Education Law

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Originally conceived as a boutique litigation practice, the Firm quickly recognized the need to add additional lawyers to staff complex cases. From the core of five lawyers, the Firm has grown sufficiently to provide quality representation in the following areas of practice.


FWL is in a unique position to evaluate education law issues. Joseph M. Farrell, Jr. is a member and Past President of the Cabell County Board of Education. In this capacity, Mr. Farrell has addressed every aspect of the public educational system and is well qualified to provide representation for issues which have arisen outside Cabell County.

Michael J. Farrell has substantial experience regarding higher education and K-12 issues. He presently serves in his second term as a member of the Marshall University Board of Governors. He previously served as Vice Chairman of that Board and its predecessor, the Marshall University Board of Advisors. Prior to the statutory reorganization of higher education governance, he served as a member of the University System Board of Trustees and was Vice Chairman of its successor, West Virginia Higher Education Interim Governing Board. These two Boards were responsible for West Virginia University, Marshall University, all West Virginia state colleges and the West Virginia Osteopathic School of Medicine. He also has served as West Virginia Special Assistant Attorney General in representing the West Virginia State Board of Education in the case which challenged the constitutionality of the statutory funding of public education.

Both of these lawyers and other members of the FWL educational law team are available for consultation and litigation issues related to West Virginia issues which do not involve Marshall University or the Cabell County Board of Education.

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