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Higher Education

Intro

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

Professionals

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Ojone Ameadaji
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Edward Bardelli
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Mary Bonnema
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Michael Brady
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Jason Byrne
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Matthew Casey
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Kelsey Dame
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Robert Dubault
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Pamela Enslen
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Kiffi Ford
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C. Ryan Grondzik
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Ian Harrier
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R. Scott Keller
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Madelaine Lane
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Brian Lennon
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Heidi Lyon
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Matthew Nelson
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Jeffrey Ott
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Steven Palazzolo
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Louis Rabaut
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Kaitlin Sheets
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Nathan Steed
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Allyson Terpsma
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Jarrod Trombley
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Amber Underhill
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Karen VanderWerff
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Alexandra Woods
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Michael Wooley
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Services

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
  • FERPA
  • 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

Testimonials

Events

Nov 2018
29
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...

Apr 2015
20
April 20, 2015

Human Resources Seminar 2015

Amway Grand Plaza

  8:00 - 8:30 amLegislative Update-  Recent Developments in Employee Benefits Get the latest on the Affordable Care Act and current trends and issues affecting 401(k) plans. This s...

Mar 2015
11
March 11, 2015

2015 March CLE Workshop

The Roosevelt Hotel

Institutions continue to grapple with the changing landscape of discrimination laws affecting higher education. Sexual misconduct remains a top concern, with the Department of Education Office f...

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