Marisa R. De Feo

Marisa R. De Feo concentrates her practice on higher education and commercial litigation matters in Pennsylvania and New Jersey state and federal courts. Marisa has experience in complex commercial litigation and routinely provides higher education entities with advice on issues involving compliance, policy, and liability. Additionally, Marisa provides counsel to higher education institutions during investigations, specifically those investigations involving the Clery Act and Title IX allegations.

In addition to her work in the higher education arena, Marisa represents individuals and companies involved in white collar and government enforcement actions, including internal corporate investigations. Marisa collaborates with other white collar attorneys in Saul Ewing to keep the industry apprised of developments in whistleblower law through the publication of the firm’s white collar blog, Whistleblower Wire.

Select representations include:

  • Representing a major public university in investigating and responding to preliminary findings made by the U.S. Department of Education as to the university’s alleged violations of the Clery Act.
  • Responding to and handling reviews initiated by the Office for Civil Rights.
  • Conducting an audit of a major public university and its branch campuses for Clery Act compliance.
  • Advising multiple institutions on regulatory interpretation questions and on policy preparation and implementation in Title IX and VAWA matters.
  • Representing a major company in investigating and responding to an administrative subpoena by the Pennsylvania Attorney General.
  • Defending an alleged "robo-signer" of mortgages subject to DOJ and State Attorney General investigations and related civil class actions.

In addition to her higher education, white collar and general commercial litigation experience, Marisa actively participates in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania’s Prisoner Civil Rights Panel where she successfully litigated a pro bono case involving the alleged infringement of a prisoner’s civil rights.



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