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Colleges and universities, for-profit educational schools, school districts and higher education associations are more than vital social institutions—they are complex organizations with operations and interests both domestic and international. Given their massive operating budgets, highly skilled labor force and the changing political agendas that can influence them, educational institutions are scrutinized by local, state and federal entities and, quite often, the general public.

Thompson Coburn is privileged to serve the people and institutions whose work is the foundation of a democratic society, and we are proud of the fact that relationships with some of our education clients go back more than 30 years. We work with school districts, public and private universities and colleges, technical institutes, higher education associations, research facilities, a public school retirement system and teaching hospitals. Our attorneys have particular skill handling litigation, labor and employment, public finance, intellectual property, capital projects, planned giving, nonprofit law and tax concerns for higher education clients.

We have an active public law and public finance practice in the Midwest, including tax-exempt and education-related bond financing. In 2009 alone, we served as bond counsel in several high-profile financings for a University System, with issuances totaling nearly $500 million. Our labor and employment attorneys regularly handle faculty and staff collective bargaining, structuring of benefit and compensation plans, immigration and employee-related litigation. Our intellectual property team works closely with faculty at leading university and research facilities to leverage and protect their intellectual capital around the world, and our real estate attorneys are highly experienced in all stages of capital projects. Our litigators defend technical institutes and for-profit educational institutions in student litigation.

Thompson Coburn has represented a University for over 15 years as borrower’s counsel, bond counsel and development counsel. The University operates a four-campus university system, an integrated health care system including multiple hospitals and medical clinics, and an extension program with activities in every county in the state. We have counseled the University in numerous areas of the law: financing, including service as bond counsel for the University's issuance of tax-exempt system facility revenue bonds; general litigation; real estate including acquisition, land use and planning, construction, and leasing; and administrative, regulatory and state law authority and governance issues.

We assisted the University with creation of a business park, a 35-acre park adjacent to the University's urban campus, that includes a Fortune 500 company, as a major subtenant. Our services included negotiation of redevelopment agreements and lease agreements with private developers; establishment of a zoning code and subdivision covenants; negotiation of cooperation agreements with other units of state and local government concerning public improvements; development incentives including special assessment district financing and tax abatement; legal counsel regarding environmental remediation and acquisition and sale of Brownfield redevelopment tax credits; and assistance with land assembly, construction, and evacuation and dedication of public roads.

Since 1998 one of the country’s largest secondary student loan markets has relied on Thompson Coburn as its primary outside counsel. In this role, the firm has negotiated non-bond financings, including $1 billion conduit financing and various lines of credit ranging in the hundreds of millions of dollars; analyzed and conducted contract negotiations with respect to the organization's student loan purchase program and other arrangements; negotiated and drafted state legislation affecting the organization; counseled them regarding compliance with Higher Education Act and regulations; advised on compliance with applicable commercial finance laws and regulations; and assisted with strategic financial planning.

Thompson Coburn lawyers served as bond counsel to Chicago Public Schools (CPS) in matters involving the structuring, issuance and sale of $409,555,000 in alternate revenue bonds to build new schools and fund other capital projects.

The Francis Howell R-III School District in St. Charles County, Missouri, engaged Thompson Coburn to serve as bond and disclosure counsel in financings that totaled more than $50 million in general obligation refunding bonds of the District.

On behalf of several universities, we have been actively involved in the process of technology acquisition and transfer, including drafting, counseling and negotiating related agreements. Those agreements have included patent and technology license agreements with large pharmaceutical and bio-tech companies for values in excess of several hundred million dollars. Additional agreements include third-party research and associated technology and patent license agreements through which a university may obtain commercial funding for ongoing research and lab support.

We have defended for-profit educational schools in lawsuits and arbitration brought by former students.

