Practices and Client Services

The Office of General Counsel represents the University in all of its legal matters and provides services across the legal spectrum.  In order to better serve the University community, the Office of General Counsel is organized into three core teams 1) Employment, 2) Research, Intellectual Property and Transactions and 3) Litigation and Student. The team structure enables the office to provide multi-layered service and expertise while operating cross-functionally to address client needs. 

Employment Team

This team is called to prepare or review and give advice regarding employment contracts for faculty who are taking a sabbatical to perform work with another institution  for a period of time, for those faculty temporarily coming to the University to teach or research, and for faculty and staff hired to work in international locations. This team also provides guidance and assistance to HR and clients across campus on managing employee performance issues, issues involving discipline, issues requiring accommodations or time off under FMLA, investigations involving complaints of harassment and discrimination and unfair treatment, re-organizations, downsizings and re-structurings.

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Other Clients and Practices:

  • Community Outreach
  • OGC Training Strategies




Research IP and Transactions (RIPT) Team

The Research IP Transactions (RIPT) Team provides functional legal support for Notre Dame Research, Finance Division, Auxiliary Operations and Facilities Design and Operations. The majority of contract drafting, review and approval for all departments funnels through the RIPT team.

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Other Clients and Practices:

  • Environmental Law
  • Trademark
  • Licensing Patent and Copyright
  • Corporate Filings
  • Real Estate Transactions
  • OIT
  • University Libraries
  • International Transactions
  • Legal Immigration Matters
  • Alliance for Catholic Education



Litigation and Student Matters Team

The Litigation and Student Matters Team oversees all aspects of litigation (including employment, worker's compensation and subrogation) and Office of Civil Rights complaints.  The team works closely with a variety of University departments including Office of Campus Safety in matters affecting all students faculty and staff, Undergraduate Admissions, Registrar, Financial Aid, Student Accounts as well as Office of Student Affairs and Provost's Office in administration of student codes, disciplinary matters and appeals.

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Other Clients and Practices:

  • Athletics
  • Graduate School
  • Regulatory Requirements
  • eDiscovery
  • FERPA Requests
  • Expungements
  • Third Party Subpoenas
  • University Relations/Development
  • Investigations