Office of the General Counsel

The OGC is responsible for all the legal work arising from the activities of Harvard’s Faculties and departments. Our mission is to render timely and thoughtful advice on the broad range of legal issues that the University, its faculty, and administrators confront on behalf of the University.

Legal Services

Requests for legal assistance should be directed to Ranna Farzan, to Julie Faber, or to the Vice President and General Counsel. In the event that these people are unavailable and the matter requires immediate attention, please contact any of the other legal professionals in the Office of the General Counsel.

Recent Developments

Update to OGC Operations in Response to the COVID-10 Pandemic

March 23, 2020

Harvard University has curtailed normal operations in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Consequently, the Office of the General Counsel is closed.  Beginning March 24, 2020, the OGC will be unable to receive U.S. Postal Mail, facsimile messages, or other deliveries until Governor Baker's order of March 23 is lifted.  Process servers should serve papers in hand during normal business hours at the Harvard University Police Department located at 1033 Massachusetts Ave, 6th Floor, Cambridge, MA. The business phone number for HUPD is 617 495-1215.

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