Rachel K. Lozosky concentrates her practice upon education and employment law. She serves as solicitor for numerous public school districts, providing counsel on a wide variety of issues including personnel matters, student discipline, labor relations, special education, policy development, and compliance with Pennsylvania’s Right-to-Know Law.
Ms. Lozosky also represents public school districts throughout the greater Pittsburgh region through Peacock Keller’s position as an approved defense firm with the Pennsylvania School Boards Association Insurance Trust. In that role, Ms. Lozosky has defended public school districts in special education due process hearings, as well as advised districts in the earlier stages of programming and placement disputes, in order to assist in successful prevention of escalation to due process hearings.
Ms. Lozosky also represents private companies and non-profit entities in employment law matters, including employee discipline, hiring and termination, and counsels these clients regarding compliance with myriad employment laws including the Family and Medical Leave Act, COBRA and federal and state anti-discrimination laws.
In addition, Ms. Lozosky represents employees in issues including review and drafting of severance and non-compete agreements, unemployment compensation appeals, and discrimination actions.
Ms. Lozosky is an active member and past Regional Director of the Pennsylvania School Board Solicitors Association (PSBSA). She has presented seminars to the PSBSA, including most recently “The New Importance of Investigations" at the 2018 School Leadership Conference. Ms. Lozosky has also presented to school district personnel regarding education law issues as part of training offered by School Claims Service and through numerous in-service programs.
Ms. Lozosky has presented seminars regarding employment law best practices to personnel from the Washington District Library System, as well as to key personnel from local non-profit organizations as part of the Washington County Bar Association’s Law School For Non-Profit Organzations. Most Recently, Ms. Lozosky presented “Progressive Discipline 201: Best Practices For Avoiding Legal Pitfalls” at the PHRA Human Resources Academy and “A Brief Tour of Pennsylvania Wage & Hour Laws” at the SPHRO Professional Development Seminar.
In 2013, Ms. Lozosky was honored as a finalist for the Washington County ATHENA Award, in recognition of her professional accomplishments and community service endeavors. She is a member of the Washington County Bar Association where she serves on the Public Relations/Law Day Committee, and regularly speaks to local high school students as part of the Washington County Bar Association’s outreach program entitled “Turning 18: Legal Issues in the Real World.” She has served as a lector and CCD instructor at St. Katharine Drexel Parish. Ms. Lozosky is also an active alumnus of Washington & Jefferson College, where she served two terms on the Alumni Executive Council, serves on the Alumni Pre-Law Advisory Committee, and has participated in the Alumni Mentor Program. She is also an active member and past Director of the Washington Rotary Club and a Past President of the Washington County Chapter of Zonta International.
Ms. Lozosky graduated cum laude from Washington & Jefferson College in 2001 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree, having double-majored in political science and psychology and minored in Spanish. While an undergraduate, Rachel was a member of Pi Sigma Alpha national political science honor society and Psi Chi national psychology honor society. She earned her Juris Doctor from the University of Pittsburgh in 2004, where she participated in moot court competition. Ms. Lozosky gained experience as a law clerk at firms in Pittsburgh and Washington, Pennsylvania, with emphasis on litigation, municipal and school law. Prior to becoming associated with Peacock Keller in October 2008, Ms. Lozosky was an associate attorney for several years with Vanderman Law Offices in Charleroi, Pennsylvania, where she practiced primarily in general and business litigation.
Ms. Lozosky resides in Washington County with her husband, John Friedmann, who is a Washington County Assistant District Attorney.