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The Office of the General Counsel (OGC) includes the Office of Risk Management. 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 and other University subsidiaries at each of the campuses where Drexel operates.

The mission of the OGC is to provide specialized legal and risk management 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 Drexel University, through the Board of Trustees, the President, senior management, administrators, faculty, and professional staff who are acting on behalf of the organization.

In all matters, the OGC strives to provide practical and sound advice to support the University in achieving its goals and initiatives, while reducing the potential for unwelcome risks and expense, and to do so efficiently and effectively. In providing its services, the OGC must consider not only the objectives of the unit 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. When specialized expertise is needed, we retain outside counsel and brokers to assist us. We work closely with colleagues and clients across the University to offer well-informed advice in a wide range of areas and to deliver the best service possible.

Commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

OGC fully supports the University’s Strategic Plan to create a culture of equity and to realize the vision of a better, stronger Drexel consistent with the Anti-Racism Task Force statement that: “An inclusive, anti-racist Drexel is a stronger Drexel - more innovative, more effective, more competitive and better positioned to meet the challenges of the next decade and beyond.”

OGC embraces the University’s Strategic Plan to create a culture of equity through:

  • working to prevent discrimination, harassment or retaliation that is prohibited by law or by University policies;
  • nurturing a learning community diverse in backgrounds, perspectives, and ideas, free from bias or discrimination, to make education more accessible to produce equitable outcomes;
  • integrating underrepresented viewpoints into decision-making processes at the University;
  • demonstrating respect and caring for others; and
  • valuing and seeking a demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusion from its retained counsel.

If the Office of the General Counsel can be of service, please contact one of our attorneys, risk managers, or professional staff and we will be happy to assist you or direct your inquiry to the appropriate person in OGC or other appropriate individual or department.

Michael J. Exler
Senior Vice President and General Counsel