Litigation and Regulatory Compliance


Educational institutions face unprecedented opportunities and challenges: increased competition, continually changing regulatory requirements, complex labor and employment concerns, new technology, threats to data security, and the ever-evolving needs of students and faculty. Wiggin and Dana is positioned to help colleges, universities, and other educational institutions cope with these challenges.

For more than half a century, our firm has represented institutions of higher education in Connecticut and other states in a wide array of education matters, including FERPA, Title IX, Clery Act, privacy and data security, intellectual property, art and museum law, labor and employment, affirmative action, immigration, charitable gifts and endowments, tax exemption, board governance, corporate organization and finance, commercial transactions and government contracts, construction and real estate outsourcing, health care, and export and sanctions compliance. We have guided educational institutions in responding to government investigations, conducted internal investigations for them, handled complex and highly sensitive lawsuits, and helped them negotiate critical strategic alliances and affiliations.

The head of our Education Practice Group is a former general counsel to a college. He and the other lawyers in our Practice Group understand how educational institutions operate and how an institution's constituencies can influence decision making.

Our Practice Group has long-standing relationships with colleges and universities, independent secondary schools, and preparatory schools. Our lawyers work closely with boards of trustees, presidents, senior administrators, deans, department chairs, and in-house counsel to find practical solutions to complex legal issues.

Our higher education clients include:

  • Connecticut College
  • Connecticut Conference of Independent Colleges
  • Goodwin College
  • Princeton University
  • Quinnipiac University
  • Trinity College
  • University of Bridgeport
  • University of Hartford
  • University of New Haven
  • University of Vermont
  • Wesleyan University
  • Yale University

We have also long represented independent schools, including:

  • Choate-Rosemary Hall
  • The Foote School
  • The Hotchkiss School

Our firm has also represented the Graustein Memorial Fund and other nonprofit institutions and organizations whose missions are closely aligned with education, such as the Connecticut Science Center, Mystic Seaport Museum, and the Institute for Health Care Communications.