Erin M. O’Grady-Parent


















Erin M. O’Grady-Parent is a 1989 cum laude graduate of Albany Law School and a 1986 graduate of Cornell University’s School of Industrial and Labor Relations. Prior to joining the firm as a partner in May 2011, Ms. O’Grady-Parent served as Counsel and Deputy Commissioner for Legal Affairs at the New York State Education Department, where she was chief counsel to the Board of Regents and Commissioner of Education. She also served for six years as Deputy Counsel and, before that, as Assistant Counsel in charge of litigation and appeals to the Commissioner. During her 18-year tenure with the Department, Ms. O’Grady-Parent provided legal advice to the Regents, Commissioner and senior staff on critical policy matters and priority initiatives in all areas under the Department’s jurisdiction including P-12 education, higher and professional education, cultural education and vocational education. Before joining the State Education Department in 1993, Ms. O’Grady-Parent was associated with the Albany law firm of DeGraff, Foy, Conway, Holt-Harris, & Mealey.

Ms. O’Grady-Parent currently provides advice and counsel to school districts and BOCES in all areas of education and employment law. She represents school districts in litigation matters pending before State and Federal courts and administrative agencies, handles disciplinary hearings and grievance arbitrations.  She has conducted numerous trainings for school board members and school administrators on a wide variety of topics. She is a frequent speaker at statewide education and labor law conferences and events.

Year Joined Organization:


Areas of Practice:

Education Law
Municipal Law
Labor and Employment Law

Bar Admissions:

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


Albany Law School, Albany, New York, 1989, J.D.
Honors: cum laude, Justinian Society, Saratoga County Bar Association Scholarship,

Patrick B. McNamara Labor Law Award

Cornell University School of Industrial and Labor Relations, 1986, B.S.
Honors: Dean’s List

Professional Associations and Memberships:

New York State Bar Association, Labor and Employment and Municipal Law Sections
New York State Association of School Attorneys
NSBA Council of School Attorneys