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Our lawyers represent colleges and universities across New York State, including day-to-day counsel to one of the state's largest private universities.


Barclay Damon’s multidisciplinary higher education team serves the full range of legal needs of public and private colleges, universities, and their related entities across the Northeast. Currently, our lawyers represent colleges and universities across New York State, including day-to-day counsel to one of the state’s largest private universities.

The firm’s higher education services include advising on day-to-day academic, business, and corporate matters; labor and employment; student discipline and related affairs; NCAA compliance; tax matters, including tax-exempt issues; real estate, financing, and construction; employee benefits; litigation; higher education regulatory issues; and health care.

We are members of the National Association of College and University Attorneys (NACUA) and the Eastern Association of College and University Business Officials (EACUBO). Our regular work for colleges and universities includes:

Higher Ed Regulatory and Student Affairs

  • Utilize extensive knowledge of Title IX, Section 504, the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA), and the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).
  • Represent clients in NCAA compliance matters, including routine compliance advice, self-reporting of violations, and major infractions cases.
  • Assist clients with higher education regulatory issues and investigations.
  • Represent clients in student discipline and academic integrity matters, including providing advice during investigations and possible violations of student codes of conduct, assistance in charging decisions, and guidance during the administrative hearing and appeal process.
  • Assist with issues involving international programs and virtual learning.

Labor and Employment

  • Advise clients on day-to-day labor and employment matters, including policies and procedures, employee and labor relations, arbitrations, tenure, terminations, separation agreements, employment agreements and appointments, wage and hour matters, employee benefits, immigration, OSHA, and workers’ compensation.
  • Represent clients in discrimination matters brought by staff, faculty, and students in state and federal courts and before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the New York State Division of Human Rights, the US Department of Labor, and the US Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights.

Public Finance

  • Represent clients in connection with tax-exempt and taxable obligations used to finance academic buildings, athletic facilities, dormitories, and additional facilities.
  • Serve as bond and underwriter’s counsel in connection with the issuance of tax-exempt and taxable obligations by the Dormitory Authority of the State of New York and various local agencies and authorities.
  • Provide advice to clients on private use qualified management contracts issues and prepare and assist in the implementation of post-issuance compliance procedures to ensure compliance with the Internal Revenue Code.
  • Provide advice to clients on disclosure issues to ensure compliance with securities laws and prepare and assist in the implementation of post-issuance compliance procedures to ensure compliance with continuing disclosure undertakings.


  • Assist clients in tax matters relating to scholarships, fellowships, fringe benefits, unrelated business taxable income issues, for-profit subsidiaries, and issues concerning the private use of university buildings, including any effects on tax-exempt financing.

Construction and Real Estate

  • Represent clients in matters involving construction projects, including project financing, preparation, and negotiation of construction contracts, bid disputes, mechanics’ lien proceedings, bond claims, contract disputes, mediations and arbitrations, judicial proceedings and actions, payment and performance of bond claims against sureties, defense of sureties in response to bond claims, and suits by sureties against indemnitors.


  • Represent clients all areas of litigation, including commercial, contract, construction, business, labor and employment, and personal injury matters in state and federal courts and in mediation and arbitration proceedings.

Health Care

  • Counsel on licensing, contracting, and regulatory compliance for medical and mental health centers located on college campuses.

Insurance Coverage and Regulation

  • Assist in reducing financial exposure before and after losses occur by managing claims involving insurance, maximizing coverage, and reducing the risk of unacceptable losses through drafting contracts on coverage and indemnification and identifying risks in premises and operations.
  • Recover insurance proceeds from property and other covered losses, including periods of interrupted business, and recover payments made for uninsured liabilities and payments under self-insured and deductible clauses.
  • Provide insurance auditing services to determine the adequacy of insurance programs, risk management measures, and whether exposure is covered by insurance through identifying potential risks and losses, reviewing and explaining existing coverage, evaluating potential risks in the client’s operations, and determining coverage gaps.

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