Jennifer E. Gornall

Jennifer E. Gornall: Attorney with Knox McLaughlin Gornall & Sennett, P.C.
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Ms. Gornall practices local governmental law, with a specific focus on education and special education law. She represents many school districts in the northwest Pennsylvania region. Ms. Gornall handles special education mediations and due process hearings. She has experience in a wide range of school issues, such as student discipline matters, including expulsion procedures, hearings and student discipline policy drafting; student records and privacy issues; public meeting procedures; constitutional issues affecting students; public records and ethics laws; transportation contracts; construction building projects; and many other procedural and legal issues that confront both school district administrations and boards of directors. Ms. Gornall also represents regional municipal entities such as townships, boroughs and municipal authorities, including port authorities, airport authorities and water and sewer authorities.

Awards & Honors: Inaugural Recipient of 2005 Generation-E Leadership Award, Young Erie Professionals

Community & Professional Service: WQLN, Board Member 2008-present; The Ophelia Project, Board Member 1998-2006; Community House, Inc., Board Member 1998-2002; March of Dimes, 'Ambassador Family,' 2004, Board Member 2005-2007, Board President 2006-2007; ECBA Attorney Kid Connection, Participant; Erie County Truancy Task Force, Member 2008-present; City of Erie Diversity Task Force, Member 2006-2008.

Areas of Practice (35)

  • Government
  • Education Law
  • Municipal Law
  • Administrative Agency Practice
  • Administrative Hearings and Appeals
  • Charter School Law
  • Public School Law
  • School Board Defense
  • School Board Liability
  • School Desegregation
  • School District Liability
  • School Equal Protection
  • School Law
  • Special Education
  • Condemnation
  • Government Agency Practice
  • Government Ethics
  • Government Immunity
  • Governmental Law
  • Governmental Liability
  • Local Government Defense
  • Local Government Law
  • Local Government Liability
  • Political Subdivision Liability
  • Township Law
  • Government Procurement
  • Local Government Contracts
  • Public Bidding
  • Public Contract Law
  • Public Works Contracts
  • Municipal Contracts
  • Municipal Corporation Law
  • Municipal Utility Law
  • Zoning Law
  • Zoning Variances

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
814-315-3653  Phone
814-459-2800  Phone
814-453-4530  Fax
University Attended:
College of William and Mary, B.A., 1993
Law School Attended:
Dickinson School of Law, J.D., Dickinson Law Review, Articles Editor; Woolsack Honor Society, Member; American Bar Association Section of Urban, State and Local Government Law Award, 1996
Year of First Admission:
1996, Pennsylvania
Erie County and Pennsylvania (Zone 7 Delegate to House of Delegates, 1997-1998) Bar Associations.
Birth Information:
Erie, Pennsylvania, April 16, 1971
Successfully prosecutes over 50 student expulsion hearings annually; Revised Erie School District's student discipline policies, truancy policy and child abuse reporting policy; Filed and successfully completed over 100 condemnations of blighted property located in the City of Erie on behalf of the Erie Redevelopment Authority.
Payment Information:
  • Credit cards accepted
  • Accepts Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover and Other - Check
  • Free Initial Consultation
  • Fixed Hourly Rates
  • Fixed Fees Available

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