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Neal Ramee

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Top Rated Schools & Education Attorney in Raleigh, NC

Tharrington Smith, LLP
150 Fayetteville St., Suite 1800
Raleigh, NC 27601
Phone: 919-821-4711
Fax: 919-829-1583
Email: Neal Ramee
Selected to Rising Stars: 2014
Licensed in North Carolina Since: 2003
Practice Areas: Schools & Education
Attorney Profile

Neal Ramee is a partner in the firm’s Education Section.  He received his undergraduate degree in philosophy from the University of Virginia and his law degree from the University of North Carolina School of Law, where he was inducted into the Order of the Coif.  While in law school, Mr. Ramee served as Managing Editor of the First Amendment Law Review and as an Honors Writing Scholar.  Before joining the firm in 2005, he served for two years as a law clerk to Justice Mark Martin at the North Carolina Supreme Court.

Mr. Ramee has litigated cases in state and federal court involving the First Amendment, contract and employment disputes, student assignment, the Fair Labor Standards Act, negligence claims, and federal civil rights issues, among other matters.  He has published articles and delivered presentations to school officials and school attorneys on diverse topics including the First Amendment, student assignment, cyber-bullying, child custody, student records, internal investigations, and the use of public-private partnerships for school construction.  He has also taught a class in legal reasoning and writing as an adjunct faculty member at the University of North Carolina School of Law.

Mr. Ramee has served as Secretary/Treasurer of the Education Section of the North Carolina Bar Association and as editor of its publication, Education Law.  He is a member of the North Carolina Council of School Attorneys, the National Council of School Attorneys, and the American Immigration Law Association.  Mr. Ramee is licensed in North Carolina and has been admitted to practice before the federal courts in the Eastern and Middle Districts of North Carolina. His practice is dedicated to the representation of public schools and other educational institutions, with a particular focus on the state and federal constitutions, appellate practice, student discipline, student assignment, and immigration issues arising in the public school context.

Mr. Ramee is a public school board lawyer. 

About Neal Ramee

First Admitted: 2003, North Carolina

Professional Webpage:

Other Outstanding Achievements

  • Order of the Coif, University of North Carolina School of Law

Educational Background

  • University of Virginia, B.A., Philosophy

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • "The Law of School Assignment,"presented at the 2010 North Carolina Bar Association's Family Law Conference in Charleston, SC in May.  These materials were part of a Continuing Legal Education program of the North Carolina Bar Association. All rights reserved.
  • School Law Basics for Family Law Practitioners, North Carolina Bar Association Family Law Section Annual Meeting (May 7, 2010), Presenter
  • Capital Lease Financing for North Carolina Public Schools, University of North Carolina School of Government, Annual School Attorneys' Conference (Feb. 2, 2007), Presenter
  • New(er) Ways to Finance School Construction, University of North Carolina School of Government Annual Finance Officers' Conference (March 9 2007), Presenter
  • Student Religious Clubs and the Equal Access Act, North Carolina School Boards Association Fifteenth Annual Law Conference (Oct. 20, 2006), Presenter
  • Presentation to North Carolina General Assembly Finance Committee on sales tax reimbursement for local education agencies (July 2, 2008)
  • Student Misuses of Technology: Practical and Legal Issues for School Administrators (various school districts, 2010), Presenter
  • The Law of Student Assignment in North Carolina (various school districts, 2008 to 2010), Presenter
  • Legal Custody Issues for School Administrators (Brunswick County Schools, Oct. 2009), Presenter
  • Student Records and Confidentiality Issues (Person County Schools, Sept. 2010), Presenter
  • Litigation Prevention Strategies and Internal Investigations, North Carolina Public Schools Risk Management Academy Annual Conference (January 2013), Presenter
  • Access to Student Information: The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (NCSBA Conference, March 2014), Presenter
  • "Confidential Personnel Information: Civil and Criminal Liability." published in Education Law, Volume 18, Number 2, (North Carolina Bar Association, March 2006)

Bar/Professional Activity

  • North Carolina Bar Association, Education Law Section, Editor of its publication, Education Law
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina
  • North Carolina Council of School Attorneys, Member
  • North Carolina Bar Association, Education Law Section, Secretary/Treasurer
  • North Carolina State Bar
  • North Carolina Bar Association, Education Law Section
  • American Immigration Law Association, Member
  • United States District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina
  • National Council of School Attorneys, Member


  • Best Law Firms, U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers®


  • Hardy, Bryant, Bullock, et. al. v. Vance County Board of Education, NCDPI, NC State Board of EducationCOA11-1418 , 2012
  • Citizens Addressing Reassignment and Education, Inc., et al. v. Wake County Board of Education; COA06-105, 2007
  • Transportation Services of North Carolina, Inc. D/B/A Crystal Transportation v. Wake County Board of Education, Kathryn Watson Quigg, and William R. Mcneal; COA08-664  , 2009
  • Davis v. Macon County Board of Education; COA05-1337 – AMICUS BRIEF, 2006
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Office Location for Neal Ramee

150 Fayetteville St.
Suite 1800
Raleigh, NC 27601

Last Updated: 5/15/2022

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