John E. Britton

Attorney Of Counsel


Phone: (216) 487-6673


J.D., University of Toledo College of Law (1981)
B.A., Political Science and Communications, Valparaiso University (1978)

Bar Admissions


Court Admissions

United States District Court, Northern District of Ohio
United States Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals


Adjunct Professor, Ashland University
Program Coordinator and Founder, Ashland Leadership Academy Seminars (ALAS)
Member, past Chairman, Executive Committee of the Ohio Council of School Board Attorneys
National School Board Association Council of School Attorneys

Mr. Britton is one of the firm’s founders and now serves Ennis Britton in an “of counsel” capacity. John has been actively representing school boards since 1984, with a focus on human resources, labor relations and collective bargaining, special education, and board governance issues. Mr. Britton is an adjunct professor at Ashland University and helped form the Ashland Leadership Academy Seminars (ALAS), where he has served as a program coordinator and speaker since 2001. Mr. Britton is an accomplished and widely sought-after speaker and has presented nationally and throughout Ohio on topics related to education law and leadership.

In addition to legal representation, John helped to develop and is actively involved in the firm’s consulting arm (Ennis Britton Consulting Group) with a focus on educational leadership, board development, and accountability.

Recent Presentations and Published Works

  • May 20, 2019: BASA, OSBA & NEOLA Seminar – Social Media: the Good, Bad & Ugly
  • April 27, 2019: 2019 OSBA Board Leadership Institute – Hot Topics in School Law for Board Members
  • March 1, 2019: ALAS 2019 – Leading with the Heart and Mind
  • February 2, 2019: Ashland Leadership Academy Seminars (ALAS)
  • November 13, 2018: OSBA Capital Conference – Teacher Evaluation Changes: OTES Update
  • November 11, 2018: OSBA Capital Conference – Regulating Off-Campus Speech
  • August 9 & 10, 2018: Trumbull County ESC Summer Conference
  • April 27, 2018: Ohio School Boards Association Board Leadership Institute
  • April 19, 2018: Ohio Association of School Business Officials – Spring Conference
  • March 3, 2018: Ashland Leadership Academy Series: ALAS 2018
  • February 20, 2018: OSC/GCSSA Cyber Liability
  • February 8, 2018: Trumbull County All Schools Leadership Academy
  • February 2 & 3, 2018: Ashland Leadership Academy Series: ALAS 2018
  • January 25, 2018: Take Hold on Public Relations, Ennis Britton (EB) Administrator’s Academy Seminar Series
  • January 6, 2018: Low-Stress Solutions for High-Tech Troubles, Ashland Leadership Academy Seminars (ALAS)
  • November 14, 2017: Fair Share/Right to Work – What’s Next? Ohio School Boards Association (OSBA) Capital Conference
  • September 28, 2017: Low-Stress Solutions for High-Tech Troubles, EB Administrator’s Academy Seminar Series
  • September 1, 2017: Legal Update, Buckeye Association of School Administrators (BASA) Regional Meetings
  • April 27, 2017: Is Attendance Optional? Addressing Employee Absenteeism, OASBO Annual Workshop
  • April 22, 2017: Staff Discipline: Accountability Is Hard Work – Do It Anyway! OSBA Board Leadership Institute
  • March 17, 2017: Vetting Educational Apps and Other Online Content, Ohio School Boards Association (OSBA) Technology and the Law Seminar
  • January 20, 2017: Building on the Basics of Collective Bargaining and Negotiations, Ohio Association of School Personnel Administrators (OASPA) Winter Boot Camp
  • January 18, 2017: Human Resource Survival Guide for Superintendents, Ohio Association of Local School Superintendents (OALSS) Annual Conference
  • November 14, 2016: Teacher Termination and Nonrenewal, OSBA Capital Conference
  • October 28, 2016: Legal Update, Booster Groups, and Employee Leave, Ashland Treasurers Leadership Academy Seminars (ATLAS)
  • October 18, 2016, “Parents Must Take Responsibility for Truant Students,” Ohio State Bar Association “Law You Can Use” online publication
  • October 4, 2016: “What You Should Know about Homebound Instruction,” Ohio State Bar Association “Law You Can Use” online publication
  • September 8, 2016: Staff and Contract Management, Employee Discipline, and Investigations, OASPA Boot Camp
  • March 5, 2016: Case Law Update, Ashland Leadership Academy Seminar
  • February 6, 2016: Handling Employee and Student Conflicts, Ashland Leadership Academy Seminar
  • January 20, 2016: Building on the Basics of Collective Bargaining and Negotiations, OASPA
  • January 13, 2016: Ohio Teachers Evaluation System Update, OALSS
  • January 9, 2016: Legal Update, Ashland Leadership Academy Seminars
  • November 9, 2015: Coaches, Athletes and Boundaries, OSBA Capital Conference
  • November 9, 2015: Critical Issues for Schools, OSBA Capital Conference Monday Luncheon Roundtable
  • February 13, 2015: Making It Happen in Negotiations, Buckeye Association of School Administrators (BASA) Spring Conference
  • 2015 Mohican Forum Institute: Making It Happen in Negotiations: Assessing Key Relationships and Doing Your Homework, BASA
  • 2001–2018: Ashland Leadership Academy Seminars, Presenter and Keynote Speaker
  • 2015–2018: Ashland Treasurers Leadership Academy Seminars, Presenter
  • 2004–2017: OSBA Board Leadership Institute Presenter
  • 2000–2017: OALSS Annual Conference Presenter
  • 1998–2017: OSBA Capital Conference Presenter
  • 2009: “The Mystery and Art of the Collective Bargaining Process,” National School Boards Association Council of School Attorneys, School Law Practice Seminar, Seattle, Washington, October 15
  • 2008: “Teachers without Licenses: You Can’t Pay … But Will They Stay?” Ohio School Boards Association Journal, September