William J. Zee


  • Villanova University School of Law, J.D.
  • The University of Pennsylvania, M.S. Ed.
  • Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, B.A.


  • Pennsylvania
  • New Jersey
  • United States Supreme Court
  • United States Court of Appeals, Third Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of PA
  • U. S. District Court, Middle District of PA
  • U. S. District Court, District of NJ


  • National Association of College and University Attorneys, Web Page Legal Resources Committee
  • National School Boards Association; Council of School Attorneys
  • Pennsylvania School Board Solicitors Association
  • New Jersey Bar Association
  • Lancaster Bar Association
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association


  • "Restorative Justice For All: The Intersection of Behavioral Supports and The Implementation of Schoolwide Restorative Practices”, LRP National Institute on Legal Issues of Educating Individuals with Disabilities (April 2018)
  • "The Power of Relationship: Responding to Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and Complex Trauma in School”, Elizabethtown Area School District (February 2018)
  • “Legal Issues in Addressing Trauma in Educational Programming”, LRP Special Education School Attorneys Conference (January 2018)
  • “Addressing Trauma-Informed Practices in Education Programming & GPS Issues in Schools”, Lincoln Intermediate Unit Advisory Council (January 2018)
  • “Addressing and Responding to Inappropriate Sexual behaviors & Behavior Related to Adverse Childhood Experiences: Beyond Student Discipline”, Proficio Consulting Group (November 2017)
  • “Intersection of Family Law and Student Services”, Lincoln Intermediate Unit Advisory Council (September 2017)
  • “Trauma and the Classroom”, Opening Day Program, Elizabethtown Area School District (August 2017)
  • “Meeting Students Where They Are: Trauma Informed Practice”, Opening Day Program, Steelton-Highspire School District (August 2017)
  • “Administrator’s Guide to Special Education and Student Services Issues”, Mifflin County Academy of Science and Technology (August 2017)
  • “Resolving Special Education Issues: Advocating Effectively”, Aaron’s Acres ( July 2017)
  • “Developing Effective Responses to Inappropriate Sexualized Conduct and Behaviors Related to Adverse Childhood Experiences", 38th annual National Institute on Legal Issues of Educating Individuals with Disabilities, National Harbor, MD (April 2017)
  • "The Impact of Childhood Trauma on Student Learning: Student Service Implications", Superintendent/Vocational Director’s Spring 2017 Leadership Conference at Nemacolin Woodlands Resort (April 2017)
  • "Medical Marijuana: Legal and Practical Considerations, Intermediate Unit Advisory Council (April 2017)
  • "Special Education Programming- Legal Considerations", Eastern Lebanon County School District (March 2017)
  • “Impact of Trauma on Students - Special Education Considerations” – Capital Area Intermediate Unit Advisory Council (January, 2017)
  • “Section 504 and ADA Compliance” - Palmyra Area School District (November, 2016)
  • “Special Education Law Refresher” - Northern York County School District (October, 2016)
  • “Avoiding Special Education Disputes” - Capital Area Intermediate Unit (September, 2016)
  • "Recent Trends, Hot-Button Issues & Training Essentials"- Pennsylvania Association of Intermediate Units (April, 2016)
  • “Parent Communications, IEEs and Transportation Services”- Lincoln Intermediate Unit Advisory Council (April, 2016)
  • “Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming Students”- Pennsylvania Association for Middle Level Education (March, 2016)
  • “Review of Recent Decisions: Third Circuit Court of Appeals”- (December, 2015)
  • “Section 504 and ADA Compliance”- (November, 2015)
  • "Due Process Hearings & Expert Witness Preparation", Intermediate Unit Advisory Council (2010)
  • "Early Intervention Services and Special Education", Alvernia University (2010)
  • "Social Networking & Public Employees" Intermediate Unit Advisory Council (2011)
  • "Legal Considerations When Incorporating Electronic Communication Devices into the Curriculum" Bucks/Lancaster-Lebanon/Montgomery County Intermediate Units (2011)
  • "Approaching Parental Disagreements under the IDEA: LEA Obligations" Intermediate Unit Advisory Council (2015)
  • "Working with Confidential Student Information", Lebanon Valley Association for the Education of Young Children (2011)
  • "Persistent School Non-Attendance Issues: The Progression of Rights & Responsibilities", Pennsylvania Bar Institute Exceptional Children's Conference (2012)
  • "Best Hiring Practices in Public Education" Lancaster-Lebanon Intermediate Unit (2012)
  • "Social Networking and Public Employees", School District of Lancaster (2013)
  • "Due Process, Mediation, and Evaluative Conciliation Conference", Intermediate Unit Advisory Council (2013)
  • "Do not give up effort to evaluate, intervene after student's suicide attempt", LRP Special Education Connection (2013)
  • "The New DSM-5: Special Education Eligibility Determinations" Intermediate Unit Advisory Council (2013)
  • "How, Why, and When: Discipline of Students with Exceptionalities" Intermediate Unit Advisory Council (2013)
  • "Bullying: Legal Issues and effective Responses" Intermediate Unit Advisory Council (2013)
  • "FERPA Requirements/The Uninterrupted Scholars Act" Intermediate Unit Advisory Council (2014)
  • "Cyber Harassment Awareness, Education and Prevention", Pennsylvania Bar Association (2014)
  • "Section 504: Effective Program Implementation" Intermediate Unit Advisory Council (2014)
  • "Effective IEP Development & Implementation" Intermediate Unit Advisory Council (2015)
  • "Take cues from report on Newtown, Conn., tragedy to prevent students' social isolation", LRP Special Education Connection (2015)
  • "Educational Policy Development"- Millersville University, School Law and Public Policy (2011-2016)
  • "Electronic Discovery - Litigation Holds" Intermediate Unit Advisory Council (2015)

Community Involvement

  • Lancaster Education Foundation, board member and member of governance committee
  • Warwick Youth Lacrosse Association, coach
  • Warwick School District, comprehensive planning committee
  • St. James Catholic Church, former pastoral council member
  • Knights of Columbus Council 10827, member
  • 100 Men Who Care Lancaster, member
  • SHARE of Lancaster, Inc.; board of directors
  • Aaron’s Acres; board of directors
  • Leadership Lancaster; board of directors

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William J. Zee

Of Counsel(717) 208-8835
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William Zee is chair of the firm’s Education Law group offering extensive experience representing public and private schools, intermediate units and institutions of higher education. He serves as general counsel, solicitor, and special counsel in a variety of matters, representing clients in an advisory capacity, in administrative proceedings and in matters that resort to litigation. Drawing on practical experience in the classroom as a former public school teacher and university administrator, he helps school clients effectively and efficiently navigate complex legal issues. 

William is highly respected for his expertise in the area of student services and special education. William was named a Rising Star by Pennsylvania Super Lawyer magazine in 2015 for the 6th straight year (School & Education category), as well as a 2015 "Select Lawyer" in Susquehanna Style magazine.

William has developed a strong reputation as an effective advocate and trusted advisor with a thorough understanding of the unique challenges facing educational institutions, including issues arising under the Pennsylvania Public School Code, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Section 504), and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). He also provides legal support to public school clients in labor and employment matters, including the negotiation of collective bargaining agreements with professional and support staff unions.

William provides proactive and ongoing training and support related to developments in education law and the creation and effective implementation of necessary policies and procedures. He is regularly invited to provide expert commentary on student service and disability related legal issues for interest groups and national publications, and frequently presents on a variety of legal topics for clients, professional associations and community organizations.