Litigation in the higher education sphere – between colleges and universities, school districts, college administrators, professors, athletic directors, coaches, and students – happens too often. Claims include everything from sexual assault, harassment, and discrimination to tenure and employment disputes and more. College campuses increasingly face complex investigations, too, whether internally, by the Office for Civil Rights, or by other governing bodies. Indeed, litigation and investigations seem only to be multiplying.

Our firm has higher education litigation attorneys here to help you, whether you are an institution of higher learning, an administrator, a coach, a professor, or a student affected by these highly difficult issues. We have represented large public and private institutions, high-profile university employees, and students in sensitive and complex matters. We are always pleased for our clients when matters can be settled outside of court, but we are always prepared to go to court – and win – when needed. Our experience in civil litigation, employment claims, and regulatory disputes has led to crucial roles in guiding and defending clients in this evolving and controversial area.

Our work in higher education litigation has included:

  • Representation of colleges and universities involved in complex litigation and investigations related to contractual disputes, student complaints, tenure decisions, Title VII and Title IX complaints, FERPA compliance, and OCR complaints;
  • Representation of faculty tenure and dismissal committees in faculty disciplinary proceedings;
  • Representation of collegiate athletic directors and high-profile coaches involved in complex disputes involving a multitude of issues; and
  • Representation of individuals bringing a Title IX complaint and individuals accused under such a complaint.

For each case, we offer a deep knowledge of the law, vast experience in handling actual cases involving serious issues, and a sensitivity to the needs of each person or institution affected by them. Few firms have the broad experience we do in handling the unpredictable and sometimes very public disputes that can arise with higher-education-related clients.