Higher Education

Higher Education Summary

Fraser Trebilcock has significant experience advising and defending public and private colleges and universities in Michigan. Our lawyers proactively counsel higher education clients based on a deep understanding of the unique needs of academic institutions and provide efficient, cost-effective, and cross-disciplinary legal counsel. Because the needs of higher education institutions are diverse, Fraser Trebilcock lawyers from different disciplines work collaboratively to represent clients to advance and defend their interests.

The breadth and depth of our experience in higher education law distinguishes Fraser Trebilcock and gives our clients a unique advantage. We recognize that leaders in higher education face significant challenges, operate in an increasingly complex environment, and are subject to public scrutiny. We provide practical solutions that are specifically designed for educational settings and consistent with an institution’s mission.

Our highly responsive legal services for Michigan higher education institutions include litigation defense and other forms of advice and representation in the following areas:

  • Risk management and litigation, including insurance coverage and civil rights litigation
  • Governance
  • Transactions and contract review with vendors and suppliers
  • Faculty and staff employment and workplace issues
  • Employee benefits
  • Student affairs (FERPA, Clery Act, etc.)
  • Public affairs and government relations