Charlotte, N.C. – Parker Poe Adams & Bernstein LLP is pleased to announce the addition of Josh Whitlock as a partner in the firm’s Charlotte office. He joins Parker Poe’s Education Industry Team and its Employment & Benefits Group.
Josh has extensive experience defending colleges and universities in a broad range of litigation and investigations and counseling them on a variety of issues, including sexual misconduct, disability accommodation, student discipline, and faculty tenure matters. He 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.
Additionally, he is the former chair of the North Carolina Bar Association Education Law Section, is an active member of the National Association of College and University Attorneys, and 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 a large international law firm and a leader of that firm’s education industry team.
“Josh is a major addition to our Education Team because of his battle-tested ability to lead colleges and universities through their thorniest legal issues,” says Will Cannon, the leader of Parker Poe’s Education Team. “Josh has earned a national reputation for providing ahead-of-the-curve legal advice. We couldn’t be happier to have him join us.”
Josh says, “Parker Poe’s already strong Education Team, full-service capabilities, and reasonable and flexible rate structure make it a perfect fit for my practice and, most importantly, for the clients that I have the privilege of serving. I’m thrilled to be joining the firm.”
In addition to his education practice, 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.
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