Paul O’Neill

Senior Legal Fellow

Paul O’Neill is a Senior Legal Fellow for the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools, providing legal advice on complex, emerging legal issues facing the sector. As Founder & President of Tugboat Education Services and as the head of the Education Law Practice Group of Cohen Schneider & O’Neill LLP in New York, he advises schools, charter school authorizers, networks, non-profit organizations, government agencies, and philanthropies on the rules and complexities that apply to educational organizations. Most recently, he is also Co-founder and Senior Fellow of the non-profit National Center for Special Education in Charter Schools. In addition to his legal and advisory work, Mr. O’Neill serves on the adjunct faculty of Teachers College, Columbia University, where he teaches courses on education law and policy. Mr. O’Neill is the author of numerous books and articles including the Charter School Law Deskbook (with Todd Ziebarth) (Lexis Nexis Publishers) and the No Child Left Behind Compliance Manual (LRP Publications).  He has served as General Counsel and head education lawyer for public and private education organizations including the SUNY Charter Schools Institute and EdisonLearning.  With regard to public service, Mr. O’Neill has chaired the Education and the Law Committee of the New York City Bar Association, served on the Professional Advisory Board of the National Center for Learning Disabilities, helped found charter schools in the South Bronx, Brooklyn, and New Orleans, and is currently chair of the boards of a pair of charter schools on Manhattan’s Lower East Side.  He received a Bachelor of Arts from Oberlin College, a J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law and an Masters of Education from Teachers College, Columbia University. Mr. O’Neill is admitted to practice in New York and in the federal courts of the Southern and Eastern districts of New York.

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