Leslie R. Stellman

“My focus, as an experienced private sector employment attorney with over 30 years of experience in education law, is to work with school boards, colleges, and universities to effectively prepare their leaders to tackle the many problems facing their institutions. My success in both the private and public sectors reflects a deep understanding of the law and a commitment to solving clients' human resources challenges. I not only represent my clients. They learn from me so that, if my job is achieved, they have less of a need for lawyers.”

Professional Experience

Mr. Stellman has over 40 years of experience as an education law, labor and employment attorney. A labor lawyer by training, early in his labor law career Mr. Stellman appeared regularly before the National Labor Relations Board and participated in arbitration proceedings and hearings before the NLRB, serving as chief negotiator in collective bargaining.  Becoming more involved in the public sector, in the 80s Mr. Stellman began to focus his career on education law. Throughout his career he has represented the majority of Maryland’s school districts in virtually every type of school related litigation ranging from employment and personnel matters to school construction, property, land use, and real estate law, special education law, the laws governing disability rights including Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and the Americans With Disabilities Act, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, student discipline, speech, religion, and other constitutional rights asserted by students and school employees, student records law (FERPA) compliance, and purchasing and procurement. He has appeared in many cases before local boards of education, the Maryland State Board of Education, and the State Higher Education Labor Relations Board (“SHELRB”).  Mr. Stellman has also litigated widely in both the public and private sectors, defending employment discrimination and wrongful discharge lawsuits against employers. He regularly appears before the EEOC, the Maryland Commission on Civil Rights, and the Howard County Office of Human Rights. He also has extensive wage-hour law and occupational safety and health law experience.

Furthering establishing himself as a leader in the education and labor law sector, Mr. Stellman has taught school law at Johns Hopkins University and the University of Baltimore School of Law. He has also authored and co-authored several publications on education law including Teachers and the Law; School Law: What Every Educator Should Know, and most recently a chapter in Religion and Law in Public Schools: History, Philosophy, Trends and Education Administration entitled “The ‘Tebow’ Effect:  Religious Families’ Demands for Public School Services – Where is it Heading?”; articles on education including Coping with Public School Employee Labor Relations: An Employer’s Perspective and The Top Ten Legal Issues Facing Community Colleges; and has served two terms on the national board of directors of NSBA’s Council of School Attorneys. Mr. Stellman currently serves as chair of the Council of School Attorneys amicus committee, in which role he has prepared briefs on behalf of NSBA to the U.S. Supreme Court and various federal and State appeals courts.

Mr. Stellman has successfully completed the American Arbitration Association’s Mediation Training Course and is available to serve as a mediator in civil matters.  

Personal Information


  • Syracuse University College of Law, J.D., summa cum laude 1975
  • Johns Hopkins University, B.A. 1972

Bar Admission

  • Maryland Bar 1975
  • United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit, Eighth Circuit, Seventh Circuit, Fourth Circuit, Third Circuit, D.C. Circuit
  • United States Supreme Court


  • Les’ hobbies include horseback riding and playing the piano

Published Articles

  • The Top Ten Legal Issues Facing Community Colleges
  • Book: Co-authored Chapter 14 Religion and Law in Public Schools: History, Philosophy, Trends and Education Administration
    The “Tebow” Effect:  Religious Families’ Demands for Public School Services – Where is it Heading? (2017)
  • Book: Co-authored School Law: What Every Educator Should Know (Pearson, 2008)
  • Book: Teachers and the Law, 6th, 7th, 8th, and 9th editions (Allyn Bacon 2005, 2007, 2010, 2013)
  • Article: “Coping with Public School Employee Labor Relations: An Employer’s Perspective” (Journal of Law & Education, 1996)
  • Contributor: “No Child Left Behind Compliance Insider” (Thompson Publishing)
  • Regular presenter, Virginia Commonwealth University Educational Policy Institute annual conference
  • Authored briefs to the United States Supreme Court on education law issues

Additional Information

  • Board Member of the Education Law Association
  • Member: Education Law Association, Maryland State Bar Association — Labor & Employment Section
  • Council of School Attorneys of the National Association of Boards of Education, Chairman, Amicus Committee
  • Professor of School Law, Johns Hopkins University Graduate School of Education
  • Morgan State University Community College Leadership Ph.D. program
  • Professor of School Law, University of Baltimore School of Law
  • Selected to The Best Lawyers in America® for Labor Law – Management, 2019
  • Selected for inclusion in Super Lawyers, 2009-2016
  • Member: Board of Directors of the Council of School Attorneys
  • Completed:  32 Hour Mediator Training Course,  American Arbitration Association


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