With relationships covering more than 140 institutions around the globe, we understand the demands you face.
Higher education solutions aren’t one-size fits all.
Every institution is unique, every challenge is unique and every solution requires the integration of a wide array of legal disciplines, with many elements unique to the fabric of American higher education. From corporate governance matters to privacy rights, we have the interdisciplinary team with collective knowledge of the dynamics and players unique to the sector.
We are at the center of it all—and have been for over a century. We help you navigate the evolving issues and support the pursuit of your institutional missions, providing the answers to keep your business moving forward.
Research universities—from an internationally renowned research facility to some of the top U.S. research institutions in the country
Public universities—from one of the nation’s leading public universities to a large state university on strategic government relations and public policy services
Small private colleges—from a small private college on a data breach to a small private university on a class action suit
Professional schools—from a technical design and engineering school to an institute of technology
Medical schools—from a large university medical school to major teaching hospital
Schools of the performing and visual arts—from museums and libraries affiliated with colleges and universities to charitable foundations and organizations, galleries, dealers, artists, corporations, collectors, foreign governments and financial institutions and institutions of the arts
We support our college and university clients’ missions and help them succeed by offering a deep bench of service areas including: environmental health and safety, tenure disputes, employee benefits, grants and contracts, investments, energy, student discipline, corporate governance, civil rights/affirmative action policies, tax-exempt financing, charitable giving and fundraising, restricted fund management, student privacy rights, student housing, intercollegiate athletics, construction litigation, immigration, labor, employee benefits, intellectual property and technology transfer, export controls, economic sanctions, FCPA, government contracting, government relations, renewable energy tax credits, protection of human subjects in research, real property and land use management, museums and libraries, medical and professional schools, health services institutions, residency training programs and academic medical centers.
Law360 | September 13, 2018
Providence Complex Commercial Disputes partner Steven Richard wrote this article analyzing a 6th Circuit court ruling that found a student accused of sexual assault on a college campus was deprived of his due process rights.
Rhode Island Lawyers Weekly | September 13, 2018
Providence Complex Commercial Disputes partner Steven Richard is mentioned in this article for his representation of Brown University in a Title IX case.
Nonprofit & Government Times | June 30, 2018
Washington DC corporate partner Michael Cooney wrote this contributed article on donor-advised funds, a type of low-paperwork charitable trust, and how their use will change in light of new guidance and proposed regulations.
USA Today | May 07, 2018
Chicago commercial litigation partner Steve Thompson is mentioned in this article for his focus on NCAA infractions issues and his representation of the University of Louisville in recent related matters.
Law360 | April 05, 2018
This expert analysis of recent circuit court decisions involving claims of discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation at colleges and universities was co-written by Albany government investigations and white-collar defense partner Tina Sciocchetti, Boston government investigations and white-collar defense associate Julianna Malogolowkin and Rochester commercial litigation associate Zachary Osinski.
The Bond Buyer | March 06, 2018
This article about the University of Connecticut’s plans to sell $152 million of UConn 2000 special obligation student fee revenue bonds and use the proceeds to build a student recreation center mentions Nixon Peabody for representing the underwriters.
New Hampshire Business Review | January 19, 2018
Manchester financial restructuring and bankruptcy partner Dan Sklar contributed this article on the challenges facing colleges and universities.
Hearst Television | January 01, 2018
Washington DC M&A and corporate transactions partner Ken Silverberg is interviewed in this news segment about how the new tax plan may affect charitable giving.
Rochester Business Journal | December 15, 2017
Rochester private equity and investment funds partner Jeremy Wolk, M&A and corporate transactions counsel Anita Pelletier and Washington DC M&A and corporate transactions partner Mike Cooney authored this column about the impact of U.S. tax reform on nonprofits.
Rochester Business Journal | October 20, 2017
Rochester private equity and investment funds partner Jeremy Wolk authored this column about the Department of Education’s recent decision to withdraw of Obama-era Title IX guidance.
Modern Healthcare | October 11, 2017
Long Island health care partner Lindsay Maleson provides commentary in this article about how research is affected when academic medical centers merge with larger nonacademic health care providers.
Rhode Island Lawyers Weekly | October 05, 2017
Providence commercial litigation counsel Steven Richard provides commentary in this article about the Trump administration’s Title IX guidance document.
Reuters | September 21, 2017
Nixon Peabody’s Arts and Cultural Institutions team, led by Los Angeles partners Thaddeus Stauber and Sarah André secured a legal victory on behalf of The National Gallery in London in a lawsuit regarding the Gallery's Henri Matisse painting "Portrait of Greta Moll” (1908). Sarah is quoted in this article about the case.
Rhode Island Lawyers Weekly | September 14, 2017
Providence commercial litigation counsel Steven Richard is quoted in this article for representing Providence College in a Title IX lawsuit.
Rochester Business Journal | July 28, 2017
Rochester private equity and investment funds partner Jeremy Wolk and Providence commercial litigation counsel Steven Richard contributed this column about a Title IX lawsuit in which the plaintiff alleged deliberate indifference to her complaint by the university.
The Art Newspaper | May 11, 2017
This article discusses the most pressing legal questions facing museums. Washington DC M&A and corporate transaction partner Mike Cooney is quoted on the possible legislation by Congress to limit income tax deductions for charitable donations.
University Business | November 01, 2016
Rochester Labor & Employment partners Eric Paley and Christian Hancey are both quoted in this article discussing the impact retirement plan fee litigation, which many colleges and universities are facing, has on the higher education community.
Rochester Business Journal | October 17, 2016
Rochester Private Equity & Investment Funds partner Jeremy Wolk and Washington DC M&A and Corporate Transactions partner Mike Cooney authored this column about privacy issues surrounding charitable donors in New York.
Law360 | June 10, 2016
Partner and leader of our nonprofit organizations and higher education teams Mike Cooney authored this column about how program-related investments have an overweighted emphasis on international philanthropy.
Association of Governing Boards (AGB) Blog | June 07, 2016
Washington, DC, partner and leader of the firm’s Higher Education and Nonprofit Organizations teams Mike Cooney authored this column discussing the duty of obedience—a fiduciary duty of board members to ensure that the institution is operating according to its stated purposes in its governing documents.
ABA Journal | April 01, 2016
Washington, DC, partner Michael Cooney is featured in this piece that looks at legal headaches for colleges caused by anonymous social media apps.
Higher Education Alert | 12.10.18
Intellectual Property Alert | 12.05.18
Litigation Alert | 11.16.18
Higher Education Alert | 10.23.18
Higher Education Alert | 10.17.18
Higher Education Alert | 09.25.18
Higher Education Alert | 09.17.18
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