Litigation, Investigations and Employment Matters
Leveraging the strength and depth of the firm’s multiple specialized practice areas, our colleges & universities attorneys have successfully represented clients in a wide range of matters involving litigation, construction and employment matters.
Our attorneys have worked on projects involving construction, financing and real estate for more than 40 colleges and universities across the country. Our lawyers structure the transaction in anticipation of the client’s long-term goals, spot issues to avoid legal delays and coordinate the many disciplines and professionals required to implement a facilities project. We also represent colleges and universities in the negotiation and drafting of design and construction contracts, as well as in litigating, arbitrating and mediating construction disputes.
The group’s projects have included the construction of laboratory, research and classroom facilities, athletic complexes, art museums, performance centers and hospital facilities.
Our attorneys regularly conduct internal investigations on behalf of clients facing allegations of misconduct by government regulators. In these instances, one of our primary goals is to prevent federal or state law enforcement authorities from conducting full-blown investigations by offering to conduct an internal investigation and to disclose relevant misconduct.
We have a highly credentialed team of former federal prosecutors who lead internal investigations—these lawyers have extensive experience leading investigations and prosecutions for the government; they now bring that experience to bear in leading investigations for clients being investigated by the government. Our government investigations lawyers are well-known by the government, and they are trusted.
Alston & Bird’s patent practice provides a full range of patent services to both corporate and university clients. Our attorneys and agents have expertise in emerging and cutting edge technologies, such as genetic engineering, microelectronics, computer hardware, computer software, Internet and business methods patents.
We have worked with many universities and research institutions to develop patent portfolios around important technologies. Our Biotechnology, Chemical & Pharmaceutical Group is comprised of members with advanced degrees in an array of scientific fields. Our attorneys and patent agents have extensive technical experience gained from years of service in both industry and academia as research scientists, post-doctoral fellows and university faculty. Additionally, our vast legal experience has been developed not only through our individual practices within Alston & Bird, but also through service as in-house counsel and through work within the Examining Corps of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
Bringing Value to Our Clients
We understand how busy colleges and universities are in juggling many competing priorities. What distinguishes Alston & Bird from other firms is that we view ourselves as part of a client’s team—we are equally comfortable leading a matter, such as a major investigation, or simply providing additional support to supplement our clients’ existing resources. We can work side-by-side with a client’s internal team and share the workload and late nights as a seamless extension of that team, or we can lead the investigation or matter, or any permutation in between that is responsive to each client’s needs.
Our goal is to help clients handle their investigations, employment matters, litigation or transactions so that in the end, they have confidence in both the process and the result. Coupling our use of technology with our highly experienced team of attorneys, our Alston & Bird team produces efficient, favorable outcomes for our university and college clients.