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School Districts

Tharpe & Howell, LLP is one of the few full-service law firms that provides specialized legal services to public and private schools and educational institutions.  Our lawyers know that today’s educational landscape is vulnerable and requires experienced attorneys who can efficiently analyze important issues and help develop/implement targeted strategies to obtain the desired result.  Our attorneys guide educational institutions, large and small, through this perilous landscape on a broad range of matters including:

  • Business/transactional law/construction defect
  • Employment and labor law including ADA, OSHA, and WC defense
  • Personal injury defense
  • School bus liability
  • Negligent supervision claims
  • Negligent hiring claims


  • Gorman Learning Center
  • Alvord Unified School District
  • KIPP Academy
  • Lake Elsinore Unified School District
  • ICEF Public Schools
  • Promise Charter School
  • CA Virtual Academics
  • Alliance College Ready Public Schools
  • Excel Charter Academy
  • PUC Schools
  • Huntington Park College Ready Academy

Municipal Law

While well-recognized for its work in the area of insurance defense, Tharpe & Howell, LLP also provides a broad spectrum of legal services to governmental and quasi-governmental entities. Over the past 40 years, our attorneys have represented and counseled cities throughout California, public and private schools and other educational institutions, special interest groups, and railroads; as well as for profit and non-profit organizations receiving government grants. And when our clients require specialized counsel, Tharpe & Howell has complementary practices to efficiently render the necessary expertise as part of a multi-disciplinary team.

Services typically offered to governmental and quasi-governmental entities include:

  • Employment and labor law (consult and litigation defense)
  • Premises liability
  • Public works
  • Property rights/land use/zoning
  • Construction defect
  • Fair Housing/habitability
  • Environmental and toxic tort
  • Regulatory and administrative law
  • Workers’ compensation defense
  • Public transportation claims (including wrongful death and catastrophic injuries)
  • Subrogation and insurance matters
  • General litigation (including complex litigation and class-action lawsuits)
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