TCLE

Protecting the Ever-Increasing Endpoints in Higher Education

Analyzing ED’s New Distance Education Rule

Title IX Module 6: Title IX Appeals

Title IX Module 5: Title IX Determinations

Title IX Module 4: Title IX Hearings

Title IX Module 3: Title IX Investigations & Informal Resolutions

Title IX Module 2: Formal Complaints of Title IX Sexual Harassment

Title IX Module 1: An Introduction to Managing Title IX Sexual Harassment on Campus

Getting Ready for USED’s New Student Disclosure Requirements

USED’s New Title IX Rule: A Detailed Examination

The CARES Act for Higher Education: Strategy and Implementation

Contingency Planning for Distressed Institutions of Higher Education

Higher Education & Immigration: Five Evolving Areas to Watch

Recent Court Decisions in Student Disputes That You Should Know About

A Year-End Roundup of USED Rulemaking Activity

Merging Institutions of Higher Education: Corporate and Tax Considerations

An Examination of ED's New Borrower Defense Rule: Financial Responsibility and Related Reporting Requirements

An Examination of ED's New Borrower Defense Rule: The Borrower Defense Claim Process

Colleges Held for Ransom: Responding to a Ransomware Attack

Examining the USED Approval Process for Higher Ed Mergers and Acquisitions

A Midsummer Update on USED Rulemaking Activity

Charitable Giving for Institutions of Higher Education

Advertising and Communications for Institutions of Higher Education

Intellectual Property Primer for Higher Ed Institutions

Guidance on Borrower Defense Regulations

The Road from the Final Four

USED’s Proposed Title IX Rules: A Detailed Examination

Mergers and Acquisitions in Higher Education: Key Points of the Letter of Intent

Minimizing Litigation Risk As To Student-Related Disputes

Disclosure Requirements for Online and Distance Professional Licensure Programs

Borrower Defense Rule: Negotiated Rulemaking Session 3

Borrower Defense Rule: Negotiated Rulemaking Session 2

Borrower Defense Rule: Negotiated Rulemaking Session 1

Gainful Employment Disclosures and Student Warnings

New Audit Guidelines for Higher Educational Institutions

Final Borrower Defense Rule Webinar Series

Borrower Defense Rule Webinar Series

Gainful Employment Webinar Series

Competency-Based Education

The Clery Act

National Policy Perspectives on Cybersecurity

Blog Posts

Free Title IX compliance checklist for institutions of higher education

Thompson Coburn releases free Title IX training series for institutions of Higher Education

Announcing the 2019-2020 Higher Education Webinar Series

IRS issues proposed regulations regarding net investment income tax of private colleges and universities

Ransomware attacks: What higher education institutions need to know

New USED Gainful Employment rule warrants immediate attention

Colleges and universities must now report all litigation to the U.S. Department of Education

Trouble afoot: Duke’s ‘Shoe-gate’ highlights current controversies in college basketball

USED's proposed Title IX rules: Complimentary webinar now available on-demand

Midterm 2018 postgame: What the outcome means for higher ed

Publications

Will the Higher Education Act be reauthorized in 2018?

Missouri appellate court opens the door to Spearin claims by contractors against public entities

News

Labor and employment attorney David Deterding joins Thompson Coburn

Thompson Coburn lawyers help a much-in-demand charter school grow

Bill Bay receives Spurgeon Smithson award

St. Louisans: Recycle your eclipse glasses for Astronomers Without Borders

Rhonda Thomas listed in Crain’s Chicago Business among ‘Most Influential Women Lawyers in Chicago’

Kevin Kercher wins Volunteer Service Award from AUTM

Bill Bay to receive Distinguished Lawyer Award at 2017 Law Day festivities

Bill Bay named a 2016 ‘Excellence in Law’ award winner by St. Louis Magazine

Securing access to education for special needs children

Thompson Coburn earns corporate counsel recommendations five years running in national report

U.S. Olympic Committee appoints Ken Salomon to ethics committee

Chris Murray named to National Law Journal’s '40 under 40'

St. Louis Business Journal covers Thompson Coburn’s work on unique Superfund settlement

University of Missouri refinances $300 million in outstanding bonds

William B. Guerri Chair at LSEM secures access to education for expelled students

Bill Bay named co-chair of Joint Commission on Women in the Profession

EPA, Boys & Girls Club announce $30 million cleanup of Superfund site

St. Louis judge backs Thompson Coburn-designed firefighter pension overhaul

Street Law program introduces 90 St. Louis students to careers in the law

Thompson Coburn launches new bipartisan Lobbying & Policy group in Washington, D.C.

Thompson Coburn successfully challenges school district’s censoring of LGBT websites

Thompson Coburn part of team that won landmark religious liberty case in U.S. Supreme Court

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