S. Friedman & Co. possesses unique legal expertise in the field of higher education, stemming from its longstanding support of the largest and most active universities and colleges in Israel, its role in shaping the core of higher education legislation, and its widespread professional connections in Israel and around the world.

This comprehensive expertise is consistently recognized by legal directories, such as BDI and Dun’s 100, which ranks S. Friedman & Co among the leaders in the field of higher education.

The firm’s team consists of 15 professionals whose pool of knowledge and experience allows the department to provide its clients with a one-stop shop tailored to their needs.

Our clients include the University of Haifa, the Weizmann Institute and Levinsky College of Education, as well as the University of Haifa’s Heads Committee and its commercialization subsidiaries – Carmel-Haifa University Economic Cooperation Ltd. and its investment fund, Carmel Innovations.

Unparalleled Knowledge in the Field

Our comprehensive package of services includes corporate governance and verification of compliance with regulatory guidelines.

We play an active role in the sector, highlighted by our participation in the drafting and amending key of legislation that have helped shape the higher education sector in recent decades, such as the Mandatory Tenders (Commitments of the institution of higher education) Law, 2010, and the Equal Rights for People with Disabilities Regulations, 2013.

The department holds a particular understanding of the unique regulations governing tenders in the higher education sector, and has successfully advised and when necessary acted on behalf of Tel Aviv University, Weizmann Institute of Science and Levinsky College of Education in all stages of their tender processes, and has managed domain auctions at Haifa University.

In addition, the department advises its higher education clients and other subsidiaries on issues regarding fundraising for domestic and international research projects, drafting work procedures, instruction on adherence to applicable regulations and assisting in structuring internal guidelines, as well as accompanying each institution in its contractual negotiations in both commercial academic, research, collaboration and consortium agreements, including tax law challenges, scholarship taxation, initiating start-up ventures and other strategic issues.

Intellectual Property Experts

From the research proposal to the commercialization stage, the intellectual property (IP) researched and developed at higher education institutions is often of potential tremendous national and international value.

Our IP department has comprehensive and well-established expertise and understanding of its impact on this sector. We are well versed in understanding and resolving the challenges of protecting the rights of the faculty, researchers and students, as well as the issues surrounding the transfer, distribution or commercial use of these IP assets. We also act on behalf of both the faculties and the researchers in disputes relating to research outcomes, results ideas or copyright infringement cases.

Our team advises our clients on other types of litigation applicable to higher education such as class actions, labor and pension issues and disputes both collectively and individually, while also working closely with the Director of Wages at the Finance Ministry and the Ministry of Economy on a variety of labor issues.
Higher education policy is being constantly evolving and changing.

We strive to provide our clients with the most professional and effective service, always keeping them updated with all the developments in the sector so that their institutions can continue to flourish in this highly competitive field.