Educational Institutions

PJJ defends and counsels colleges and universities, academic medical centers, public school districts and boards of education in issues concerning faculty, students, administration and staff in a wide array of practice areas.  We also offer these distinguished clients our extensive expertise in the areas of public and private financing, as well as our full service commercial real estate practice.

We are members of NACUA, and are regular participants at NACUA's conferences.  

EMPLOYMENT LITIGATION AND COUNSELING; REGULATORY COMPLIANCE

PJJ defends claims involving tenure, termination, retaliation, harassment, traditional labor and the full range of employment discrimination claims, FMLA, civil rights, defamation and other tort claims. We provide compliance counseling to educational institutions regarding state and federal discrimination laws; medical leave, ADA disability claims and requests for accommodation; FMLA compliance; privacy issues and FERPA compliance; drafting and revising employment and campus policies and practices pertaining to hiring, employment, students, faculty and administrators; medical and sports risk management; and review of grant proposals.

PJJ lawyers try cases in federal and Illinois circuit courts and the Illinois Court of Claims. We handle public and administrative hearings (including campus grievance and EEO administrative proceedings), administrative claims before federal and state agencies, and administrative investigations brought by the Illinois Office of Executive Inspector General. We also handle appeals in federal and state courts.

SPORTS MEDICINE AND OTHER STUDENT MATTERS

PJJ has litigated student athletes' claims in federal and state courts involving negligent supervision of athletic practices, and have defended claims of sexual assault, sexual harassment, battery, invasion of privacy, negligent security, officer misconduct, and student suicide.

COMPLIANCE/HEALTHCARE FRAUD AND ABUSE

PJJ has experience handling both internal and government-initiated investigations of healthcare fraud and abuse law, the False Claims Act, antikickback law, the FCPA, government procurement requirements, and the FDA. We have conducted investigations of conflict of interest involving improper payments to researchers and physicians. We also are well-versed in preventative training in the healthcare field.

INTERNAL INVESTIGATIONS AND CRIMINAL DEFENSE

PJJ lawyers have conducted independent internal investigations in and for educational institutions concerning academic performance and misconduct towards students, criminal, whistleblower, and ethics/compliance claims. PJJ partners have served as Chief of the Criminal and Civil Divisions of the U.S. Attorney's Office in Chicago, Assistant U.S. Attorney, and senior trial attorney in the Department of Justice. We have tried well over 100 white-collar criminal cases in addition to trials of civil claims.

PROFESSIONAL MALPRACTICE AND PERSONAL INJURY   

PJJ has significant experience in medical and professional malpractice claims brought against medical school faculty, university medical centers and student health services; civil rights; tort and defamation.

PUBLIC AND PRIVATE FINANCING

PJJ has extensive experience in financing of public and private educational institutions. PJJ serves as bond counsel, underwriter's counsel, and bond issuer's counsel for public universities and public school districts. PJJ provides advice to educational institutions concerning the legality and tax-exempt nature of borrowings, serves as counsel in obtaining loans and letters of credit, and counsels our educational clients concerning complex financial agreements. 

REAL ESTATE TRANSACTIONS AND LITIGATION

PJJ has a full service commercial real estate transactions practice, including acquisitions and dispositions, development, leasing, financing, property tax appeals, and has served as developer's counsel in the construction, redevelopment and renovation of historic facilities, including dormitories located on college and university campuses. 

INSURANCE COVERAGE

PJJ lawyers analyze coverage programs and issues and litigate insurance disputes involving all types of claims, including breach of contract, negligence, misrepresentation, fraud, breach of fiduciary duties and various other first and third-party property damage, advertising injury and personal injury/wrongful death claims.

DEBARMENT AND DECERTIFICATION

PJJ lawyers represent school boards in debarment and teacher decertification proceedings. We also have served as hearing officer for a local Board of Education on proceedings related to closing schools and removing principals for failure to comply with the Board of Education's academic achievement policies.