Higher Education

Our higher education team understands postsecondary education from a legal, regulatory and business perspective


  • Corporate
  • Litigation
  • Regulatory
  • Intellectual Property
  • 40+ attorneys and subject matter professionals focused on higher education

  • Robust network of education institutions, service providers and strategic investors that we can leverage for the benefit of our clients

  • M&A transactions for companies such as DeVry, Education Corporation of America and Kaplan

  • Public offerings for companies such as Rosetta Stone and 2U

  • Significant financings and investments for companies such as Midwest Technical Institute, Knewton and Interfolio

  • Extensive experience in education-related fund formation

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  • Dynamic litigators with experience in a wide range of controversies in federal and state courts and before the Department of Education

  • Handle FCA cases involving alleged violations of the Higher Education Act and other education statutes, in most cases resulting in a declination by the government to intervene

  • Represent many postsecondary institutions in Office of Inspector General and Federal Student Aid investigations involving alleged Title IV violations

  • Complex litigation for institutions, organizations and companies such as the Massachusetts Association of Private Career Schools and Blackboard

  • Experience in more than 100+ state, federal and international courts, arbitral forums and administrative bodies

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

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

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

  • Unique State and International Authorization Services that help schools navigate the cross-border environment for online education

  • Extensive experience counseling on student data privacy regulations and on accessibility requirements

  • Counsel universities and institutions on the regulations governing economic sanctions and the export of goods, software, technology and services

  • Counsel on the complicated regulatory environment that surrounds the delivery of instruction through alternative means, such as Competency Based Learning and Prior Learning Assessment

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  • Provide holistic patenting services and advice for companies like MIT and Stanford University

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

  • Manage and defend trademarks and copyrights for companies including Singularity Education Group and Universal Technical Institute

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

  • Strategic agreements, technology transactions and licensing deals for companies like Florida State University, the University of South Florida, Kaplan and Parchment

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

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Group Contacts
Jay Vaughan  Partner Washington, DC, Reston
Jonathon Glass  Senior Counsel Washington, DC
David E. Mills  Partner Washington, DC
Randy Sabett  Special Counsel Washington, DC
Mike Lincoln  Vice Chair Reston, Washington, DC
Adam Ruttenberg  Partner Washington, DC, Reston
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