Montroll, Backus & Oettinger, P.C.



Mark Oettinger served as General Counsel of the Vermont Agency of Education from 2006-2013. He therefore devotes a significant portion of his practice to education law. While it is difficult to capture all of the areas that an education law practice entails, it includes the following areas:

  • Special education dispute resolution, including due process, mediation, and audit appeals
  • Residency hearings and policy-creation at the local level
  • Residency appeals
  • Governance changes, including REDs, MUUSDs, joint contract schools, and SU collaborations
  • Contracts, including RFP and bid law issues
  • School-related real property issues
  • Public meeting law
  • Election law
  • Employment law
  • Educator licensing, including provisional and emergency licenses
  • Educator misconduct
  • AOE waiver requests and appeals, including residency and tuition
  • Appearances before the State Board of Education
  • Rule waiver requests to the AOE or State Board of Education
  • Development of district policies
  • Staff training
  • School health issues, including school nurses, concussions, immunizations, and allergies
  • Restraint and seclusion
  • Discipline
  • No Child Left Behind
  • IDEA

Mark also serves as Vermont’s Military Compact Commissioner, on a pro bono basis, so feel free to contact him, at no cost, with any questions regarding the children of military families.

Attorney Experienced in Education Law