Steve WinnickDoug Ward
Steve Winnick is experienced in federal education law and policy, particularly at the elementary and secondary levels, in postsecondary accreditation, and in the civil rights area, as well as in the federal ethics area. Mr. Winnick’s goal is to help states, school districts, and accreditation agencies leverage federal law to meet their educational goals and avoid compliance problems. He also engages in advocacy before the United States Department of Education. Mr. Winnick focuses on issues related to the No Child Left Behind Act, accreditation provisions of the Higher Education Act, Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, and the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, as well as administrative laws and regulations that impact federal education programs.
Prior to entering private practice, Mr. Winnick served as deputy general counsel and the designated agency ethics official of the U.S. Department of Education, where he worked for over 34 years. He was selected Best Boss in America for Working Moms by Redbook Magazine in 1996. He also received the Justice Tom C. Clark Outstanding Lawyer Award from the Federal Bar Association in 1995 and the President’s Distinguished Federal Executive Award (the highest award conferred on civilian federal employees) in 1997 and 2003. He earned his Juris Doctor, cum laude, from the University of Michigan Law School and a Bachelor of Arts degree, cum laude, from Yale University.