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Educational Institutions

Higher-education institutions face challenging and frequently changing laws and regulations at national, state and local levels. After decades of working closely with those in the public and private educational sector, our clients in the education industry have come to rely on us for assistance meeting complex legal challenges and responding to state and federal regulatory requirements.

We understand the language, culture and operating environment of public and private higher-learning institutions. From non-profit universities to for-profit primary and secondary education institutions, Porter Wright attorneys advise on a range of matters, including employment law and executive compensation, intellectual property involving trademark protection, litigation, financings and bond transactions, and employee compensation agreements. We have represented clients in complex labor and tenure disputes; counseled on ERISA and employee benefit matters; handled mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and strategic alliances, and research and commercial developments; and represented clients on matters rising from teaching and research activities.

Staying ahead of the latest education-related developments, we maintain a thorough understanding of education clients' challenges and listen closely to their objectives so we can provide legal services adapted to the education environment. We keep costs down by staffing matters carefully and structuring client-guided fee arrangements, and emphasize preventive-law strategies to manage legal risk. Our lawyers work with clients’ in-house counsel and co-counsel to provide cost-effective, high-quality service. We strive to manage our clients’ legal matters with exacting efficiency, so they can remain focused on developing the minds of our future leaders.