Educational institutions face a complex and unique combination of business and legal challenges. We counsel education clients of every size and type—as well as their lenders and creditors—on their diverse needs, from compliance matters, labor relations, and real estate development to financing issues and the protection and commercialization of intellectual property.
The expansion of government regulations, an increased focus on accessibility and civil rights, and advances in technology have made compliance far more challenging. Advance planning before disputes arise can ensure that responses align with an institution's mission and values.
Our clients include K-12 schools (public, private, and charter), colleges and universities, for-profit schools, and online education companies nationwide. And because the team includes attorneys across a range of practice areas working together, we are uniquely positioned to address the varied and increasingly complex needs of educational institutions.
Ballard Spahr is fully versed in the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, and other laws designed to protect the rights of people with disabilities. We help education clients assess their responsibilities, design compliance programs, and defend against discrimination and other claims based on physical, mental, and digital accessibility. We help clients respond to requests for accommodation or modifications by students or employees, and represent clients in inquiries by federal, state, and local government agencies.
Our nationally recognized student lending attorneys represent clients in higher education and the student loan industry, including private schools, colleges, universities, sponsors, lenders, servicers, guaranty agencies, and collection agencies. We also have assisted secondary market participants and other entities involved in federal and state guaranteed student loan programs, income share agreements, private and supplemental student loan programs, and related tuition payment plans and school debit card plans.
Our private student loan experience encompasses programs targeting a variety of education sectors, including K-12, colleges and universities, graduate and professional schools, coding boot camps, and Title IV career schools, as well as the private consolidation loan and student loan refinance market. We advise clients involved in these programs on compliance with all applicable licensing, marketing, origination, and collections laws and state and federal regulations.
Our litigators have defended student lenders and servicers from all manner of class actions and individual claims. Our experience includes cases involving claims of fraudulent and deceptive marketing practices, breach of contract, violations of student loan servicing laws, unfair collection practices, and improper reporting to credit bureaus. We also have played a prominent role in defending the enforceability of arbitration clauses in consumer financial services agreements, both generally and in cases involving private student loan and installment loan documents.
We have represented lenders and servicers of all sizes in connection with examinations, investigations, and enforcement actions brought by federal and state regulatory agencies operating in this space, including the CFPB, the Department of Education, prudential banking regulators, and attorneys general and banking departments in California, Iowa, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New York, and Wisconsin. We have persuaded regulatory agencies to drop claims, convinced them to adopt more favorable terms in consent orders, and successfully negotiated significant dollar reductions in settlement demands.
With one of the country's leading employee benefits and compensation practices, we counsel numerous education clients on complex issues, including retirement, health and welfare, and compensation arrangements. We are at the forefront of advising college and university investment committees of their ERISA fiduciary duties in selecting and monitoring 403(b) plan investments and keeping in-house counsel abreast of developments in case law in light of the recent storm of litigation against colleges and universities. We also counsel in-house human resources and legal personnel on benefit plans (including 403(b)), taxation, vendor contracts, and regulatory compliance. Our attorneys stay up-to-date on regulatory and legislative developments and keep clients well-informed so they can plan and respond effectively.
Ballard Spahr has one of the nation’s foremost Media and Entertainment Law practices. Our First Amendment attorneys help education clients respond to civil and criminal actions, including grand jury subpoenas, seeking information related to newsgathering, anonymous sources, and anonymous online speech. We advise on the potential liability of all forms of speech—including by students and employees—and help to strike a balance between the free-speech rights of guest speakers and the need to maintain a safe and respectful environment for all members of a campus community. We have extensive experience drafting policies and procedures and help clients navigate competing obligations under anti-discrimination and harassment laws and constitutional protections.
We have significant experience designing, writing, and implementing governance and compliance programs for nonprofit and for-profit educational institutions. We use our vast experience with governance issues to provide insight to boards and management teams and make sure that our clients comply with evolving regulations, implement best management practices, and stay aware of industry trends and alternate strategies to meet their goals.
