Brenda C. Liss, a partner in Riker Danzig’s School Law Group, has been “doing school law” for more than 25 years. Her clients include public school district boards of education as well as charter schools, independent schools, private schools for students with disabilities, and other parties who have disputes with schools and school districts.

If you’re looking for an attorney with extensive knowledge of education law and superb advocacy skills, one with good practical sense who can explain complex legal issues clearly and cogently, and one who understands that timely response to clients’ needs is often critical, that’s Brenda Liss.

Ms. Liss has appeared on behalf of clients in state and federal courts, the New Jersey Office of Administrative Law, School Ethics Commission, State Board of Examiners, Public Employee Relations Commission, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletics Association; presented testimony to the New Jersey State Legislature; represented clients in mediation, grievance hearings and arbitration proceedings, and in collective bargaining; and, recently, is undefeated in TEACHNJ tenure charge cases. She has taught education law as an adjunct faculty member at Rutgers School of Public Affairs and Administration and Rutgers School of Law - Newark, and has served as faculty for the Rutgers-FEA Education Law and Policy Institute and Legal One professional development programs for principals and school administrators.

Brenda C. Liss joined Riker Danzig in January 2008. Prior to joining our firm, she served as Executive Director of the Institute on Education Law and Policy, Rutgers School of Law, and previously was with the law firm of McCarter & English, LLP, where her practice concentrated in education and employment law. Thomson Reuters included Ms. Liss on the New Jersey Super Lawyers “Super Lawyers” list for Schools & Education Law in 2019.



Ms. Liss is the author or co-author of the following reports published by the Rutgers Institute on Education Law and Policy, available at