PK Law Member Ed O’Meally Best’s Lawyer of the Year for Education Law

Pessin Katz Law, P.A. is pleased to announce that Member Edmund O’Meally was named Best Lawyers® 2018 Lawyer of the Year for the Baltimore area in Education Law. 


Mr. O’Meally is a member of the labor and education department at PK Law, and has worked closely with superintendents, boards of education, private schools, and private sector employers for over 33 years on a wide-variety of matters including collective bargaining, employment litigation, student discipline and special education, drug and alcohol issues, construction and procurement issues, and Open Meetings Act compliance. A 1984 graduate of the University of Maryland School of Law where he served as Executive Editor of the Maryland Law Review, Mr. O’Meally clerked for the judges of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit upon his graduation.

Mr. O’Meally is an Adjunct Professor of School Law at Johns Hopkins University, Goucher College, McDaniel College, and Morgan State University and has given numerous presentations on employment and education issues for the North American Association of Education Negotiators, the Education Law Association, the  Maryland Association of Boards of Education, the Maryland Negotiations Service, the Association of School Business Officials, the Public School Superintendents Association of Maryland, the Office of Administrative Hearings, MICPEL, and other groups. Since 2006, Mr. O’Meally has authored the chapters on “Employee Relations and Rights” and “Employee Discipline and Discharge” in the annual editions of the Maryland School Law Deskbook published by LexisNexis. Mr. O’Meally was the chief negotiator of the innovative performance based collective bargaining agreement between Baltimore City and the Baltimore Teachers Union as well as several other performance based collective bargaining agreements for non-certificated employees.  Mr. O’Meally is one of the few negotiators in the country who has successfully negotiated this type of agreement and is available to serve as a consultant or negotiator to school systems across the country.

Only a single lawyer in each practice area and designated metropolitan area is honored as the “Lawyer of the Year,” making this accolade particularly significant. Lawyers being honored as “Lawyer of the Year” are selected based on particularly impressive voting averages received during the peer-review assessments. Receiving this designation reflects the high level of respect a lawyer has earned among other leading lawyers in the same communities and the same practice areas for their abilities, their professionalism, and their integrity.