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Ice Miller has committed substantial resources and personnel to build one of the largest higher education practices in the nation. We have the privilege of serving as general counsel to some institutions while providing specialty services to others. 

Ice Miller attorneys have served over 250 higher education clients across 39 states. Our clients cover the spectrum of higher education, from state-wide higher education systems, large public research institutions, private universities and colleges, medical and professional schools and faith-based institutions, to athletic conferences, lobby and trade associations, support foundations, research foundations, philanthropic entities, and individual higher education leaders. 
In addition to general higher education law, Ice Miller’s Higher Education practice commits the Firm’s resources to serve its higher education clients on issues related to every aspect of the business of higher education, including collegiate sports, construction, employment law, student issues, employee benefits, immigration, international law, information technology, and municipal finance. Some examples of recent projects that we have worked on include:
  • Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) self-audits for higher education clients and attention to the 2016 regulations on the higher education environment. In addition, analyzing the NLRB’s new decision on graduate students as “employees” and putting in motion methods of working with the impact of this decision. 
  • Consulted with both public and private institutions on fiduciary duties and best practices related to their retirement plan structures and investments.
  • Worked on behalf of large higher education institutions regarding Americans with Disabilities (ADA) website compliance and Title IX compliance and litigation. 
  • In the past 10 years, we have served as bond or underwriter’s counsel on almost 200 transactions for 60 higher education clients in 12 states, totaling more than $6.25 billion. 
In addition, Ice Miller’s attorneys regularly publish and present in national forums directed to colleges and universities, and serve on committees and in leadership positions with organizations such as the National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO), the National Association of College and University Attorneys (NACUA), and the College and University Professional Association for Human Resources (CUPA-HR). Ice Miller uses its involvement in these and other groups to prepare ourselves to serve its clients at the highest levels.

Representative Clients

  • Ball State University
  • Benedictine University (IL)
  • Brazosport College Foundation
  • Butler University
  • Columbus State Community College
  • 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
  • James A. Rhodes State College
  • Kellogg Community College Foundation
  • Lake Land College Foundation
  • Marian University
  • McCormick Theological Seminary
  • Monmouth College (IL)
  • Murray State College Foundation
  • North Central Texas College Foundation
  • North Park 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
  • Terra College Foundation
  • The Ohio State University
  • The University of Toledo
  • University of California, Los Angeles
  • University of Dayton
  • University of Evansville
  • University of Georgia Research Foundation
  • University of Illinois
  • University of Oklahoma
  • University of Southern Indiana
  • Wabash College
  • Weatherford College
  • West Virginia University
  • Wisconsin Lutheran College

Firm Publications



Name Position Phone Email
Michael P. Allen Partner 317-236-5878
Holiday W. Banta Partner 317-236-5882
Michael A. Blickman Partner 317-236-2298
Jenifer M. Brown Partner 317-236-2242
Dustin S. DuBois Partner 317-236-2251
Tami A. Earnhart Partner 317-236-2235
Gina M. Giacone Partner 317-236-5829
John R. Gregg Partner 317-236-5817
John R. Hammond III Partner 317-236-5807
Brent W. Huber Partner 317-236-5942
Ben Kitto Partner 614-462-1056
Kevin R. Knight Partner 317-236-5828
Dean J. Leffelman Partner 630-955-6390
Erik B. Long Partner 317-236-2395
Michael J. Melliere Partner 614-462-2232
Christopher L. Miller Partner 614-462-5033
Drew J. Miroff Partner 317-236-2267
Todd W. Ponder Partner 317-236-2457
Melissa Proffitt Partner-in-Charge of Client Relations 317-236-2470
Mark J. Richards Partner 317-236-2471
Tara Schulstad Sciscoe Partner 317-236-5888
Christopher S. Sears Partner 317-236-5891
Mark I. Shublak Partner 317-236-5981
Eric L. Singer Partner 630-955-5826
Catherine Strauss Partner 614-462-1069
Meghann C.T. Supino Partner 317-236-2107
John R. Thornburgh Partner 317-236-2405
Richard J. Thrapp Partner 317-236-2442
Thomas A. Walsh Partner 317-236-5946
Roger A. Gilcrest Senior Counsel 614-462-1055
Jonathan D. Groff Of Counsel 317-236-5803
Amanda Morton Of Counsel 317-236-2398
Shalina Ann Schaefer Senior Counsel 317-236-2302
Alan G. Starkoff Senior Counsel 614-462-4938
Paul C. Sweeney Senior Counsel 317-236-5894
Jessica Spears Voltolini Senior Counsel 614-462-1060
Philip A. Whistler Senior Counsel 317-236-2349
Raven Merlau Associate 317-236-5813
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