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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

Bethany J. Bridgham, Interim Vice President & General Counsel

Subject matter assignments
Subject Matter Division

Real Property

Office of Finance and Treasurer

International Agreements

Office of the Provost

DC Regulatory Matters

Office of the President

Governance & Higher Education

Office of the President

Vacant, Senior Associate General Counsel

Subject matter assignments
Subject Matter Division

Environmental Law

Office of Facilities Management

Commercial & Transactional Law

Office of Finance and Treasurer

Employee Benefits (Tax Related)

Payroll Office

Taxation

Office of Finance and Treasurer

Trust & Estates

Office of Development

Hisham Khalid, Associate General Counsel

Subject matter assignments
Subject Matter Division

Litigation

Office of General Counsel

Police & Safety

Public Safety

Campus Plan

Office of Facilities Management

Employment & Labor Law

Human Resources

Debt Collection & Bankruptcy

Human Resources & Office of Finance and Treasurer

Thi Nguyen-Southern, Associate General Counsel

Subject matter assignments
Subject Matter Division

Discrimination Claims

Human Resources & Office of Campus Life

Faculty Relations

Office of the Provost

Immigration Law

Office of the Provost & Office of Campus Life

Telecommunications

WAMU

Tuition & Financial Aid

Office of Enrollment

Justin Perillo, Assistant 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 Cases

Office of Campus Life

Student Organizations

Office of Campus Life