The Office of General Counsel (OGC) provides legal advice and representation to the Board of Regents of the UW System, UW System Administration, UW System institutions, and UW System administrators and staff, and serves as liaison to state government offices and agencies, including the Wisconsin Department of Justice.

The UW System attorneys have expertise and practice in a number of general legal subject areas, such as discrimination law and employment law. Because higher education law is complex, Office of General Counsel attorneys also specialize in certain areas.

For information about a particular legal topic, please visit our “Legal Topics” page.  If you have specific questions, please see the “Attorney Areas of Expertise” page for the appropriate attorney to contact.

UW-Madison and UW-Milwaukee have their own legal offices.  Links to their websites can be found below.

Accessing Legal Services

Our attorneys represent the Board of Regents of the UW System as an institutional entity. We are available to provide counsel to any UW System employee who represents the University’s interests and has questions arising in the course and scope of their employment.

The Office of General Counsel does not represent or provide legal advice to students or employees on personal matters, including challenges to institutional decisions. If you are seeking advice for a personal matter, you may contact the State Bar of Wisconsin at (800) 362-9082 for a lawyer referral.

UW System provides an avenue for reporting activities that may involve waste, fraud, or abuse.  You may file such a report at The Network or by dialing (855) 827-4950.

Navigate to the UW-Milwaukee Legal Office website.

UW-Milwaukee Legal Office

Navigate to the UW-Madison Legal Office website.

UW-Madison Legal Office

Disclaimer

The information presented on this website is for informational purposes only and nothing on this website should be construed or relied upon as legal advice. The OGC or UW-Madison or UW-Milwaukee legal offices should be consulted regarding the specific facts and circumstances associated with any legal matter.