We counsel public entities on compliance with the Sarbanes-Oxley Act and the Dodd-Frank Act, including the development of disclosure controls and procedures, and the establishment and administration of whistleblower policies and hotlines as well as codes of conduct.
Ballard Spahr looks at government relations a little differently than the typical law firm. We believe that the most effective way for businesses – including educational institutions – to interact with government is to be proactive, not reactive. Keeping our clients' interests paramount, we anticipate and analyze decision-makers' strategies and actions, then develop an approach that harmonizes government objectives and our clients' business aims.
We offer a range of services to clients in state capitals across the nation. We monitor and provide data on the activities of government and give direct assistance in legislative efforts, ensuring that our clients' voices are heard by policy makers and regulators. In economic development and government contracting matters, we help clients identify and pursue opportunities that fit their business needs.
Our health care attorneys serve as general and special counsel to academic medical centers, physician practices, insurance companies, and other health care organizations. We assist educational institutions in forming affiliations, joint ventures, and reorganizations, and advise them on mergers and acquisitions of hospitals, health care systems, and physician practices. Our team advises on corporate relationships with health care providers and research organizations. We also provide guidance on regulatory compliance with HIPAA, Medicare, Medicaid, and data security requirements.
We provide sophisticated intellectual property services to universities and research institutions and have longstanding relationships with technology transfer offices in major universities throughout the country. The attorneys on our IP teams have spent their careers representing universities and research institutions before the United States Patent and Trademark Office and international patent and trademark offices.
We evaluate and analyze patentability as well as commercial potential. Our attorneys are not in the business of filing for the sake of filing. We pride ourselves on integrating into our clients' teams and helping make sound business decisions. We also have represented public universities in a number of patent litigation matters.
We assist clients in all matters related to the identification, documentation, protection, enforcement, and management of patents, trademarks, trade secrets, copyrights, software, trade dress, and other valuable intellectual property assets. We structure, negotiate, and document a wide variety of arrangements related to the acquisition, development, protection, and distribution of intellectual property, both domestically and internationally.
Our work includes complex outsourcing and commercial agreements; consultation on privacy, data security issues, and breach response; licensing, product development, supply, and distribution arrangements; shareholder agreements; employment agreements; and consulting agreements.
Our IP attorneys work with higher education clients and other education-related entities to promote and protect the commercialization of ideas and inventions. We represent university technology transfer offices and research institutions in drafting licensing agreements with startup, emerging, and large public companies; advising on patent procurement; protecting trademark and copyright portfolios; branding; naming rights; and all manner of IP litigation.
We represent education industry clients in all manner of investigations, including those involving faculty, students, and administration. We also address the reputational risks inherent in so many of these investigations. Our services include:
- Strategic crisis management and messaging
- Enterprise risk management and corporate governance counseling
- Compliance and enforcement issues involving regulators, including the U.S. Department of Education, FDIC, OCC, and CFPB
- Matters related to foreign students, anti-money laundering, terrorism, and sanctioned countries
- Minimizing competitive harm from false statements
- Media relations
Schools are responsible for preventing and addressing harassment in educational programs and activities, from bullying and online harassment to sexual violence. In addition, the Clery Act requires schools that receive federal funding to maintain and disclose information about crime on and around their campuses. We advise on the development of policies and procedures that support core values, ensure a coordinated response, and mitigate risk. We help clients improve decision making, streamline procedures, and comply with state and federal mandates. We also provide Title IX compliance reviews and employee training.
If an allegation of sexual misconduct arises, we guide clients through the process, from claim review and investigation through advice on remedies, disciplinary measures, and due process. We also assist with campus climate checks and surveys to assess the effectiveness of the institution's efforts and adjust as needed.
Our attorneys understand the sensitive and complex employment issues that can arise in educational settings and how even day-to-day employment issues can affect the tenor of campus life—and we have the experience to achieve resolutions that align with the objectives of our clients. We have more than 30 years of experience in faculty negotiations and often have served as chief negotiator for educational entities. We know how to forge positive relationships with organized labor while aggressively advocating the legal positions of our clients.
