Bryce Young is a trial and appellate attorney focusing on postsecondary education law. As such, he serves as trusted advisor as well as outside litigation counsel to numerous universities and colleges across the country.
In his trusted advisor role, Mr. Young frequently advises on disability accommodation issues, student privacy concerns, and various contractual and employment disputes. He routinely speaks at conferences and publishes articles on these topics as well, with a special emphasis on the nuances of the reasonable accommodation process for students with disabilities (e.g., emotional support animals, service animals, undue burden and fundamental alteration analysis, and creative alternative accommodations).
As outside litigation counsel, Mr. Young represents his clients in all aspects and stages of litigation, including:
• Individual student lawsuits (e.g., alleged misrepresentations, discrimination, wrongful withdrawal);
• Class action lawsuits (e.g., alleged misclassification of students claiming to be employees for hands-on learning, unfair advertising, misrepresentations);
• False Claims Act lawsuits (e.g., alleged violations of incentive compensation ban, deceptive practices ban);
• Arbitration process (enforcement of arbitration agreements in court, arbitration discovery and evidentiary hearings, and confirming arbitration awards in court);
• Appellate briefing to various federal and state appellate courts;
• State agency administrative actions (e.g., regulatory boards imposing fines, termination of eligibility to receive state-funded loans and grants);
• Government investigations (e.g., alleged deceptive practices, regulatory violations)
• Breach of contract litigation (e.g., third-party vendors);
• National policy strategy (e.g., commenting on proposed legislation, advising decisionmakers on issues facing the industry).
Whether advising on a discrete issue or zealously advocating for his client’s interests, Mr. Young is dedicated to providing responsive, personal service to his clients.
Prior to joining Duane Morris LLP, Mr. Young was a litigation attorney in the Minneapolis office of another AmLaw 100 law firm, representing numerous Fortune 50, 100, and 500 clients in class action, product liability, antitrust, employment and commercial litigation matters.
Mr. Young began his legal career as an attorney for the Minnesota Supreme Court, where he had the distinct privilege of serving as judicial clerk to the Hon. Alan C. Page, Helen M. Meyer, and Christopher J. Dietzen. He also worked as a summer associate in the In-House Counsel's Office for General Litigation of Medtronic, an international medical device company.
Mr. Young graduated summa cum laude from the University of St. Thomas School of Law, where he was Editor-in-Chief of the University of St. Thomas Law Journal. He graduated summa cum laude from the University of St. Thomas with a Bachelors of Arts degree in Economics.
Mr. Young was selected by his peers as a “Rising Star” in the 2019, 2020, and 2021 editions of Super Lawyers.
Areas of Practice
- Education Litigation
- Obtained a full defense award after multi-day arbitration in California on behalf of a postsecondary education institution, defeating a former student’s claims for fraud, unfair competition and advertising, misrepresentation, and RICO violations.
- Obtained a Voluntary Dismissal of Appeal from Appellants after all briefing had been filed and oral argument had been scheduled before the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Appellants were members of a putative class action appealing summary judgment in which the district court had concluded cosmetology students practicing hands-on skills on paying members of the public were not employees of the school.
- Obtained full defense award after multi-day arbitration hearing in Florida on behalf of postsecondary education institution, defeating a former student’s claims of disability discrimination and unfair marketing practices.
- Obtained full defense award after multi-day arbitration in Oregon on behalf of a private school, defeating a former student’s claims of disability discrimination by the school.
- Obtained a federal court order dismissing a former student’s claims of racial discrimination and unfair lending practices against a private school.
- Obtained state and federal court orders compelling arbitration of student lawsuits in several states and federal district courts.
- Successfully confirmed contested arbitration awards in California and Washington.
- Authored appellate brief to Missouri Court of Appeals and a Petition for Review to the Missouri Supreme Court that led to the statewide adoption of a rule favoring enforcement of arbitration provisions.
