General Counsel Overview

  • James Barnes, Esq., General Counsel
    Wanda Lillis, Esq., Associate Counsel
    Jeenah Trout, Legal Assistant

    Telephone: 614-365-5673

    The General Counsel’s Office provides direct, professional legal counsel and representation for the Superintendent, Board of Education, Treasurer, Internal Auditor, and District departments. It assists the Superintendent and Board in the legal performance of their duties and the fair and just discharge of their obligations to students, staff and Board authorized representatives.

    The General Counsel’s Office also oversees the District's property and casualty insurance and claims handling functions, the District's student discipline hearing office, and the District’s Compliance Office, which investigates allegations of unlawful discrimination, harassment and relation, Title IX violations, and non-compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act.

    The General Counsel’s Office manages litigation and conducts oversight of Outside Counsel on a variety of matters. It also oversees public record requests.  The Office also reviews and approves contracts, agreements, and MOU’s for District departments.