Practice Areas

The following are the legal areas in which the Office of the Vice President and General Counsel staff work, not areas in which they will provide legal advice.

Business & Transactions

  • Bankruptcy
  • Collection, Account Receivables
  • Construction
  • Contracts
  • Contract Dispute
  • Environmental Law/Environment, Health & Safety
  • Gaming/Raffles
  • General Tort Liability
  • Housing, Student
  • Insurance Law
  • Investments
  • Leases, Equipment
  • Leases, Real Estate
  • License, Liquor
  • Michigan Public Media
  • Purchasing
  • Real Estate
  • Taxes
  • University Name/Logo, use of
  • Utilities

Charitable Giving & Bequest Administration

  • Agreements related to gifts, Alumni Directories
  • Bequests, other proceeds from decedent’s trusts and estates
  • Charitable Trusts
  • Endowment
  • Gifts to the University (including hard to value assets)
  • Gifts with retained life interest
  • Taxes relating to gifts, estates, and trusts

Faculty, Students, & Staff

  • Academic Affairs
  • Academic Affiliation & Exchange Agreements
  • Affirmative Action/Diversity Initiatives
  • Athletics
  • Agency Civil Rights, Discrimination Complaints (including disability and sexual harassment)
  • Benefits, Employee
  • Discrimination, Harassment (including sexual harassment)
  • Election Law
  • Employment, Faculty
  • Employment Law
  • Faculty Issues
  • House Officers
  • Immigration
  • International Engagement
  • Labor Unions
  • Medical Staff
  • Public Safety
  • In-State Tuition Guidelines for Students
  • Student Life
  • Student Loan Administrations & Collections
  • Student Records/FERPA
  • Study Abroad/Off-Campus
  • Subpoenas
  • Tenure

Health Law

  • Academic Affiliation & Exchange Agreements
  • Academics, Faculty, and House Officers
  • Accreditation
  • Charitable Giving and Bequest Administration
  • Clinical Safety/Risk Management
  • Compliance
  • Conflicts of Interest
  • Consumer Complaints
  • Contracts
  • Credentialing, Medical Staff Bylaws
  • EMTALA
  • Fraud and Abuse
  • Health Information Technology
  • HIPAA
  • Immigration
  • Labor & Employment
  • Licensure (including faculty, staff, facilities)
  • Litigation (depositions and trial testimony)
  • Managed Care
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Medicare/Medicaid COPs and Provider-Based Rules
  • Mergers and Acquisitions, JVs, Affiliations
  • Patents/Intellectual Property
  • Patients’/Recipients’ Rights
  • Physician Contracts & Physician Compensation
  • Professional Licensure
  • Quality/Patient Safety Collaborations
  • Real Estate
  • Research and Sponsored Projects (including basic science, product development, animal and human subjects research, and clinical trials)
  • Risk Management/Clinical Safety
  • Student Life
  • Subpoenas/Requests for Information
  • Telemedicine
  • University Health Service

Public Higher Education & Governance

  • Academic Affiliation & Articulation Agreements
  • Affiliated Entities
  • Building Authority, State
  • Conflict of Interest
  • Diversity and Affirmative Action Initiatives
  • First Amendment
  • Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)
  • Athletics and NCAA
  • Regents/President, Executive Officers
  • Regental Bylaws and Ordinance
  • Treasurer/Financing/Banking
  • University Governance

Research & Intellectual Property/Information Technology

  • Computer/Internet Law
  • Information Security
  • Intellectual Property (including copyright, patents, trademark)
  • Licensing
  • Media Rights
  • Online Education
  • Patents/Inventions
  • Privacy and Defamation
  • Publishing
  • Research
  • Research Regulatory Issues
  • Technology Litigation