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The Office of the Vice President and General Counsel provides legal counsel and representation to  Johns Hopkins University and all its schools, divisions, affiliates, and related entities on the broad range of legal matters affecting the University.  The General Counsel’s Office serves University trustees, officers, directors, administrators, faculty and staff in their official capacities.  The General Counsel’s Office is also responsible for hiring and managing outside counsel to represent the University.

Our commitment is to provide the highest quality legal services in a responsible, helpful and timely manner; to protect and promote the mission and values of the University, including compliance with its obligations and protection and promotion of its interests; to minimize legal risks and costs; and to address and resolve legal disputes.

Consistent always with the mission and interests of the University, we strive to be problem solvers; to engage in strategic thinking with our clients; to defend the interests of the University and its constituents; to protect and promote the integrity of the University; to practice preventive law; and to assist the University’s trustees, officers, faculty and staff to accomplish their institutional objectives.

Legal matters relating to APL are handled by the APL Office of Legal Counsel.  Legal matters relating to The Johns Hopkins Health System and The Johns Hopkins Hospital are handled by the Johns Hopkins Health System Legal Department.  The Johns Hopkins Health System Legal Department also handles medical malpractice claims and HIPAA issues for the University.

To help direct you to the right lawyer, we have prepared lists of general and specific practice areas, as well as the specific assignments by lawyer.  A good way to get started is to follow the link to the area of practice that best fits your need and contact the associated lawyer or assistant. You may call any of us for help and advice on any legal issue involving the University. 

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