Our Lawyers

Michael Rebell, Co-Counsel

Michael A. Rebell is the executive director of the Campaign for Educational Equity and Professor of Law and Educational Practice at Teachers College, Columbia University. He is also an adjunct Professor of Law at Columbia Law School. Mr. Rebell is serving as co-counsel for plaintiffs in his individual capacity, on a pro bono basis, and not as a representative of Teachers College or Columbia Law School.

Previously, Mr. Rebell was the executive director of the Campaign for Fiscal Equity, and co-counsel for the plaintiffs in CFE v. State of New York, a challenge to the system of funding public education in the State of New York which has established the right of all students in the state to the “opportunity for a sound basic education.” Mr. Rebell has also litigated numerous major class action lawsuits, including Jose P. v. Mills, which involved a plaintiff class of 160,000 students with disabilities. He also served as a court-appointed special master in the Boston special education case, Allen v. Parks.

Mr. Rebell is the author or co-author of five books, and dozens of articles on issues of law and education. Among his most recent works are Courts and Kids: Pursuing Educational Equity Through the State Courts (U. Chicago Press, 2009); Moving Every Child Ahead: From NCLB Hype to Meaningful Educational Opportunity (Teachers College Press, 2008) (with Jessica R. Wolff), The Right to Comprehensive Educational Opportunity, 47 Harvard Civil Rts-Civil Lib. L. Rev. 49 (2012), and Safeguarding the Right to a Sound Basic Education in Times of Fiscal Constraint, 75 Alb. L. Rev. 1855 (2012). He was a member of the National Commission on Equity and Excellence in Education and a member of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s New New York Education Reform Commission.

Michael Rebell    

Morgan, Lewis, & Bockius, Co-Counsel

Morgan Lewis is always on—providing high-quality litigation, corporate, labor, and intellectual property services to clients across industry sectors and regions around the world.

With one of the largest concentrations of legal professionals in the United States, we provide comprehensive corporate, transactional, litigation, finance, labor, employment, benefits, tax, and regulatory services that help address and anticipate challenges across vast and rapidly changing landscapes. We approach every representation with an equal commitment to first understanding, and then efficiently and effectively advancing, the interests of our clients.

Through our 17 offices across North America, we are equipped to serve clients in all major industries—including financial services, life sciences, energy, retail, and technology. Our US legal team comprises not only lawyers, but also patent agents, employee benefits advisors, regulatory scientists, and other professionals.

Our lawyers have litigated cases in almost every state, from local courts to the US Supreme Court. Our lawyers include those with in-house experience in the most innovative global companies, and those who have served in high-level positions in the US government.

The four attorneys from the firm are representing NYSER on Pro-Bono basis.


Douglas T. Schwarz

Douglas T. Schwarz is a trusted advisor to and advocate for employers in all aspects of labor and employment law.

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Brendan T. Chestnut

Brendan Chestnut advises clients on general litigation matters.

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John A. Vassallo, III

John A. Vassallo, III primarily represents companies in the financial services industry in complex civil litigation.

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Suzanne A. Farer

Suzanne Farer is part of a team that advises clients on virtually every type of labor and employment issue, from international counseling to management relations and labor disputes.

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