Ronald J. Mendrick

Attorney in Rochester, NY

Professional Experience

Ron Mendrick helps managers solve legal problems, including:

· Discrimination Claims

· Employment Contracts

· Harassment Claims

· Leaves and Absenteeism

· Discipline of Employees and Students

· Grievance/Arbitration

· Pay for Performance

· Severance Arrangements Negotiations

· Open Meetings Law and FOIL

· Downsizing and Layoffs

· Discharge and Termination

· Unfair Labor Practice and Improper Charges

· Religious Issues

· Board Policies and Procedures

· Handbooks and Work Rules

· Recruitment

· Promotions and Transfers

· Tenure and Probation

· Disabilities

· Executive Employment

· Dispute Mediation

· Compensation Plans

· Union Organizing Campaigns

· OSHA Investigation

· Early Retirement Programs

· Settlement Negotiations

· Capital Projects, Land Purchases, Sale and Use

· Elections and Electioneering

· Bids, Contracts, and State Mandates

· Re-training

Prior to legal practice, Ron served in various managerial positions in higher-education institutions in New York, Vermont and Pennsylvania.

Professional and Civic Activities

· Board of Education, Honeoye Falls-Lima Central School District (President, six terms)

· Former President, Monroe County School Boards Association

· Former Vice President, New York State Public Employers Relations Association

· Former Chair, Labor Relations Committee, Monroe County School Boards Association

· Former Board Member, Rochester Human Resources Association

· Former Board Member, Center for Dispute Settlement

· Former Board Member, Monroe County Bar Association

· Former Chair, Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee, Monroe County Bar Association

· Former Chair, Labor and Employment Law Committee, Monroe County Bar Association

· Chaired Settlement Week Task Force, Labor & Employment Law Committee, Monroe County Bar Association

Honors and Awards

· AV Rated by Martindale-Hubbell

· Selected for inclusion in Super Lawyers® 2012, 2013 in the field of Employment & Labor

· Selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® in the fields of Education Law, Labor Law - Management and Employment Law - Management

Speaking Engagements

· Speaker, How to Negotiate Smarter, Western New York Education Law Conference, August 2009

· Lecturer, Labor Law courses at State University of New York at Brockport (1987-1992)

· Frequent presenter to employers, school boards, and bar associations on management, labor, education, discrimination, and related topics


· Contributing editor, The Developing Labor Law

· Co-Author, with Diane Reed and Michael Wischnowski, "Unspoken Rules: Make your board's implicit rules explicit through a customs manual." American School Board Journal, Oct. 2007.

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Areas of Law

  • Education K-12
  • Higher Education
  • Sports Law and Sports Facilities
  • Labor and Employment
  • Municipal Law


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Admission Details

Admitted in 1984, New York

Law School Attended

SUNY Buffalo Law School
Class of 1983
magna cum laude

University Attended

Fredonia State University
Class of 1971
magna cum laude

State University of New York at Albany
Class of 1972
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Ronald J. Mendrick
1600 Bausch & Lomb Place Rochester, NY 14604-2711


Harter Secrest & Emery LLP (Rochester, New York)

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