Pepper Hamilton LLP and Freeh Group International Solutions, LLC (FGIS) are uniquely positioned and experienced in assisting universities, colleges, private secondary schools and other education-related institutions in navigating the complex regulatory and legal environment that face these institutions and leveraging that knowledge in conducting internal investigations and reviews. The combination of Pepper and FGIS brings together a team of lawyers and former federal and state law enforcement officials who have deep knowledge of education law, and the skill and resources to conduct independent, confidential compliance reviews and investigations, counsel boards on best risk management solutions, and, when necessary, defend against litigation threats.
Pepper and FGIS have worked together for several years on compliance, investigations and risk counseling matters, including complex investigations and related work for university clients. In 2012, the Honorable Louis J. Freeh, former Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and federal judge and the founder of FGIS, joined Pepper along with the lawyers of his firm Freeh Sporkin & Sullivan, LLP. Pepper also acquired FGIS. FGIS is a global risk management firm providing service in the areas of business integrity and compliance, safety and security, and investigations and due diligence. The management team of FGIS includes a former judge and senior law enforcement officials, a former university general counsel, legal consultants, and security and compliance experts.
The Pepper team also includes lawyers with deep knowledge of education law and corporate governance, highly experienced litigators, and former federal and state prosecutors, all with significant experience advising education institutions in connection with a variety of threats. Our team provides high quality and responsive legal services and information to institutions of higher education. Pepper lawyers also serve on the boards of educational institutions.
Combined, Pepper and FGIS offer unparalleled experience to education clients in: