For nearly three decades, John has represented public school districts, colleges and universities, as well as other non-profits and businesses in the education sector. He understands the practical, legal and policy issues facing educational institutions at all levels.
As a trusted advisor to his clients, John helps them to navigate the complexities of federal and state constitutions, statutes and regulations in order to promote their institutional goals, while ensuring compliance and minimizing risks. His experience covers a wide range of civil rights and educational funding issues. These areas include Title VI, Title VII, Title IX, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Family Educational Records Privacy Act (FERPA), the Perkins Act, the Magnet Schools Assistance Act, the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), the rights of English language learners and immigrant students, school desegregation, voting rights, affirmative action, reverse discrimination and the design and defense of measures to promote equal access and diversity.
John's recent client counseling experience includes:
John also provides a powerful voice in defense of his education clients. For example, he frequently interacts with state and federal government officials on behalf of clients and has handled numerous agency investigations, including a number of compliance reviews by and complaints to the Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR). Additionally, John is a seasoned trial and appellate lawyer. He has defended a number of major class actions and ligated cases both in cooperation with and against the United States Department of Justice (DOJ). He has argued appeals in a variety of federal appellate courts, including the Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, Seventh, Eighth, Ninth and Eleventh Circuits, as well as the United States Supreme Court.
John’s recent litigation experience includes:
As part of Husch Blackwell’s Healthcare, Life Sciences & Education industry team, John works with other education attorneys to whom more than a hundred clients turn to for legal guidance. This education team represents major research institutions, regional universities, private colleges, nursing and allied health schools, community colleges, proprietary schools, publicly traded school groups, public school districts and for-profit and non-profit entities operating in the education sector.
A frequent speaker and writer on a wide variety of education law topics, John served eight years as an adjunct professor at Loyal University School of Law in New Orleans. He currently teaches a course in education law that is offered jointly by the Indiana University Graduate School of Education and Maurer School of Law.
Prior to joining Husch Blackwell, John was a partner in the Washington D.C., office of Hogan Lovells and its legacy firm Hogan & Hartson. Before joining that firm, he served as a law clerk for the Honorable Patricia M. Wald, then the Chief Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.
Borkowski received his J.D., magna cum laude, from Northwestern University School of Law in Chicago, where he was a member of Order of the Coif. He also served as Articles Editor for the Northwestern Law Review. He received his B.A., summa cum laude, from the University of Notre Dame, where he was a member of Phi Beta Kappa honor society.