Legal Services

In 1976, the Lake County Office of Education established its legal services program in order to provide school districts and the Lake County Office of Education with accessible, affordable, legal services. This program provides school districts the opportunity to obtain preventative legal advice, avoid costly mistakes, and maximize funding available for classrooms, programs, and teachers' salaries.

John Drummond has over thirty-seven years of experience as a California government attorney. Mr. Drummond is a knowledgeable legal resource, and provides an extensive range of legal services. He has served as a Los Angeles Deputy County Counsel representing the Los Angeles Unified School District, a business litigation attorney for a private Los Angeles law firm, the Mendocino County Counsel, and as a school attorney.

Mr. Drummond provides legal advise regarding issues of school law, and government law, including but not limited to administrative hearings, arbitrations, bilingual education, the Brown Act, CEQA, charter schools, child abuse, collective bargaining, competitive bidding, conflict of interest, constitutional law, contracts, copyright infringement, curriculum, developer fees, elections, eminent domain, employment law, employment discrimination law, Field Act, general plan, grievances, legislation, litigation defense, NCLB, school finance, grant applications, prevailing wage, public school construction, real property matters, redevelopment, special education, student rights, student expulsions, tort claims, tort liability, waivers, and zoning.

Mr. Drummond drafts contracts, leases, resolutions, proposed legislation, and other legal documents.

Mr. Drummond represents school districts in legal matters on request.

  • Mr. Drummond has appeared in State Superior Court, State Appellate Court, Federal District Courts, and in the United States Ninth Circuit Court of Appeal.
  • Mr. Drummond has also appeared before the Public Employment Relations Board, the Department of Fair Employment and Housing, the Equal Opportunity Employment Commission, the State Labor Commissioner, the State Office of Administrative Hearings, and the Special Education Hearing Office.
  • Mr. Drummond has represented school districts in collective bargaining, interest based bargaining, collaborative bargaining procedures, and in proceedings before the Public Employment Relations Board (mediation, impasse, fact-finding, unfair practice, and unit determination).
  • Mr. Drummond has represented school districts in eminent domain lawsuits, grievances, mediations, arbitrations, and writ of mandate proceedings.

Mr. Drummond enjoys keeping current in the many of areas of law that he is called upon for advice.