- Negotiated various settlements and dismissal of notices of alleged violations issued by government regulatory bodies attempting to impose progressive fines on private schools.
- Authored appellate brief to Texas Court of Appeals regarding interpretation and enforcement of regulations imposed on private university.
- Obtained an Order from the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California granting summary judgment in a putative class action case, holding the schools did not owe wages to students who were in training for their profession.
- Obtained summary judgment in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California of a suit brought by cosmetology students who sought to represent a putative class claiming they should receive wages for training on paying customers in the student clinics.
- Settled breach of contract claims between private academic institution and digital marketing vendor.
- Obtained dismissal on summary judgment in California state court on behalf of insurer alleged to have aided and abetted a breach of fiduciary duty. Prior to summary judgment, all but one claim was dismissed via successful motions to dismiss.
- Authored appellate brief to state supreme court on behalf of financial institution.
- Authored amicus curiae brief to state appellate court regarding corporate self-insurance regulations.
- Defended client against antitrust lawsuit in a multi-district litigation.
- Represented financial institution that opted to proceed individually (and opted-out of a parallel class action) on an action alleging fraud and mishandling of investments.
- Obtained federal benefits for individual with cognitive disability after an evidentiary hearing.
- Obtained asylum for two Egyptian teenagers persecuted for their religious beliefs.
- Analyzed merits of applications from prisoners seeking representation from the Innocence Project to appeal and/or challenge their convictions or sentences.
- Represented a prisoner in a personal injury claim against the corrections system.
Postsecondary Education Litigation
Pro Bono Representation
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
- U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California
- U.S. District Court for the Central District of California
- U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California
- U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California
- U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota
- U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin
- University of St. Thomas School of Law, J.D., summa cum laude, 2010
- Editor-in-Chief, University of St. Thomas Law Journal
- University of St. Thomas, B.A., summa cum laude, 2007
- Duane Morris LLP
- Associate, 2015-present
Stinson Leonard Street LLP
- Associate, 2011-2014
- Minnesota Supreme Court
- Judicial Clerk to the Hon. Alan C. Page, Helen M. Meyer and Christopher J. Dietzen, 2010-2011
- Summer Associate, In-House Counsel for General Litigation, 2009
Honors and Awards
Listed in Super Lawyers Rising Stars, 2019-2021
Civic and Charitable Activities
Member, National Association of College and University Attorneys (NACUA)
- Committee Member, Advisory Committee for the Journal of College and University Law
California Lawyers Association
- Executive Member, Committee on Appellate Courts (2020-2024)
- Committee Member, Committee on Appellate Courts (2018-2020)
- Appointed by the Minnesota Judicial Council to the Committee for Equality and Justice
- Member, Duane Morris Diversity and Inclusion Committee for San Diego Office
- Barrister, Welsh Inn of Court
- Founder and Board Member, University of St. Thomas Clerkship Committee
- Board Member, University of St. Thomas Alumni Board
- Volunteer, Helping Paws Service Dogs for People with Physical Disabilities
- President, Homeowners’ Association
- Department of Education Interprets Title IX to Protect LGBTQ+ Students, UpdatED Blog, (2021).
- Civil Rights Division of DOJ Explains Title IX Protects Gender Identity and Sexual Orientation Status, Bringing High-Stakes Showdown with Contrary State Laws One Step Closer, UpdatED Blog, (2021).
- Arkansas Passes Law Prohibiting Biologically Male Students from Participating in Female Sports, UpdatED Blog, (2021).
- Mississippi Enacts Law Banning Transgender Athletes from Competing on Female Sports Teams, UpdatED Blog, (2021).
- Biden Issues Executive Order Regarding Gender Identity and Sexual Orientation Discrimination, UpdatED Blog, (2021).
- In One of Its Final Actions, Department of Education Releases Internal Memorandum Analyzing Title IX as it Relates to Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity, UpdatED Blog, (2021).
