Staff Listing

Vice President and General Counsel

Paul Pineau

Paul Pineau joined Johns Hopkins University in October 2014 as Vice Provost for Strategic Initiatives, and became Vice President and General Counsel in 2015, reporting to President Ronald J. Daniels.  Before joining the University, Mr. Pineau worked as Chief of Staff and Special Assistant State’s Attorney in the Office of the State’s Attorney for Baltimore City.  Prior to that, he worked as an attorney with Zuckerman Spaeder LLP, a boutique litigation firm and as a law clerk to judges on the United States District Court for the District of Maryland and the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.  He also previously served as Executive Director of the Harvard Legal Aid Bureau.

Mr. Pineau graduated magna cum laude from Davidson College, receiving his bachelor’s degree in political science.  He earned his law degree from Harvard Law School, cum laude.

The Vice President and General Counsel serves as the University’s Chief Legal Officer, providing and directing legal services for the Board of Trustees, President, Provost, Vice Presidents, Vice Provosts, Deans, and all University units, as well as aiding in the development of University-wide policy.

113 Garland Hall
3400 N. Charles Street
Baltimore, MD 21218
(410) 516-8128
(410) 516-5448 Fax
paulpineau@jhu.edu

Jane Chase
Executive Assistant and Office Manager
(410) 516-8128
janechase@jhu.edu

Attorneys

Clyde A. Bernett, Jr., Associate General Counsel

Clyde serves as an Associate General Counsel in the of Office of General Counsel and practices as a member of the Business Transactions and Commercial Matters and Healthcare, Research and Faculty Matters practice groups. Clyde has a law degree from the University of Baltimore School of Law, a Masters of Science in Real Estate from the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School, and a Bachelor of Science from the University of Maryland University College. Clyde is a member of the Maryland Bar Association, Baltimore City Bar Association, and National Association of College and University Attorneys.

1812 Ashland Ave.
Suite 300
Baltimore, MD 21205
(443) 287-0671
(410) 516-5448 Fax
cbernett@jhu.edu

Diana Edwards
Sr. Administrative Coordinator
(410) 502-2843
dherrin5@jh.edu

Theresa J. Colecchia, Sr.  Associate General Counsel

Theresa J. Colecchia joined the Office of the Vice President and General Counsel in September, 2016. Prior to joining the Office of the General Counsel at Johns Hopkins, she was Senior Associate General Counsel-Health Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh. She previously worked as an Associate General Counsel at Allegheny Energy, as an associate at the firm of K&L Gates, and as a clerk for the Hon. Richard L. Nygaard of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. 

Theresa is the Group Leader of the Healthcare, Research Practice Group and  advises on all aspects of  research contracting and compliance, and supports the School of Medicine and its healthcare activities.

She received her J.D., magna cum laude, from the University of Pittsburgh in 1989 and her B.S. in Applied Mathematics, magna cum laude, from the University of Pittsburgh in 1986.

Ms. Colecchia has served on the Committee on Continuing Legal Education Programs for the National Association of College and University Attorneys, and has served as the Working Group Leader for the Research and Intellectual Property section for the NACUA annual meeting.  She received NACUA’s First Decade Award in 2007.  She currently serves on the Board of the Council on Governmental Relations.

1812 Ashland Avenue,
Suite 300
Baltimore, MD 21205
(410) 502-2843
(410) 502-2840 Fax
tcolecc1@jhu.edu

Diana Edwards
Sr. Administrative Coordinator
(410) 502-2843
dherrin5@jh.edu

Jennifer DaCosta, Associate General Counsel

Jennifer joined the Office of the Vice President and General Counsel in April, 2013, as a Law Fellow and was promoted to Assistant General Counsel in April, 2014..  She received her Law Degree from the University of Virginia. Before joining the General Counsel’s office Jennifer practiced employment law in New Jersey and New York.  In addition to her Juris Doctor from  UVA, she also has a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish and a Master of Teaching in Secondary Foreign Language from the University of Virigina.  Prior to law school, Jennifer was a teacher for the New York City Department of Education.

Areas of Practice

Jennifer’s primary practice is with the Litigation & Contested Matters Practice Group, and also advises on Student Affairs issues as well.

