Donald E. Budmen

Donald E. Budmen

Senior Counsel


Don serves as Senior Counsel at the firm, with more than 30 years of experience assisting school law clients in education law matters including:

Representation and counsel regarding complex constitutional law issues, statutory compliance matters, student discipline issues and other such topics impacting public school districts daily.

Advise, counsel and representation concerning effective labor relations strategies and all related labor issues, frequently serving as the lead collective bargaining negotiator.

Counsel and representation with respect to school business management and contract issues.

Training and professional development on topics reflecting his core practice areas, including sexual harassment prevention, effective student discipline strategies, search and seizure issue guidance, mandated abuse reporting, child abuse in an educational setting, bullying, transgender student rights, technology use and abuse issues, religion in schools, attendance issues, safety and security, student and employee mental health.

Don also regularly advises and trains clients with respect to, confidentiality, public meetings and records, new board member training including fiscal oversight training, superintendent/board relations and effective leadership, collective bargaining techniques, employee evaluation and documentation of employee performance, non-immigrant visas, permanent residency, and workforce verification (I-9 issues).


New York State Bar

U.S. District Court for the Northern District of New York


Member of and past president of the New York State Association of School Attorneys


S.U.N.Y. Oneonta

Cornell Law School, magna cum laude