What's it like to work with F3?
Your mission as a school board is our mission as your partner. You know what needs to get done, and we’re here to collaborate with and empower you. And if you’re not sure what needs to get done, we’ll help with that, too.
What can F3 solve for you?
Whether it’s complying with the California Voting Rights Act, the Brown Act, the Public Records Act, or simply training new board members on their responsibilities, our experience preventing headaches before they begin helps keep you focused on your mission: providing the best possible education to students.
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“F3 Law’s services are tailored to meet the unique needs of educational institutions and California’s public agencies, providing practical solutions and advice on compliance with open meeting laws and best practices for transparency, accountability, and effective decision-making.”Matt Vance, Associate
We’re the ones at the other end of the phone call who know the law and know you, the board members, and your community. What makes F3 different is our keen understanding of boards and our unparalleled experience with the sometimes-complex board and governance team dynamic. Our clients are elected school boards, political entities that may have high turnover and specific agendas. Part of our job is to ensure that boards fully understand their role, their legal responsibilities, and their ethical boundaries.
We’re a firm of more than 80 attorneys focused exclusively on education, and many of us bring to the table decades of direct experience as school board members, superintendents, and former in-house counsel for districts. While other firms may provide counsel solely on the law without a true understanding of how things work, F3 brings our clients a much broader picture.
Our mission is our clients’ mission
With our depth of experience and knowledge, we’re here to advise boards and other district leadership on best practices and their options – not simply to tell them what to do. And not just to keep them on the right side of the law, but to provide tailored advice toward achieving our shared goal, excellence in education, within the context of who the community and stakeholders are, as well as the law.
Best practices = fewer problems
While we have litigated cases when clients have had lawsuits related, for example, to the Brown Act and Public records Act, our main objective is to help clients maintain the integrity of the governance team and the board and avoid landmines. By advising on and encouraging the best policies and procedures based on our experience – such as timely responding to Public record Act requests – we prevent problems clients may not foresee. F3 continuously conducts workshops to train board members, new and continuing, on the nuts and bolts of keeping out of trouble.