Higher Education


From construction and real estate to acquisitions and policy advisement, Downey Brand attorneys have extensive experience handling the difficult and nuanced legal matters that can arise for higher education institutions of all shapes and sizes—from small colleges and distance educators to large, multi-campus universities.

Institutions of higher education must defend against a substantial quantity and variety of legal claims. To help colleges and universities manage their risk, our attorneys have counseled higher education administrators on contract and bid procurement, student loans and collections, and property management and acquisition. When higher education providers must take on a legal battle, Downey Brand’s experienced team of litigators mount a vigorous defense.

Long-range campus planning requires sophisticated CEQA/NEPA compliance, and Downey Brand’s highly skilled environmental and land use attorneys can assist with review, analysis, compliance strategies, and, when necessary, litigation defense.

Downey Brand has helped Boards of Regents and administrators at universities review their internal policies and procedures and comply with the demands of a fluid regulatory environment. Our attorneys have handled a wide range of such matters, providing counsel on student judicial proceedings and faculty grievance hearings, assisting with Title IX compliance, crafting administrative policies and processes, and ensuring compliance with the unique demands of tax-exempt status.

The experienced legal team at Downey Brand works with institutions of higher learning to successfully navigate a complex legal environment so that they can focus on their vital missions of educating our nation’s next generation of leaders.