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The Office of the General Counsel (OGC) provides legal services to Drexel University and each of its colleges and schools, as well as the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, at each of the campuses where Drexel operates. The purpose of this website is to:  

  • describe the OGC's functions and operations,
  • introduce the legal team, and
  • inform the Drexel community about legal and risk management services available to them.

The mission of the OGC is to provide specialized legal advice to meet the diverse needs of a comprehensive University so that informed decisions can be made in the best interests of the institution. Our team of attorneys, risk managers and support staff work closely together to provide and ensure responsive, timely and accurate legal advice and counsel to our Board of Trustees, the President, senior management, university administrators, faculty and professional staff who are acting on behalf of the University in achieving the University’s goals and initiatives.

In all matters, the OGC strives to provide good sound advice, supporting the entrepreneurial initiatives of the administration and faculty while reducing the potential for unwelcome risks and expense, and doing so quickly, efficiently, and effectively. The OGC also aims to provide excellent service and practical advice to our faculty, management, trustees and staff who work on a daily basis for the benefit of our students and our local and global communities through all of the programs and services offered at Drexel. Unlike any other unit at the University, the OGC must consider not only the objectives of the department to which we are providing legal advice, but the objectives of every other department, college and school that might be affected, as well as the overall objectives of the University as a whole. To ensure that we provide well-informed advice, our attorneys and staff are actively engaged in the life of our clients at all levels.

If the Office of the General Counsel can be of service, please contact one of our attorneys and we will be happy to assist you or direct your inquiry to the appropriate attorney or other appropriate individual or department.

Michael J. Exler
Senior Vice President and General Counsel