Chair of the firm’s Education Law practice group, has been practicing school law and employment law in Montgomery County since 1990.

Let's Talk
460 Norristown Road, Suite 110
Blue Bell, PA 19422
Email: kroos@wispearl.com
Assistant
Meredith Braverman
Phone: 610-825-8400
Fax: 610-828-4887

Mr. Roos is known throughout the state for his expertise in education law. Having provided legal counsel to multiple school districts for over 25 years and as a veteran of well over a 1,000 public school board meetings, there are few education law issues Mr. Roos has not confronted and handled in his education law career.

Currently, Mr. Roos serves as the solicitor for several public school districts in Southeastern Pennsylvania and provides legal representation and advice to numerous other public school districts and other educational and governmental entities. He is regularly asked to create or revise policies and provide advice to school district clients regarding the myriad of legal issues facing public school districts such as board governance, district operations, regulatory compliance, naming rights and advertising as well as, on a daily basis, student and staff issues.

Mr. Roos is the past President (2006) of the Pennsylvania School Board Solicitors Association and is a frequent speaker at educational law seminars throughout the state. A graduate of Grove City College and the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, Mr. Roos is Chair of the Ambler Area YMCA Board of Directors and President of the Ambler Theater Board of Directors.

Representative Matters
  • Countless in-services for board members, school administrators, teachers, and other school district staff.
  • Assisted the School District of Upper Dublin as it became the only school district in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to have its voters approve an electoral debt referendum in 2007.
  • Obtained the first mandate waiver for single prime contractor for major school construction project in 2001; such mandate waivers have since been upheld by Pa. Supreme Court.
  • Represented municipal and school district clients in numerous successful defense of employment discrimination cases in Federal Court, as well as before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the Human Pennsylvania Relations Commission.
  • Counseled school districts in successfully navigating the Charter School Application Review process including conducting hearings on Charter Applications.
  • Successfully represented public school districts in a $17,000,000 class action over alleged “spot assessments.”
  • Successfully represented Lower Merion School District in student redistricting case arising from the opening of the Belmont Hills Elementary School.
Speeches and Publications
  • “Best Practices for Open Meetings, Executive Sessions and Sunshine Act Compliance.” Pennsylvania School Boards Solicitor’s Association Annual School Solicitors Symposium. July 14, 2016.
  • “The Elements of School Law and Organization.” Pennsylvania Association of School Business Official’s Organization (PASBO): “Elements of School Business Management” Series. April 26, 2016.
  • “Trends in Employment Discrimination: Defending Against & Preventing Discrimination and Wage and Hour Cases.” Pennsylvania School Board Solicitors Association Symposium. July 17, 2015.
  • “Extracting Value From a School District’s Naming and Other Licensing Rights: Legal Considerations.” Presentation at Montgomery County Intermediate Unit. February 3, 2013.
  • “Life Cycle of Employee Records: From Creation to Shredder.” Pennsylvania Association of School Business Official’s Organization state-wide webcast. February 7, 2013.
  • “The First Amendment and Public Schools.” Pennsylvania Bar Institute, School Law: Update on Important Issues. December 5 and 9, 2011.
  • “Insurance Issues Related to Special Education Hearings.” Willis HRH Group Insurance Seminar. October 24, 2012.
  • “Extracting Value From a School District’s Naming and Other Licensing Rights: Legal Considerations.” Pennsylvania School Boards Association Annual Conference Pre-Conference Workshop. October 18, 2011.
  • “Records: What You Need to Know About Right-to-Know and Other Laws.” Pennsylvania Association of Pupil Services Administrators Conference. April 23, 2009.
  • “Current Trends in Education Law.” Pennsylvania School Boards Association Spring Legal Roundup 2009. March 12, 2009.
  • “Effectively Evaluating Staff Performance and Communicating with Employees to Improve Effectiveness.” Eastern Pennsylvania Association of School Personnel Administrators. May 14, 2008.
  • “The Upper Dublin Debt Act Referendum: ‘A Series of Fortunate Events.’” Amy T. Brooks, Esq., co-presenter. Pennsylvania School Boards Solicitor’s Association Annual School Solicitors Symposium. July 12-13, 2007.
  • “The First Amendment in Public Schools.” Pennsylvania School Boards Association Annual School Law Workshop. October 11, 2006.
  • “Current Trends in Education Law.” Pennsylvania School Boards Association Spring Legal Roundup 2006. April 5, 2006.
  • “Issues Arising in Extracurricular Program Management.” Co-presenter with Megan E. Shafer. Pennsylvania School Boards Association Annual School Law Workshop. October 26, 2006.
  • “Current Trends in Education Law.” Pennsylvania School Boards Association Spring Legal Roundup 2005. March 31, 2005.
  • “Current Trends in Education Law.” Pennsylvania School Boards Association Spring Legal Roundup 2004. April 20, 2004.
  • “School Law Issues in Pennsylvania.” National Business Institute, Pennsylvania School Boards Association Spring Legal Roundup 2004. March 1, 2004.
  • “Legal Ethics and the Superintendent Solicitor Relationship.” Pennsylvania School Boards Association School Law Workshop. June 27, 2003.
  • “Police in the Schools.” Pennsylvania School Boards Association Annual School Law Workshop. October 2, 2002.
  • “Ethics: The School Solicitor as Government Lawyer.” Pennsylvania School Boards Association School Law Update. June 29, 2002.
  • “School Law in Pennsylvania.” National Business Institute. May 29, 2002.
  • “Ethical Duties and Dilemmas of Township and Borough Solicitors.” Delaware Valley Insurance Trust. March 14, 2002.
  • “School Law Issues in Pennsylvania.” National Business Institute. November 15, 2001.
  • Pennsylvania School Boards Association Spring Legal Roundup. April 4, 2001.
  • “School Law Issues in Pennsylvania.” National Business Institute. November 15, 2001.
  • “Ethics: Classic Solicitor Land Mine.” Pennsylvania School Boards Association School Law Update. July 19, 2001.
  • “School Law Issues in Pennsylvania.” National Business Institute. November 16, 1999.
  • Pennsylvania School Boards Association Spring Legal Roundup. March 25, 1999.
Bar Admissions

