Office of the General Counsel

The Office of the General Counsel provides legal advice, services, and representation to the five University campuses, the Board of Trustees, the President, the Chancellors, and other University officers and employees acting on the University’s behalf.  Our Office is dedicated to working collaboratively with our University clients, and assisting them in managing the business of the University effectively and in accordance with University policies and the law.  We encourage employees to contact this office for practical and prompt assistance and guidance, at (617) 287-4064.

This site provides information about our staff, how to contact our office, helpful links, and answers to some frequently asked questions.

How To...

The Office of the General Counsel advises the University and its employees in their official capacities, including providing guidance on how to:

  • Request legal advice
  • Respond to service of a summons and complaint
  • Respond to Chapter 258 claim letters
  • Request use of outside counsel
  • Respond to outside attorneys
  • Use or register a UMass trademark or logo
  • Request public records

Visit the How To… page for general information on these topics.

Areas of Expertise

The Office of the General Counsel has attorneys with expertise in many areas, including:

  • Employment
  • General business
  • Higher education
  • Immigration
  • Labor
  • Licensing/Intellectual property
  • Litigation
  • State and federal Laws

See the Contact Us page for a full staff listing.