Who We Are and What We Do
RSHC attorneys have represented educational institutions in a variety of counseling, investigation, and litigation matters. We have served as legal counsel, independent investigators, directors/trustees, professors, and advisors. Our team’s diverse involvement in colleges and universities includes private colleges, multi-campus public institutions, and for-profit schools. Our attorneys thus have an uncommon breadth of perspective that helps us provide a richer source of representation, wisdom, and advocacy for our education-based clients.
RSHC is a diverse, service-oriented and technologically sophisticated firm that is committed to providing legal and client service at the highest levels. We are determined to redefine the traditional relationship between law firms and companies by making sure that our needs and goals are always aligned with those of our clients.
Our multi-disciplinary team is comprised of trial attorneys and white collar criminal defense lawyers, intellectual property and employment law advocates, and privacy and cybersecurity experts. We have also served as internal and external investigators of discrete misconduct complaints filed by individuals and high-profile allegations of systemic issues. Our attorneys have served on the boards of trustees of several institutions, as adjunct faculty members, and independent monitors, giving us a unique perspective on the needs of our higher education clients. Collectively, as trial lawyers, we’ve tried hundreds of cases across the country, before state and federal juries.
Our Approach and Results
We understand that colleges and universities are driven by unique missions and traditions, that they are committed to their students, faculty and staff, and that they are managed and governed by a unique set of internal and external rules and regulations. Their relationships with their employees and their students raise a distinct set of issues when disagreements arise. And their disciplinary process when dealing with misconduct is distinct from the criminal process.
The experience of our lawyers allows us to counsel our clients with respect to legal issues that are unique to colleges and universities, and we guide them through any government inquiry, public scrutiny, or high-profile litigation, and defend their intellectual property. We understand their unique internal processes and procedures, and craft legal solutions that takes into consideration any legal, financial or reputational consequences.
We deliver value to our clients and align our pricing mechanism with our clients’ business needs and expectations. Our partners become fully invested in each matter because effective advocacy is a hands-on venture and we believe that lean litigation teams can deliver great results in a much more cost-effective way.
Employment & Student Relations
- Represent large private university in litigation alleging sexual misconduct in violation of Title IX, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and the Rehabilitation Act.
- Served as independent investigator for private college in various Title VII and IX matters alleging misconduct by students, faculty or staff.
- Conducted investigation of private university’s police department regarding allegations of improper conduct.
- Defended assorted discrimination and failure to accommodate employment claims for public university.
- Conducted investigation of a private university’s hazing policies and practices in response to a student incident.
- Conducted policies and procedure review for a university’s police department in response to employment-related internal complaints.
Governance and Internal Investigations
- Represented clients in variety of federal criminal investigations, including allegations that public school system employees engaged in bribery for favorable admission decisions.
- Revised and implemented governing documents for private college.
- Conducted internal investigation into university police department and propriety of officers' involvement and department strategies in campus protests.
Public University Constitutional Issues
- Represented public university administrators and campus police in Section 1983 case involving allegations of improper search warrant for on-campus activist group that had sent threatening communications related to animal testing.
- Defended university administrators and police against First Amendment claims in Section 1983 case brought by students after they were arrested in conjunction with a week-long sit-in.
- Defended university regents and police department against First Amendment claims brought by reporter following a protest that turned violent near chancellor residence.
Intellectual Property and Class Action Litigation
- Represented university in a class action alleging that fundraising calls to former students violated the Telephone Consumer Protection Act.
- Represented university regents and research team in suit alleging theft of trade secrets, improper patent inventorship, plagiarism, and unfair competition.