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Karen Baillie

Partner
T 412-577-5118

    Ms. Baillie is experienced in counseling educational institutions and businesses in matters related to employees, students, and other constituencies. 

     

    Higher Education

    Ms. Baillie garnered higher education experience in prior roles as in-house counsel for a large entity which had over 100 campuses in 24 states, as well as serving as general counsel for a small, private, religious institution. In these capacities, Ms. Baillie partnered with higher education clients in matters relating to students, including disclosures, discipline, discrimination, Title IX, and VAWA, accommodating disabilities, privacy, Title IV financial aid, collections, marketing, accreditation, state licensing and state authorization for distance education. Ms. Baillie has assisted clients with investigations. She has appeared before the Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights on myriad student discrimination issues. Ms. Baillie enjoys writing and interpreting policies to comply with complex regulations. She has defended institutions in all sorts of litigation brought by students, faculty and others.

     

    Labor and Employment

    Ms. Baillie handles diverse employment issues, including discharge and discipline, discrimination, accommodation of disabilities, leaves, FLSA, FMLA, OSHA, labor arbitration hearings, union election campaigns, collective bargaining agreements, drug testing, investigations, reductions in force, and separation agreements. She has represented clients in labor arbitration hearings, in court and before the National Labor Relations Board, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission, the City of Pittsburgh Commission on Human Relations and other government agencies charged with protecting workers and investigating employee complaints. Ms. Baillie has negotiated collective bargaining agreements and provided strategic legal advice and training regarding remaining union-free.

     

    Training

    Ms. Baillie has developed and led well-received trainings on subjects including faculty grievances; FLSA, FMLA, FERPA; Campus SAVE Act; codes of conduct; investigations; harassment; accommodating disabilities; protecting youth on campus; background checks; and wage-and-hour issues.

     

    Investigations

    Ms. Baillie has investigated all sorts of student and employee allegations, such as harassment, Title IX, financial improprieties, and workplace violence. She has led seminars to teach others how to investigate and how to write investigative reports. Ms. Baillie has used trauma-informed investigation techniques.


    Education

    • University of Pennsylvania Law School, J.D., cum laude
    • Colgate University, B.A., Mathematical Economics, cum laude

    Court Admissions

    • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania

    Bar Admissions

    • Pennsylvania, 1992