Audit, Risk & Compliance Committee; Business & Infrastructure Committee
LaKeisha Marsh serves as the chair of Akerman’s Government Affairs and Public Policy Practice Group. She leads a bipartisan team of professionals providing strategic counsel on policy and regulatory issues in the United States. With a comprehensive legal background serving the higher education sector, including as an NCAA staff member, LaKeisha also serves as the chair of Akerman’s Higher Education and Collegiate Athletics Practice. She represents colleges, universities, and related institutions on federal and state regulatory compliance, accreditation, state licensure, institutional governance, and collegiate sports and NCAA compliance-related matters. She has structured and executed a broad range of transactional, restructuring, finance, and corporate governance matters for educational institutions. She regularly advises clients on issues such as Title IV, Title IX compliance including complaints and investigations, student discipline, student accommodations, FERPA, Clery Act and collegiate athletic issues, including name, image, and likeness. She brings vast working experience and knowledge of the laws, regulations and informal guidance that together govern institutional participation Title IV federal student aid programs. She has managed all facets of student litigation, representing an institution when dealing with the U.S. Department of Education, and federal and state cases.
Advocating on behalf of clients before federal, state, and local governments and agencies, LaKeisha counsels her national clients on various legislation, including the Defense Production Act, Higher Education Act (HEA) and the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act), and Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSSA), including the SBA’s Paycheck Protection Program and the U.S. Department of Education’s Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund. She reviews SBA PPP applications, advising on eligibility, affiliation, good faith certification, advising on caps for corporate organizations, and outlining considerations for various applicants. She provides assistance to higher education clients with obtaining emergency relief funds and the development of policies and procedures for the use of emergency relief funds and the distribution of emergency funds to students.
In addition to her expansive practice, LaKeisha previously served as an executive at an entrepreneurial, not-for-profit educational system, where she managed the legal department responsible for corporate governance, compliance, transactions, mergers and acquisitions, and litigation management.
She frequently speaks on higher education topics including Title IX, sexual misconduct and student-athletes, collegiate athletics, and transgender issues. As a former member of the NCAA staff, in the Academic and Membership Affairs department (formerly Membership Services), LaKeisha has firsthand knowledge of the NCAA bylaws and rules for Division I, II, and III athletics. She has handled NCAA certification, compliance reviews, infractions and appeals, student-athlete eligibility and waivers, and Title IX and gender equality matters.