Our higher education and research institutions practice group serves a diverse array of institutions, including flagship research institutions, non-profit and for-profit colleges and universities, educational associations, education technology companies, institutional service providers, and investors.  Our lawyers have worked for many years in private practice supporting educational institutions and as in-house counsel in both large universities and start-up organizations.  Attorneys on our team actively participate in the National Association of College and University Attorneys (NACUA) and the Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM).  We provide advice, counseling, and training regarding:

  • The Higher Education Act, and implementing regulations; state laws and regulations; and accreditation
  • Civil rights laws, including Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and state civil rights laws
  • Privacy laws, including the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act
  • Student rights and responsibilities
  • Faculty tenure and academic freedom
  • Federally funded and sponsored research
  • Federal and state contracting, acquisition, and compliance
  • Technology transfer and licensing, including advising TTOs 
  • Research integrity
  • Athletics
  • Governance
  • Internal investigations
  • Government investigations and inquiries

With our deep knowledge of educational institutions, we work closely with attorneys in many of Potomac Law Group’s practice areas to provide the full range of legal services, including: 

  • Corporate, including general commercial contracts and transactions
  • Employment, including employment litigation, advice and counseling, investigations, and training
  • Energy and environmental, including agreements related to research and development
  • Export Controls, including advice and counseling and investigations
  • Food and Drug, including clinical trials
  • Government Contracts and Grants
  • Health Care, including hospitals
  • Immigration
  • Insurance Recovery and Risk Management
  • Intellectual Property, including patents, trademarks, and copyright
  • Internal Investigations
  • Litigation and Government Investigations, including False Claims Act
  • Privacy and Cybersecurity
  • Taxation, including non-profit taxation
  • Training

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