Litigation and Dispute Resolution
Colleges and universities are frequent targets of lawsuits arising from a wide variety of disputes, from highly charged First Amendment controversies to basic controversies which naturally arise while doing the “business” of higher education. Our team of litigators have extensive experience in virtually every area of the law. We focus on achieving favorable resolutions through negotiations and pre-trial motions for summary judgment or alternative dispute resolution, but when matters must go to the courtroom our team has the experience gleaned from taking hundreds of cases to verdict. Many of our litigators spent years as trial attorneys at Am Law 100 firms, and they now exercise those skills at our firm, where they can offer clients a value model that is sensitive to costs.
- Advised a number of youth-serving organizations, including private schools, in developing youth protection policies, instituting procedures for disciplinary panels that conform to state and federal laws, and challenging state licensing agencies.
She has represented organizations across the country in defending personal injury cases, including child sexual abuse. She served as a federal prosecutor, handling crimes against children, and has deep experience in constitutional litigation.
She has worked with parents on the requirements of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, including Individual Education Plans. She also has advised numerous and varying youth-serving organizations ...
- Successfully defended a private school against the invalid application of child labor laws to a vocational program.
Solis v. Laurelbrook
Successfully defended a private school against claims by the United States Department of Labor that its vocational program violated child labor laws and obtained an order awarding the school its attorneys’ fees. The favorable opinion from the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals established precedent for all similar schools in the four-state circuit.