Overview

Lynne is a strategic advisor and confidante to many of Arizona’s educators, navigating the everyday challenges faced by learning institutions so that they can focus on providing quality attention and scholarship to students across the state. Since her time serving as Chief Counsel of the Education and Health Section of the Arizona Attorney General’s Office, Lynne has provided more than two decades’ worth of service to a wide range of charter schools, school districts, community colleges, and public and private universities. 

Lynne leads the commercial litigation group’s education law practice. She focuses on regulatory matters and litigation and provides ongoing legal advice to her school clients, including compliance with all aspects of education law, Arizona’s Open Meeting Law, and Arizona’s public records law. Among other things, she has provided advice regarding constitutional law issues, student discipline matters, Title IX, statutory requirements, parent issues, student enrollment, school finance, and responses to complaints filed with the Arizona State Board for Charter Schools and Arizona Department of Education. She also assists prospective charter schools with their applications and organization. 

Some of her most notable cases include providing amicus briefs to the Arizona Supreme Court regarding public schools’ duties to their students in Dinsmoor v. City of Phoenix, No. CV-20-0214-PR (Aug. 6, 2021, Ariz. Supreme Court); defending the Maricopa County Community College District over its in-state tuition policy for DACA students; and challenging the Arizona State Board for Charter Schools’ practice of adopting rules without following the required legal process in Legacy Education Group v. Arizona State Board for Charter Schools, No. 1 CA-CV 17-0023 (June 8, 2018, Ariz. Ct. App.).

An advocate for education outside her practice, Lynne is a respected member of the local community. She is a member of the committee that selects Maricopa County Superior Court Commissioners, was an active member of the Phoenix Collegiate Academy governing board and has offered pro bono services to several community arts and nonprofit arts organizations. She has been named one of Arizona’s Top 100 Lawyers by AZ Business Magazine and Education Lawyer of the Year by Best Lawyers® on numerous occasions. 

Representative Matters

  • Currently provides advice to Arizona community colleges, school districts, charter schools, and universities regarding general education law, constitutional law, Open Meeting Law, Public Records Law, and school finance.
  • Represents charter schools in a variety of regulatory matters before the Arizona State Board for Charter Schools.
  • Provides day-to-day advice to public and private schools about their operations and statutory and regulatory compliance.
  • Represents public and private colleges and universities in student and employee disputes, including before Arizona regulatory boards.

Awards

  • Chambers USA, America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, Litigation: General Commercial, 2021-2022
  • Top 100 Lawyers in Arizona – AZ Business Magazine, 2019 
  • ALM: Women Leaders in the Law, 2015
  • Best Lawyers®, Education Law, 2015-2022
  • Phoenix Best Lawyers®, Education Law Lawyer of the Year, 2016, 2018, 2021 
  • Volunteer Lawyers Program, Volunteer Attorney of the Month, January 2016
  • Top Pro Bono Attorneys in Arizona Award Recipient, Arizona Foundation for Legal Services & Education, 2013
  • AV/Preeminent Attorney, Martindale-Hubbell
  • Southwest Super Lawyers, Schools & Education, Business Litigation, 2012-2022
  • Advocate of the Year, Arizona Attorney General’s Office, 2002

Activities

Professional Activities

  • Arizona Superior Court, Commissioner Selection Panel Member, 2018-present
  • Arizona Student Achievement Coalition, Board Member, 2016-present
  • Maricopa County Bar Association, Board Member, 2015-2017
  • Volunteer Lawyers Program Advisory Committee Chairperson, 2014-2015; Member, 2011-2015
  • Arizona State Board for Charter Schools, President, 2007-2008; Member, 2004-2010
  • Arizona Women Lawyers Association Member, 1988-present

Community Activities

  • Active in several community arts organizations and has assisted nonprofit arts organizations with their incorporation and obtaining their tax-exempt status.
  • Phoenix Collegiate Academy, Chair, 2016-2018; Member, 2013-2018

Insights

Publications

Presentations

  • Lynne is a frequent lecturer on education law. She has spoken before professional groups and legal communities at many events, conferences, and seminars.