Blain Butner

Senior Counsel

I help clients navigate the changing regulatory environment of higher education and advise them on avoiding regulatory pitfalls and taking advantage of continuing opportunities.

+1 202 776 2579

Blain Butner is a senior member and former co-leader of Cooley's education practice group, and has been providing advice and counsel to educational institutions for 35 years. He regularly advises clients with respect to many aspects of the Title IV student financial assistance programs including institutional eligibility matters, program review and audit resolutions, preventive legal strategies and many other aspects of complying with federal and other regulatory requirements.

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  • Duke University School of Law
    JD, Duke Law Journal, 1980

  • Davidson College
    AB, cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, Omicron Delta Kappa, 1975

Admissions & Credentials

District of Columbia


  • National Association of College and University Attorneys (NACUA)

  • National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA)

Rankings & Accolades

    The Best Lawyers in America


+1 202 776 2579 office
+1 202 842 7899 fax

1299 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Suite 700
Washington, DC 20004