- As New Title IX Rule Goes into Effect, Department Launches New Title IX Website, UpdatEd Blog (2020)
Sonner v. Premier Nutrition Corp.--Federal Common Law’s Limitation of California UCL and CLRA Equitable Remedies, Notre Dame Law Review Reflection (2020).
- California Lawyers Association’s Committee on Appellate Courts’ Comments to Proposed Amendments to the Local Rules for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit (2020).
- Paternalistic Employers, Beware: EEOC Addresses Employer Concerns for Workplace Safety via Mandated Accommodations, UpdatEd Blog (2020)
- OCR Provides Practical Pointers for Postsecondary Institutions to Meet Civil Rights Obligations in Distance Learning Environments, UpdatEd Blog (2020).
- Department of Education Publishes Title IX Final Rule, Duane Morris Alert (2020).
- OCR Guidance on Disability Rights & Distance Learning During COVID-19 Pandemic, UpdatED Blog (2020).
- California Education Institutions Exempted from Statewide Stay-at-Home Order, UpdatED Blog (2020).
- Million Dollar Settlements of Closed Captioning Website Accessibility Lawsuits Highlight Need for Dual Approach to Website Accessibility, UpdatED Blog (2020).
- Companies Must Ensure CCPA Privacy Notices Comply with Disability Accessibility Requirements, Duane Morris Alert (2020).
- Annual Update on Developments in California Appellate Practice, California Litigation Review (2019).
- Process Makes Perfect: How the Accommodation Process Supports Students with Disabilities and Safeguards Valuable College Resources, Career Education Review (2019).
Ninth Circuit Concludes Students Are Not Employees of Schools, Duane Morris Alert (2018).
- Seventh Circuit Concludes Students Are Not Employees of Schools, Duane Morris Alert (2017).
- Federal Laws of Helping Paws : Federal Laws Governing Service Animals, Coll. Planning & Mgmt. (2016).
Using Technology to "Ramp" Accessibility Barriers in the Legal Profession, The Bencher (2015).
- 2013 update of Damages in Business Tort Actions, a chapter in Minnesota Business Torts Deskbook
- "Recovering Lost Profits: The Resurrection of Subsidiaries," 8 UNIV. ST. THOMAS L.J. 275 (2011).
- "Foreword: Exxon Valdez Revisited: Rights and Remedies," 7 UNIV. ST. THOMAS L.J. 1 (2010).
Selected Speaking Engagements
- Presenter, "Insider Insights—Retaining and Attracting a Diverse Workforce?" ASU+GSU 2020 Virtual Summit (2020).
- Guest Lecturer, Disability Law Course, University of St. Thomas School of Law (2020).
- Webinar Moderator, "Life as an Appellate Clerk/Staff Attorney," California Lawyers Association’s Committee on Appellate Courts (2020).
- Presenter, "Best Practices for Website Accessibility," Oozle Media Webinar (2019).
- Presenter, "Standing Up While Sitting Down: Using Differences to Distinguish Yourself in Business Development," Duane Morris LLP full-firm annual meeting (2019).
- Speaker, "Making the 'D' Not Stand for 'Difficult' - Addressing the Tough ADA Questions", Annual Conference California Private Postsecondary Schools (2019).
Presenter, "Trifecta of the Disability Accommodation Process," Annual Conference of California Association of Private Postsecondary Schools, October (2018).
Presenter, "Accommodating Service Dogs and Emotional Support Animals," Annual Conference of California Association of Private Postsecondary Schools, October (2017).
- Guest, "The Career Corner with Adam Brown Podcast" (2016).
- Presenter, "Perspectives on Disabilities," U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota In-Court Seminar (2014).
Presenter, "Reasonable Accommodations of Individuals with Disabilities," Forum on Workplace Inclusion (2014).
Presenter, "Business Torts Deskbook: Business Tort Damages," Continuing Legal Education Webcast (2014).
- Keynote Speaker, Helping Paws Service Dogs Annual Fundraiser (2011).