Pennsylvania

United States Supreme Court

United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit

United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania

United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania

United States District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania

Education

University of Pittsburgh (J.D. 1984)

Grove City College (A.B. 1981)

Professional and Civic Memberships

Pennsylvania School Board Solicitors Association, Past President (2006)

Ambler Area YMCA, Board of Managers

  • Board Chair (2017)
  • Membership Committee Chair (2012-2017)
  • Major Gifts Chair (2005, 2011)
  • Financial Assistance Chair (2005 – 2010)
  • Community Campaign Co-Chair (2006, 2008, 2009)
  • Leadership Gifts Chair (2007)
  • Annual Support Campaign
    • Community Campaign Team Captain (2003)
    • Community Campaign Division Leader (2004)

Ambler Theater

  • Board of Directors (2013 – present)
    • President (2017)
    • Vice-President (2015-2017)

Montgomery Bar Association

  • Co-Chair, Sidebar (publication) Committee (1997, 1998)
  • Co-Chair, Continuing Legal Education Committee (1995, 1996)

Campaign Co-Chair for Gail Weilheimer for Judge, successful 2013 campaign for Montgomery County Court of Common Pleas judicial election

Honors and Awards

Pennsylvania Super Lawyers (2007 – 2018)

Kenneth A.
Roos

Partner

Kenneth A. Roos, Chair of the firm’s Education Law practice group, has been practicing school law and employment law in Montgomery County since 1990.

Let's Talk
460 Norristown Road, Suite 110
Blue Bell, PA 19422
Email: kroos@wispearl.com
Assistant
Meredith Braverman
Phone: 610-825-8400
Fax: 610-828-4887

Mr. Roos is known throughout the state for his expertise in education law. Having provided legal counsel to multiple school districts for over 25 years and as a veteran of well over a 1,000 public school board meetings, there are few education law issues Mr. Roos has not confronted and handled in his education law career.

Currently, Mr. Roos serves as the solicitor for several public school districts in Southeastern Pennsylvania and provides legal representation and advice to numerous other public school districts and other educational and governmental entities. He is regularly asked to create or revise policies and provide advice to school district clients regarding the myriad of legal issues facing public school districts such as board governance, district operations, regulatory compliance, naming rights and advertising as well as, on a daily basis, student and staff issues.

Mr. Roos is the past President (2006) of the Pennsylvania School Board Solicitors Association and is a frequent speaker at educational law seminars throughout the state. A graduate of Grove City College and the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, Mr. Roos is Chair of the Ambler Area YMCA Board of Directors and President of the Ambler Theater Board of Directors.

