The General Counsel serves as attorney, counselor, and problem-solver. As an attorney, the General Counsel is responsible for providing comprehensive legal services to the University and its affiliated corporations, including the President, the Board of Trustees, all divisions and departments, and faculty, staff, and students who are acting for the University. As a counselor, the General Counsel provides proactive strategic policy advice on issues confronting all University administrators. As a problem-solver, the General Counsel and professionals under the General Counsel's direction provide legal services including risk and liability evaluation and prevention, representation in all adversarial matters and proceedings, advice on the legal implications of proposed policies and actions, counsel on compliance with state and federal laws and University regulations, drafting or reviewing of University contracts, and coordination of the University's real, personal, and intellectual property interests. In addition to managing the Office of Legal Counsel, the General Counsel has direct responsiblity for issues involving the Board of Trustees, the President, all constitutional issues, all litigation, legislation, the NCAA and SEC, and Open Records.
Our legal team is comprised of three distinct groups covering specific areas of the University:
Finance & Administration Group
Finance & Administration Group is responsible for all areas under the Executive Vice President for Finance & Administration. This includes athletics, (business aspects only) budget, complex business transactions, employee benefits, facilities, housing, institutional risk management, information technology, internal audiit, public safety, purchasing, real estate, and the treasurer.
Faculty, Students, & Research Group
Faculty, Student, & Research Group is responsible for all areas under the Provost and the Vice President for Research. This includes educational agreements involving students, enrollment management, equal opportunity and institutional equity, extension service, faculty affairs, intellectual property, internal regulations, internationalization, student affairs, and research.
Health Affairs Group
Health Affairs Group is responsible for all areas under the Executive Vice President for Health Affairs. This includes clinical contracting, clinical operations, health care compliance, health care regulatory and policy analysis.
Our legal team provides a wide range of legal services including:
- Risk and liability evaluation and prevention
- Advice on the legal implications of proposed policies and actions
- Counsel on compliance with state and federal laws and administrative regulations
- Drafting or reviewing of University contracts
- Coordination of the University’s real, personal, and intellectual property interests
If you have legal questions, certainly do not hesitate to call 859-257-2936 or email us.