Maria Limbert Markakis

Maria is the Chair of Day Ketterer’s Education Law Practice Group. She represents school boards throughout Ohio, focusing her practice in the areas of general education law, special education law and related litigation.

Maria provides counsel to schools regarding the drafting and implementation of school policies and codes of conduct; student discipline issues and hearings; compliance with school transportation; issues related to student enrollment, including residency, admission, custody, transfers and tuition; and issues arising under the Every Student Succeeds Act, the Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), Ohio Open Meetings Law, and Ohio Public Records Act.

Her special education law practice involves advising clients on all aspects of special education law, including the Individuals with Disabilities in Education Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act. She also trains school staff on special education laws, attends IEP meetings and mediation sessions, represents clients in due process hearings and files and responds to special education complaints.

Maria joined Day Ketterer as a Member in 2012, having previously practiced as a partner at Eastman & Smith.

PUBLICATIONS AND SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS

  • Every Student Succeeds Act, Legislative Update, and the Top 10 List of Special Education Advice, 4th Annual Day Ketterer Community School Law Update, Independence and Toledo, Ohio, May 2016
  • Community School Law Update, Summit County Educational Service Center, May 2016
  • What Does HB 2 Mean for Your School?, Northern Ohio, December 2015 and January 2016
  • Issues Schools Avoid-But Must Address, OAPCS Conference, Columbus, Ohio, November 2015
  • Issues Schools Avoid-But Must Address, OSBA Capital Conference, Columbus, Ohio, November 2015
  • Discipline of Special Education Students, Columbus, Ohio, November 2015
  • Student Discipline, 3rd Annual Day Ketterer Community School Law Update, Columbus, Ohio, May 2015
  • Implementing a Random Drug Testing Policy, Ohio School Boards Association Annual Conference, Columbus, Ohio, November 2014
  • Student Privacy Rights and the Federal Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), Sandusky, Ohio, OAPCS 8th Annual State Conference, October 2014
  • Discipline of Special Education Students, Cleveland, Ohio, May 2014
  • Student Privacy Laws, 2nd Annual Day Ketterer Community School Law Update, Columbus, Ohio, May 2014
  • Student Discipline – Cuff v. Central Valley School District, 2013 Legal Insights for School Administrators, Canton, Ohio, February 2013
  • School Law Legal Update, Ravenna, Ohio, October 2013
  • Student Discipline Procedures, 1st Annual Day Ketterer Community School Law Update, Columbus, Ohio, June 2013
  • Student Discipline Cyber-Misbehavior Update, Community School Law Update, Columbus, Ohio, June 2013 

HONORS AND ACHIEVEMENTS

  • Crain’s Cleveland Business, Who to Watch in Law, 2013
  • Selected for inclusion in Ohio Super Lawyers® Rising Stars, a designation that recognizes the top 2.5 percent of Ohio’s lawyers under the age of 40, 2007 

PROFESSIONAL AND COMMUNITY LEADERSHIP

  • Ohio Alliance for Public Charter Schools, Member
  • Ohio Council of School Board Attorneys, Member
  • University of Toledo College of Law, Lecturer in Law, Education Law
  • Leadership Hudson, Class of 2016
  • Hudson City School District Parent Teacher Organization, Member
  • Hudson City School District VIP, volunteer 

COURTS AND BAR ASSOCIATIONS

  • State of Ohio
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio
  • Ohio State Bar Association 

EDUCATION

  • The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, Juris Doctor, 2000 
  • Studied abroad at the University of Oxford, Oxford, England
  • The Ohio State University, Bachelor of Science, with honors, 1997

To contact Maria, please email her at mlmarkakis@dayketterer.com or call her directly at 330.650.6608.