Leslie A. Albeit [Al-bite], Partner
Leslie focuses on education, criminal/traffic defense and civil litigation. She grew up in Pataskala and attended Ohio Wesleyan University where she played varsity volleyball, interned for a Delaware County Common Pleas judge, and worked for a prominent criminal defense law firm. Immediately following her undergraduate studies, Leslie attended Capital University Law School. She served as a law clerk for a criminal defense firm throughout her time at Capital. Leslie graduated from law school with honors and immediately began work at a boutique law firm specializing in criminal defense and plaintiff’s personal injury cases. Leslie moved on to a larger firm where she continued her criminal defense practice and gained extensive experience in insurance defense litigation.
Leslie co-launched Albeit Weiker with a commitment to provide meaningful, personal, and affordable representation to her clients. She takes pride in her relationships with clients and in the positive results she obtains. Clients often compliment Leslie on her ability to calm their stressful and confusing emotions that naturally come when appearing in court.
Leslie is specifically an advocate for protecting her client’s permanent record, and has helped numerous clients, including many students, expunge/seal convictions from their record.
Leslie utilizes her insurance defense background to assist victims in prosecuting motor vehicle accident claims that have resulted in various injuries, from soft tissue cases to wrongful death claims. Leslie has gained vast knowledge of the practices, policies, and negotiation strategies used by the insurance companies, which allows her to provide unparalleled representation to her clients.
Leslie lives in Bexley with her husband, Daniel, daughter, Olivia, and her two dogs, Riggin and Nellie. When she is not assisting clients, she enjoys spending time with her family, playing at the dog park, or attempting to re-live her glory days on the volleyball court.
Ohio Wesleyan University, B.A., 2007; Capital University Law School, J.D., 2010; Cum Laude, Order of the Curia
Ohio, 2010; U.S. Dist. Court, Southern Dist. of Ohio, 2012; U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit, 2012
Ohio State Bar Association; Columbus Bar Association; Ohio Association of Civil Trial Attorneys; Women Lawyers of Franklin County and Columbus; Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers; Bexley Area Chamber of Commerce, Chair of the Business Development Committee
Mark A. Weiker [Why-ker], Partner
Mark focuses his practice on all aspects of school law, representing students, parents, educators and school employees. Mark formerly served as day-to-day and defense counsel to traditional public schools, but started representing students/parents/educators in 2014 when he co-founded Albeit Weiker, LLP.
Mark represents students “K through college” in disciplinary and special education issues, and represents school employees in school discipline, contract and separation issues, and for education licensure investigations conducted by the Ohio Department of Education.
Mark has written and spoken on a variety of education-related topics including FERPA, Student Codes of Conduct, Ohio student privacy laws, access to student educational records, statutory and qualified immunity for schools, dress codes, student constitutional rights and liability waivers.
Mark most enjoys building couch forts with his son Weston, ballet dancing (sort-of) with his daughter Kennedy, and laughing with his wife Courtney.
The Ohio State University (B.S., 2002); Capital University (J.D., 2010, Student Bar Association President; Order of the Curia; Dean’s Award for Public Service)
Ohio, 2010; U.S. Dist. Court, Southern Dist. of Ohio, 2011; U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit, 2012
Business & Employment Law, School Law, Civil Litigation; Rated as a "Rising Star" in Employment and School Law by Super Lawyers in 2015; Rated "Superb" in Employment and Education Law by Avvo.com, Lawyer Rating Service
Ohio State Bar Association, Education Law Committee; Columbus Bar Association, Barrister Leadership Program (2011-2012); Bexley Chamber of Commerce, Board Member; Taste of Bexley Committee; Franklinton Gardens, Board of Directors; Web Wise Seniors, Inc., Board of Directors; Toastmasters International, Member, Mid-Day Club
Seminars/Clinics for Middle School and High School Students
The Importance of Making Mistakes (2013)
Emily S. Haynes, Attorney & Advocate
Emily focuses her practice on special education advocacy. She grew up in California and graduated from Smith College in Massachusetts, where she balanced school with forest fire fighting during the summers. Following a Masters in Library Science from the University of Pittsburgh, Emily graduated from Moritz College of Law at The Ohio State University. She then clerked for the Chief Justice at the Ohio Supreme Court and was a staff attorney at OSU College of Law in the mediation practicum. Emily assisted in writing the Uniform Mediation Act and commentaries, and then lectured around Ohio on behalf of the State to explain mediation law.
Special education advocacy requires not only legal knowledge at the state and federal level, but an understanding of disabilities, educational theories and practices, and school environments. Emily has assisted private and public school clients, and negotiated initial and re-Evaluation Team Reports, initial and annual Independent Educational Evaluations, 504s, and student discipline.
One of the aspects Emily likes most about special education is the opportunity to educate and collaborate with students, parents, school districts, service providers, and state and local agencies. In addition to educating schools about their responsibilities in a way they will hear, her job is to connect parents with resources, teach them advocacy skills, and help them be knowledgeable and capable members of their child's IEP team.
Emily lives in Bexley with her husband Mike, daughter Ellie, sons Brian and David, and dog Trace. She was fortunate enough to stay at home with her three children for quite a few years. With the gradual realization that her daughter's struggles in reading were a form of dyslexia, Emily dove into special education first for her daughter, and then for others facing similar challenges. When she advocates for families, she does it from a parent and a legal perspective.
Smith College, B.A., 1991; University of Pittsburg, MLS, 1995; The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, J.D., 2000.
Jenny G. Speas, Non-Attorney Advocate
Jenny’s practice is focused exclusively on special education non-attorney advocacy for students and parents. Prior to entering the field of parent and child advocacy, Jenny’s career focused on the written word—helping to promote both for-profit and non-profit organizations through content delivery and distribution.
Jenny’s love for advocacy began close to home, with her own child, and she is passionate about assisting families through the special education process and building relationships that promote, develop and support educational success for exceptional students. Although Jenny’s skillset includes a wide variety of disability categories and needs, particular areas of experience include autism spectrum disorder, assistive technology implementation, executive functioning deficits, twice-exceptional students and behavior disorders.
Regardless of where they are in the process of special education, Jenny works with families to gain eligibility for their children, to review existing educational plans, and analyze progress monitoring and skill growth. Her knowledge of laws, rights, responsibilities, and local resources helps parents to become informed and effective representatives for their children in a variety of educational settings.
Jenny lives in Upper Arlington with her husband Dave, children Donald, Taylor and Shelby, and rescue dog, Dixie. Privileged to have had the opportunity to stay home with her children during their earliest years, Jenny’s advocacy begins as a fellow parent— and she feels it is an extraordinary honor to have the opportunity to make a difference in a child’s life.
Rhodes College, B.A., 1998
Certified Surrogate Parent for Children with Disabilities; Ohio; 2016
Special Education (as a non-attorney advocate)