Education Matters covers news and issues of interest to deans, presidents, in-house counsel, CFOs, and other administrators at universities, colleges, and other schools.
The blog’s editors and contributors are Mintz Levin attorneys and ML Strategies government relations professionals and bring the perspectives of their fields of practice to the laws and regulations that impact educational institutions.
Meghan is the head of the Public Finance Section and Chair of the Education Practice at the firm. She has extensive experience in public finance and public agency representation, serving as bond counsel and as counsel to underwriters, borrowers, trustees, and purchasers in connection with tax-exempt and taxable general obligation and revenue financings related to transportation, education, health care, economic development, project finance and environmental.
Thomas Wintner is a Member in the firm and is based in our Boston office. He focuses on complex litigation, at both the trial and appellate levels, for clients in a wide range of industries. He has successfully tried cases in both state and federal courts, and has guided others through mediation and arbitration. In IP matters, Tom draws on his experience as a research chemist. He represents life sciences companies in patent litigation and other IP disputes, and has particular experience in matters involving pharmaceuticals, biotech, the Hatch-Waxman Act (for small molecule drugs), and the Biologics Price Competition and Innovation Act (for large-molecule biologics).
Ray is a Member in the firm as well as Vice President of Higher Education at ML Strategies. He is based in the Washington, DC office and represents colleges, universities, associations, and other nonprofits, including their presidents and boards of trustees. His provides counsel on contracts, executive compensation, performance evaluation, goal-setting, current and deferred compensation, Intermediate Sanctions, Sarbanes-Oxley, and best practices for managing nonprofit institutions. He served as a trustee of Monmouth College as well as a special assistant at the Office of the Secretary, US Department of Health, Education and Welfare. Ray has been recognized for education law in Best Lawyers in America.
Sue is a Member in the firm and is based in the Boston office. Sue chairs the firm’s Pro Bono Committee and manages its pro bono program, which consists of 400 cases throughout Mintz Levin’s eight offices, and represents numerous pro bono clients on a variety of legal issues. Sue is also part of the firm’s Litigation Practice. She is president of the Dartmouth College Association of Alumni and has previously served on the Presidential Steering Committee on Moving Dartmouth Forward and the Board of Advisors to the Nelson A. Rockefeller Center for Public Policy at Dartmouth College. Sue also serves on the Board of Directors of Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, Inc. (MCLE).
William Geary is a Member in the firm and is based in our Boston office. He is an experienced patent and trademark attorney with a particular background in medical technology, polymers and advanced materials, and chemicals. Bill provides counsel on all phases of patent and trademark law, through development strategy, protection, and exploitation of patent and trademark rights. His clients include start-ups, large companies such as Johnson & Johnson, medical technology manufacturers, and research institutions such as Massachusetts General Hospital.
Eli Greenspan is Manager of Government Relations, ML Strategies, in the firm’s Washington, DC office. Prior to joining ML Strategies, Eli was a legislative correspondent for US Senator Martin Heinrich (D-NM), where his experience included health care, education, child welfare, social security, food assistance, and poverty issues specifically as they relate to the Affordable Care Act, Medicare, and Social Security.
Mackenzie is an Associate based in the firm’s Boston office, where she represents clients in all aspects of litigation. Her experience has included defending corporations, nonprofits, and educational institutions against employee discrimination charges filed with the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination and the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, as well as representing the board of directors of a nonprofit in an investigation by the Attorney General.
R. Neal MartinRNMartin@mlstrategies.com
Neal is Director of Government Relations at ML Strategies and is based in the Washington, DC office. He has over 10 years of experience in government and government relations. He focuses on issues related to transportation and infrastructure, clean energy, trade, and federal appropriations as well as provides strategic advice on public policy and federal funding opportunities. Before joining ML Strategies, he was a Legislative Assistant to US Senator Max Cleland.
Mathilda is an Associate based in the firm’s Boston office. Prior to joining Mintz Levin, Mathilda held two judicial clerkships. She also interned at the United States Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights in Boston and served as an Education Pioneers fellow. In addition to her Boston College law degree, Mathilda holds a master’s degree in sociology and education with a concentration in education policy from Teachers College, Columbia University.
M. Daria NiewenhousDNiewenhous@mintz.com
Daria Niewenhous is a Member in the firm’s Boston office. Daria’s practice ranges from transactional matters to general counsel services. She has extensive experience with the merger and acquisition of hospitals, long-term care facilities, clinics, assisted living facilities, home health and hospice programs, group practices, and other provider entities. She guides clients through the regulatory aspects of capital projects and other strategic initiatives. Active in health care reform matters, Daria works with clients on ACO formation, clinical integration and affiliation, and similar arrangements.
Nancy is Senior Vice President of Strategic Communications at ML Strategies and is based in the Boston office. She counsels clients in secondary and higher education institutions on communications strategy, crisis communications, and executive compensation issues. Previously, Nancy served as acting vice president at Boston University, where she managed the public relations, marketing, new media, and related departments. She also served as director of community relations for Mount Auburn Hospital, a Harvard teaching facility. Nancy currently serves as president and board member of Needham Lifelong Community Center and also is a member of the alumni board of Boston University.
Tyrone Thomas is a Member in the firm’s Washington, DC office. He advises boards, presidents, and senior executives of academic institutions on employment and consulting agreements. He is experienced with NCAA bylaws and procedures and has advised colleges and universities on Title IX, employment contracts and policies for athletics personnel, and privacy issues related to student-athlete records. Tyrone counsels clients on best practices for compensation, benefits, and post-employment covenants for executive contracts, He also advises nonprofits on deferred compensation plans, performance incentive programs, and separation agreements.