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Stephanie J. Gold
Michael J. Vernick

Education institutions today face a challenging and frequently changing array of national, state, and local laws and regulations in jurisdictions around the world. As higher education in particular becomes increasingly international, institutions frequently deal with the laws of multiple countries. Our lawyers aim to help our education clients accomplish their missions by navigating these turbulent legal waters.

Hogan Lovells is a premier global law firm with a full-spectrum Education practice. The practice spans the education pipeline from elementary and secondary education through higher education. We represent higher education institutions in the U.S. and other countries in both domestic and international matters. In addition to working with education institutions themselves, we represent other organizations in the education sector, such as education associations, education companies, foundations, lenders, and sponsors of public-private partnerships. We assist education clients to comply with applicable law, represent them in transactional matters, help them protect their intellectual property, and defend them in disputes.

We aim to have an intimate understanding of education clients' needs. We stay abreast of education-related developments, listen closely to our clients, and provide legal services adapted to the education environment. We keep costs down by staffing matters carefully and structuring fee arrangements so that they meet clients' needs. We emphasize preventive-law strategies to manage legal risk. Our lawyers work with client in-house counsel and co-counsel to provide cost-effective, high-quality service.

Leadership Positions:

  • John Borkowski, Board of Directors, National School Boards Association Council of School Attorneys; Board of Directors, Education Law Association; board member, West's Education Law Reporter; board member, Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law; and board member, No Child Left Behind Financial Compliance Insider
  • Robert Kenney, Advisory Board, Medical Research Law & Policy Report, The Bureau of National Affairs
  • Maree Sneed, adjunct faculty member, Harvard University Graduate School of Education; board member, Magnet Schools of America; and board member, DC Voice
  • Martin Michaelson, consulting editor, Trusteeship magazine; and fellow, National Association of College and University Attorneys
  • Michael Vernick, Vice-chair, Bid Protest Committee, American Bar Association

Former Leadership Positions:

  • John Borkowski, adjunct faculty member, Loyola University School of Law
  • Alexander Dreier, Assistant to the Provost, University of Oklahoma
  • Martin Michaelson, University Counsel and Deputy General Counsel, Harvard University; and adjunct faculty member, Harvard University Graduate School of Education
  • Elizabeth Meers, Trustee and member of Executive Committee, Radcliffe College; Interim Executive Director, National Association of College and University Attorneys; Chair, Grants Committee, Public Contract Section, Federal Bar Association; member, Board of Regents, Georgetown University; and member, Board of Visitors, Georgetown University Law Center
  • John Porter, U.S. Representative from Illinois' 10th District; and Chairman, House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services and Education
  • Maree Sneed, Secondary Principal and Assistant Principal, Supervisor of Countywide Gifted and Alternative Programs (Montgomery County, MD); high school teacher (Montgomery County, MD, and Norman, OK); Board of Directors and Co-chair of Urban Law Committee, National School Boards Association Council of School Attorneys; board member and Secretary, National School Boards Foundation; Board of Directors, Teach for America D.C.; and board member, School Superintendent's Insider

Representative Education Clients:

  • Public and independent universities and colleges in the U.S. and other countries
  • Academic medical centers
  • Research Institutes
  • Public school districts
  • Independent elementary and secondary schools
  • Accreditors of education institutions
  • Associations of education institutions and of education officials
  • Foundations that support education
  • Education companies and investors in education enterprises
  • Lenders to the education sector
  • Sponsors of public-private partnerships in the education sector