We are happy to help parents, students and teachers with their education related legal issues.
Donald G. Henslee*
Early in Mr. Henslee’s career he was asked by the Texas State Commissioner of Education to serve as the Texas Education Agency’s first Director of Hearings and Appeals. After accomplishing his mission there to organize and direct a system of education hearings and appeals, Mr. Henslee returned to private practice with offices in Austin, Dallas, Houston, Fort Worth and San Antonio, Texas. There, he and his firm represented many of the school districts and colleges in the state in matters related to employment and personnel, special education, student issues, school business and governance. During 2013, Mr. Henslee redirected his practice exclusively to the representation of parents, students and teachers in their disputes with schools and colleges. Mr. Henslee and his colleagues have described this transition as The Road to Damascus.
*In 2018, Mr. Henslee retired from the practice of law after 45 years, for health-related issues. He continues to serve at the law firm of Henslee & Gorman, PLLC, in an administrative capacity by performing client intake and administrative functions. When you contact the firm, Mr. Henslee may be one of your initial contacts for the purpose of helping screen and open your case or matter.
In the course of his practice Mr. Henslee tried several hundred lawsuits and administrative hearings and has argued education related appeals before state and federal trial courts, state appellate courts, the Supreme Court of Texas and the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. He is a widely sought-after speaker and lecturer on education law. He has served as a guest lecturer at every major college and university in Texas. Books and other publications written, edited and/or published by him have served as teaching materials at sixteen colleges and universities. He has frequently provided continuing education for attorneys, educators and others interested in continuing legal education.
Mr. Henslee continues to provide mediation and negotiation services, utilizing his experience and his postgraduate training at the University of Houston and Harvard Law School. He enjoys photography, Formula One racing and hanging out with his twin grandsons, Mason and Braden.
Areas of Focus: Law firm administration, Client intake and screening for the firm
Education: B.S., Political Science, University of Houston, 1969
J.D., University of Houston Law Center, 1972
Terry P. Gorman
Mr. Gorman serves of-counsel with the firm. He utilizes his over 30 years of courtroom and administrative experience to assist parents, students and teachers with the enforcement and protection of their rights under the laws and constitutions of the United States and the State of Texas in most areas of school and education law.
He handles the following education law issues:
- Student discipline issues, including suspension, expulsion and DAEP placements
- College and university student hearings and appeals
- Teacher and administrator issues including contracts, hiring, non-renewal, termination, sanctions and grievances
- Special education, including Section 504 and discipline issues
Licenses & Admissions
- Admitted in all State, County, Appellate, and Administrative Courts since 1982
United States Federal Courts:
- U.S. Federal District Court-Dallas
- U.S. Federal District Court-Houston
- U.S. Federal District Court-Chicago, Illinois
- U.S. Bankruptcy Court-Dallas
- University of Houston (J.D., 1982) Law Review
- University of Texas at Austin (B.B.A., 1977)
Ms. Odediran obtained her Master Of Laws degree from Georgetown University Law Center, Washington D.C. At Georgetown, she was a delegate to the Student Bar Association and a star athlete at the mini Olympics of the foreign law students association.
Ms. Odediran practices in the area of education law with the firm. She handles matters concerning special needs students in areas including the Individuals With Disabilities Education Act, The Americans With Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act. She is very driven in her quest to help parents who, like her, have special needs children to succeed in advocating for those children.
She also represents the firm’s clients in matters concerning:
- Teacher employment matters, including non-renewal, termination, misconduct and teaching certificates
- Student discipline
- College and University disputes and grievances, including suspension, dismissal and grades
- Parent grievances
- University of Lagos - Lagos, Nigeria
- Georgetown University Law Center - Washington D.C
- State of Texas
- State of New York
- U.S District Court for the Western District of Texas
- U.S District Court For the Southern District of Indiana
- Nigerian Supreme Court