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Education


Contact: Edward B. Whittemore, Chair

Murtha Cullina’s Education Group offers an interdisciplinary team approach to meet the legal needs of independent schools, colleges, universities and for-profit educational institutions. Our team has extensive experience representing educational institutions on a wide variety of issues, including the following:
 

  • Successfully obtained summary judgment in favor of one of New England's most prestigious private universities in connection with allegations of gender discrimination, and hostile work environment.
  • Successfully arbitrated a case including various claims of employee misconduct including fraud, civil theft and breach of employment agreement by executive level employee.
  • Assisted schools with the design and implementation of Section 403(b) retirement programs, and deferred compensation programs and agreements for key executives (including compliance with IRC Sections 409A and 457(f).
  • Assisted in tax planning for schools, including converting a school from taxable to tax-exempt status.
  • Assisted on issues relating to the unrelated trade or business income tax, intermediate sanction penalties and other excise taxes, private increment and excess benefit prohibitions, and proscriptions on political and legislative activities.
  • Advised college and independent schools on domestic and international student recruiting agreements.
  • Prepared affiliation agreements for student placement programs and negotiated contracts for food services and facilities management providers.
  • Represented colleges, independent schools, investment banks and commercial banks in tax-exempt commercial financings.
  • Negotiated lease of downtown office space for a college's new School of Pharmacy.
  • Managed land use approval process for construction of an independent school's new library and information technology center.
  • Advised university on environmental issues associated with subsurface contamination in connection with the potential acquisition of a "Brownfield" property in a key location for the campus.
  • Provided real-time assistance to private school to mitigate environmental effects from off-site migration of sediment to wetlands and water courses as the results of on-site construction activities.
  • Negotiated and drafted architect, construction manager and contract agreements for colleges and university buildings.
  • Represented school in successful negotiations with surety for the completion of a project abandoned during construction.
  • Currently defending a Connecticut university in defamation action arising from serious campus security incident.
  • Attained summary judgment on behalf of private educational institution in lawsuit concerning title insurance company's continuing duty to defend against a challenge, which spanned several decades, by a Native American tribe to the very land upon which the school is located.
  • Obtained favorable court decision against a contractor for roof failure for a hockey rink constructed on the campus of a private secondary school.

In addition to our depth on the legal side, Murtha Cullina is one of the few Connecticut law firms with its own Government Affairs Group.  Our governmental affairs group represents the interests of our clients and associations to which our clients belong before regulatory agencies and the legislature to promote or prevent changes in laws or regulations affecting the Education sector as a whole.

Our lawyers are active members in the National Association of College and University Attorneys.  We frequently participate in conferences and workshops as presenters on developments in the law.  We also have been approved by United Educators to handle cases for its insureds.

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Contact: Edward B. Whittemore, Chair

Murtha Cullina’s Education Group offers an interdisciplinary team approach to meet the legal needs of independent schools, colleges, universities and for-profit educational institutions. Our team has extensive experience representing educational institutions on a wide variety of issues, including the following:
 

  • Successfully obtained summary judgment in favor of one of New England's most prestigious private universities in connection with allegations of gender discrimination, and hostile work environment.
  • Successfully arbitrated a case including various claims of employee misconduct including fraud, civil theft and breach of employment agreement by executive level employee.
  • Assisted schools with the design and implementation of Section 403(b) retirement programs, and deferred compensation programs and agreements for key executives (including compliance with IRC Sections 409A and 457(f).
  • Assisted in tax planning for schools, including converting a school from taxable to tax-exempt status.
  • Assisted on issues relating to the unrelated trade or business income tax, intermediate sanction penalties and other excise taxes, private increment and excess benefit prohibitions, and proscriptions on political and legislative activities.
  • Advised college and independent schools on domestic and international student recruiting agreements.
  • Prepared affiliation agreements for student placement programs and negotiated contracts for food services and facilities management providers.
  • Represented colleges, independent schools, investment banks and commercial banks in tax-exempt commercial financings.
  • Negotiated lease of downtown office space for a college's new School of Pharmacy.
  • Managed land use approval process for construction of an independent school's new library and information technology center.
  • Advised university on environmental issues associated with subsurface contamination in connection with the potential acquisition of a "Brownfield" property in a key location for the campus.
  • Provided real-time assistance to private school to mitigate environmental effects from off-site migration of sediment to wetlands and water courses as the results of on-site construction activities.
  • Negotiated and drafted architect, construction manager and contract agreements for colleges and university buildings.
  • Represented school in successful negotiations with surety for the completion of a project abandoned during construction.
  • Currently defending a Connecticut university in defamation action arising from serious campus security incident.
  • Attained summary judgment on behalf of private educational institution in lawsuit concerning title insurance company's continuing duty to defend against a challenge, which spanned several decades, by a Native American tribe to the very land upon which the school is located.
  • Obtained favorable court decision against a contractor for roof failure for a hockey rink constructed on the campus of a private secondary school.

In addition to our depth on the legal side, Murtha Cullina is one of the few Connecticut law firms with its own Government Affairs Group.  Our governmental affairs group represents the interests of our clients and associations to which our clients belong before regulatory agencies and the legislature to promote or prevent changes in laws or regulations affecting the Education sector as a whole.

Our lawyers are active members in the National Association of College and University Attorneys.  We frequently participate in conferences and workshops as presenters on developments in the law.  We also have been approved by United Educators to handle cases for its insureds.

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