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Christopher M. Pape

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Schools & Education Attorney in Huntsville, AL

Lanier Ford Shaver & Payne P.C.
2101 West Clinton Avenue Suite 102
Huntsville, AL 35805
Phone: 256-535-1100
Fax: 256-533-9322
Selected to Rising Stars: 2019 - 2022
Licensed in Alabama Since: 2011
Practice Areas: Schools & Education, Civil Litigation: Defense, Civil Rights, Employment Litigation: Defense
Attorney Profile

Christopher M. Pape is a shareholder at Lanier Ford Shaver & Payne, P.C.  His practice is primarily focused on guiding boards of education through complex governance, policy, civil rights, special education, and employment issues; and, when those issues result in litigation, he defends the board in the case. 

 A large part of his practice consists of assisting boards of education navigate complex, modern constitutional and equity matters. Mr. Pape is best known for his extensive expertise in the area of modern school desegregation.  Between current and past matters, he has participated in or advised on over 10 school desegregation cases including Hereford and the United States v. Huntsville City Board of Education. Mr. Pape also regularly trains boards of education on emergent issues of equity like those presented by Title IX of the Education Amendments Act, LGBTQ+ issues generally, and those pertaining to matters of racial equity and school climate. He frequently trains boards of education on these equity issues and related constitutional issues, such as student and employee speech under the First Amendment.  Mr. Pape also regularly represents boards of education in responding to claims under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act. 

Mr. Pape also regularly assists boards of education on employment matters such as reviewing and drafting policy manuals for legal compliance, developing policies and procedures to prevent inequitable and unlawful employment practices, and counseling administrative employees to ensure implementation of these practices.  He has expertise with federal and state employment laws including the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA), Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act (WARN), Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.


About Christopher M. Pape

First Admitted: 2011, Alabama

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Educational Background

  • B.A., summa cum laude, 2008, Auburn University, Auburn, AL, 2008
  • J.D., magna cum laude, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL, 2011

Bar/Professional Activity

  • Alabama Bar Association Huntsville-Madison County Bar Association, 2011

Industry Groups

  • private-sector employers
  • Public Entities
  • School Boards
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Office Location for Christopher M. Pape

2101 West Clinton Avenue Suite 102
Huntsville, AL 35805

Last Updated: 8/24/2022

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