Oleg Nudelman is an associate in the Dallas and Fort Worth offices of Thompson & Horton LLP. Mr. Nudelman represents school districts and colleges in employment and civil rights litigation in Texas state and federal courts. He also represents educational institutions in appellate matters in state and federal courts, administrative grievances, and hearings before the Texas Commissioner of Education.

Mr. Nudelman is proud to focus his practice on assisting school districts and colleges that serve Texas communities. He has successfully represented school districts and other governmental entities against Title VII, Chapter 21 of the Texas Labor Code, Texas Whistleblower Act, and Texas Open Meetings Act claims. Mr. Nudelman has also defended Title VI, Title IX, and 42 U.S.C. § 1983 claims brought by students and employees against educational institutions. He has experience representing school districts in contract non-renewal and termination matters under Chapter 21 of the Texas Education Code, as well as employee appraisal and compensation grievances. Further, Mr. Nudelman has assisted educational institutions with responding to requests for information under the Texas Public Information Act.

Prior to joining Thompson & Horton, Mr. Nudelman was an associate in the Philadelphia office of Archer & Greiner, PC. He is experienced in a broad range of litigation, including complex commercial litigation, complex personal injury, construction, business tort, and environmental litigation matters.

Mr. Nudelman graduated from Haverford College in June 2005 with a B.A. in Economics and Growth and Structure of Cities. He obtained his law degree, summa cum laude, in May 2009 from Washington & Lee University School of Law. While in law school, Mr. Nudelman was a member of the Order of the Coif and received the Constitutional Law Award. He also served as a member of the Virginia Capital Case Clearinghouse and as a staff writer on the Washington & Lee Law Review. Mr. Nudelman is fluent in Russian. Born in Kiev, Ukraine, and raised in Cherry Hill, NJ, he now resides in Dallas with his family.

Representative Matters

  • Liebbe v. Dallas Indep. Sch. Dist., No. 3:16-CV-2413-S, 2018 WL 4621716 (N.D. Tex. Sept. 26, 2018)—granting summary judgment in favor of school district on employee’s First Amendment retaliation claims.
  • Bhombal v. Irving Indep. Sch. Dist., No. 3:17-CV-2583-B, 2018 WL 2127760 (N.D. Tex. May 9, 2018)—dismissing parent’s and student’s Title VI and 42 U.S.C. § 1983 Fourth Amendment, Fifth Amendment, and Fourteenth Amendment equal protection and due process claims against a school district.
  • Hernandez v. Dallas Indep. Sch. Dist., No. 05-17-00227-CV, 2018 WL 1835692 (Tex. App.—Dallas, Apr. 18, 2018, no pet.)—affirming trial court’s dismissal of employee’s Texas Whistleblower Act claims on jurisdictional grounds.
  • Chapa v. Dallas Indep. Sch. Dist. Bd. of Trustees, No. CC-16-04593-A (Tex. Cnty. Ct. at Law—Dallas Cnty. Feb. 2, 2018)—trial court dismissed on jurisdictional grounds a school district employee’s Texas Open Meetings Act claims relating to school board hearing procedures.
  • Lovelace v. Dallas Indep. Sch. Dist., No. DC-15-05007 (Tex. Dist. Ct.—Dallas Cnty. Jan. 30, 2018)—trial court dismissed school district employee’s retaliation claim under Chapter 21 of the Texas Labor Code for lack of subject matter jurisdiction.
  • NEA-Dallas v. Dallas Indep. Sch. Dist., Docket No. 022-R10-03-2016 (Comm’r Educ. 2017)—dismissing education association’s challenge, on behalf of 92 teachers, to school district’s locally-developed teacher appraisal system.
  • Collura v. Ford, 637 F. App’x 673 (3d Cir. 2016)—affirming grant of motion to dismiss in favor of governmental entity on 42 U.S.C. § 1983 claims.
  • Collura v. City of Philadelphia, 590 F. App’x 180 (3d Cir. 2014)—affirming dismissal of 42 U.S.C. § 1983 First Amendment, Fourth Amendment, and Fourteenth Amendment claims and state tort law claims against municipality and individual law enforcement officers.
  • Robinson v. Sch. Dist. of Philadelphia, No. 13–6632, 2014 WL 3304143 (E.D. Pa. July 8, 2014)—trial court dismissed for failure to state a claim for relief a student’s 42 U.S.C. § 1983 Eighth Amendment and Fourteenth Amendment and state law claims against a school district and its employees relating to alleged student-on-student assault and bullying.
  • Marion v. Hartford Fire Ins. Co., 525 F. App’x 129 (3d Cir. 2013)—reversing trial court’s grant of summary judgment in favor of an insurance company on insured’s fidelity bond claims.

Representative Experience

  • Represented school districts and community college in defending employment discrimination, harassment, and retaliation lawsuits under Title VII and Chapter 21 of the Texas Labor Code.
  • Represented school districts in defending federal constitutional claims brought by employees and students under 42 U.S.C. § 1983.
  • Represented a school district before the Texas State Commissioner of Education in appeals filed under Texas Education Code § 7.057.
  • Represented a school district in administrative hearings regarding contract non-renewal and termination under Chapter 21 of the Texas Education Code.
  • Represented a school district in internal employee grievances.
  • Represented community college in Title IX lawsuit involving allegations of sexual assault and sexual harassment.
  • Successfully represented public school district in Office of Civil Rights investigation regarding alleged religious and racial discrimination.
  • Advised school district and community college on responding to Texas Public Information Act requests and successfully sought opinions from the Office of the Attorney General of the State of Texas relating to governmental entities’ Public Information Act compliance.
  • Represented a large municipal entity in complex construction contract litigation.
  • Represented a federal receivership in successfully recovering funds for the benefit of victims of a fraudulent Ponzi scheme.
  • Assisted with obtaining complete defense verdict for governmental entity against complex personal injury claims.

Presentations & Trainings

  • Professional Standards of Conduct and the Use of Social Media—Region 11 Human Resources Summit, October 2018.
  • District Policy Review—October 2017 training for internal investigators for a large public school district.
  • Legal Hot Topics—Region 11 Human Resources Summit, September 2017.
  • Contracting, Procurement Policies, and Litigation Considerations—April 2017 training for school district’s staff on local procurement policies.