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Josh D. Whitlock

Charlotte | 704.335.6622
Fax | 704.334.4706

Josh Whitlock focuses his practice on meeting the legal needs of higher education institutions and leads Parker Poe’s Education Industry Team. He has extensive experience defending colleges and universities in a broad range of litigation and investigations, as well as counseling them on a variety of issues, including campus sexual misconduct, disability accommodation, faculty tenure, and student discipline, safety, and privacy. He has a deep understanding of Title IX, ADA, Section 504, FERPA, and Clery Act compliance.

Josh frequently interacts with the U.S. Department of Education, having successfully represented schools in dozens of federal investigations and participated in multiple, invitation-only, small group listening sessions with Education Department leadership on topics such as Title IX regulatory reform and the rights of transgender students. He is a national thought leader on Title IX- and disability-related claims and compliance and frequently speaks and publishes on those matters.

He also is the former chair of the North Carolina Bar Association Education Law Section and an active member of the National Association of College and University Attorneys. Additionally, he was part of a team of attorneys that taught the Higher Education Practicum at the Washington and Lee University School of Law. Josh previously was a partner at an AmLaw 200 firm and a leader of that firm’s education industry team.

Josh is fluent in Spanish and uses his extensive experience living and working in Latin America to serve clients. He also uses his Spanish fluency to serve the community, providing pro bono services to immigrants with mental health disabilities or who need help obtaining domestic violence protection orders.

Josh served on the board of directors for Girls on the Run International and is a member of the Mindfulness in Law Society, which coordinates and promotes activities in the legal profession relating to mindfulness, meditation, and other contemplative practices. He also is a graduate of Leadership Charlotte, which serves as a pipeline for developing diverse leaders in the volunteer community.

Representative Experience

  • Represented colleges and universities in numerous investigations by the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
  • Defended higher education institutions in litigation related to their handling of sexual assault allegations.
  • Represented for-profit and nonprofit colleges and universities in federal investigations related to student lending.
  • Counseled higher education institutions in the drafting, revision, and application of a broad range of policies and procedures, including those related to sexual misconduct, student conduct, disability accommodation, and employment issues, and trained institution employees on those procedures.

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Honors & Awards

  • North Carolina Super Lawyers Rising Star, 2013-2017
  • Leadership Charlotte, Class XXXVI
  • Honors in William & Mary Legal Skills Program


  • North Carolina Bar Association, Education Law Section, Chair, 2012-2013; Vice Chair, 2011-2012; Secretary and Treasurer; 2010; Newsletter Editor, 2009
  • National Association of College and University Attorneys
  • Mindfulness in Law Society
  • Girls on the Run, Board of Directors, 2015-2017