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Kelley H. Pearson

Counsel
Atlanta | 678.690.5737
Fax | 404.869.6972

Kelley Pearson focuses her practice on education law. Kelley believes in the fundamental value of education in our society and has dedicated her career to supporting schools and colleges in their mission. With a background in post-secondary administration, Kelley brings a unique perspective and in-depth understanding of the field to her practice. Kelley is licensed to practice law in both Georgia and Wyoming, and serves leaders at K-12 schools, independent and public colleges and universities throughout both states.

Kelley is well-versed in K-12 board governance, policy development, Title IX compliance, student discipline, employment disputes, transactional review, and litigation. Kelley also has substantial experience representing post-secondary institutions, serving as outside general counsel and specialty counsel on employment, Title IX, Title IV Financial Aid, and board governance matters. She has further served as a board advisor and hearing officer at post-secondary institutions throughout the state of Wyoming.

In addition to her work in education law, Kelley has built a practice in regulated utility law, representing large industrial consumers, municipal utilities, and telecommunications companies before the Wyoming Public Service Commission. Her energy practice further includes state and local regulatory permitting for renewable energy companies seeking to develop projects in Wyoming.

Kelley has served as an adjunct professor of Legal Writing at the University of Wyoming College of Law, her alma-matter. As a student, Kelley served on the Student Honor Council, as managing editor of the Wyoming Law Review, and was inducted into the Order of the Coif.

Representative Experience

Education

  • Drafted policies, conducted trainings, investigated complaints, served as decision-maker, defended and oversaw compliance related to Title IX.
  • Counseled on student discipline related to bullying, cyberbullying, behavior problems, social media issues, and other matters.
  • Advised and defended on employment related matters.
  • General advice to boards on governance and policy.
  • Provided guidance related to special education and disability matters, including early learning initiatives, Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Individualized Education Programs (IEP) disputes and due process hearings, and other student litigation.
  • General counsel advising on constitutional law (school finance, First Amendment, due process, parental rights, non-discrimination).
  • Provided training for districts, boards, and education organizations across the state, primarily on Title IX, board governance, and school finance.
  • Prosecuted and defended in education related litigation.
  • Negotiated third party vendor contracts for school districts and post-secondary institutions.

Energy Regulatory & Utilities

  • State and local regulatory permitting for renewable energy companies in seeking to develop wind projects in Wyoming, including related litigation.
  • Advised in the development and siting of wind energy projects.
  • Represented regulated electric utility companies, telecommunications companies, and municipal electricity provider.

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Honors & Awards

  • Order of the Coif, University of Wyoming College of Law, 2007
  • Leadership Wyoming, Class of 2010

Memberships and Affiliations

  • National School Boards Association, Conference of School Attorneys, 2016 to present
  • Wyoming State Bar, 2007 – Present (Member)
  • Wyoming Mental Health Care Licensing Board, 2004 – 2007
  • Leadership Wyoming – Class of 2010
  • Wyoming P-16 Council, 2013 – 2014