Office of General Counsel
Welcome to Bowling Green State University’s Office of General Counsel website. The General Counsel is the legal advisor to the Board of Trustees, the President, and the University officers. The Office of General Counsel supports the teaching, research, and service missions of the University. The Office of General Counsel works with the faculty and staff on matters relating to performance and duties of those positions. We represent the University as a whole. We do not provide legal advice to employees or students relating to personal matters. We provide legal services to the various units throughout the University in a broad range of areas including but not limited to: employment, labor, contracts, intellectual property, state sunshine laws, policy development, and a wide range of other issues.
The Ohio Attorney General is the statutory legal advisor for all universities in the state. The Office of General Counsel acts under the authority of the Attorney General. We work with private law firms appointed by the Attorney General, as special counsel, to respond to lawsuits filed against Bowling Green State University. Special counsel are sometimes also appointed to represent the University’s interest upon the request of the Office of General Counsel.
Administrators and faculty are encouraged to contact the Office of General Counsel at the first sign of a legal question. Early communication will avoid complications that could later arise.