General Counsel

The Office of the General Counsel (OGC) is MIT's law office. Our mission is to educate as to the laws, policies and procedures applicable to MIT's activities, to prevent legal problems and solve those that occur, to facilitate transactions, and to provide independent, timely and thoughtful advice and representation to help MIT's faculty, administration, staff, and students fulfill their goals in teaching, research, and service.

The OGC has 18 practice areas, or specialties. OGC lawyers specialize in specific practice areas, some of which include: Conflict of Interest, Data and Privacy, Employment, Benefits & Labor, Intellectual Property/Technology Transfer, International Activities and Student Life. You can find information and resources relating to these practice areas on the OGC website.

OGC provides legal advice, counseling, and service to the MIT Community regarding MIT affairs, and represents the Institute in its legal matters. Please review the FAQ’s on the OGC website for helpful information. Because of professional rules of ethics, OGC lawyers cannot provide legal advice to faculty, staff, or students in connection with personal legal affairs. For these matters, our Resources for Students page and Resources for Personal Legal Matters page may be helpful.

Our general contact information is as follows:

Office of the General Counsel
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
77 Massachusetts Avenue, 7-206
Cambridge, MA 02139-4307

T (617) 452-2082

If you need assistance and don't know which attorney to contact, please email           

Note: All legal process documents (e.g., lawsuits, subpoenas, correspondence from a lawyer) should be delivered to the OGC in 7-206 as soon as you receive them. We will contact you promptly and confer regarding an appropriate response.