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Overview

Working exclusively with higher education entities, Lisa is more than involved in the industry – she is deeply committed to higher education.

She represents the full range of higher education institutions, including private non-profit, public, healthcare-affiliated, religious, small privately-owned institutions and large publicly-traded school groups. 

From serving as an administrator at a small private college to her role as vice president for a large publicly-traded school system, Lisa’s multifarious background directly correlates to her passion and dedication to furthering the business and educational goals of clients. Her knowledge of this complex, niche industry provides pragmatic approaches and tangible solutions. Plus, her years of litigation experience allow her to make strategic decisions to mitigate risks for clients.

Lisa’s extensive on-the-ground industry experience at large and small educational institutions allows her to:

  • Provide strategic and comprehensive regulatory counseling to higher education institutions regarding compliance with accreditation requirements, rules governing federal student financial aid (Title IV) and state regulatory requirements
  • Represent higher education institutions in litigation before trial and appellate courts.
  • Assist higher education institutions through the change of control process, including conducting regulatory due diligence and related guidance for mergers and acquisitions
  • Review institutional policies and procedures to ensure compliance with federal laws and state and accreditor requirements.  
  • Assist institutions in preparing for accreditation visits and responding to accreditation actions, including adverse actions.

Lisa broadens and shares her knowledge through involvement in education-related causes, such as serving on the board of directors of Donnelly College, NNPRFTC, and Level Playing Field scholarship foundation.


Industries

Services

Recognition

  • Illinois Super Lawyers, Rising Star, 2009 

Education

  • J.D., Saint Louis University School of Law
    • Public Law Review, Articles Editor
  • B.A., Lake Forest College
    • American Studies
    • Honors in American Studies
    • Honors on Senior Thesis

Admissions

  • Illinois
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Black Women Lawyers’ Association
  • Chicago Bar Association, Alliance for Women, Board of Directors, 2009
  • National Association of College and University Attorneys (NACUA)
     

Clerkship

The Hon. Charles A. Shaw, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Missouri, 1995-1997

Experience
  • Served as regulatory counsel for mergers and acquisitions of publicly traded education institutions.
  • Represents large state university in federal lawsuit related to faculty speech and First Amendment rights.
  • Assisted nursing college with appeal before the Illinois Board of Higher Education related to revocation of its operating authority.
  • Provided counsel to 100 percent online university in responding to academic concerns raised by its institutional accrediting agency.
  • Assisted college in successfully avoiding potential probation from its regional accrediting agency based on governance concerns.
  • Coordinated quick, effective response to U.S. Department of Education, accrediting agency and state regulator related to the financial stability of a vocational college.
  • Provided guidance to nursing college preparing for initial programmatic accreditation approval.
Community Leadership
  • Donnelly College, Board of Trustees
  • Level Playing Field Foundation, treasurer, 2011-present
  • National Nurse Practitioner Residency & Fellowship Training Consortium (NNPRFTC), Board of Directors, January 2018-present