We advise clients on governance, employment and benefits, and real estate and construction matters. We ensure compliance with environmental, student affairs, and privacy and personal information regulations. We guide them on maximizing the value of their intellectual property and managing their finance, procurement, and contracting systems. And we zealously defend their interests in contentious administrative and litigation matters.
We help schools maintain their leadership positions at the center of each community they serve, and to create and nurture the partnerships they need to address a wide variety of student needs in an environment of ever-increasing scrutiny and transparency. For example, we helped one of California’s largest school districts in the development of several schools through public-private partnerships, as well as public-public partnerships that allowed the district to develop two schools in densely populated areas.
In addition, we have assisted colleges with the development of health centers, culinary programs, and workforce development programs that added tangible value to the communities they serve. We also have extensive experience in negotiations between cities and school districts, including the joint use of libraries and recreational facilities, as well as public/private joint ventures regarding a community college student center, bookstore, athletic facilities, food concessions, and copy services.
Management of Districts and Educational Institutions
Our lawyers have a long history of acting as general counsel for districts and institutions throughout California, and working with staff, administration, and school boards and trustees to identify objectives and develop plans for achieving those goals. We are active participants in the establishment and preservation of sound operational and fiscal policies and procedures, particularly in the areas of coordinating and managing outside counsel, streamlining legal services, and developing budgets to cover a wide range of routine and extraordinary legal expenses.
Positioning Clients for the Future
AlvaradoSmith’s Education lawyers have particular strengths helping schools and other providers prepare themselves for the future: expand into online programs that round out their curricula, modify infrastructure and administrative structures to prepare for the next generation of students, and rethink traditional concepts of boundaries, competition, and their relationships with other academic institutions.
Representative work includes:
In these uncertain times, we remain dedicated to our clients and will continue to provide the quality of support and advice that you have come to expect from AlvaradoSmith.
Our professionals are now telecommuting to continue to meet the needs of our clients while complying with the California State Public Officer’s order for all individuals living in the State of California to stay home. The firm will remain fully operational during this time.
We want to take this opportunity to share how AlvaradoSmith’s business continuity plan is navigating the Novel Coronavirus landscape as attorneys and staff continue to serve clients. READ MORE