Welcome to the Office of the General Counsel.

We provide high quality legal advice and representation on litigation and transactional matters affecting the School District, Intermediate Unit 26, and the Board of Education. The Office is organized into nine units: charter school law, civil rights and tort litigation, claims, commercial litigation, labor and employment, open records (Right-to-Know law), school law, special education, and transactional.


ACCESS TO MAIL

In light of the COVID-19 outbreak, all attorneys and staff in the Office of the General Counsel are working remotely. There is also limited access to the Administration building.  Hence, we are not able to receive mail in a timely manner.  Please see below regarding service of complaints/writ. Please send all correspondence, pleadings, discovery or other documents via email or voluminous materials through a document sharing app.  Thank you for your understanding and professional courtesy.

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SERVICE OF COMPLAINTS/WRITS DURING COVID-19

Due to the COVID-19 public health emergency, The School District of Philadelphia’s Office of General Counsel is closed to the public and our staff are working remotely.

This posting serves as notice that service of process of any Complaint/Writ and the corresponding acceptance of service form naming the The School District of Philadelphia as a party can only be served via email to: Covid19Complaints@philasd.org. Service documents sent to any other email address or via the USPS, Federal Express, courier services, facsimile, or other such means will not be read, processed, deemed served, or timely received. The School District of Philadelphia expressly reserves the right to reject any attempted service and/or challenge any claims of service should papers and documents be transmitted or delivered in any manner inconsistent with the rules of civil procedure or the electronic transmission protocol contained in this notice.

If you are seeking to obtain service on any entity or individual other than The School District of Philadelphia (but for whom you believe service can be made upon serving the School District), please send an email to Covid19Complaints@philasd.org and provide the name of the the parties whom you wish to serve and we will respond timely.