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Higher Education

Unleashing the potential of your institution to change things for the better

Capabilities at a glance

  • A substantial group of lawyers with a significant number of public and private higher education clients, working for more than 150 university, college and research institutions.
  • An integrated, multidisciplinary team with knowledge and qualifications drawn from a variety of technical disciplines. Our dedicated attorneys are focused on the unique needs of your institution.
  • A full range of legal services tailored to universities and colleges, from highly specific questions around IP or data privacy, to reputational matters or labor and employment issues.

A multidisciplinary team with deep knowledge of colleges and universities

Few other law firms can boast our attorneys’ direct and deep experience representing leading institutions of higher learning. Through decades of working closely with higher education clients, Quarles has developed a deep understanding of the complex federal, state and local laws governing colleges and universities, as well as 21st-century privacy and other student concerns, and governance demands.

Our Higher Education team is an integrated, multidisciplinary team that is attuned to the unique opportunities and challenges facing colleges and universities. We meet as a team regularly, we exchange information and we share resources; this is what provides us with such a deep understanding of our higher education clients and their needs. Our clients appreciate our deep understanding of their objectives—gained through decades of working closely with our clients in the industry—and the creativity and forethought to develop solutions that meet those objectives. We adapt our services to each issue you face, working with sensitivity and discretion when required, and creatively and assertively when helping our clients make the most of their intellectual property opportunities.


  • 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


  • We represented a private liberal arts college with regard to both its labor and employment issues and its student conduct issues. We have provided extensive assistance to the college in developing its Title IX policies and procedures, assisted the college in conducting sexual harassment investigations and defended the college against claims brought pursuant to Title IX.
  • We have routinely analyzed and advised on state and federal privacy and data security laws for academic and research institutions. We also have significant experience handling matters related to FERPA, PII, state privacy and security laws, and research compliance.
  • We have drafted institution-wide policies relating to a wide variety of topics from conflicts of interest to research compliance and internal governance.

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