113 Garland Hall
3400 N. Charles Street
Baltimore, MD 21218
(410) 516-8128
(410) 516-5448 Fax
jdacost1@jhu.edu

Eyvonne Rhodes
Sr. Administrative Coordinator
(410) 516-8128
erhodes6@jhu.edu

Shannon Dawkins, Assistant General Counsel

Shannon Dawkins joined the Office of the Vice President and General Counsel as an Associate General Counsel in October 2019. At Johns Hopkins, she assists in the development, maintenance, and dissemination of University policies, and proactively provides guidance and policy recommendations to senior University and divisional staff, regarding relevant regulatory and compliance issues.

Prior to joining Johns Hopkins, Ms. Dawkins worked for University of Maryland, Baltimore creating their Office of University Policy and Procedures. She previously served as Development Director at the Women’s Law Center of Maryland and worked in the Clinical Law Program at University of Baltimore School of Law as a Program Manager. Her government experience includes working with the Baltimore City Council, Maryland Department of Natural Resources, Maryland General Assembly, and the United States Senate.

Ms. Dawkins received a Bachelor of Arts from University of Maryland, College Park in 2006 and her Juris Doctor from University of Baltimore School of Law in 2012.

113 Garland Hall
3400 N. Charles Street
Baltimore, MD 21218
(410) 516-8128
(410) 516-5448 Fax
sdawkins@jhu.edu
 

Diana Edwards
Sr. Administrative Coordinator
(410) 502-2843
dherrin5@jh.edu

Stefanie Gregory, Associate General Counsel

Stefanie Gregory joined the Office of the Vice President and General Counsel in 2013. Ms. Gregory primarily advises on matters related to research contracts and compliance, research integrity, faculty matters, professional misconduct, graduate medical education, School of Medicine postdoctoral fellows, clinical training agreements, and real estate.

Ms. Gregory received a Bachelor of Arts from Franklin & Marshall College, a Masters of Science from Johns Hopkins University, and a Juris Doctor from the University of North Carolina School of Law. Ms. Gregory is a member of the National Association of College and University Attorneys.

Areas of Practice

Stefanie’s primary practice is within the Healthcare, Research & Faculty Practice Group, and also advises on Real Estate Matters.

1812 Ashland Ave.
Suite 300
Baltimore, MD 21205
(410) 502-2843
(410) 502-2840 Fax
smach1@jhu.edu 

Diana Edwards
Sr. Administrative Coordinator
(410) 502-2843
dherrin5@jh.edu

Brandyn Hicks, Associate General Counsel

Brandyn J. Hicks joined the Office of the Vice President and General Counsel in February 2017. At Johns Hopkins, her practice is focused on student affairs, athletics, employment litigation, disability-related accommodations in health care research, and public safety advising within the Student Affairs & Employment and Litigation & Contested Matters Practice Groups.

Prior to joining Johns Hopkins in 2017, she served as the Director of Institutional Compliance and Policy for Baylor University. Brandyn previously served as an Assistant District Attorney for the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office where she prosecuted firearms offenses, sexual assaults, crimes against children, narcotics distribution, and economic crimes. Brandyn also served as an Assistant State’s Attorney for the City of Baltimore.

Brandyn is actively involved in pro bono work, including serving as an expungement attorney for the Homeless Persons Representation Project and the Hopkins Diaspora Employee Resource Group. She is an active member of the Board of Trustees of Friends School of Baltimore and a volunteer for the Greater Baltimore Urban League.

Brandyn earned her undergraduate degree, with Honors, from Swarthmore College, and her law degree from Temple University, where she was a staff member for the Temple Political and Civil Rights Law Review. Following law school, Brandyn clerked for the Honorable George W. Overton, Court of Common Pleas of the First Judicial District of Pennsylvania.

113 Garland Hall
3400 N. Charles Street
Baltimore, MD 21218
(410) 516-8128
(410) 516-5448- Fax 
brandyn.hicks@jhu.edu

Beth Weber
Sr. Administrative Coordinator   
(410) 516-8128
eweber3@jhu.edu

E. Bernard Justis, Sr. Associate General Counsel

Bernard Justis is a Senior Associate General Counsel for the University and Co-Leader of the Business Transactions & Corporate Matters Practice Group of the General Counsel’s Office. Bernard represents and advises the University primarily in real estate and business transactions, including gift transactions, construction, financing, and international business operations.