Representative Matters
  • Countless in-services for board members, school administrators, teachers, and other school district staff.
  • Assisted the School District of Upper Dublin as it became the only school district in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to have its voters approve an electoral debt referendum in 2007.
  • Obtained the first mandate waiver for single prime contractor for major school construction project in 2001; such mandate waivers have since been upheld by Pa. Supreme Court.
  • Represented municipal and school district clients in numerous successful defense of employment discrimination cases in Federal Court, as well as before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the Human Pennsylvania Relations Commission.
  • Counseled school districts in successfully navigating the Charter School Application Review process including conducting hearings on Charter Applications.
  • Successfully represented public school districts in a $17,000,000 class action over alleged “spot assessments.”
  • Successfully represented Lower Merion School District in student redistricting case arising from the opening of the Belmont Hills Elementary School.
Speeches and Publications
  • “Best Practices for Open Meetings, Executive Sessions and Sunshine Act Compliance.” Pennsylvania School Boards Solicitor’s Association Annual School Solicitors Symposium. July 14, 2016.
  • “The Elements of School Law and Organization.” Pennsylvania Association of School Business Official’s Organization (PASBO): “Elements of School Business Management” Series. April 26, 2016.
  • “Trends in Employment Discrimination: Defending Against & Preventing Discrimination and Wage and Hour Cases.” Pennsylvania School Board Solicitors Association Symposium. July 17, 2015.
  • “Extracting Value From a School District’s Naming and Other Licensing Rights: Legal Considerations.” Presentation at Montgomery County Intermediate Unit. February 3, 2013.
  • “Life Cycle of Employee Records: From Creation to Shredder.” Pennsylvania Association of School Business Official’s Organization state-wide webcast. February 7, 2013.
  • “The First Amendment and Public Schools.” Pennsylvania Bar Institute, School Law: Update on Important Issues. December 5 and 9, 2011.
  • “Insurance Issues Related to Special Education Hearings.” Willis HRH Group Insurance Seminar. October 24, 2012.
  • “Extracting Value From a School District’s Naming and Other Licensing Rights: Legal Considerations.” Pennsylvania School Boards Association Annual Conference Pre-Conference Workshop. October 18, 2011.
  • “Records: What You Need to Know About Right-to-Know and Other Laws.” Pennsylvania Association of Pupil Services Administrators Conference. April 23, 2009.
  • “Current Trends in Education Law.” Pennsylvania School Boards Association Spring Legal Roundup 2009. March 12, 2009.
  • “Effectively Evaluating Staff Performance and Communicating with Employees to Improve Effectiveness.” Eastern Pennsylvania Association of School Personnel Administrators. May 14, 2008.
  • “The Upper Dublin Debt Act Referendum: ‘A Series of Fortunate Events.’” Amy T. Brooks, Esq., co-presenter. Pennsylvania School Boards Solicitor’s Association Annual School Solicitors Symposium. July 12-13, 2007.
  • “The First Amendment in Public Schools.” Pennsylvania School Boards Association Annual School Law Workshop. October 11, 2006.
  • “Current Trends in Education Law.” Pennsylvania School Boards Association Spring Legal Roundup 2006. April 5, 2006.
  • “Issues Arising in Extracurricular Program Management.” Co-presenter with Megan E. Shafer. Pennsylvania School Boards Association Annual School Law Workshop. October 26, 2006.
  • “Current Trends in Education Law.” Pennsylvania School Boards Association Spring Legal Roundup 2005. March 31, 2005.
  • “Current Trends in Education Law.” Pennsylvania School Boards Association Spring Legal Roundup 2004. April 20, 2004.
  • “School Law Issues in Pennsylvania.” National Business Institute, Pennsylvania School Boards Association Spring Legal Roundup 2004. March 1, 2004.
  • “Legal Ethics and the Superintendent Solicitor Relationship.” Pennsylvania School Boards Association School Law Workshop. June 27, 2003.
  • “Police in the Schools.” Pennsylvania School Boards Association Annual School Law Workshop. October 2, 2002.
  • “Ethics: The School Solicitor as Government Lawyer.” Pennsylvania School Boards Association School Law Update. June 29, 2002.
  • “School Law in Pennsylvania.” National Business Institute. May 29, 2002.
  • “Ethical Duties and Dilemmas of Township and Borough Solicitors.” Delaware Valley Insurance Trust. March 14, 2002.
  • “School Law Issues in Pennsylvania.” National Business Institute. November 15, 2001.
  • Pennsylvania School Boards Association Spring Legal Roundup. April 4, 2001.
  • “School Law Issues in Pennsylvania.” National Business Institute. November 15, 2001.
  • “Ethics: Classic Solicitor Land Mine.” Pennsylvania School Boards Association School Law Update. July 19, 2001.
  • “School Law Issues in Pennsylvania.” National Business Institute. November 16, 1999.
  • Pennsylvania School Boards Association Spring Legal Roundup. March 25, 1999.