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Robert Saperstein, Esq.

Robert Saperstein has been practicing education and labor law for over 30 years. He has represented the Empire State Supervisors and Administrators Association [ESSAA] since its inception and also represented the Counsel of Administrators and Supervisors [CAS] for 30 years. His practice is limited to representing school administrators in New York State. Mr. Saperstein has litigated many of the major cases involving school administrators in both the trial and appellate courts of New York State.


Among those cases are:

  • The 1996 landmark case decided by the Court of Appeals, which forbid school districts from manipulating the tenure requirements for administrators through the use of acting appointments.
  • The longest 3020-a in New York State history, which went 8 years from charges to complete exoneration by the Commissioner.
  • The first case in New York State in which an administrator was held to be simultaneously in both the teaching and administrative tenure areas.
  • The first case to hold that an excessed principal was entitled to a newly created assistant principal position, even though the positions were in different tenure areas.
  • Mr. Saperstein has negotiated several hundred collective bargaining agreements for various administrator associations. He has also negotiated contracts for Superintendents and other central office administrators.
  • Prior to representing school administrators Mr. Saperstein founded the first suburban dispute resolution center in the United States, in Suffolk county. He also has been a consultant on dispute resolution procedures for both the United States Department of Justice and the Ford Foundation.
  • Mr. Saperstein is admitted to the practice of law in New York State, Connecticut and Washington D.C., as well as the federal courts, including the United State Supreme Court.
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