Joseph L. Roselle concentrates his practice on representing public and private school boards throughout New Jersey. His work includes state funding issues; construction contracts; commercial and professional contracts; employee rights, including seniority, tenure, discrimination and discipline issues; discrimination and harassment investigations; environmental issues; property sale and acquisition; employment disability and leave claims; student rights, discipline and residency issues; compliance with the Open Public Meetings Act and Open Public Records Act; public contracting and related public bidding issues; ethics and conflict of interest issues; commercial disputes; insurance; indemnification; employee benefits; constitutional matters; and land use and zoning issues.
Joe has represented school districts in a variety of H.I.B.-related litigation. He also counsels on issues concerning employee discipline, tenure and seniority, the evaluation process and leave rights, as well as discrimination and whistleblower claims. Joe has represented boards of education in the collective negotiation process, including related impasse and fact-finding proceedings.
Prior to joining the Firm, Joe practiced in the areas of public entity law, insurance defense and real estate. Before entering the practice of law, he worked for a private company where he prepared and reviewed contracts and bid specifications for municipal services, as well as contracts for the sale of goods to regional and national retailers.
Joe’s prior experience has proven invaluable to his practice in which he handles a variety of issues on behalf of school districts, including matters such as bid and contract development for school construction projects, labor negotiations and the handling of student, personnel and labor matters before the Commissioner of Education, Office of Administrative Law, State Courts and the Public Employment Relations Commission.
Joe is a Trustee for the New Jersey Association of School Attorneys and frequently lectures on current issues in school law.
- Included on the list of Morris/Essex Health & Life magazine's 2018, 2019 and 2020 "Top Lawyers" in Education
- Repeatedly selected to the New Jersey Rising Stars® * list, featured in New Jersey Monthly magazine, in the field of Schools & Education
- Co-Presenter, "OPRA/OPMA Traps for the Unsuspecting BOE Member," New Jersey School Boards Association's Virtual Workshop 2020, October 20-22, 2020
- Author, "Significant Changes on Healthcare Plans and Staff Contributions Coming for All School Districts," July 1, 2020
- Webinar presenter, "Returning from COVID-19: Navigating and Responding to Issues as Schools Go Back to the "New Normal," April 30, 2020
- Author, "School Districts May Utilize Virtual Instruction and Must Continue To Pay Employees and Contractors During State of Emergency or Public Health Crisis," April 15, 2020
- Author, "New Jersey Appellate Division Invalidates the Use of hte PARCC Test as a High School Graduation Requirement," January 2, 2019
- Speaker, "Human Resource Law from A to Z," NBI, July 17-18, 2018
- Speaker, "Pass the Trash", School Leader Magazine
- Author, “'Draft' Minutes of Public Bodies Remain Exempt from Disclosure under the Open Public Records Act," April 26, 2018
- Author, Copyright Issues for the Unsuspecting School District
- Has lectured on education law topics throughout New Jersey, including on topics related to tenure, student residency and student discipline, as well as public financing and shared service issues, for the National Business Institute (NBI) and New Jersey School Boards Association (NJSBA)
- Served as guest lecturer on school law issues at Kean University
- Trustee, New Jersey Association of School Attorneys
- Member, New Jersey State Bar Association—School Law Committee
- Member, American Bar Association
- Member, National Italian American Bar Association
- Member, Young Professionals Division of Morris County Chamber of Commerce
- Has successfully represented school districts throughout the State of New Jersey in matters related to teacher tenure, student residency, and discipline and school district contracting
- Has represented local governments and insurance companies throughout New Jersey on a variety of matters, including numerous issues related to “Title 59” public entity defense
- Regularly appears before the Office of Administrative Law, Commissioner of Education, Public Employment Relations Commission, and State Court in his representation of school districts
- Advises clients on a variety of general school law issues