Practice Areas


Not-for-Profit and Education Law

Not-for-Profit and Education Law constitutes one of Cullen and Dykman LLP’s core practice areas. Our education focus enables us to address the broad range of opportunities and challenges facing schools today. The Firm's attorneys have extensive experience representing higher education institutions (private colleges and universities, including large multi-campus universities, religiously affiliated colleges, liberal arts colleges, schools of art and design, schools of architecture, institutes of technology), and private elementary and secondary schools (including religiously affiliated schools and elite independent schools; and schools for the physically and developmentally disabled). Additionally, the Firm represents religious organizations (dioceses, churches and religious orders), charities, foundations, hospitals, health and human services organizations, housing development and management corporations, museums, libraries and a wide variety of other not-for-profit and tax-exempt organizations.  Cullen and Dykman LLP proudly serves as general counsel to many of its not-for-profit and education clients. In addition, the Firm regularly represents a number of not-for-profit and educational institutions on a project-specific basis.  

Cullen and Dykman LLP has represented the majority of its current not-for-profit and education clients for decades. These long-standing client relationships are a testament to the Firm’s commitment to providing exceptional legal services that further each client’s unique mission and developing client relationships built on trust. Cullen and Dykman LLP’s Not-for-Profit and Education Law Practice Group includes attorneys with decades of experience in not-for-profit law, education law, religious corporations law, employment and immigration law, corporate and corporate finance law, tax law, estate planning, intellectual property law, public and legislative law, real estate law, environmental law, constitutional law and litigation.

While armed with history and experience, the Firm’s attorneys also remain sharply focused on cutting edge legal developments and modern realities. To stay ahead of the curve, the Firm’s attorneys remain active in national and local bar associations, industry specific professional organizations and networking groups. The Firm apprises its not-for-profit and education clients of current developments in the law by conducting a wide variety of speaking engagements, including seminars, continuing legal education courses and training sessions; issuing frequent written client advisories and articles; and updating its blogs. 

Cullen and Dykman LLP is called upon to provide a panoply of legal and advisory services to its not-for-profit and education clients. Many of these services fall into categories which are normally provided to any corporate entity, e.g., general corporate matters, contract work, general and specialized taxation, real estate, litigation, environmental, and employment and labor relations matters. In addition to these services, the Not-for-Profit and Education Law Practice Group counsels its clients on the industry specific matters listed below.

Cullen and Dykman LLP also regularly acts as general counsel to colleges and universities without in-house lawyers seeking day-to-day help with managing and navigating the higher education landscape. While the Firm’s Not-for-Profit and Education Law Practice Group assists institutions with areas unique to the education setting, including academic and student affairs, governance and board issues, financial aid, risk management, policy development and implementation, etc., the Firm’s Labor and Employment department counsels our clients on faculty contracts, tenure, termination, and promotion, provides training on issues such as sexual harassment and employee background checks, and represents the institutions in judicial and administrative proceedings involving discrimination complaints and other employment-based grievances. The Firm’s Real Estate department assists with all types of real property transactions, institutional financing, and construction. Our Trusts and Estates department is regularly engaged with planned giving and development and advises on endowments and investing. When necessary, our Litigation department represents our education clients in courts throughout the region. The various departments and practice groups that comprise Cullen and Dykman LLP enable its attorneys to work closely with Boards of Trustees, administration, and faculty and staff to ensure that the institution’s legal needs are met.

The Firm's areas of practice specific to non-for-profit and education law include:

All services provided to our not-for-profit and education clients are done in the most efficient, cost-effective manner, in full consideration of the economic realities facing not-for-profit and educational institutions in today's competitive and constantly evolving educational and regulatory environment.

We've provided these services as General Counsel in some of the following industries: EDUCATION