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Research Institutions & Higher Education

Practical, knowledgeable advice from leading higher education and research attorneys

Capabilities at a glance

  • Substantial team of more than 100 professionals across numerous legal disciplines from intellectual property (IP) to employment and student issues, focused on helping colleges, universities, foundations and research institutions navigate the complex legal landscape they face.
  • Our clients include numerous leading research universities and a substantial number of local and regional colleges, so you will always get legal support from a team that understands your world.
  • Attorneys with significant experience in a variety of technical disciplines, matching the type of knowledge at research centers.
  • We understand the unique position and profile of colleges, universities and research centers, and our advice is practical, in that we take into account the mission, pressures and requirements applicable to you.

Client-focused legal services that maximize our depth of experience

Our Research Institutions & Higher Education Practice Group is committed to the principles and ideas that help shape your world, and the power our clients have to enhance the public good. But we also understand the maze of legal obstacles you face. Our attorneys are thought leaders, meeting regularly to share the cross-disciplinary news and legal issues that affect you, such as changes in research compliance regulations, nonprofit tax treatment, student issues, labor and employment, patentability and best practices in startup formation. While never compromising on quality of service, we also are committed to providing you with the highest quality legal advice at transparent and predictable rates.

Attorneys who truly understand research and higher education institutions

In addition to being extremely knowledgeable about the operations of universities and research institutions, our dedicated team has several other strengths that set us apart from other law firms — one of which is our ability to staff your legal needs with highly qualified team members who have experience working with and for universities. We have represented some of the premier institutions of research and higher learning in the U.S. and throughout the world on their most important legal issues, including technology transfer, tax-exempt issues, investor services, student issues, labor and employment, benefits, real estate, governance, startup formations and business law. Our team of attorneys includes people who have worked at universities in a variety of contexts, such as former university counsel, researchers, lecturers and professors.


  • Student and education law services
  • Labor and employment
  • Immigration
  • Data privacy and security
  • Intellectual property and technology transfer
  • Research compliance and FDA
  • Litigation
  • Financing
  • Real estate and environmental
  • Charitable giving
  • Investor services

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