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Nicholas James Dotoli

Education Attorney at Bloomfield, NJ

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  • State Years
    New Jersey - NJ 17 years
    New York - NY 17 years
  • Licensed for 17 years
    State NJ
    Acquired 2007
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 17 years
    State NY
    Acquired 2007
    Currently Registered No misconduct found

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Following the completion of his graduate studies, Mr. Dotoli began his career in New Jersey State Government in 1997 as an aide to the New Jersey Assembly Education Committee.  As chief aide to the Chair, Mr. Dotoli assisted in significant educational policy initiatives including legislation to implement the Supreme Court’s Abbott v. Burke decision.  Additionally, Mr. Dotoli assisted in legislative initiatives relative to early childhood education, charter school formation, inter-district public school choice, school construction, teacher professional development, as well as alternative monitoring mechanisms for public school districts.  As both an education policy analyst, licensed school administrator and legislative aide, Mr. Dotoli brings with him significant experience in the legislative process including bill drafting, appearance before Legislative Joint Committees and experience working with a number of New Jersey’s major lobbying firms.


In 2000, Mr. Dotoli was invited to join the State Department of Education and served as a policy advisor to the Commissioner.  In this capacity, Mr. Dotoli began a process of strategic planning for the state-operated school districts using both student achievement data and district expenditure analysis to benchmark a return to local control.  Most recently, Mr. Dotoli served as a member of the regulations committee for the recently implemented New Jersey Quality Single Accountability Continuum (NJQSAC).  Mr. Dotoli served as the department’s operation leader for an external consultant team of this new monitoring system in selected low performing school districts.  He has authored an executive summary of these recommendations for the Commissioner. 


In 2008, Mr. Dotoli joined New Jersey’s largest education law firm concentrating in general board of education representation including: student residency hearings, executive session briefings and general legal guidance relative to personnel and board of education oversight.  Additionally, Mr. Dotoli’s responsibilities include representation before the Government Records Council, the Public Employment Relations Commission, the Office of Administrative Law and the United States Department of Education, Office of Civil Rights.  Mr. Dotoli has successfully represented boards with respect to the prosecution of employee tenure charges, successfully arbitrated before the Department of Labor and has successfully adjudicated claims against board members before the School Ethics Commission.


Following his 2011 appointment as General Counsel and Director of Human Resources & Labor Relations, Mr. Dotoli was named Interim Superintendent of Schools for the Bloomfield Township Board of Education on May 7, 2013 and, in this capacity, oversees approximately 6,300 pupils, 1200 employees and a $100 million dollar annual budget.

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Bloomfield Township Board of Education
Interim Superintendent of Schools
Bloomfield, NJ, 07003

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Posted by anonymous | April 3, 2009
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Mr. Dotoli serves our District with competancy, reliability and professionalism. His range of knowledge is impressive and response time commendable. He has shown an ability to work with a multitude of personalities in a friendly yet professional manner. We are both confident and comfortable with the advice he gives and the manner in which he represents us. I would not hesitate to recommend him.
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Work Experience

  • Interim Superintendent of Schools
  • Bloomfield Township Board of Education
  • 2013 - Present
  • General Counsel, Director/Human Resources & Labor Relations
  • Bloomfield Township Board of Education
  • 2011 - Present
  • Counsel
  • Schwartz Simon Edelstein & Celso, LLC
  • 2008 - 2011
  • Policy and Planning Associate
  • The New Jersey Department of Education
  • 2000 - 2008
  • Education Committee Aide
  • The New Jersey State Legislature
  • 1997 - 2000
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  • Rutgers University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2006
  • Harvard University
  • MA - Masters
  • 1997
  • Wesleyan University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1995

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Government Records Council/O'Shea v. Bloomfield Bd. of Ed.
  • Government Records Council/Walker v. East Orange Bd. of Ed.
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  • New Jersey State Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • New York State Bar Association
  • Member
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  • American Bar Association
  • Member
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  • SSECZ Legal Alert
  • Appellate Division Expands the Definition of Government Records
  • 2009
  • SSECZ Summer 2009 Legal Newsletter
  • Commissioner of Education Lacks Jurisdiction Over Claims Arising Under No Child Left Behind (NCLB)
  • 2009
  • SSECZ Education Annual Report
  • Annual NJ Education Report, Contributing Editor
  • 2009
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Speaking Engagements

  • The Role of Records Custodians
  • Sussex County School Business Administrators
  • 2011
  • Employee Harassment, Bullying and Affirmative Action Reporting Procedures for Supervisors
  • School Board Officer Training
  • 2010
  • New Jersey Spring Law Forum
  • School Board Accountability Regulations
  • 2009
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Nicholas James Dotoli
Education Attorney
Bloomfield, NJ
Licensed for 17 years