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Stephanie J. Gold
Partner, Washington, D.C.
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stephanie.gold@hoganlovells.com

Stephanie Gold's practice focuses on the representation of colleges, universities, post-secondary institutions, education associations, distance education firms, student loan organizations, and investors in education-related companies. She has represented education clients in matters related to federal financial assistance, student financial aid, accreditation, privacy, student discipline, campus crime, military recruiting, research activity, state education licensure, civil rights, and foreign students.

Stephanie advises clients on legal issues related to distance education, overseas initiatives, and institutional changes in ownership, including state education licensure, accreditation, and federal regulation. In particular, Stephanie has assisted clients in structuring and obtaining regulatory approvals for changes in ownership, new campus locations, and distance education and has served as education regulatory counsel for private equity firms, education companies, and educational institutions in connection with commercial transactions.

Stephanie was editor in chief of the University of Michigan Journal of Law Reform. After law school, Stephanie served as a law clerk to The Honorable Cornelia G. Kennedy of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.

REPRESENTATIVE EXPERIENCE
  • Education regulatory counsel to for-profit, publicly held higher education companies in initial and secondary offerings and in acquisition and subsequent dispositions of controlling interest in companies by private equity firms.
  • Representation of numerous universities and a lender in conjunction with state attorneys general investigations of practices related to student loans, health insurance, and credit cards.
  • Representation of foreign institutions seeking institutional accreditation from U.S. regional accreditors.
  • Representation of accrediting agency in connection with U.S. Department of Education recognition review and other matters.
  • Advice to higher education institutions and associations regarding legislative matters related to the Higher Education Act and the Post-9/11 Veterans Education Assistance Act.
  • Representation of lenders and higher education institutions in U.S. Department of Education audits, program reviews, and appeals of audits and program reviews.
  • Advice to non-profit institutions in voluntarily reporting and resolving self-identified errors in reporting and administering nondegree programs.
  • Counsel to institutions in connection with compliance with Higher Education Act consumer information disclosure obligations.
  • Preparation of comments on behalf of higher education associations on Federal Trade Commission's (FTC) proposed privacy and safeguards rules under Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act, successfully arguing that colleges and universities that comply with Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act should be deemed to comply with the FTC's privacy rule.


Hogan Lovells Publications
12 March 2014 "Department of Education Clarifies Obligations of Schools When Contracting With Online Service Providers." Education and Privacy Alert, Hogan Lovells

29 January 2014 "Federal Trade Commission Revisions to Guides for Private Vocational and Distance Education Schools." Education Investors Alert, Hogan Lovells

29 April 2011 "U.S. Department of Education issues letters on gainful employment, state authorization for distance education, and trial three-year cohort default rates." Education Investors Alert, Hogan Lovells

29 March 2011 "U.S. Department of Education issues guidance on program integrity regulations." Education Investors Alert, Hogan Lovells

14 January 2011 "U.S. Department of Education issues final rules pertinent to foreign schools." Education Investors Alert, Hogan Lovells

29 November 2010 "U.S. Department of Education publishes new regulations related to federal student financial aid." Education Investors Alert, Hogan Lovells

22 June 2010 "U.S. Department of Education Proposes Rule on Program Integrity For Public Comment." Education Investors Alert, Hogan Lovells

29 December 2009 "U.S. Department of Education Issues Final Rules on Accreditation." Education Investors Update, Hogan & Hartson LLP

07 December 2009 "U.S. Department of Education Issues Statements and Initiates Rulemaking Pertinent to Foreign Schools." Education Investors Update, Hogan & Hartson LLP

11 September 2009 "Education Department Issues Proposed Rules for Federal Education Loans." Education Investors Update, Hogan & Hartson LLP

18 June 2009 "Privacy & Data Security Briefing: Issue 9." Privacy & Data Security Briefing, Hogan & Hartson LLP

20 March 2009 "Stimulus Package Funds Programs Pertinent to Higher Education Institutions." Education Investors Update, Hogan & Hartson LLP

06 March 2009 "Stimulus Legislation Update: Issue 4 - New Online Resources for Tracking Stimulus Funds." Stimulus Legislation Update, Hogan & Hartson LLP

11 February 2009 "Education Department Continues HEOA Rulemaking Process and Publishes HEOA Summary." Education Investors Update, Hogan & Hartson LLP

03 February 2009 "Privacy & Data Security Briefing: Issue 7." Privacy & Data Security Briefing, Hogan & Hartson LLP

08 September 2008 "President Bush Signs Long-Awaited Reauthorization of the Higher Education Act." Education Investors Update, Hogan & Hartson LLP

15 November 2007 "U.S. Department of Education Issues Final Student Loan Rules." Education Investors Update, Hogan & Hartson LLP

03 October 2007 "President Bush Signs the College Cost Reduction and Access Act." Education Investors Update, Hogan & Hartson LLP

PRACTICES
Education
Privacy and Information Management
INDUSTRY SECTORS
Education
AREAS OF FOCUS
  • State Education Licensure, Accreditation, and Federally Funded Programs
  • Federal Regulation of Education
  • Changes in Ownership, Education Investments, and Other Transactions
  • Distance Education and International Initiatives
EDUCATION
J.D., cum laude, University of Michigan Law School, 1996 A.B., with honors, Brown University, 1991
MEMBERSHIPS
  • Member, National Association of College and University Attorneys
  • Member, National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators
  • Member, National Association of College and University Business Officers
AWARDS / RANKINGS
  • The Best Lawyers in America, Education Law, 2012-2014
BAR ADMISSIONS / QUALIFICATIONS District of Columbia Massachusetts New York