We have represented education clients before the National Labor Relations Board and state labor agencies, and have successfully counseled schools during strikes and organizing activities. We help clients respond to employment-related claims, including discrimination, harassment, Family and Medical Leave Act, ADA, wage and hour, noncompetition, confidentiality, First Amendment, and wrongful termination. We recognize the sensitivity of faculty tenure issues and design solutions that serve the best interests of the educational institution.Labor and Employment | Workplace Investigations | Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation | Diversity & Inclusion Counseling | Accessibility
Ballard Spahr is ideally situated to help educational institutions and other companies in the education space—no matter their size or location—as they position themselves for growth and success in the future through strategic alliances. Our deep experience in the education sector and cross-disciplinary strength in mergers & acquisitions, governance, accreditation, tax, real estate, employee benefits, intellectual property, and labor and employment offers our clients the comprehensive skill set needed for the intricate work of blending two mission-driven organizations.
We have helped legacy entities and newly-created organizations alike with M&A transactions, on both the buy-side and the sell-side. We have worked with many of the largest and most preeminent educational institutions in the country on an array of strategic matters, from streamlining their operations to expanding their facilities and curricular programs.
By virtue of their mission and structure, many of our educational clients' digital assets and technology users are targeted for compromise and exploitation by a wide range of external and internal cyber threats. Simply engaging in daily campus life can subject students and employees to risks involving digital privacy, safety, and security. For those charged with managing and safeguarding an institution's environment, it seems as though every matter now has a significant technology component. Educational institutions must be prepared to react quickly and nimbly to a broad and intimidating range of technology-facilitated issues that may arise at any moment.
We help educational clients navigate the many laws, regulations, and industry practices designed to safeguard student and employee records, as well as financial, health, and other confidential information. We help our clients develop effective policies and execute plans that support digital privacy and safety on campus. We advise on all aspects of information risk management programs, vendor assessment and management, information security disclosures, cyber-incident response planning, employee training and community awareness, privacy laws and practices, and the management of marketing preferences. We serve as both investigators and advocates with deep experience in cyber-related internal and governmental investigations, regulatory compliance and enforcement matters, cyber-related crisis management, and civil and criminal litigation.
A significant segment of our nationally recognized Public Finance Department is focused on tax-exempt and taxable bond financings, bank lending, and derivative transactions for educational organizations. We have served as bond counsel, underwriter's counsel, borrower's counsel, or credit enhancer counsel on billions of dollars in educational bond issues. These financings have supported the development of campus facilities, research buildings, student housing (both university- and privately owned), auxiliary facilities, athletic facilities, and stadiums throughout the country. We participate in financings for higher-educational institutions, vocational/technical schools, school districts, charter schools, and other private and parochial schools, as well as student loan issuers.
We provide guidance on tax issues related to tax-exempt financing, including private business use issues, and we assist our clients with post-issuance tax compliance and in tax audit matters. We also assist in the foundation and interpretation of procedures for post-issuance continuing disclosure compliance and, when necessary, in the remediation of post-issuance tax and disclosure issues.
We regularly advise clients on issues related to municipal securities regulation, compliance, and enforcement, including primary offerings, secondary market disclosure filings, disclosure training for officers and staff, and avoidance of selective disclosure to individual market participants.
Our nationally recognized Real Estate Department has represented education clients on a wide range of development matters, including site acquisition, land use, zoning, planning, development, construction, financing, leasing, and tax exemption. Several Ballard Spahr attorneys are LEED Accredited Professionals as documented by the U.S. Green Building Council. As such, we are well-positioned to help develop and implement programs to promote sustainability, green building, and cost-effective projects to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. We have successfully represented academic institutions in construction-related mediation, arbitration, and litigation proceedings.
