Top national attorney hired to represent victim in Ooltewah rape case

The exterior of Ooltewah High School photographed on Sunday, January 31, 2016. (Staff photo by Maura Friedman)

The family of the Ooltewah High School freshman allegedly raped by three of his basketball teammates has retained one of the nation's top attorneys specializing in cases of school violence.

Douglas Fierberg, whose national trial practice is based in Washington, D.C., and Eddie Schmidt from Nashville will be representing the 15-year-old and his family, who will not be named by the Times Free Press to protect the victim's identity.

photo Douglas Fierberg

Fierberg's practice, School Violence Law, is the only nationwide practice that specializes in representing victims of violence in school-related incidents; and Fierberg has personally served as lead counsel for victims of sexual violence and hazing at schools and universities across the nation.