30+ years of education industry experience with unparalleled depth in technology and software


  • Corporate
  • Litigation
  • Regulatory
  • Intellectual Property
  • Unparalleled record in working with edtech startups and helping them launch dynamic new ventures

  • Advise on all sectors of the edtech spectrum, from e-learning, K-12 tools and retail educational products to educational support services, professional education and beyond

  • Extensive experience in corporate formation, venture financings and taking companies through the full lifecycle of corporate growth including M&A, accessing capital markets and licensing agreements relating to content and edtech

  • Advise private investment funds, incubators and accelerators on edtech-focused funds and initiatives

  • Robust network of higher education institutions and strategic

  • 40+ attorneys and subject matter professionals focused on sophisticated legal services for education clients

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  • Extensive experience litigating the issues that edtech companies and educational institutions routinely face

  • Complex litigation for companies such as Blackboard and LeapFrog

  • Experience in more than 100+ state, federal and international courts, arbitral forums and administrative bodies, including the Department of Education

  • Recognized by The American Lawyer as an honorable mention in its Litigation Department of the Year competition

  • Team includes 5 Fellows of the American College of Trial Lawyers and 20+ former Assistant US Attorneys and Department of Justice lawyers

  • History of litigating landmark, precedent-setting cases that establish industry-wide resolutions or new procedural protections for our clients

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  • Assist clients in navigating the complex and changing federal and state education policy processes

  • Team includes senior personnel from the Department of Education, former regional and national accreditation agency executives and senior staff from one of the largest state authorizing agencies

  • Extensive experience counseling on student data privacy regulations

  • Strategic counseling on accessibility requirements

  • Counsel US and foreign companies on compliance with US laws and regulations governing the cross-border movement of technology, goods and services and affecting the way US companies conduct business overseas

  • Consult on regulatory and corporate governance issues related to the Securities Exchange Act, Sarbanes-Oxley Act, Dodd-Frank Act, JOBS Act, equity and other compensation matters, stockholder rights plans, stockholder proposals and proxy contests, and NASDAQ, NYSE Mkt and NYSE listing requirements

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  • Provide holistic patenting services and advice for companies like K12, Echo360 and Rosetta Stone

  • Patent due diligence support on 75+ business transactions, including venture financings, mergers and acquisitions, public offerings and licensing transactions in 2015

  • Helped build the trademark portfolios for companies including K12, Rosetta Stone, Degreed and Echo360

  • Aggressively defend and enforce trademarks for companies including Rosetta Stone and LeapFrog

  • Counsel on protecting and exploiting university-created technology and inventions from both the university and the company perspective

  • Extensive experience in managing domain name enforcement, asserting claims and instituting UDRP actions 

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Jay Vaughan  Partner Washington, DC, Reston
Erik Edwards  Partner Palo Alto
Danielle Naftulin  Partner Palo Alto
Mike Lincoln  Vice Chair Reston, Washington, DC
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