Ballard Spahr's environmental lawyers maintain continuous working relationships with school and university counsel and facilities personnel, providing responsive and imaginative support in this complex regulatory area. Our services have involved the acquisition and development of environmentally impaired properties, compliance counseling and enforcement, and regulatory litigation, including:
- Design and implementation of environmental compliance audits
- Representation of universities in air, wastewater, storm water, hazardous waste, and storage tank regulatory matters
- Advice, including litigation, on the acquisition and development of contaminated real property and riparian rights
- Advice on Superfund litigation concerning the disposal of hazardous substances
- Representation in EPA, state, and local environmental enforcement actions, including issues related to waste disposal
- Representation of research universities and health care units in U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and U.S. Department of Transportation investigations
- General environmental compliance advice and support
- Acquisition of federal, state, and local environmental land use permits and approvals, including related litigation to permit the development of regional college campuses and other development projects
We advise college athletic departments on compliance with Title IX and NCAA eligibility. We provide guidance on proportionality, participation opportunities, accommodation for underrepresented students, the use of surveys to comply with Title IX, equity in financial assistance to student-athletes, navigating investigations, and negotiating settlements. Should issues of noncompliance arise in an institution’s athletics programs, we have deep experience in helping clients deliver prompt, effective responses that address obligations under Title IX.
We have represented universities and student-athletes in NCAA investigations, performed internal compliance investigations, and guided universities through the NCAA Clearinghouse. We evaluate programs to ensure compliance with the three-part test, students’ interests and abilities, athletic benefits and opportunities, and athletic financial assistance. We also have experience conducting on-site reviews of gender equity issues.
Ballard Spahr has been nationally recognized for our handling of issues involving the evaluation of gender equity in athletics and the national governing bodies tasked with ensuring the equitable growth of sports for girls and women. Our work has focused on participation opportunities, coaching and support resources, equipment and facilities, per diem, player compensation, and labor organizing among student athletes.
We represent education institutions in a wide range of tax and governance issues, including institutional management, legal compliance, donor programs, investment management, and operating structures. The tax attorneys on our team have significant experience with governance structures and the related documents, policies, and procedures that support the most efficient operation of educational organizations. Our experience includes formation documents, management documents and policies, compensation policies and procedures, document retention policies, conflict of interest policies, whistleblower policies, codes of conduct, public disclosure rules, and employee benefits policies, including pension plans.
Gifts and Endowments
We regularly counsel education clients on policies and procedures related to scholarships, gifts, and endowments. We assist with the development and monitoring of policies for gift acceptance, including the creation and management of scholarship programs, donor advised fund programs, and policies for endowment management and distribution. We provide guidance on planned and structured giving to take advantage of tax laws and enhance gifts to educational institutions. We also advise clients on gift intentions and parameters for redirecting gifts, and we assist in the pursuit of significant pledges that are not fulfilled by donors.
We analyze the legal issues and risks of potential investment in private funds and alternative investment vehicles. We advise investment committees on how to set up and define the committee's scope of responsibility and provide counsel on fiduciary issues. Our attorneys review offering memoranda and fund organizational agreements, subscription agreements, and related investment documents. We also negotiate side-letter agreements, identify any deviations from market practices, and advise on the purchase and sale of proprietary, post-secondary institutions.
We assist educational institutions in a wide range of activities that allow them to take advantage of new opportunities and minimize risks involving climate change and clean-energy issues. Our attorneys have worked on a broad range of renewable-energy projects involving solar, hydroelectric, wind, landfill gas, agricultural biomass, coal or wood waste, and geothermal electric generation, as well as ethanol and biodiesel facilities. In the litigation area, we have been involved in national climate change cases. We advise on the development of climate policies for universities and other educational institutions. With our real estate practice, we help developers, purchasers, and tenants with green design, building development, and occupancy matters. Our finance lawyers advise education clients and other market participants on effective climate change disclosure in public debt offerings.
