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Jackson Lewis Reinforces Higher Education Capabilities With Addition of Josh Whitlock and Sarah Ford Neorr in Charlotte and Offers Innovative Title IX Video Training Series

CHARLOTTE, NC (January 14, 2021) Jackson Lewis P.C., one of the country’s preeminent workplace law firms, is pleased to announce the addition of Principal Josh Whitlock and Of Counsel Sarah Ford Neorr, both formerly of Parker Poe, to the firm’s Charlotte office.  
   
“Josh and Sarah will significantly enhance the depth and breadth of our Higher Education Group,” said Firm Chair Kevin G. Lauri. “Both have invaluable experience with Title IX compliance, litigation, investigations, and training, which is critical as we continue to expand our capabilities for our higher education clients. Josh is considered as one of the top national thought leaders in this space, and his knowledge will be an asset for higher education institutions all over the country. Additionally, Sarah is a highly respected attorney with experience assisting colleges and universities with the complexities of handling sexual misconduct incidents. I am excited both have decided to join the firm.”
 
Josh represents numerous colleges and universities and has extensive experience defending clients in a broad range of litigation and investigations, as well as counseling them on campus sexual misconduct, disability accommodation, faculty tenure, and student discipline, safety, and privacy. 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 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, frequently speaks and publishes on those matters, and has conducted Title IX- and disability-related trainings for hundreds of institutions. 

Josh was the Leader of Parker Poe’s Education Industry Team, is the former chair of the North Carolina Bar Association Education Law Section, and is 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 is fluent in Spanish and uses his experience living and working in Latin America to serve clients. He earned his J.D. from William & Mary and his B.A. from Brigham Young University. 

Sarah also focuses her practice on higher education and provides Title IX training and other legal services to colleges and universities. As an employment lawyer, Sarah has experience handling sensitive issues such as claims of sexual harassment, racial bias, and disability discrimination. She brings this background to her work as a Title IX attorney, helping clients navigate the legal, practical, and ethical complexities of addressing sexual misconduct on campus. Sarah also defends educational institutions in lawsuits brought by students or employees and in inquiries conducted by state and federal agencies.  Sarah earned her J.D. from New York University and her B.A. from Miami University. 

Josh and Sarah already are hard at work with their new Jackson Lewis Higher Education Group colleagues on an innovative and interactive Title IX video training series that will provide higher education institutions a comprehensive, cost-effective, and versatile solution for their annual Title IX team training obligations. The 2021-2022 academic year series will be released mid-2021 to account for anticipated regulatory changes, but it is available now for discounted pre-order, and more details can be found here.

“I am thrilled that Josh and Sarah are joining the Charlotte office,” said Office Managing Principal Bernard Tisdale. “From the moment that I met Josh, I was very impressed with his vigor and passion for business development. I was also impressed with Sarah’s background and commitment to quality representation. Both Josh and Sarah will fit in well with the Jackson Lewis culture and will bring momentum to our growing office in Charlotte.”
 
Josh Whitlock can be reached directly at (980) 465-7242. 

Sarah Ford Neorr can be reached directly at (980) 465-7243. 

About Jackson Lewis 
Focused on labor and employment law since 1958, Jackson Lewis P.C.’s 950+ attorneys located in major cities nationwide consistently identify and respond to new ways workplace law intersects business. We help employers develop proactive strategies, strong policies and business-oriented solutions to cultivate high-functioning workforces that are engaged, stable and diverse, and share our clients' goals to emphasize inclusivity and respect for the contribution of every employee. 
 
Additional information about the firm can be found at jacksonlewis.com.

For more information, please contact:
Lara Hamm, Chief Communications Officer
T: (267) 319-7803 / E: Lara.Hamm@jacksonlewis.com

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