David Lampe practices education, labor and employment law. His practice emphasizes the representation of public school districts and educational service centers on matters involving education law; public sector labor law; collective bargaining; grievance arbitration; unfair labor practice charges; employment law; harassment, discrimination and misconduct investigations; policy development; student matters; litigation; and workers’ compensation.

David Lampe represents educational institutions and other public bodies on matters involving education law; public sector labor law; collective bargaining; grievance arbitration; unfair labor practice charges; employment law; harassment, discrimination, and misconduct investigations; Title IX investigations and compliance review; policy development; student matters; and litigation.

David has trained administrators/managers and presented at legal forums across Ohio on a wide assortment of matters affecting public bodies and educational institutions, such as employee evaluation, discipline and nonrenewal; collective bargaining; harassment, discrimination and misconduct investigations; Public Records Act; Open Meetings Act; First Amendment and cyber law issues; special education; student residency, tuition, attendance and custody; student homelessness; hazing and bullying; student privacy laws; transportation; media relations; ethics law; and general compliance.

David has also served as counsel for educational institutions and other public agencies before the State Employment Relations Board, Office of Civil Rights, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Ohio Civil Rights Commission, Industrial Commission of Ohio, Board of Revisions, both federal and state courts, and numerous arbitrators. He has also represented private sector clients before the National Labor Relations Board.


The Ohio State University, J.D. (2000)

University of Oxford, United Kingdom, Comparative Law Program (1998)

University of Cincinnati, B.B.A., Finance (1997)


Listed, The Best Lawyers in America® – Education Law (2017–2023)

Rising Star, Super Lawyers®, part of Thomson Reuters®  Schools & Education (2012–2013)

Professional Activities

Guest Lecturer, Masters in Education Program, Xavier University

Member, Cincinnati Public Schools Adopt-A-Class Program

Member, Ohio Counsel of School Board Attorneys

Member, National School Boards Association Council of School Attorneys

Member, Kentucky Bar Association


  • Lead negotiator for school boards and management for numerous collective bargaining agreements with teachers, non-teaching employees, and transportation employees.
  • Experienced in traditional bargaining, interest-based bargaining (IBB), and hybrid bargaining


Presentations & Publications

Speaking Engagements

Additional Items

  • Speaker, "Tricky Employment Issues," BASA New Superintendents Workshop (2023)
  • Speaker, "Making Comparisons Work For You," BASA Intensive Labor Negotiations Academy (2023)
  • Speaker, "Basics of Bargaining," OASPA Winter Camp (2022)
  • Speaker, "Coaching Contracts and Coaching Do’s and Don’ts," OSBA Sports Law Workshop (2021)

Outside The Office

David enjoys hiking, fishing, biking, and exploring nature. David also serves on several school district business advisory counsels, and volunteers his time supporting organizations that support less fortunate families and homeless youth.

David Lampe, Bricker Graydon LLP Photo

David J. Lampe

  • 312 Walnut Street
    Suite 1800
    Cincinnati, OH 45202 -4152


  • Commonwealth of Kentucky (2001)
  • U.S. District Court - Southern District of Ohio (2001)
  • State of Ohio (2000)
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