Higher Education

For more than 50 years, attorneys on Phillips Lytle’s Higher Education Team have provided successful representation to nearly two dozen higher education and secondary education institutions.

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Helping Colleges and Universities Navigate the Complexities of Legal Matters in Higher Education

We understand the complexities of higher education law, which is why our team is comprised of attorneys from various practices and industries. This opportunity for collaboration enables our attorneys to provide legal counsel tailored to the specific needs of our higher education clients. Whether your institution is large or small, public or private, Phillips Lytle can help.

Higher Education Expertise

Phillips Lytle has counseled and represented colleges, universities and secondary institutions in a variety of higher education law matters. This includes community colleges, four-year institutions, state university systems and both private and public universities. Our higher education legal expertise includes:
  • Academic, business and student affairs
  • Administrative proceedings, arbitrations and labor relations
  • Board governance
  • Budgets
  • Business transactions
  • Campus accountability and Title IX
  • Charitable giving and planning
  • Clery Act
  • Construction, commercial real estate and zoning
  • Constitutional challenges
  • Contracts, affiliation agreements and collective bargaining negotiations
  • Corporate restructuring and mergers and acquisitions
  • Crisis response
  • Cybersecurity and data privacy
  • Disciplinary proceedings and terminations
  • Employee benefits and health programs
  • Environmental law, land use and development
  • Executive compensation
  • Faculty tenure
  • Financing and bond issues
  • Government compliance, audits and investigations
  • Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) and similar privacy and security laws
  • Immigration
  • Intellectual property and technology transfer
  • Labor and employment
  • Litigation and appellate practice
  • Media relations and communications
  • Personal injury defense
  • Preventative policies and personnel training
  • Retirement plan design, operation and compliance
  • Risk management
  • Staffing issues and disputes
  • State and federal civil rights and anti-discrimination laws
  • Strategic planning
  • Student discipline
  • Student housing and residential life
  • Student loans, grants and scholarships
  • Tax
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Meet Our Higher Education Team


Amanda L. Lowe Partner
Linda Prestegaard
Linda T. Prestegaard Partner
Samuel Borbor-Sawyer Senior Associate
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Deborah A. Doxey Partner
James R. Grasso Partner, General Counsel
Richard E. Honen Partner
David H. Kernan Of Counsel
Kenneth A. Manning Partner
Kelly E. Marks Partner
Emma P. Murphy Associate
Eoin Ó Muimhneacháin (Moynihan) Associate
James R. O’Connor Partner
John Pappano
John A. Pappano Of Counsel
Danielle M. Rizzo Partner
Lisa Smith
Lisa L. Smith Partner
Milan Tyler
Milan K. Tyler Partner
Adam S. Walters Partner
Meet the Team
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