Pierce Atwood’s interdisciplinary Education Practice Group understands the multitude of legal issues facing schools, colleges, and universities. With over 30 years of experience our team is well prepared to counsel private and public academic institutions of all sizes. Our Education Practice Group brings together attorneys with diverse backgrounds, all of whom have in-depth knowledge of the education industry. Whether an issue is related to student affairs, faculty affairs, institutional governance, employment, labor relations, employee benefits, bond financing, construction, land use, real estate, charitable donations, or intellectual property, you can trust our education group to have you covered.
Our work with independent schools and colleges often includes the development of preventative law programs that proactively identify risks before they lead to major, costly claims. We work with in-house counsel and administrators to create clear student and employee policies, fair complaint procedures, clear and enforceable contracts, and to comply with state and federal regulations like Title IX, FERPA, HIPAA, and the ADA. When a claim does arise, our skilled litigators are on-call, ready to help you formulate the right approach to meet your needs.
Our education group attorneys provide training to school administrators, faculty, and staff on topics such as sexual harassment prevention, boundary issues, privacy and information security, ADA compliance, and best practices for hiring and contract review. We can also develop targeted training programs for the areas where you need the most assistance.
Many of our lawyers pursue an abiding commitment to the success of educational institutions through board service and committee participation. We are dedicated to providing our education industry clients with comprehensive, quality legal and strategic advice in an efficient and cost-effective manner.