John Przypyszny leads the firm’s education team. He is a preeminent legal authority on higher education law and a trusted advisor to clients on matters pertaining to accreditation, regulatory compliance, policy and transactions related to higher education. With almost three decades of experience, John counsels institutions, education companies and accrediting agencies. He frequently speaks on education law issues, and co-authored a compendium on distance education for the National Association of College and University Attorneys.

Higher Education Regulation

John has extensive experience counseling clients on matters involving the U.S. Department of Education, state agencies, accrediting bodies and other government regulators. He also advises higher education institutions on student affairs matters, admissions, and federal and state requirements, as well as the statutory and regulatory requirements of federal student financial aid programs under Title IV of the Higher Education Act.


One of the country’s foremost legal authorities on higher education accreditation, John has counseled more than a dozen accrediting agencies. He advises on U.S. Department of Education recognition proceedings, accreditation decision making, and the development and application of accrediting standards. John also has served as a site visitor for the American Bar Association and has participated in accreditation reviews of law schools for nearly 20 years.

Corporate Transactions

At the forefront of education industry developments, John also has extensive experience executing transactions on behalf of higher education institutions, education companies, private investors and lenders to the education sector. He provides advice to educational institutions and organizations on issues relating to corporate governance and organization.


Bar Admissions

District of Columbia


Georgetown University Law Center
J.D. cum laude (1990)

Georgetown University
A.B. with honors (1987)

Insights & Events

Updates December 2020

U.S. Department of Education Extends and Clarifies COVID-Related Waivers for Accrediting Agencies

5 min read  
Publication October 2020

Reminder to Higher Education Institutions of October 30 Deadline for CARES Act HEERF Institutional Fund Reports

3 min read  
Updates August 2020

Revised Higher Education Reporting Requirements for CARES Act Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students

3 min read  
Updates August 2020

Regulatory Agency and Selected Accreditor Resources for Higher Education Institutions Regarding COVID-19 Pandemic

8 min read  
Updates August 2020

Education Department Extends COVID-19 Regulatory Flexibilities for Title IV Programs; Announces Implementation of President’s Executive Order for Continued Student Loan Borrower Relief

4 min read  
Updates June 2020

New Supplemental Guidance and Deadlines Issued for Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds Under the CARES Act

5 min read  
Updates June 2020

Interim Final Rule Issued for CARES Act’s Higher Education Emergency Student Grant Eligibility

4 min read  
Updates May 2020

U.S. Department of Education Expands COVID-19 Regulatory Flexibilities for Higher Education Institutions

10 min read  
Updates May 2020

U.S. Department of Education Requires Higher Education Institutions to Post CARES Act Funding Information on Websites

3 min read  
Updates May 2020

U.S. Department of Education Releases Additional Details on CARES Act Funds for Minority Serving Institutions, Institutions Serving Low-Income Students and Other Institutions with the Greatest Unmet Coronavirus Needs, and State Discretionary Grants

8 min read  

Leadership & Community

Pro Bono

  • Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless — Volunteer

Professional Associations

  • National Association of College and University Attorneys — Associate Individual Member
  • American Bar Association — Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar, Accreditation Site Visitor

Civic Activities

  • Georgetown University — Georgetown College Board of Advisors, 2020-present
  • Georgetown University — Parent Advisory Council of the McDonough School of Business, 2018-2020

Firm Leadership

  • Leader, Education Practice Team 
  • Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP — Chair, Education Team, 2003-2020; Vice-Chair, Government and Regulatory Affairs Practice Group, 2012-18; Allocations Committee, 2014-16


  • Best Lawyers®Education Law, 2013-21 (Washington, D.C. Education Law Lawyer of the Year, 2021)

Awards Methodology

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