Attorneys and Staff

The Office of University Counsel provides assistance in the areas listed below:

 

Picture of Michael Norton   Michael Norton, University Counsel

  • Governance and Compliance
  • University Policy
  • International Collaborations
  • Data Security
  • Athletics

   Picture of Paula DeAngeloPaula K. DeAngelo, Deputy Counsel

  • Procurement and Business Transactions
  • Real Estate and Facility Use
  • Academic Collaborations
  • International Initiatives

  Barbara BiedermanPicture of Barbara Biederman , Associate Counsel

  • Research Agreements
  • Fee for Service Agreements
  • Patent, Copyright, Trademark
  • Unmanned Aerial Systems/Drones
  • Conflict of Interest
  • Export Controls
  • Ames Laboratory, General Counsel

Picture of Brett Lohoefener   Brett Lohoefener, Associate Counsel

  • Student Affairs (academics, conduct, organizations, FERPA/privacy, residence life, health & wellness, study abroad)
  • Risk and Compliance Management
  • Accessibility and Accommodations
  • Civil Rights (non-discrimination, anti-harassment, non-retaliation, Title IX)
  • Subpoenas, Courts Orders, Tort Claims

      Picture of Heather Smith Heather Smith, Associate Counsel

      • Labor and Employment
      • Faculty Personnel
      • Discrimination and Title VII
      • Disability - Employee

             
            Picture of Sheryl Rippke
            Sheryl Rippke, Policy Administrator 
             
            • Policy Administration
            • Records Management
            • Faculty and P&S Parliamentarian
            • Public Records Officer
             

            Administrative Staff

            Melanie Rogotzke:  Melanie is our Office Manager and provides administrative support to University Counsel Michael Norton.  She is responsible for the Office of University Counsel's budget and reporting.

            Amy Dennis:  Amy is our secretary and front desk receptionist for the Office of University Counsel. Her duties include appointment scheduling, website maintenance, monitoring claims, and providing support to the Policy Administrator.

            Iowa Department of Justice

            The Iowa Department of Justice handles litigation in court for ISU and provides advice to the Iowa Board of Regents.  The Office of University Counsel coordinates and works with the Department of Justice on university litigation.

            DOJ staff handling matters for ISU include:

            • Assistant Attorney General, George Carroll
            • Assistant Attorney General, Kayla Burkhiser Reynolds
            • Assistant Attorney General, Christopher Diest

            On matters involving personal injury or property damage, members of the Iowa Department of Justice Special Litigation Division may represent the University.

            If you have a question regarding whether a matter is being handled by the Iowa Department of Justice, please contact the Office of University Counsel.

            Private Counsel

            From time to time, the University will hire lawyers in private practice to advise or represent the University.  Such attorneys are hired most often in specialized areas of law such as intellectual property, broadcasting, benefits and federal taxation.  OUC negotiates agreements with outside counsel and oversees their work.

            Hiring of outside attorneys requires consultation with the Office of University Counsel. (See Legal Counsel, Policy Library)  If you believe your unit requires specialized legal advice, please consult with us.

            We can also answer questions whether a private attorney has been retained by the University.