Practice AreaEducation Law

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The needs of educational institutions, both private and public, are many. From land acquisition to contracts, human resources to endowments and many more issues, schools are constantly dealing with issues that require counsel who understand and have experience handling the numerous variables involved in running a successful institution.

The Education Practice Group at Sheehan Phinney provides clients with an array of legal and legislative resources. Sheehan Phinney focuses primarily on post-secondary educational institutions, while also working with schools on other levels. The firm can provide comprehensive service to its clients because it has the resources and the experts in various department on staff to handle most educational needs including:

  • Charitable Solicitation and Giving
  • Educational Contracts
  • Financing
  • Government Relations
  • Healthcare
  • Institutional Governance
  • Intellectual Property (Patent, Trademark and Copyright Law)
  • Litigation and Internal Investigations
  • Not-for-Profit/Charitable Issues
  • Real Estate/Land Use
  • Tax Law and Tax Compliance

Sheehan Phinney represents numerous public and private colleges and universities throughout New Hampshire and New England. Sheehan Phinney partner, Sean Gorman, spent 18 years as Associate General Counsel to Dartmouth College before joining the firm. Additionally, the firm is a member of the National Association of College and University Attorneys.

  • Colby Sawyer
  • Dartmouth
  • University of New Hampshire Foundation
  • Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU)
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Practice Area Chair


Bradford E. Cook

Brad is head of the firm’s Estate Planning and Probate, Government Relations and Not-for-Profit, Charitable and Religious Institutions Practice Groups. He is a past President of the firm and has practiced with Sheehan Phinney since 1973. Brad represents many colleges and schools, religious organizations throughout New England, and hospital, nursing home and other charitable and