About Andy


After practicing law since 1980 in Prince George’s County, Maryland, Andy Nussbaum opened his own law firm in August 2011: Nussbaum Law, LLC, located in Howard County, Maryland.

Andy received a Bachelor of Arts degree with Honors from Stanford University in 1976 and a Juris Doctor with Honors from George Washington University Law School in 1979. After serving as a Law Clerk to the Honorable Howard S. Chasanow in the Circuit Court for Prince George’s County, Maryland, for a year, Andy began working for a Law Firm that over time and after several mergers, became Knight, Manzi, Nussbaum & LaPlaca, located in Upper Marlboro, Maryland.

Nussbaum’s practice focuses on the areas of Public School Law, Workers’ Compensation, and General Civil and Appellate Litigation. He also serves as a Hearing Examiner for several Maryland School Systems, in appeals relating to student and employment matters, and as a Hearing Examiner for appeals brought by parents pursuant to Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.

Nussbaum is admitted to practice law in the Courts of Maryland and the District of Columbia, and the Supreme Court of the United States, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, and the United States District Courts for Maryland and the District of Columbia.

Nussbaum is a member of the Maryland State Bar Association and the Howard County Bar Association, as well as the Maryland Council of School Attorneys and the National School Board Association’s Council of School Attorneys. Nussbaum also teaches School Law to graduate students at Johns Hopkins University and McDaniel College.

Andy lives in Columbia, Maryland, with his wife, a retired public school teacher, and has two daughters  - one who lives in Brooklyn and one who lives in Washington, D.C.


Public School Law

 It is vital that Boards of Education, Superintendents, and public school administrators and officials receive competent and effective legal advice on the broad range of legal issues that impact public schools. Nussbaum has provided legal services to public school systems for over thirty (30) years, all across the State of Maryland and in the District of Columbia. In addition, Nussbaum teaches School Law courses to graduate students in education for McDaniel College and Johns Hopkins University. The combination of providing legal representation to a number of Boards of Education and School Systems, along with teaching the subject, has given Nussbaum a wealth of knowledge and experience in the area of School Law.
Nussbaum has litigated Public School Law issues in Federal and State Courts, as well as before the Maryland State Board of Education and the Maryland Office of Administrative Hearings (OAH). In addition, Nussbaum provides a wide range of services to Public School System clients, including writing and reviewing policies and procedures and providing advice and counsel to Boards of Education, Superintendents and school administrators on a number of issues impacting public schools, such as:

  • Employment, including grievances, terminations, suspensions, demotions, etc.
  • Student records/privacy/FERPA
  • Open Meetings Act and Public Information Act issues
  • Special Education (the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and Section 504)
  • Equal Access Act
  • Ethics and conflict of interest matters
  • Homeless students
  • Free speech and religion issues
  • Desegregation and civil rights
  • Student discipline and search and seizure
  • Charter Schools
  • Land and school site acquisition and disposal
  • Torts and negligence claims
  • Workers’ Compensation

Hearing Examiner

 Nussbaum serves as a Hearing Examiner for several School Systems in Maryland in the areas of teacher and employee matters, student appeals, and appeals arising under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. Hearing Examiners are individuals who act as judges and adjudicate contested cases on behalf of governmental entities, such as School Systems. When serving as a Hearing Examiner, Nussbaum usually submits Findings of Fact, Conclusions of Law, and a Recommendation to the Board of Education, which makes the final decision. 

Workers' Compensation

 Individuals who have been hurt on the job need an attorney experienced in the complex world of Maryland’s workers’ compensation law. Nussbaum has decades of experience representing employees and employers in claims filed under the Workers’ Compensation Act. Injured workers are entitled to benefits under the law that they may not receive without the help and assistance of an attorney and it is very important that an injured worker contact an attorney as soon as possible after an injury has occurred.