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Office of General Counsel
Texas Tech University System 

115 Administration Building
Box 42021
Lubbock, TX 79409-2021

Office: 806.742.2155

Fax: 806.742.2330 

8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Central, Monday - Friday

Areas of Practice

Overseen by Vice Chancellor John Huffaker, the services provided by the Office of General Counsel cover a broad spectrum of issues affecting the entire organization and its students and employees. A team of attorneys and professionals offer the following areas of practice:

Athletic Regulations Medical Malpractice Litigation
Correctional Managed Health Care Patient Care
Employee, Faculty and Medical Resident Grievance Process Procurement Contracting
Ethics and Conflict of Interest Public Information Requests and Open Meetings Regulations
General Litigation Student Grievance Process
Graduate Medical Education Regulations and Compliance
Healthcare Contracting Title IX
Healthcare Regulations and Compliance Transactional Contracting
Institutional Advancement University Regulations

Athletic Regulations

The Office of General Counsel actively supports and assists the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics at Texas Tech University and Angelo State University in assuring compliance with NCAA and Conference Regulations. In addition, OGC maintains expertise in, and actively supports, athletic contracting with respect to broadcast and promotion opportunities, trademark/trade dress protection and employee contracts. For more information, contact Victor Mellinger.

Correctional Managed Health Care (CMHC)

The Office of General Counsel provides guidance and legal support for the CMHC division of Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center upon request. Such support and legal guidance includes employment matters, peer review issues, public information requests, subpoenas from attorneys and licensing agencies as well as the relationship between Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center and the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. The Office of General Counsel also manages all litigation and assists with the defense of all claims and suits. For more information, contact Renee Posey.

Employee, Faculty & Medical Resident Grievance Process

Upon request, the Office of General Counsel is available to advise Employee, Faculty and Medical Resident Grievance Committees regarding required procedures for determination of employee, faculty and medical resident grievances. For more information, contact Victor Mellinger, Jon McGough, Renee Posey, Frank Gonzales or Jeff Young.

Ethics & Conflict of Interest

The Office of General Counsel cooperates and works with other University and System divisions to assure prompt response to ethics issues. Specifically, the OGC supports the Office of Audit Services, when requested, in responding to reports to the ethics and compliance hotline. For more information, contact John Huffaker, Victor MellingerJon McGough or Frank Gonzales.

The Office of General Counsel reviews and participates in analysis of conflicts of interest in accordance with the Regents’ Rules. For more information, contact John Huffaker.

General Litigation

The Office of General Counsel manages all litigation affecting the Texas Tech University System. In matters in which claims are asserted against a University Component and in matters asserted against University employees arising out of performance of their duties, the Office of General Counsel manages and assists in the defense of the claim. In such cases, the Office of the Attorney General of the State of Texas provides lead trial counsel. In matters in which a University Component has need to pursue claims, the Office of General Counsel will manage such litigation as requested. For more information, contact John Huffaker, Victor Mellinger, Jon McGough or Frank Gonzales.

Graduate Medical Education

The Office of General Counsel advises all campuses in matters related to Graduate Medical Education (approximately 600 residents), ranging from House Staff Policies and Procedures, contracts, international medical graduates, eligibility issues related to the Texas Medical Board, the National Resident Matching Program, resident disputes and grievances, regulatory and compliance issues and investigations. For more information, contact Jon McGoughFrank Gonzales or Jeff Young.

Healthcare Contracting

The Office of General Counsel maintains expertise in preparation and negotiation of a wide variety of academic and medical industry contracts including highly specialized contracts for medical affiliation, practice organization, indigent care and payment regulation. For more information, contact Jon McGough, Vicki Dorris, Frank Gonzales or Jeff Young. 

Healthcare Regulations and Compliance

The Office of General Counsel maintains specific expertise in medical regulations affecting a wide variety of subjects including privacy, payment regulations, practice regulations, patients’ rights and student experience and accreditation. For more information, contact Jon McGoughKevin Williams, Vicki Dorris, Frank Gonzales or Jeff Young. 

