Ice Miller is committed to practicing higher education law. More than 40 Ice Miller professionals assist higher education clients accomplish their goals.

We have served over 235 higher education clients throughout the United States, covering the spectrum of higher education, including state-wide higher education systems, large public research institutions, private universities and colleges, professional schools, faith based institutions, athletic conferences, industry, lobby and trade associations, support foundations, research foundations, philanthropic entities, and individual higher education leaders.

We immerse ourselves in the complex environment in which our higher education clients operate, stay on top of education developments, and listen to our clients carefully. Our attorneys publish and present in national forums directed to colleges and universities, and are affiliated with organizations such as the National Association of College and University Attorneys (NACUA) and the National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO). This focus enables us to provide efficient, cost-effective and creative solutions to our college and university clients.
In addition to general higher education law, the College and University Practice Group focuses the breadth of Ice Miller's resources to serve our clients on issues related to the following areas:
  • employee benefits, including health and welfare plans, HIPAA compliance, executive compensation, deferred compensation and 457 plans, 401(a) and 403(b) qualified retirement plans, severance policies, phased retirement, and early retirement incentives.
  • collegiate sports issues, including NCAA relations, NCAA infractions, Title IX and gender issues, and coaches contracts.
  • tax-exempt financings, including strategic planning on the use of bonds, capital campaigns and other assets in strategic resource allocation.
  • human relations and employment law issues, including FMLA, FLSA, ADEA, campus safety, student and employee privacy issues, tenure decisions, harassment and discrimination, workers compensation, open door and public records, civil and constitutional rights and employment contracts.
  • federal and state tax matters, and corporate governance matters, including UBIT, the use of taxable and nonprofit affiliates, corporate sponsorship arrangements, the application of Sarbanes-Oxley, faculty retention programs, and compensation related matters.
  • intellectual property, ranging from basic trademark and copyright issues, through sophisticated tech transfer and patent prosecution, exploitation and litigation.
  • construction law and real estate development, including the planning, financing, contracting, and construction of stadiums, arenas, and other sports facilities.
  • risk management, including the creation of captive insurers and other insurance solutions, litigation, and fiduciary review.
  • business initiatives, contract negotiation, and corporation transactions, including general business litigation.
  • the growth and management of endowments, including planned giving, fundraising, and private equity or venture capital investment opportunities.
  • other emerging issues and trends impacting educational institutions.

Representative Clients

  • Ball State University
  • Benedictine University (IL)
  • Brazosport College Foundation
  • Butler University
  • Catholic Theological Union
  • Cumberland County College
  • Cumberland County College Foundation
  • DePauw University
  • Eastern Illinois University
  • George Washington University
  • Goshen College
  • Housatonic Community College Foundation, Inc.
  • Indiana State University
  • Indiana University
  • Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis
  • Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana
  • Kellogg Community College Foundation
  • Lake Land College Foundation
  • Lake Superior State University
  • Marian University
  • McCormick Theological Seminary
  • Monmouth College (IL)
  • Murray State College Foundation
  • North Central Texas College Foundation
  • North Park University
  • Northwest Nazarene University
  • Oakland University
  • Purdue University
  • Randolph Community College Foundation
  • Rhodes State College Foundation
  • Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology
  • Saint Mary of the Woods College
  • Saint Mary's College
  • San Jacinto College Foundation
  • Taylor University
  • Terra College Foundation
  • University of California, Los Angeles
  • University of Dayton
  • University of Evansville
  • University of Georgia Research Foundation
  • University of Illinois
  • University of Notre Dame
  • University of Oklahoma
  • University of Southern Indiana
  • Vincennes University
  • Wabash College
  • Weatherford College
  • West Virginia University
  • Wheaton College
  • Wisconsin Lutheran College


Name Position Phone Email
Wayne O. Adams III Partner 317-236-2117
Adam Arceneaux Partner 317-236-2137
Holiday W. Banta Partner 317-236-5882
Phillip L. Bayt Partner 317-236-2396
Michael A. Blickman Partner 317-236-2298
Jenifer M. Brown Partner 317-236-2242
Michael Buker Senior Counsel 317-236-2172
Gary J. Dankert Partner 317-236-2203
Dustin S. DuBois Partner 317-236-2251
Tami A. Earnhart Partner 317-236-2235
Henry A. Efroymson Partner 317-236-2397
Mark Wilson Ford Partner 317-236-2366
Philip C. Genetos Partner 317-236-2307
Gina M. Giacone Partner 317-236-5829
Roger A. Gilcrest Partner 614-462-1055
Jonathan D. Groff Associate 317-236-5803
John R. Hammond III Partner 317-236-5807
Brenda S. Horn Partner 317-236-2370
Brent W. Huber Partner 317-236-5942
Ben Kitto Associate 614-462-1056
Kevin R. Knight Partner 317-236-5828
Dean J. Leffelman Partner 630-955-6390
Jeffrey O. Lewis Partner 317-236-2334
Erik B. Long Associate 317-236-2395
Michael J. Melliere Partner 614-462-2232
Raven Merlau Associate 317-236-5813
Christopher L. Miller Partner 614-462-5033
Drew J. Miroff Partner 317-236-2267
Thomas E. Mixdorf Partner 317-236-5832
Eileen P.H. Moore Senior Counsel 317-236-2260
Byron L. Myers Partner 317-236-2367
Anthony Nimmo Partner 312-726-8149
Todd W. Ponder Partner 317-236-2457
Ryan McCabe Poor Partner 317-236-5976
Melissa Proffitt Partner 317-236-2470
Mark J. Richards Partner 317-236-2471
Phillip Ralph Scaletta Partner 317-236-2330
Tara Schulstad Sciscoe Partner 317-236-5888
Rebecca J. Seamands Partner 317-236-5889
Christopher S. Sears Partner 317-236-5891
Mark I. Shublak Partner 317-236-5981
Paul H. Sinclair Partner 317-236-2176
Eric L. Singer Partner 630-955-5826
Richard A. Smikle Partner 317-236-2400
Marilee J. Springer Partner 317-236-2286
Meghann C.T. Supino Associate 317-236-2107
Paul C. Sweeney Senior Counsel 317-236-5894
John R. Thornburgh Partner 317-236-2405
Richard J. Thrapp Partner 317-236-2442
Nathaniel M. Uhl Partner 317-236-2383
Thomas A. Walsh Partner 317-236-5946
L. Alan Whaley Partner 317-236-2362
Philip A. Whistler Partner 317-236-2349
Bradley L. Williams Senior Counsel 317-236-2454
Carrie R. McCaw Practice Group Specialist 317-236-5944
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