This page is intended to familiarize the reader with some of the legal areas in which our attorneys work and not to provide legal advice. Click on the practice area to find attorney contact information if you have questions about the application of the law to specific circumstances.
Areas of Practice
Attorneys in the Office of the General Counsel provide advice with respect to business transactions, contracting issues and the University's Transaction Authority Policy. Due to the overlap with the subject matter of other practice areas, each OGC attorney is experienced in business transactions, contracting issues and transaction authority as they relate to his/her particular areas. The OGC maintains a contracting website that provides University-approved forms and other contracting resources to the University community.
Attorneys in the Office of the General Counsel offer advice and counsel on a wide range of matters related to Development and Charitable Giving and work closely on these matters with the Offices of Development, Finance & Treasury, Corporate & Foundation Relations, and the Provost. Attorneys draft gift and grant agreements, help structure and negotiate capital, endowed, and planned gifts and gifts of non-marketable assets, counsel on pertinent tax issues and reporting obligations, advise on international philanthropy matters, administer testamentary gifts from trusts and estates, and advise on fundraising initiatives and the administration of the University’s gift planning programs.
Attorneys also offer advice and counsel on a wide range of matters and issues related to the Endowment and Restricted Gifts, and work closely on these matters with the Offices of the Provost, Finance & Treasury, and PRINCO. Attorneys often advise on endowment laws and administration, restricted funds analysis and use, cy pres issues, investments, related business transactions, fiduciary issues and stewardship matters.
Attorneys in the Office of the General Counsel provide legal support to academic and administrative offices on diversity initiatives relating to students, faculty and staff. OGC attorneys also provide assistance with respect to compliance with affirmative action requirements.
Attorneys in the Office of the General Counsel provide legal support to the Office of the Dean of the Faculty, Office for Human Resources the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) on issues relating to workplace investigations, complaints of discrimination, disability accommodation, employee conduct, wage and hour, and collective bargaining. Legal support is also provided on issues relating to retirement benefits and health benefits.
Attorneys in the Office of the General Counsel advise on issues relating to the ownership, construction, and management of all real property and facilities of the University, including maintenance of buildings and grounds, housing, zoning issues and the use and occupancy of University facilities. Attorneys may negotiate, prepare and review documentation relating to real property transactions.
Attorneys in the Office of the General Counsel offer advice and counsel on a wide range of matters and issues for Finance & Treasury, including issues relating to asset administration, debt financing, banking, endowment, invested funds usage, financial reporting, research, mortgage services, loans and receivables, financial services, procurement, payroll, and risk management.
Attorneys in the Office of the General Counsel offer advice on leasing, management, housing and landlord/tenant matters as they relate to real property owned and/or managed by the University. Attorneys may negotiate, prepare and review documentation relating to real property transactions where the University is the landlord or the tenant.
The OGC supports University Services in providing services to the campus community, including housing, dining, parking, events and mail delivery services.
Attorneys in the Office of the General Counsel offer advice and counsel on matters related to the University’s intellectual property rights and policies, including copyright, patents and trademarks. Attorneys draft and negotiate contracts and licenses impacting University intellectual property rights and provide advice and counsel on infringement, fai r use, digitization, publishing, internet and privacy issues, licensing and acquisition of third - party content a technology transfer.
Museum Issues may include art acquisitions, loan agreements and provenance.
Attorneys in the Office of the General Counsel provide legal and compliance support for the University’s activities abroad. In addition to drafting and reviewing agreements that establish academic collaborations with foreign entities, the attorneys handle a broad range of issues including: employment and tax law issues relating to individuals working abroad on behalf of Princeton; the application of U.S. and foreign laws that prohibit certain transactions or interactions; and identifying relevant local obligations and requirements. The attorneys also provide legal support to the Princeton Beijing office.
Attorneys in the Office of the General Counsel offer advice and counsel on a wide range of privacy issues, including issues of access, use and disclosure of private information, such as student records, medical records, etc., releases, policy issues, etc.
Information technology matters may include contracts and licenses, access to and use of digital resources, and information security. OGC attorneys may also provide assistance with issues such as electronic signatures and records management, as well as information security issues including data breaches.
Attorneys in the Office of the General Counsel offer advice and counsel on a wide range of matters and issues relating to the University’s legal relationships with related organizations, including wholly-owned organizations, partnerships, supporting organizations and organizations with which the University has collaborative relationships. Frequent issues include governance, tax and corporate law.
Attorneys also offer advice and counsel on a wide range of matters and issues relating to the Alumni Association, affiliated alumni organizations, the University’s group exemption, charitable giving, and Reunions. On these matters, attorneys work closely with the Office of the Alumni Association.
Attorneys in the Office of the General Counsel provide legal services to support the University's research mission. This includes reviewing research agreements and advising on regulatory matters pertaining to research. The attorneys also assist the Office of Technology Licensing with respect to negotiating, drafting and reviewing contracts, resolution of disputes arising under existing contracts, and guidance on intellectual property issues and disputes.
Attorneys in the Office of the General Counsel provide legal support to our undergraduate and graduate student deans on matters relating to student discipline, student organizations, admission, financial aid, disability accommodation and privacy.
Advise Athletics administrators on issues relating to Title IX compliance, NCAA compliance, and on a wide range of agreements, including those involving broadcasting, licensing, and equipment and apparel.
Advise Department of Public Safety (i.e., campus police) on issues relating to Clery compliance and related matters.