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 a broad range of legal matters affecting the University.  The General Counsel’s Office serves the Board of Trustees, President, Provost, Vice Presidents, Vice Provosts, Deans, and all the other University leaders, faculty and staff in their official capacity and work for Johns Hopkins.  The General Counsel’s Office also is 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 legal obligations and protection of its legal interests; to minimize legal risks and costs; and to address and resolve legal disputes.

Our office located on the East Baltimore campus assists in providing legal services to our clients located there:  the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine; the Bloomberg School of Public Health, and the School of Nursing.  Our attorneys also work closely together with the Johns Hopkins Health System Legal Department on a wide range of legal matters involving Johns Hopkins Medicine.

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 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 addresses HIPAA issues for the University.

To help direct you to the appropriate attorney, we have prepared a chart that shows our areas of law practice. Using the chart, you will find links to the names of attorneys who are  able to address your specific needs.  You may also contact our office for personal asssistance.