“Much of our team’s success is due to LaRana’s guidance and encouragement. We consider ourselves lucky to be able to work with her.”
For over a decade, LaRana Owens has helped school divisions throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia navigate challenging situations. LaRana’s clients face an array of legal matters, including special education, student discipline, constitutional law, and government investigations. No matter the scenario, LaRana is a calm, determined ally when clients need her most. At Sands Anderson, she is proud to apply her depth of knowledge to the unique scenarios that school divisions face.
LaRana has direct experience representing clients as they address legislation and organizations such as:
Americans with Disabilities Act
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
Fair Labor Standards Act
Family and Medical Leave Act
Human Rights Council
U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights
Virginia Employment Commission
Virginia Workers’ Compensation Commission
Throughout her career, LaRana has helped clients gain clarity and take action as they face legal challenges. She also has experience drafting employment policies and regulations designed to avoid these challenges altogether. A regular presenter at conferences, LaRana is passionate about speaking on legal issues that impact local school boards. When not supporting clients with steadfast guidance, she enjoys reading and cooking.
- Guided clients through discrimination investigations by the U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights.
- Counseled a local school board on employment issues, including the Family and Medical Leave Act, the Fair Labor Standards Act, and the Americans with Disabilities Act.
- Represented school boards in proceedings before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the Human Rights Council.
Your Blues Ain't Like Mine by BeBe Moore Campbell
William & Mary School of Law, J.D.
Old Dominion University, B.S., magna cum laude
LaRana is a regular conference presenter on legal issues that impact local school boards.
Virginia Indigent Defense Commission
Virginia Bar Association
National School Boards Association
Virginia School Boards Association, Council of School Attorneys