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This list contains the names of law firms and attorneys who have represented students accused of sexual misconduct by their colleges or universities.
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Christopher A. Slusher – Partner
Mr. Slusher regularly represents students in disciplinary proceedings involving allegations of Title IX violations of sexual harassment and sexual assault. Mr. Slusher has been a successful criminal defense attorney for over 25 years having represented clients in over 80 jury trials ranging from capital murder, sexual assault, and harassment. He combines his extensive criminal defense experience with a strong knowledge of Title IX law to aggressively assist students who stand accused by colleges or universities across Missouri.
107 N. Seventh St.
Columbia, Missouri 65201
E-Mail: Christopher A. Slusher
Agee Owens, LLC - Tennessee
Ms. Owens is managing partner of Agee Owens Cooper and has been practicing since 2007. Her practice is focused on university and college disciplinary matters and other areas of administrative law. Ms. Owens' background in school social work uniquely qualifies her to assist in these areas. Michelle holds a Masters Degree in Social Work as well as a Law Degree. Before attending law school, Michelle was the Director of Counseling at a private high school in Nashville, Tennessee and served as the president of the Independent School Counselors Network. Michelle focuses on labor law and has significant experience litigating and arbitrating administrative law claims. She defends males accused of sexual misconduct under Title IX, and is an expert in University Title IX cases. She is currently a spokesperson for SAVE and has been interviewed on more than 23 radio and television shows, both regional and national, concerning issues with Title IX. Michelle is actively combating University bias in these matters. While she focuses on university students, Michelle also takes disciplinary matters involving high school and middle school students.
2911 Elm Hill Pike, Nashville, TN 37214, Suite 2
Email: Michelle Owens - email@example.com
Conrad O' Brien, PC - Philadelphia & New Jersey, but open to representation in any state while retaining local counsel if the matter results in litigation.
Ms. Hamill represents college students who have been suspended, expelled from, or otherwise disciplined by their colleges following disciplinary hearings for alleged sexual misconduct or other alleged student code violations. Ms. Hamill often attempts behind-the-scenes resolutions to cases to avoid litigation, and where resolution cannot be achieved, files lawsuits against the colleges on the basis that the college’s investigation and adjudication procedures failed to ensure these students’ fundamental due process rights, discriminated against them on the basis of sex, and breached the school’s contractual obligations with respect to its handling of misconduct allegations. Ms. Hamill was a featured speaker at the recent symposium Navigating Due Process and Title IX Issues in Campus Sexual Assault Procedures: Constitutional, Statutory, Contractual, and Tort Considerations.
Center Square, West Tower, 1500 Market Street, Suite 3900, Philadelphia, PA 19102-2100
Email: Patricia M. Hamill
DLA Piper - Nationwide
Mr. Wayne has extensive experience in the area of sexual misconduct proceedings conducted by colleges and universities, and related litigation. To date, Mr. Wayne is the only lawyer to take a case to trial where the accused student challenged the validity of the sexual misconduct procedures employed by a college or university (John Doe v. University of the South, 4:09-cv-62 (E.D. Tenn.)). DLA Piper was a co-sponsor of and Mr. Wayne a featured speaker at the recent symposium Navigating Due Process and Title IX Issues in Campus Sexual Assault Procedures: Constitutional, Statutory, Contractual, and Tort Considerations.
500 Eighth Street, NW, Washington, DC 20004
Email: Charles B. Wayne
KaiserDillon PLLC - Nationwide
KaiserDillon has been handling campus sexual assault cases since 2010, and has successfully represented students in the campus disciplinary process and in federal courts around the country. We are recognized as nationwide experts in these cases and have written about them in publications such as The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Time, The Boston Herald, and UT-San Diego. Mr. Kaiser also was a featured speaker at the recent symposium Navigating Due Process and Title IX Issues in Campus Sexual Assault Procedures: Constitutional, Statutory, Contractual, and Tort Considerations.
1401 K Street NW, Suite 600, Washington, DC 20005
Email: Justin Dillon
Matthew G. Kaiser
Email: Matthew G. Kaiser
Nesenoff & Miltenberg LLP - New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont and Rhode Island. Also will consult on cases in other states.
