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 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 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 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. His practice now focuses exclusively on assisting parents and teachers in matters including special education, student issues and employment.
In the course of his practice Mr. Henslee has 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 many colleges and universities. He has frequently provided continuing education for attorneys, educators and others interested in continuing legal education.
Mr. Henslee provides mediation and negotiation services, utilizing his experience and his postgraduate training at the University of Houston and Harvard Law School. He enjoys photography, following Formula One racing and playing with his twin grandsons, Mason and Braden.
Areas of Focus: Education Law, Special Education, Employment Law
Education: B.S., Political Science, University of Houston, 1969 J.D., University of Houston Law Center, 1972
Licenses: State Bar of Texas, Washington State Bar Association, United States District Court for the Western and Eastern Districts of Texas, United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit and the Supreme Court of the United States
Memberships: School Law, Alternative Dispute Resolution and Litigation Sections of the State Bar of Texas and the Washington State Bar Association
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
Terry P. Gorman
Mr. Gorman serves of-counsel with the firm. He utilises 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)
Will Beach joined The Law Offices of Donald G. Henslee as the Legal Administrator in October 2014. Will retired from the U.S. Army in March 2014 after 24 years of service as a Senior Noncommissioned Officer with the Judge Advocate General’s Corps. Prior to joining the firm Will served as a Chief Paralegal in Washington DC, as a Senior Litigation Paralegal at Fort Hood Texas, as a Family Law Paralegal in Germany, Hawaii and Fort Drum, New York. Will has various deployments to Iraq, Bosnia-Herzegovina and Cuba and has served as a liaison with The Federal Bureau of Investigation, The Texas Ranger Division and many other government agencies on Criminal and Administrative Law.