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Office of General Counsel 4400 Massachusetts Ave NW Washington, DC 20016 United States

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Mission Statement

The Office of General Counsel (OGC) of American University is committed to service, knowledge of the law, and facilitating the educational mission of American University. It is our function to provide, manage, and coordinate all legal services for the university and to minimize legal risks and costs efficiently, reliably, and professionally.

Our Representation

The attorneys within OGC are licensed in the following states: District of Columbia, Maryland, Virginia, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island. Each attorney is responsible for providing legal support to specific divisions.

OGC represents American University and may not represent individual students, faculty, or staff except when these individuals are named as defendants in litigation as a result of actions or omissions within the course and scope of their employment or institutional representation. For personal legal advice, employees and students should consult a private attorney.

Subject Matter Assignments

Traevena Byrd, Vice President, General Counsel and Board Secretary

Subject matter assignments
Subject Matter Division
 

Governance & Higher Education

Office of the President & Board of Trustees

Bethany J. Bridgham, Senior Associate General Counsel

Subject matter assignments
Subject Matter Division
 

Commercial & Transactional Law

Office of Finance and Treasurer

Employee Benefits (Tax Related)

Payroll Office

Environmental Law

Office of Facilities Management

Taxation

Office of Finance and Treasurer

Trust & Estates

Office of Development

Qwendolyn Brown, Associate General Counsel-Real Estate and Business

Subject matter assignments
Subject Matter Division
 

Campus Plan

Office of the President

Commercial & Transactional Law

Office of Finance and Treasurer

DC Regulatory Matters

Office of the President

Debt Collection & Bankruptcy

Human Resources & Office of Finance and Treasurer

Real Estate & Environmental Law

Office of Finance and Treasurer

Thi Nguyen-Southern, Associate General Counsel

Subject matter assignments
Subject Matter Division
 

Employment Law

Human Resources & Office of Campus Life

Faculty Issues

Office of the Provost

Immigration

Office of the Provost & Office of Campus Life

Intellectual Property

Office of Sponsored Research

Telecommunications

WAMU

Justin Perillo, Associate General Counsel

Subject matter assignments
Subject Matter Division
 

Athletics

Athletics

Commercial & Transactional Law

Office of Finance & Treasurer

Intellectual Property

Office of Sponsored Research

Scientific Research

Office of Sponsored Research

Student Issues

Office of Campus Life

Robert (Ben) Walker, Associate General Counsel

Subject matter assignments
Subject Matter Division
 

International Agreements

Office of the Provost & Office of Campus Life

Labor and Employment Law

Human Resources

Student Issues

Office of Campus Life

Tuition & Financial Aid

Office of Enrollment

Trust & Estates

Office of Development