Nancy Anderson

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About Nancy

Nancy’s practice focuses on helping clients successfully navigate the complex regulatory issues affecting the delivery of education from pre-school through university, including both institutions and the rapidly growing technology companies that support the education vertical. She advises on regulatory matters affecting the sale, acquisition, merger and restructuring of institutions and companies, both for- and non-profit, that provide education and training within the US and globally. Nancy’s clients rely on her for strategies to comply with laws and regulations governing online education across state and national borders, as well as securing and protecting institutional access to the federal student loan and grant programs. She also counsels clients on compliance and investigations arising under the various federal civil rights laws that affect companies in the education space, including Title IX and the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Before joining Cooley, Nancy interned in the Office of General Counsel of the US Department of Education, focusing on civil rights issues and federal student aid compliance, and interned with the Office of General Counsel at the University of Virginia, where she worked on the wide variety of regulatory issues confronting a large public research university. Nancy served as the managing editor for the Washington and Lee Law Review and, prior to law school, she worked as a paralegal in the education practice at Dow Lohnes, which merged into Cooley in 2014.


Washington and Lee University School of Law
JD, 2014

Haverford College
BA, 2008, History

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District of Columbia

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National Association of College and University Attorneys (NACUA)