Our attorneys provide innovative, cost-effective results to clients, making us a powerful ally in the development, acquisition, and financing of energy assets and in the achievement of regulatory, policy, and legislative goals. We work with education-related entities on performance-driven energy solutions and the underlying financial and infrastructure development options available to those institutions. We also help clients navigate and manage the process while exploring alternative financing solutions addressing the deferred maintenance crisis, the value of supply and demand-side energy options, and the challenges of a budget neutral approach to achieve campus sustainability goals.
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Educational institutions face a complex and unique combination of business and legal challenges. Ballard Spahr counsels education clients of every size and type on their diverse needs, including Name, Image and Likeness (NIL) regulations. With states enacting a variety of laws related to student-athlete compensation and the recent Supreme Court ruling against the NCAA restrictions on education-related benefits for student-athletes, it’s challenging for higher education institutions to navigate the legal and business dealings related to college sports. Using our NIL Legislation Tracker, built using our custom Ballard360 technology, we are able to keep our clients informed with real-time updates on legislation and regulation developments. Schools in states with NIL laws will also need advice regarding interpretation of the laws. Schools in states without NIL laws are faced with the need to adopt their own rules. Ballard Spahr can help colleges and universities navigate these increasingly rough waters.
- Served as counsel for nearly 300 primary and secondary school issuances totaling more than $6.7 billion in Arizona, California, Colorado, Delaware, Louisiana, Maryland, New Jersey, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Texas, Utah, and Washington, D.C.
- Acted as bond counsel, underwriters' counsel, borrower's counsel, and other roles in over 425 higher education financings in the U.S. aggregating over $35 billion. These financings have supported the development of campus facilities, clinical facilities, research buildings, student housing (both university owned and privatized housing), auxiliary facilities, and stadiums located around the country.
- Served as underwriters' counsel in financings for an internationally prominent research, health care, and educational organization and its affiliates, comprising 15 issues aggregating approximately $1.7 billion. These transactions financed or refinanced the construction of new hospitals, research facilities, clinical facilities and educational facilities in Minnesota, Arizona, Wisconsin and Florida.
- Served as special counsel to a private university since 2002 on debt financings totaling more than $3 billion, including the issuance of tax-exempt and taxable bonds, including a $795,000,000 bond financing that closed in 2018.
- Involved as borrower's counsel, bond counsel or underwriter's counsel in financings for three Ivy League universities aggregating over $6 billion.
- Analyzed and structured virtually every type of municipal bond transaction, including bonds for essential governmental functions, economic development, health care, housing, exempt facilities, gas prepays, and refundings. In the past 10 years alone, we have served as special tax counsel for more than $7.2 billion in financings throughout the United States.
- Participated in the issuance of more than $1 trillion in tax-exempt obligations in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and American territories.
- Represented a university as special counsel in the issuance of tax- exempt debt and other financing arrangements. Representation involved assisting with structuring and coordination of the transaction, negotiating the financing documents with public issuers, underwriters, and credit enhancers, and advising on federal tax and securities law legal.
- Represented a large, Washington, D.C.-area university as special counsel in the issuance of tax-exempt debt and other financing arrangements.
- Served as bond and disclosure counsel on the largest tax-exempt bond financing for a charter school in Colorado.
- Served as bond counsel on numerous financings for seasoned charter schools in Utah, Arizona, California, Delaware, Washington, D.C., Pennsylvania, Maryland, and New Jersey to secure tax-exempt bond funding.
- Represented a private university in a number in real estate transactions, including:
- The development of a $100 million-plus student housing project that includes a 361,200-square-foot mixed-use student housing and retail project.
- As counsel to the university's development partner in the City Council zoning remapping and text amendments for the former University City High School property.
- In defending amendments to the university's Institutional Development District (now called a SP-INS District) from a third party appeal filed by a civic association.
- Represented a private university in helping a development group execute a far-reaching campus expansion program. We created a comprehensive set of integrated, customized form contracts and documents that facilitated every step of a complex construction project, including contracts for consultants, design, and construction .We also negotiated contracts for specific projects, using these forms as a starting point, and advised on risk management, sustainability, and project delivery issues.
