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Higher Education


Four-year colleges, universities and community colleges don’t operate under a traditional business model, nor do they function in the same manner as many nonprofit organizations. The rules are different in education, which is why we have a team of attorneys dedicated to serving the legal needs of institutions of higher education.

We realize that government regulations for schools can be daunting, given Title IX regulations, the Clery Act, search and seizure laws, the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Open Meetings and Freedom of Information acts, just for starters. We know the laws and can help you successfully and effectively operate within their boundaries.

To help offset your rising operations costs, we can identify and secure economic incentives for expansion. And because we’re a full-service law firm, we can tackle the challenges that face schools on a daily basis, such as contract negotiations, employee benefits packages, intellectual property and patent matters, litigation and privacy issues.
We are members of Michigan Colleges Alliance, Council for Christian Colleges & Universities and


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Thomas Amon
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Edward Bardelli
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Mary Bonnema
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Michael Brady
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Jason Byrne
Photo of Matthew Casey
Matthew Casey
Photo of Kelsey Dame
Kelsey Dame
Photo of Robert Dubault
Robert Dubault
Photo of Pamela Enslen
Pamela Enslen
Photo of C. Ryan Grondzik
C. Ryan Grondzik
Photo of R. Scott Keller
R. Scott Keller
Photo of Madelaine Lane
Madelaine Lane
Photo of Brian Lennon
Brian Lennon
Photo of Heidi Lyon
Heidi Lyon
Photo of Matthew Nelson
Matthew Nelson
Photo of Jeffrey Ott
Jeffrey Ott
Photo of Steven Palazzolo
Steven Palazzolo
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Louis Rabaut
Photo of Nathan Steed
Nathan Steed
Photo of Allyson Terpsma
Allyson Terpsma
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Jarrod Trombley
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Amber Underhill
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Karen VanderWerff
Photo of Jennifer Watkins
Jennifer Watkins
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Alexandra Woods
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Michael Wooley


Some of the services we provide to college and university clients include:
  • Charitable and planned giving guidance
  • Cybersecurity, privacy and breach response
  • Employment law counsel and litigation
  • Employee benefits counsel
  • Endowment administration
  • Free speech and assembly
  • Freedom of Information Act compliance
  • 403(b) Compliance
  • Grant audit defense
  • Grievance administration and arbitration
  • HIPAA compliance
  • Immigration of international faculty and students and I-9 compliance
  • Information Governance
  • Information technology agreements and policies
  • Intellectual property – policies and filings
  • Insurance policy review/audits
  • Internal investigations
  • Labor relations
  • Licensing issues and disputes
  • Litigation
  • Lobbying
  • Open Meetings Act compliance
  • P3/Real estate and construction projects
  • Records Information Management
  • Student discipline and codes of conduct
  • Student safety
  • Title IX compliance
  • Trust and estate services


The recordings of each webinar can be accessed below. You will be asked to enter your name and email, and once you click on the “Register” button, the recording will automatically play. 



Jul 2021
July 28, 2021

Webinar: Back to School--Preparing for Legal Challenges in Higher Education

As students return to school, colleges and universities must be prepared for classes, sporting events and other activities to resume to a somewhat normal standard. And with that normalcy, come chal...

Mar 2021
March 04, 2021

Legal Issues Related to COVID-19 Vaccination Policies in Higher Education


As the COVID-19 vaccine becomes more widely available across the country and the world, optimism is spreading for life to return to normal. College and university campuses have experienced the deva...

Nov 2018
November 29, 2018

Webinar: Legal Trends and Challenges Facing Higher Educational Institutions

  Join us for a webinar on legal trends and challenges specific to higher educational institutions. Warner attorneys will be addressing hot topics such as Michigan’s minimum wage and ne...

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