Brandi A. Taylor is a member of the firm's established and respected national higher education law and policy practice and the Duane Morris Education industry group. She is one of a small number of attorneys in the United States with a daily practice devoted primarily to the needs of higher education institutions (non-profit, public and proprietary), EdTech companies, third-party servicers, and investors in higher education. Her practice also focuses on the privacy and data protection needs of institutions of higher education.
Prior to joining Duane Morris, Brandi was Senior Regulatory Counsel at a large, predominately online institution of higher education in Florida. Before that she lived and worked in Washington, D.C. representing postsecondary educational institutions, EdTech companies, and third-party servicers.
Areas of Practice
- Education Sector M&A, Investment and Lending Transactions
- Title IV, Federal Student Aid
- State Licensure and Authorization
- Online Education
- Third Party Servicers
- Cash Management
- Government Investigations
- Education Policy
Brandi counsels clients regarding U.S. Department of Education Title IV student financial aid regulations, accrediting agency standards, and state licensure requirements, including substantive change (ownership and governance, program, location and other changes) and distance education. Because the needs of institutions are so diverse, she is often aided in her work by attorneys in the firm's other disciplines, including intellectual property, tax, real estate, immigration, corporate and trial.
Areas of Practice
- GLBA/Safeguards Rule
- Breach Notifications
- Regulatory investigations
Brandi counsels institutions of higher education in the complex areas of privacy and cybersecurity, including cybersecurity preparedness, regulatory compliance and investigations, and data breach response. She also counsels clients on the rapidly changing field of data privacy, including the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA).
Brandi is a 2011 cum laude graduate of American University, Washington College of Law, where she was a senior staff member of the Journal of Gender, Social Policy & the Law, and a graduate of Denison University.
- District of Columbia
- American University, Washington College of Law, J.D., cum laude, 2011
- Senior Staff Member, Journal of Gender, Social Policy & the Law
- Denison University, B.A., 2005
Duane Morris LLP
- Associate, 2018-present
Ultimate Medical Academy
- Senior Counsel, Regulatory Affairs, 2017-2018
Powers Pyles Sutter and Verville PC
- Associate, 2011-2017
Co-author, "U.S. Department of Education Confirms New Reporting Requirements Apply to Public Colleges and Universities," Duane Morris Alert, June 12, 2019
Co-author, "Deadline Draws Near for Compliance with U.S. Department of Education’s 2016 Borrower Defense to Repayment (BDR) Rule," Duane Morris Alert, May 8, 2019
Co-author, "The Trouble with Triggers: Newly Effective Postsecondary Institution Reporting Obligations Under the Borrower Defense to Repayment Rule," Duane Morris Alert, April 9, 2019
Co-author, "Implementing the 2016 Borrower Defense to Repayment (BDR) Rule - Arbitration Agreements and Class Action Waivers," Duane Morris Alert, March 21, 2019
Co-author, "U.S. Department of Education Publishes Title IX Amendments for Public Comment," Duane Morris Alert, December 3, 2018
Selected Speaking Engagements
Co-presenter, "Understanding the New California Consumer Privacy Act: Why the CCPA Applies to You and Practical Steps You Can Take Now to Comply," The California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018 Webinar Series, May 23, 2019