Higher Education


Bond Financing

The Public Finance Team of Quarles & Brady has acted as underwriter’s counsel, bond counsel, and tax counsel to offer full legal services in the municipal and public finance area. Our lawyers understand the complex combination of statutes, timing, notice requirements, tax matters, relationship management and countless other details that govern public-purpose funding and other related finance activities.

Corporate Services

As a full service law firm, our capabilities extend to a wide range of services that are corporate in nature, including securing private and public financings, company formation and tax planning, and mergers and acquisitions.

Charitable Giving

Our TEO and trust and estates attorneys routinely provide advice in all aspects of charitable giving and planning, including planned giving, property gifts, and administration of charitable trusts.

Health Law

Clients turn to us for our experience with business and legal agreements involved in setting up clinical trials, including those necessary for the site, the sponsor, the clinical research organization, the clinical trial, and the research funding. We understand the delicate relationships among the sponsors, granting organizations, hospitals, and physicians and provide guidance on the ethical, legal, and regulatory issues involved. Our DEA Compliance and Litigation practice assists clients in fulfilling their obligations under the Controlled Substances Act (“CSA”) and DEA’s implementing regulations.


For more than 40 years, Quarles & Brady has provided immigration/naturalization law services to help universities facilitate the immigration/naturalization process of bringing new or visiting faculty or associates to the university. Whether working on behalf of the university or assisting the university’s interests by representing the individual coming to the university, we work to ensure an expeditious and smooth placement of new or continuing members of the university community.

Intellectual Property

For more than 30 years, since before the passage of the Bayh-Dole Act, Quarles & Brady has specialized in the intellectual property needs of universities, foundations, hospitals, and other research institutions, helping these institutions move their ideas from the lab bench to Main Street. Our Intellectual Property (IP) attorneys have decades of experience tackling every sort of patent, copyright, trademark and trade secret issue, as well as IP litigation. We also have extensive experience in helping clients license and, when needed, enforce their rights.

Investor Services

Quarles & Brady helps universities and other institutions invest financial gifts and other assets to create and maintain endowments. We work closely with the investment professionals and in-house counsel of our clients to ensure that the legal terms of their private fund investments not only match the business deal but are consistent with the current market. We regularly negotiate investment management, custody, and other agreements that are important to protecting our clients' assets and advise clients with respect to significant investments in marketable securities.

We assist our clients in determining the right structure for their investments, whether it is deciding between an offshore or onshore vehicle or establishing a separate subsidiary to act as an investment vehicle for a unique investment. If our clients need to rebalance their portfolios by selling or buying fund interests, we can guide them through the secondary process with our extensive experience with both buying and selling in the secondary market.

Labor and Employment

The Labor & Employment Law Group has represented universities for many years, advising management on all aspects of labor, from personnel matters and policies to union negotiations or faculty termination, and always with an understanding of the unique academic environment and need to handle matters as expeditiously and sensitively as possible. We also provide advice on all types of employee benefit plans and the legal issues under ERISA and the Internal Revenue Code.


We strive to represent our clients in ways that preclude formal legal proceedings. However, since the world is not always a rational or predictable place, we have built a tremendous depth of experience in representing clients in just about every conceivable type of litigation, both at trial and on appeal. We are also experienced in assisting clients with internal investigations of alleged wrongdoing.

Privacy and Data Security

As outside counsel healthcare entities ranging from small regional healthcare organizations to large, medical centers, and from clinics to pharmacies, our team routinely analyzes and advises on state and federal privacy and data security laws. We also have particular expertise with HIPAA, state privacy and security laws, and research compliance.

Real Estate

Our real estate attorneys can assist universities and research institutions with all types of real estate needs, including planning, financing, building, property rights, ground leasing, zoning and land use regulations, and all types of property acquisitions and dispositions.

Research Compliance and FDA

Our Health Law Team includes attorneys with substantial FDA and clinical trial experience. We have provided guidance on a wide array of health care regulatory and research compliance matters to health care systems, hospitals, academic medical centers, physician groups, device manufacturers, and pharmaceutical and nutritional supplement companies. Our attorneys have assisted clients with matters pertaining to the Food Drug and Cosmetic Act including, advising on advertising and promotion, disease awareness and scientific exchange matters, the Sunshine Act, and Anti-Kickback Statute and counseled clients on all aspects of clinical trials including research compliance with FDA (Phases I- IV) and HHS regulations, IRB requirements, clinical trial and service related contracting, collaborations, investigator initiated studies, safety data exchange agreements, clinical trial data sharing, inspection responses to 483s, informed consents and authorizations, financial disclosure requirements/conflict of interests, subject compensation, agency notifications, site audits and inspections and FDA required registrations. Our experience includes managing clinical trial compliance and contract negotiations globally.

Tax-Exempt Organizations

The Tax-Exempt Organizations Team combines sophisticated technical knowledge and practical experience as it advises nonprofit universities, research institutions and their affiliates, and university-affiliated foundations on the unique tax and governance issues faced by these institutions.

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