We help colleges, universities, and independent schools successfully navigate the myriad legal, business, and compliance issues they face today. From financing the construction of dormitories and academic facilities, to cybersecurity issues, to sexual misconduct investigations and litigation, to labor negotiations and compliance with employment laws, our attorneys have the knowledge and experience that enables our clients to focus on their primary mission: providing their students with outstanding educational opportunities. We take particular pride and pleasure in assisting clients to carry out that mission.
To assist our educational institution clients, we cross internal departmental lines to call on attorneys with expertise in a variety of relevant areas, including corporate and nonprofit governance, real estate, public finance, intellectual property, labor and employment, FERPA, Title IX, bankruptcy, and health care. We strive to develop solid relationships with key decision makers; to be trusted advisors and problem-solvers as well as advocates and, when necessary, litigators. We make ourselves accessible; we communicate; we work efficiently.
- investigation of student-on-student sexual misconduct claims
- investigation of alleged sexual harassment by faculty members
- representation of institutions in resolving threatened litigation by both complainants and respondents in sexual misconduct cases
Labor, employment law, and faculty immigration
- representation of institutions in collective bargaining negotiations with faculty unions
- negotiation and preparation of employment agreements between institutions and their presidents
- represented university and schools in obtaining work visas and United States permanent residence for international faculty members
Real estate, land use, and environmental matters
- represented university with respect to environmental issues in connection with acquisition of former corporate facility
- conducted Title IX audit of university athletics department and recommended steps to achieve compliance
- advice to institutions with respect to retirement plans and ERISA compliance
- successfully defended institutions in bankruptcy “clawback” proceedings seeking disgorgement of tuition payments
News & Insights
- Connecticut Colleges and Universities Should Develop Opioid Antagonist Policies Now So They Can Be Approved and in Place By January 2020 Deadline09.18.2019
- CABE Journal, 06.2018
Pullman & Comley’s work with educational institutions extends beyond the K-12 classrooms to the campuses of several colleges and universities. Within the last year, attorneys from across the firm have partnered with college and university administrators on a variety of issues.