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WILLIAM C. SOUKAS, Esq.
Contact William C. Soukas, Esq. at: wsoukas@NowellLaw.us


William C. Soukas is a partner of the firm whose practice encompasses the areas of school law, commercial and civil litigation, labor and employment law and land use.

Mr. Soukas has extensive experience representing school boards and provides counsel on corporate governance and procedure, board policy, personnel matters, student discipline and due process He guides boards in compliance matters involving Open Public Meetings Act, Open Public Records Act, Public School Contracts Law, fiscal accountability. Mr. Soukas negotiates interlocal service agreements between school districts, vendor agreements, ground leases, and contracts for construction/capital improvement projects and has guided Boards and public entities in governmental investigations, having helped to procure dismissals of a variety of discrimination claims before the N.J. and U.S. Division on Civil Rights and the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunities Commission, including the dismissal of Title IX claims challenging a school’s decision not to establish a girls’ athletics team.

As labor/employment counsel, Mr. Soukas guides administration in tenure matters and employee performance and discipline cases, in-house investigations, reasonable accommodation, reductions in force, as well as in the collective bargaining process, impasse proceedings and fact-finding.

An experienced litigator, Mr. Soukas appears before the Public Employment Relations Commission (PERC) in unfair practice, contested transfer and scope of negotiations petitions and has represented Boards before federal, state and administrative courts in actions involving discrimination, 1983 and civil rights, procurement issues, special education, tuition and contract disputes.

Providing legal representation to private entities and individuals, Mr. Soukas litigates business disputes and construction matters and has litigated coverage disputes involving commercial general liability, business interruption and professional liability. Mr. Soukas also handles land development applications before planning boards and zoning boards of adjustment and previously represented a zoning board in a large municipality.

His representative cases include the following: Kalogeras v. 239 Broad Ave., LLC, 202 N.J. 349 (2010 (NJ Supreme Court affirmed assignment of contract and held that the governmental approval was an implied condition of an agreement for the transfer of a liquor license); Ramapo Indian Hills Board of Education v. Bergen County Vocational & Technical Schools Board of Education, State Board #45-00 (State Board of Education established the entitlement of a county vocational school board to receive tuition form a local board notwithstanding potential similarity in academic programs); J.C. o/b/o J.C. v. Board of Education of the Bergen County Vocational School District, State Board #12-04 (State Board of Education confirmed school district’s right to maintain copies of pupil’s disciplinary records following the transfer of such records to pupil’s new school district until two years following pupil’s departure from district or pupil’s attainment of 23 years of age).

Mr. Soukas has been a guest speaker before the New Jersey Council of County Vocational Schools, a statutory body empowered to aid initiatives and make recommendations to the State Board of Education regarding the improvement of vocational education. He has also presented programs to school administrator groups on the issue of Management of Risk and Avoidance of Exposure to Claims.

Mr. Soukas is rated AV “Preeminent” by Martindale Hubbell and is admitted to practice in the State Courts of New Jersey and New York. Mr. Soukas is also admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey, the U.S. District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. Mr. Soukas is a graduate of Boston College (B. S. Finance, cum laude, 1991) and Seton Hall School of Law (J.D., 1994). He is a member of the Bergen County Bar Association, the New Jersey State Bar Association (School Law Committee and Labor and Employment Law Section), the New Jersey School Boards Association, and has served as Northern District Trustee of the New Jersey Association of School Attorneys.
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