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Today’s colleges and universities face a diverse set of legal challenges. K&L Gates lawyers provide a wide range of legal services to address these challenges, drawing on broad experience gained over decades of counseling institutions of higher education in both the nonprofit and for-profit sectors. Our clients range from regional community colleges to large research universities with complex international operations.

Our lawyers take a multidisciplinary approach to higher education issues with knowledge and experience in:

  • Academic medical centers
  • College loan, 529, and scholarship programs
  • Construction and land use
  • e-Commerce
  • Employee benefits and executive compensation
  • Employment and labor issues
  • Establishment of international campuses
  • Faculty conflict of interest management
  • Fundraising, endowments, and planned giving
  • Health and safety
  • Insurance coverage
  • Intellectual property
  • Intercollegiate athletics (independent investigations and eligibility issues)
  • Investments
  • Governance
  • Government contracts and grants
  • Public policy and lobbying
  • Secondary institutions/charter schools
  • Tax-exempt finance
  • Tax exemption and unrelated business taxable income
  • Technology transfer
  • and many other areas that pertain to higher education

In addition to the range of services listed above, we have identified five areas of focus where our experience differentiates us from other law firms and we are able to deliver specialized services to our college and university clients. The five areas of focus are detailed below.

Areas of Practice

Government Affairs Advisor
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Managing Partner, Washington, D.C. Office
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Of Counsel
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Managing Partner, Research Triangle Park Office
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Academic Medical Centers
Acquisitions of physical practices and joint ventures with physicians for the operation and management of outpatient delivery.
Advising a large academic medical center on launching of web-based second opinion program and subsequent marketing of program to large corporations.
Complete corporate reorganization from public hospital system to private, nonprofit integrated delivery system with newly created corporate parent.
Formation of a joint venture with a national proprietary company for the ownership and operation of specialized clinics.
Representation of a faculty practice plan cooperative in the integration of all faculty practice plans into newly organized entity formed by an academic medical center.
Representation of an academic medical center in investigation by the Office for Human Research Protections of alleged clinical research violations.
Representation of an academic medical center in negotiation and implementation of affiliation agreement with a foreign hospital authority.
Representation of an academic medical center in various international affiliations in Asia and the Middle East.
Representation of a consortium of state academies on federal programmatic funding issues resulting in a dramatic increase in federal funding, addressing certain key policy issues in authorization legislation, and securing funding for conversion of a training vessel for one of the academies.
Representation of a public university for more than a decade on a wide range of federal appropriations matters in connection with new construction projects, scholarship programs, and technology planning grants. This included securing appropriations funding for projects and performing weekly policy and grant updates, coordination of a Washington, D.C. policy retreat for the president, provost, and other senior officials with congressional and federal agency meetings focused on energy research and medical school issues.