Mr. Miltenberg currently counsels over a dozen male students falsely accused of sexual assault in college and university disciplinary proceedings and is also handling numerous federal court lawsuits on behalf of such students. Mr. Miltenberg is one of only a few attorneys nationwide considered an expert in this area, and he has been quoted widely in the national media on the need for these students to be afforded due process in their disciplinary proceedings. Nesenoff & Miltenberg, LLP was a co-sponsor of the recent Symposium entitled Navigating Due Process and Title IX Issues in Campus Sexual Assault Procedures: Constitutional, Statutory, Contractual, and Tort Considerations.
Rosenberg & Ball Co. LPA - Nationwide
Since 2010, Mr. Rosenberg has represented college students falsely accused of sexual assaults on college campuses. In addition to guiding students through college disciplinary hearings, Mr. Rosenberg has filed numerous civil lawsuits on behalf of students. These lawsuits seek to expunge all references of an alleged sexual assault from the student’s academic record (and) remedy damages the student suffered as a result of being falsely accused of sexual assault. As of October 2014, seventy-five percent of Mr. Rosenberg’s clients dismissed their lawsuits after reaching confidential settlements with the defendants involved.
395 Pearl Street, Granville, Ohio 43023
Zalkind Duncan & Bernstein LLP - Based in Boston, MA but advises students nationwide.
Zalkind Duncan & Bernstein has decades of experience protecting students’ rights in college and university disciplinary proceedings, appeals from disciplinary sanctions, and related criminal cases. We represent students charged with violations of their schools’ codes of conduct and honor codes, ranging from allegations of cheating or plagiarism to sexual assault and crimes of violence. We have been very successful in having charges against students dismissed, reduced, or settled favorably to our clients at university disciplinary hearings.
Click the following link for more information: www.zalkindlaw.com
65A Atlantic Avenue, Boston, MA 02110
Email: Norman Zalkind
Email: David Duncan
Email: Ruth O'Meara-Costello
Email: David Russcol
Email: Naomi Shatzl
Engel & Martin, LLC - Nationwide
Joshua Adam Engel has represented and advised students nationwide. The Firm has represented and advised students from coast to coast, including in New York, Ohio, Texas, and California. Engel & Martin is lead counsel in a number of high profile matters, including important appellate cases before the Federal Fifth and Sixth Circuit Courts of Appeals.
A cum laude graduate of Harvard Law School and a former prosecutor, Engel has been recognized as one of the leading attorneys in this field. He has twice presented at nationwide symposiums on this issue in Washington, DC. Engel uniquely combines experience in three important fields: civil rights, school disciplinary proceedings and criminal defense. In addition, Engel joined 19 attorneys from around the country to send a letter to key Senate sponsors of the Campus Accountability and Safety Act (S. 2692), expressing their concern that the proposed legislation does not adequately protect the due process rights of students who have been accused of a campus sexual assault.
Engel has published a number of law review articles on constitutional issues and is a frequent speaker on cutting-edge legal issues. He has been recognized by numerous media organizations as one of the most knowledgeable attorneys in this area, including the New York Times, Washington Examiner, and Columbus Dispatch. Notably, Engel has also been quoted extensively in the publications read and respected most by school administrators, Inside Higher Ed. and the Chronicle of Higher Education.
5181 Natorp Boulevard, Suite 210
Mason, OH 45040
Warshaw Burstein, LLP - Nationwide
Kimberly C. Lau, Partner
Ms. Lau has represented nearly 100 student clients in disciplinary proceedings and lawsuits to combat gender discrimination at major colleges and universities. Ms. Lau regularly serves in a critical advisory role during student disciplinary proceedings. She possesses a detailed knowledge of the federal and state laws affecting educational institutions, which enables her to successfully represent clients, and address their disciplinary records. As an expert in Title IX law, Ms. Lau was a featured speaker at a Symposium in Washington, D.C. entitled, “Navigating Due Process and Title IX Issues in Campus Sexual Assault Procedures: Constitutional, Statutory, Contractual, and Tort Considerations.” Ms. Lau regularly writes articles on issues facing higher education institutions, including, "The Ironic Results Of The 'Dear Colleague Letter' On The Observance of Title IX on College Campuses," "Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act: Another "Nail in the Coffin" For The Wrongly Accused,” “Is There A Rape Culture On College Campuses,” and “What Every Student Needs to Know About Sexual Misconduct On Campus.” Ms. Lau is consistently quoted in the national media on her pending lawsuits and her case successes in this area.
