Barbara Graham is the senior member of the Firm’s School Law Group, and also a member of its Employment Law Group. As such, Barbara’s practice focuses on employment law issues in the public and private sectors, contract development and review, construction law issues, student discipline and special education issues, public sector collective bargaining, policy development, writing and review, independent investigations of alleged employee misconduct, and practice before various administrative agencies.
Barbara became associated with Peacock Keller in July of 1985, at the conclusion of her clerkship with the Honorable James E. Rowley, Superior Court of Pennsylvania. She became a Partner of the Firm in 1992, and has served on the Firm’s Marketing, Business Review and Associate Mentoring Committees. A member of the Pennsylvania and Washington County Bar Associations, Barbara also remains an active member of the Pennsylvania School Board Solicitors Association, having serve as its President in 1996, and frequently presents to School Board members and solicitors.
In 1987, Barbara co-authored “A Review of the Pennsylvania Sunshine Act” with Reed Day; under Barbara’s supervision this publication has since been updated numerous times and distributed to the Firm’s school district clients. She has also been a contributing editor to various publications issued by the Pennsylvania School Boards Association.
In 2013, Barbara received the President’s Award for Distinguished Career Achievement from the Solicitor’s Association, in recognition for her longstanding service and commitment to the organization as well as fellow solicitors. Particular emphasis was placed on her distinction as a mentor and role model to other attorneys appointed as solicitors.
Barbara performed both her undergraduate and graduate work at the University of Pittsburgh, graduating Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science in 1980, and with a Juris Doctorate from its School of Law in 1983. As an undergraduate, Barbara was elected to the Phi Eta Sigma Freshman Honor Society, and as a law student, was appointed to a teaching assistant position, working with first year law students. During law school, Barbara was also employed as a certified legal intern at the Allegheny County District Attorney’s Office, Appellate Division.
Barbara resides in Peters Township, Washington County with her husband, Darryl, and their son Matthew, from whom, respectively, she has learned all one needs to know about professional tennis and soccer. She is also the proud mother of Jessica, a Registered Nurse and fellow distinguished Pitt Alumn.