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.

Analyzing the Impacts of the U.S. Supreme Court’s Decision to End Affirmative Action
Analyzing the Impacts of the U.S. Supreme Court’s Decision to End Affirmative Action

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District of Columbia


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

Georgetown University
A.B. with honors (1987)

Insights & Events

Other Perspectives
  • Dissecting challenges to employers’ diversity programs
    Indiana Employment Law Letter, September 1, 2023
    Great Lakes Employment Law Letter, Vol. 4, No. 9, September 2023

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, 2013-24 (Washington, D.C. Education Law Lawyer of the Year, 2021)
  • Association of Specialized and Professional Accreditors — Award for Distinguished Contributions to Accreditation, 2023
  • Faegre Drinker — Pro Bono Honor Roll, 2023
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