555 Fifth Avenue · New York, NY 10017
Direct Telephone: 212-984-7709
The Kaplan Law Office – Nationwide
Ms. Kaplan represents students and faculty accused of sexual assault and Title IX violations and retaliation and she and her partner, Charles Caranicas, have extensive experience in state and federal courts litigating discrimination actions. She has helped resolve and settle Title IX controversies and has won a preliminary injunction against a professional school’s suspension of a student just weeks before he was to graduate.
Prior to being a lawyer, Ms. Kaplan, who holds a PhD, was the founder and Director of the Institute Honors Program at the Virginia Military Institute, where she also counseled and represented students accused of violating the college’s iconic honor code. As such, she brings a unique perspective to campus disciplinary actions.
Ms. Kaplan has spoken at various symposia about the legality of Title IX, including the Joint National Conference of the Association of Title IX Administrators (ATIXA), the Second Annual Symposium on Representing Students Accused of Sexual Assault, and addressed fallacies and biases in Title IX tribunals at SAVE’s panel on Campus Sexual Assault: Bringing an End to Second-Class Justice (link to video)
30 Wall St. 8th Floor, New York, NY 10005
WERKSMAN JACKSON HATHAWAY & QUINN LLP - NATIONWIDE
Mark M. Hathaway
Mark Hathaway is admitted to practice in California, New York, and Washington, DC, and is certified as a Specialist in Taxation Law by the California State Bar. Mark’s experience in representing individuals and companies accused in complex financial crimes, government fraud, tax crimes, and related administrative, civil, and regulatory matters, helps him to navigate the complexities of Title IX sexual misconduct investigations, campus adjudication processes, and any necessary court litigation. Since stepping in to help a family friend at Occidental College in 2013, Mark has assisted dozens of students and faculty in Title IX misconduct cases, both complainants and accused students, with many cases resolved at the campus level. Mark represents numerous students in pending court appeals against colleges and universities, including several nationally-reported cases.
Mr. Hathaway received his undergraduate degree from California State Polytechnic University and his J.D. from Southwestern University School of Law, Los Angeles, California.
McCarthy, Lebit, Crystal & Liffman Co., LPA – Ohio, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Indiana, West Virginia, Kentucky and Nationwide
The lawyers in McCarthy Lebit’s Education practice group have extensive experience successfully representing college students in Title IX claims both on and off campus. Our attorneys work with students facing Title IX claims and issues relating to sexual assault and intimate partner violence on campus. We have experience with situations where criminal charges are pending and a coordinated defense is necessary. Our team understands not only the sensitivity of these matters, but the effect that the outcomes will have on our clients’ futures. We work tirelessly to obtain the best results possible for our clients and take the time to advise our clients on the most appropriate measures to take throughout the process to ensure their future success. In order to provide our clients with the elite team of lawyers they deserve, we work closely with other practice areas in our firm. We often call on our Criminal Defense attorneys to handle any criminal matters related to campus proceedings and utilize our background in special education law when students suffer from various disabilities. Our lawyers regularly blog on the sexual misconduct issues students can face at school. Click on the following link to read our education law blog:
101 W. Prospect Ave., Suite 1800, Cleveland, OH 44115
Susan C. Stone
Email:Susan C. Stone
Kristina W. Supler
Email: Kristina W. Supler
The Law Office of Steve Graham - Washington State
Steve Graham has been practicing law since 1995, and he is a former elected prosecutor. His firm has handled administrative hearings for students facing expulsion at a variety of public and private universities in Washington state. He is currently the lead counsel in a court action against Washington State University. Mr. Graham has been invited by his local bar association to train other lawyers about the laws applying to Title IX expulsion hearings.
1312 N Monroe #140, Spokane WA 99201
Office: (509) 252-9167