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Overview

Educators appreciate that Jamie knows all angles of education legal issues and can communicate them to multiple stakeholders, streamlining resolutions.

Jamie brings a uniquely broad background in education to college and university clients. He began his legal career in private practice defending and counseling on compliance and regulatory employment matters and went on to serve as deputy general counsel at a state university. Most recently Jamie served as chief legal counsel and chief of staff for a private college within a consortium of four other undergraduate and two graduate institutions. In addition, Jamie earned a Ph.D. in Education Policy and Leadership Studies, has published widely, and stayed close to the classroom as an adjunct professor. Jamie stays connected to all sectors of the education industry – employers, educators, students, administrators, leadership, associations, governing bodies – in order to act as a liaison who can manage challenges or solve them quickly. Jamie is experienced with:

  • Labor & employment
  • Student affairs
  • Regulatory compliance
  • Policy development & review
  • Accommodation issues
  • Threat assessment

Jamie has developed and led training on a wide range of critical issues including public records and privacy issues under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), ethics, academic misconduct processes, fitness for duty, retaliation, investigations and terminations, and state gift law. He has negotiated purchasing, nondisclosure, international programs, educational affiliation and software licensing agreements. Additionally, Jamie has handled crisis response issues across campuses, including COVID-19 planning. He has led successful university defense of external complaint investigations and regulatory inquiries before the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), U.S. Department of Education, and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), among other agencies.


Industries

Services

Education

  • J.D., University of Michigan Law School
  • Ph.D., University of Iowa
    • Education Policy and Leadership Studies
    • Dissertation: Sexual Harassment Litigation Involving Instructors: Balancing Rights and Responsibilities in the Courts, 1993-2013
  • B.A., Iowa State University
    • Economics and Political Science
    • with distinction

Admissions

  • California
  • Iowa
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, District of Arizona
  • U.S. District Court, District of Nebraska
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois

Professional Memberships and Certifications

  • National Association of College and University Attorneys (NACUA); NACUANOTES, Editorial Board
  • Academy of Legal Studies in Business (ALSB)
  • American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO), NACUA representative; Working Group on Criminal and Disciplinary History in College Admissions, 2018-2019
  • California Lawyers Association (CLA)


*Not Admitted in Colorado - practice temporarily authorized pending admission under C.R.C.P. 205.6.
Experience

Private College Chief Legal Counsel/Chief of Staff

  • Advised the President, Board of Trustees and senior leadership on all legal matters; oversaw outside counsel in litigation and compliance matters.
  • Developed and coordinated crisis management and workplace safety programs in response to COVID-19 in collaboration with seven-college consortium.
  • Coordinated comprehensive planning process including external consultant selection to unanimous approval of five-year strategic plan by campus governing council and board of trustees.
  • Supervised Title IX coordinator; regularly conferred on cases and collaborated with consortium of seven colleges on policy development.
  • Advised communications office on messaging strategy and content.

State University Deputy General Counsel

  • Represented Office of the General Counsel on university's Threat Assessment Team, Disability Planning and Action Committee, Charter Committee on Diversity and Academic Integrity Advisory Board.
  • Collaborated with Human Resources, Treasurer's office, Public Safety, Internal Audit, and Hospital Security departments to draft and implement financial fraud prevention and video surveillance policies.
  • Revised and implemented policies on criminal background checks, use of Information Technology (IT) resources in workplace, and compliance with affirmative action laws and program integrity regulations.
  • Advised Student Disability Services, IT, and Facilities Management departments regarding accessibility issues.
  • Advised on employment and labor law issues, including discrimination and harassment, disability accommodations, wage and hour, investigations, and collective bargaining. Resolved disputes through direct negotiation, mediation, arbitration, and litigation.

Private Practice

  • Counseled healthcare clients concerning employee screening, hiring, termination, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), and labor relations; drafted employment contracts for physicians and administrators.
  • Resolved healthcare, employment and commercial disputes, including breach of contract, healthcare reimbursement, breach of fiduciary duty, fraud and misrepresentation, tortious interference, and negligence cases in federal and state courts and private arbitrations.
  • Litigated claims involving hostile environment and quid pro quo sexual harassment, Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), Title VII, ADA, Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), employee discipline/termination and independent contractor status.
  • Represented management in all manner of employment and labor disputes before federal and state courts and agencies, including participation in bench and jury trials involving wrongful discharge and employee non-compete agreements.
  • Litigated disputes before state and federal courts and agencies involving traditional labor law, wrongful termination under Title VII, ADA, ADEA, and the Illinois Human Rights Act, employer contributions to Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) plans, and modification of ERISA plans.
Outside the Office

Jamie enjoys events that gather cyclists across the globe.

He has biked the Leadville 100, Colorado’s 100-mile marathon mountain bike race that began in 1994. Jamie and his wife have also cycled the noncompetitive Des Moines Register's Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa (RAGBRAI) nearly every year since 1998. The ride started in 1973, and runs from west to east across the state. The couple looks forward to introducing their two small children to outdoor sports.

Community Leadership

Jamie believes in staying close to the classroom.

For more than a decade, Jamie served as an adjunct professor, teaching employment law and general business law to undergraduate business majors, and legal ethics and business law to MBA students. In addition to this role as adjunct professor at the University of Iowa Tippie College of Business, Jamie has also taught and mentored students at a community college level. Currently, he serves on the board of directors of Minds Matter Colorado, an organization that mentors low income students with an eye toward college admissions.

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