We represent all types of entities in the educational ecosystem- Universities, virtual school service providers, application developers, content providers, and all types of educational institutions. Our firm understands the legal and business issues relating to schools and teaching. We have experience addressing the complex and interrelated regulatory and legal issues associated with public and private educational institutions, as well as service providers in the educational arena.
We assist in addressing various operational and legal matters, including intellectual property and licensing matters, addressing First Amendment issues, conducting internal investigations, advising in disciplinary proceedings, providing guidance addressing Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) and public records issues, addressing issues associated with the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), providing guidance and policies regarding firearms on campus, assisting in information security and privacy issues, as well as handling numerous dispute resolution and litigation matters for both public and private educational institutions.
Representative examples of our educational work include the negotiation of a multitude of licensing agreements with educational institutions across the country, conducting an internal investigation for a private religious university operating in Florida to address allegations of misconduct, representation in disciplinary matters involving allegations of plagiarism by faculty members, providing advice and counseling in addressing Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) and public records issues, guiding campus leadership of a private educational institution on legal issues associated with firearms on campus (including the preparation and implementation of appropriate policies), as well representation of a virtual school provider in a data breach matter involving several hundred thousand children, preparing policies and procedures for a private university based in Florida on information security and privacy issues.
Our experience also includes the representation of several mobile application developers operating in the education arena, including preparing all terms and collateral agreements, as well as addressing issues associated with FERPA and the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), the representation of an educational services content provider in negotiation and successful consummation of a transaction with the State of Florida, as well as counseling for a national private educational institution on information security and privacy matters associated with daily operations and the maintenance of student records.
We also regularly represent educational institutions and educational providers in litigation and dispute resolution matters. Representative examples of our experience in representing education services companies and educational institutions includes the representation of one of the U.S. News & World Report top 10 best public universities in First Amendment litigation, representation of a private for-profit University focusing on entertainment and media on a variety of dispute resolution matters, successfully resolving most matters prior to litigation, and the representation of an educational service provider in two related litigations in the Northern District of Florida involving a number of complex copyright and trade secret issues.