Paul Thompson

Special Counsel

+1 202 776 2882

Paul Thompson counsels schools and technology companies that provide services to schools on regulatory challenges in the education sector. Drawing on experience at both the K-12 and postsecondary level, he advises schools and private companies on contractual arrangements, complex transactions, and administrative proceedings. He has significant experience working on international-related issues, including cross-border transactions, international partnerships, compliance with SEVP and student visa requirements, and navigating the Department of Education's requirements for foreign schools.

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  • Cooley Secures Fourth Circuit Win for InfiLaw 

  • Cooley Represents Lead Investors in $1.1 Billion Acquisition of Apollo Education Group 

  • 2U $119 Million Initial Public Offering 


  • Georgetown University Law Center
    JD, 2009

  • Duke University
    BA, 2004

Admissions & Credentials

District of Columbia



  • National Association of College and University Attorneys (NACUA)

  • National Association of Foreign Student Advisors (NAFSA)


+1 202 776 2882 office
+1 202 842 7899 fax

1299 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Suite 700
Washington, DC 20004-2400