Private/Independent Schools

Thompson & Horton attorneys serve private/independent school clients, including religious schools and early childhood schools, on all matters including governance, policies and procedures, employment, admissions, student conduct and discipline, students with disabilities/learning differences and accommodations, and crisis management.

Our private/independent school practitioners are experienced attorneys who routinely advise heads of school, boards, and other school leaders on both common legal matters and emerging legal issues schools face. Our attorneys are sensitive to the unique qualities of each private/independent school, and carefully consider the mission, value, and culture of a school while carefully evaluating particular legal matters.

The practitioners in our private/independent school group are also highly qualified to handle all issues from administrative counsel to high-profile litigation.

Highlights of our work include:

  • Preparation of head of school employment contract for school transitioning from original founding director to new head of school.
  • Defense of religious school in litigation brought by parents relating to student expulsion for violations of school’s drug and alcohol policy and application of the Ecclesiastical Abstention Doctrine.
  • Assistance with the implications of accepting federal funding, including required policy development.
  • Employment and compliance investigations.
  • Assist private, early childhood school with crisis communications during parent-led campaign to remove student and staff member.
  • Annual review of policies and procedures, with a focus on emerging legal issues facing independent schools.
  • Pandemic and public health crisis management
  • Administrative charges from state and federal agencies
  • Revise and update bylaws, board policies, and train board on its legal responsibility and duties.
  • Creation of student, staff, and school-wide handbooks.


Houston 713-554-6767

Phoenix Tower, Suite 2000
3200 Southwest Freeway
Houston, TX 77027

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Dallas 972-853-5115

500 N. Akard Street, Suite 3150
Dallas, TX 75201

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Austin 512-615-2350

8300 N. MoPac Expressway, Suite 220
Austin, TX 78759

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Fort Worth 817-606-8804

420 Throckmorton Street, Suite 200
Fort Worth, TX 76102

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