- Represented a developer with and for academic institutions on the following projects:
- The urban redevelopment of a technology park.
- Twin 100,000-square-foot wet and dry lab buildings located within a 75-acre mixed-use area on campus.
- Advised on the preparation and negotiation of key deal documents, including a development agreement, ground lease, parking agreement, lead tenant lease, and reciprocal easement agreement for an $80 million multibuilding life science park in conjunction with a university.
- Represented the joint venture in the development, financing, and leasing of a research building, including drafting and negotiating condominium documents, ground lease, tenant leases, and financing in a joint venture project with a university science center.
- Advised the developer on the initial acquisition of real estate, including a purchase and sale agreement, development agreement, and leases for a project with a university health sciences entity, as well as restrictive covenants, and assisted in complex environmental due diligence on the project site.
- Represented the builder in the drafting and negotiation of design-build agreements for a major medical office building constructed on top of a structured parking facility.
- Reviewed Title IX programs at colleges and universities to ensure compliance with OCR requirements, VAWA, and White House recommendations.
- Defending a university against a reverse discrimination suit brought by a male student, who was disciplined following the university's finding him responsible for domestic violence against another student.
- Represented a university in a learning-disability case filed against the NCAA and other universities by a former high school athlete claiming that he was denied a football scholarship to a Division I school, because the NCAA declared him ineligible after it refused to give credit to his special education courses. During more than ten years of litigation, the case was before the Third Circuit on two separate appeals.
- Provide on-going advice to a large public university on proportionality in athletic opportunities for male and female athletes; providing training to the university's athletics department, Title IX Coordinator, and counsel on structuring athletic programs to comply with Title IX.
- Regularly revise existing sexual harassment and misconduct policies, student code of conduct and grievance procedures, including student handbooks, athletics handbooks, and other documents for public dissemination.
- Conducted an internal investigation for a large Pennsylvania school district relating to federal and state invasion of privacy and civil rights claims arising from school district's use of remote monitoring technology in computers issued to students. Represented the school district in all related civil litigation and regulatory inquiries. No criminal charges were filed.
- Successfully represented a major university in Philadelphia against highly publicized claims that the university reneged on a commitment to provide the requisite amount of financial aid to Philadelphians.
- Successfully defended a university against highly publicized charges of harassment arising out of the alleged failure of the university to supervise faculty.
- Defended a major university in a personal injury action brought by a teenager who sustained severe injuries during an unsupervised tackle football game on university property.
- Represented a university in numerous fraternity recognition and discipline actions.
- Represented an Ivy League institution in antitrust actions.
- Defending multiple universities against COVID-19 tuition refund suits.
Labor and Employment
- Representing a public university in labor and employment matters, including day-to-day advice and training, employment discrimination claims, labor arbitrations and unfair labor practice charges such as claims by tenured and non-tenured faculty related to removal and work assignments. In addition, we represented the university in a successful petition to remove department chairs from an existing faculty bargaining unit and in the campaign by an affiliate of the American Federation of Teachers to add more than 1400 adjunct faculty to its existing faculty bargaining unit. For many years, we have served as counsel to the Chief Negotiator for the university in connection with the University’s negotiations with the unions representing 13 different bargaining units, including the faculty, which has included assisting the university in managing two faculty strikes and obtaining an unprecedented back-to-work order that saved the fall semester.
- Assisting several universities, public and private, in wage and hour compliance, including assisting in conducting an internal audit of more than 4,000 positions for one public university.
- Regularly represent a private university in labor and employment matters, including successfully representing Penn before the National Labor Relations Board in two attempts by Penn’s graduate students to organize under the National Labor Relations Act, handling discrimination claims.
- Provide routine employment counseling to a private university and represented the University in defending against discrimination, ADA, FMLA, and harassment lawsuits, and administrative charges.
