Office of the General Counsel

Welcome!  The Office of General Counsel (OGC) provides legal counsel, representation, and oversight of work on the wide range of legal matters affecting Yale University and its component organizations. 

Alexander E. Dreier was appointed Vice President and General Counsel in November 2014 and joined the University in March 2015. As Yale’s chief legal officer and legal counselor to the Corporation, he oversees all of the University’s legal affairs, and directs its Office of the General Counsel. In addition, he oversees the University’s federal relations and its program of enterprise risk management.

OGC’s staff of professional attorneys advise administrators and faculty on legal and regulatory questions related to Yale’s activities, including transactional matters, dispute resolution, and policy formulation. They also represent the interests of the University in administrative and judicial proceedings.

The work of the OGC, and its attorneys, is organized into practice areas.  To locate an attorney by practice area, consult the attorney and staff directory.  If you are unsure of the practice area or need assistance, contact Cynthia Carr, Deputy General Counsel.