Institutional Advancement

The Office of General Counsel provides guidance to  Office of the Vice Chancellor for Institutional Advancement regarding donor relations, gift agreements and endowment compliance. For more information, contact Mikela Bryant.

Medical Malpractice Litigation

The Office of General Counsel maintains a staff of attorneys and assistants specifically assigned to the analysis and management of medical liability claims. The office reviews and evaluates potential claims that are reported to office attorneys and acts proactively before litigation is filed in some reported cases. The General Counsel’s office also actively participates in claims prevention efforts and programs. When claims do become lawsuits, the Office of General Counsel actively manages and assists in defense of the case working with the Office of the Attorney General of the State of Texas which provides lead trial counsel. For more information, contact Joanna Harkey, William Webster or Kevin Williams.

Patient Care

The Office of General Counsel advises medical care providers on patient care issues including consent issues, termination of care, confidentiality, end-of-life care, emergency detentions, patient complaints and medical records documentation. For more information, contact Joanna Harkey or William Webster.

Procurement Contracting

The Office of General Counsel assists and advises the Offices of Procurement Services at each component institution and campus of the Texas Tech University System in connection with Procurement Policies, and upon request, specific Procurement Contracts. For matters relating Texas Tech University or Angelo State University, contact Sheila Kidwell or Ronny Wall.

The Office of General Counsel also works directly with Purchasing and Contracting offices at the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center and Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso. For more information, contact Jon McGoughVicki Dorris or Jeff Young.

Public Information Requests & Open Meetings Regulations

The Office of General Counsel is responsible for preparation of all responses to Public Information Requests under state or federal open records laws. Such requests are directed, by outside parties, to any department or division of any of the university components or the Texas Tech University System. In the event of receipt of such a request, the recipient should immediately forward the request to the Office of General Counsel. For more information, contact Ronny WallKevin Williams or Frank Gonzales.

The Office of General Counsel also advises the Board of Regents, Texas Tech University System and university community regarding the requirements of the Texas Open Meetings Act. Questions regarding whether specific matters are subject to the Open Meetings Act should be addressed to the Office of General Counsel. For more information, contact John Huffaker.

Student Grievance Process

Upon request, the Office of General Counsel advises Student Grievance Committees regarding required procedures for processing of student grievances. Student grievance procedures are generally described in The Student Handbooks of the respective TTU System component institutions. For more information, contact Victor MellingerKevin WilliamsFrank Gonzales or Jeff Young.

Regulations & Compliance

The Office of General Counsel responds to questions and requests for information and research on the myriad rules and regulations affecting the diverse activities of the Texas Tech University System. These include general statutes and regulations, as well as specific technical rules. The office works with departments and divisions to answer questions and assist in compliance. For more information, contact John Huffaker, Victor Mellinger or other attorneys in the Office of General Counsel.

Title IX

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972  and  rules and regulations promulgated pursuant to the statute governs gender equality in higher education including situations which may constitute sexual assault or sexual harassment. The Office of General Counsel maintains expertise in the various aspects of Title IX and, on request, provides advice to university personnel. For more information, contact Victor Mellinger, Kevin Williams, Renee Posey, Frank Gonzales or Jeff Young. 

 Transactional Contracting

The Office of General Counsel maintains expertise in preparation and negotiation of a wide variety of contracts involving the Texas Tech University System or any of its components. In addition to general transactions, the Office of General Counsel maintains expertise in specialized contracts including real estate, intellectual property and construction. For more information, contact Sheila KidwellJon McGoughFrank Gonzales or Jeff Young.

University Regulations

The Office of General Counsel regularly participates in review of university regulations in the form of Regents’ Rules and Operating Policies and Procedures. For more information, contact Jon McGoughKevin WilliamsSheila KidwellRonny Wall or Frank Gonzales.

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