- Representing two Pennsylvania public universities in labor matters including organizing campaigns by faculty, graduate students, police and public safety officials, and non-professional employees, as well as day-to-day advice on a variety of employment matters.
- Structure and document programs for secured and unsecured small-dollar loans, credit cards, deposit accounts, student loans, rent-to-own transactions, retail installment sales, and home improvement loans
- Assist secondary market participants and other entities involved in federal and state guaranteed student loan programs, income share agreements, private and supplemental student loan programs, and related tuition payment plans and school debit card plans.
- Defend various student lenders and servicers from all manner of class actions and individual claims, including cases involving claims of fraudulent and deceptive marketing practices, breach of contract, violations of student loan servicing laws, unfair collection practices, and improper reporting to credit bureaus.
- Represent lenders and servicers of all sizes in connection with examinations, investigations, and enforcement actions brought by federal and state regulatory agencies operating in this space, including the CFPB, the Department of Education, prudential banking regulators, and attorneys general and banking departments in California, Iowa, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New York, and Wisconsin.
- Represented PNC in both the equity and debt financing for the construction of Lincoln Grant Scholar House, the Covington, Ky. affiliate campus for Family Scholar House, a non-profit that provides housing and support services to low-income, single-parent college students and their children. Our attorneys handled the equity financing, which included Low Income Housing Tax Credits and Historic Tax Credits. As well the debt financing, including construction, bridge, and permanent financing. The $11 million renovation will turn the originally 1931 school building into apartments, offices, and restore the auditorium for community use.
- Represented a national banking association as letter of credit bank counsel in connection with the replacement of an existing letter of credit to support New Castle County, Delaware's $44,965,000 New Castle County, Delaware Student Housing Refunding Revenue Bonds issued for the benefit of a provider of college student housing. The transaction was for $38.7 million.
- Represented the developer of Falls Center, a mixed-use commercial condominium redevelopment of a historically certified former hospital campus in Pennsylvania (the former Women's College of Medicine), containing 700,000 square feet of leasable space. The latest phase included a 160,000-square-foot lease of a historic building to a university for student housing, construction financing, partial refinancing of existing debt, introduction of new equity investment, and sale of historic tax credits. We resolved issues raised among multiple parties with disparate, often adverse interests, including the university tenant, construction lender, overall project lender, historic tax credit investor, and new additional equity investor. We advised on federal and local tax issues, condominium, leasing, and other real estate and partnership issues.
- Perform patent counseling and portfolio maintenance for more than 30 major colleges, universities, and research institutions that are producing cutting-edge technologies and collectively represent over $9 billion of research funding.
- Serve as counsel to major research universities in connection with evaluating, developing, de-risking and protecting diverse technologies.
- Assist several universities and their sponsored incubators and accelerators to help drive their technologies to market. We provide legal and educational services to the companies housed in the incubators and accelerators ranging from patent prosecution to license negotiations.
- Assist universities navigate and respond to inquiries surrounding the requirements under the Bayh-Dole Act.
- Develop and help implement Intellectual Property Guidelines and Policies for colleges, universities and research institutions.
- Serve as counsel to many student-run companies through Ballard's BASE program where we provide legal advice and support, as well as access to regular educational seminars and programs and opportunities to meet and network with other young entrepreneurs and others in the startup community.
Export Controls, Energy, P3
- Developed export control programs, including policies, forms, and procedures, for several major universities, and regularly provide training and advice to those universities and their faculty on compliance with the deemed export rule, particularly regarding the use of foreign national students, postdocs, and visiting faculty in research.
- Representing a private university in connection with the design-build-finance-operate maintain development of a new combined heat and power facility on campus.
- Represented a developer and operator of clean energy in the acquisition of a private, Catholic university's combined heat and power facility.
- Serving as counsel to private university in connection with the P3 development of a new energy system and boilers for on-campus energy and steam. Ballard is drafting and commenting on all project documents and financing documents and assisting the University with all legal and commercial terms and elements.
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