Paul T. O'Neill is an education attorney, advisor, professor and author with extensive experience in guiding education organizations through challenges and growth. As Founder & President of Tugboat Education Services and as the head of the Education Law Practice Group of Cohen Schneider & O'Neill LLP in New York, he advises schools, charter school authorizers, networks, non-profits, government agencies, and philanthropies on the rules and complexities that apply to educational organizations. Most recently, he is also Co-founder and Senior Fellow of the National Center for Special Education in Charter Schools, a new non-profit organization. In addition to his legal and advisory work, Mr. O’Neill serves on the adjunct faculty of Teachers College, Columbia University where he teaches courses on education policy and law including Special Education Law and Policy and Designing Charter Schools. Mr. O’Neill is the author of numerous books and articles including the Charter School Law Deskbook (Lexis Nexis Publishers) and the No Child Left Behind Compliance Manual (LRP Publications). He has served as General Counsel and head education lawyer for public and private education organizations including the SUNY Charter Schools Institute and EdisonLearning. With regard to public service, Mr. O’Neill has chaired the Education and the Law Committee of the New York City Bar Association, served on the professional advisory board for the National Center for Learning Disabilities, helped found charter schools in the South Bronx, Brooklyn, and New Orleans, and is currently chair of the boards of a pair of charter schools on Manhattan’s Lower East Side. He is admitted to practice in New York and in the federal courts of the Southern and Eastern districts of New York.