Bernard is an active alumnus of Loyola Blackfield and served on its Board of Trustees for six year (2013 – 2019).  He also volunteered as pro bono legal counsel for Big Brothers & Big Sisters of Central Maryland for over 20 years, until it merged into YMCA of Central Maryland in 2018. Prior to joining the University in 2005, Bernard was a senior assistant general counsel for The Rouse Company, a publicly traded real estate company. Prior to joining The Rouse Company, he practiced law as a member of the creditor’s rights and loan workout group of the law firm of Semmes, Bowen & Semmes.

Bernard is a 1984 graduate of the University of Rochester and a 1987 graduate of the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law, where he was a member of the Moot Court Board and the National Moot Court Team.

113 Garland Hall
3400 N. Charles Street
Baltimore, MD 21218
(410) 516-8128
(410) 516-5448 (Fax)
ejustis1@jhu.edu

Eyvonne Rhodes
Sr. Administrative Coordinator
(410) 502-2843
erhodes6@jhu.edu

Carrie Kroll McMullan, Associate General Counsel and Deputy Chief Compliance Officer for International Activities

Carrie Kroll McMullan joined the Office of the Vice President and General Counsel as an Associate General Counsel in June 2019.  At Johns Hopkins, her practices focuses on international business and compliance matters within the Business Transactions and Commercial Matters practice group.  She advises clients on a wide range of U.S. and foreign legal matters affecting Johns Hopkins’ work in countries around the world.  This work includes advice regarding complex U.S. laws and regulations, such as import and export requirements and controls, economic sanctions, anti-corruption matters, and federal grant compliance and tax matters related to activity on prime and subcontracts outside of the United States.  Ms. McMullan works with stakeholders around the University to advise on foreign activities, registrations, travel, research, tax and employment matters, and related considerations for international corporate compliance, including non-U.S. entities and University partnerships.  Relatedly, Ms. McMullan advises on compliance with Section 117 of the Higher Education Act (“HEA”).

Prior to joining Johns Hopkins, Ms. McMullan was Counsel at the Venable LLP law firm in Washington, D.C., in the International Trade group, where she worked with U.S. and multinational nonprofit organizations, universities and companies on regulatory and compliance matters before regulatory authorities, including the U.S. Departments of Commerce, State, Treasury, Defense and U.S. Customs and Border Protection.  She also regularly counseled clients in a lobbying capacity, leading briefings before relevant lawmakers, and represented clients in policy meetings with Executive Branch agency officials.  Ms. McMullan was actively involved in pro bono work, including NGO relief efforts in Haiti since the 2010 earthquake involving anti-corruption efforts and housing.  She also previously worked as a Senior Manager on International Compliance at Deloitte LLP, providing internal counsel to Deloitte in its international business activities.

Ms. McMullan received a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Virginia in 2001, her Juris Doctor from American University, Washington College of Law, in 2007 and a Masters in International Economics from the American University, School of International Service, in 2007

113 Garland Hall
3400 N. Charles Street
Baltimore, MD 21218
(410) 516-8128
(410) 516-5448 Fax
ckmcmullan@jhu.edu

Diana Edwards
Sr. Administrative Coordinator
(410) 502-2843
dherrin5@jh.edu

Hope Murphy Tyehimba, Associate General Counsel

Hope Murphy Tyehimba joined the Office of the Vice President and General Counsel in April 2020, where she is a member of the Student Affairs and Employment Matters and the Healthcare and Research Practice Groups. At Hopkins, Hope advises on matters involving students and employees, including, discrimination, harassment and retaliation, affirmative action, privacy issues, discipline, sexual misconduct and violence, disability-related accommodations, workplace safety, policy review, and contract review and development.

Prior to joining Hopkins, Hope served as general counsel at North Carolina Central University, a constituent institution in the University of North Carolina System, where she was chief legal advisor to the Board of Trustees, chancellor, vice chancellors and other senior campus administrators. Hope’s other experiences in higher education include serving in assistant general counsel roles at NCCU, North Carolina State University and East Carolina University. Before transitioning to higher education, Hope worked as an assistant attorney general at the North Carolina Attorney General’s Office and as a senior associate in private practice.

Hope received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and Political Science from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and her Juris Doctorate degree from The University of North Carolina School of Law, where she was a member of the Holderness Moot Court, a recipient of the Gressman & Pollitt Oral Advocacy Award and a member of The Order of Barristers. She is currently a member of the National Association of College and University Attorneys and the North Carolina State Bar Tenth Judicial District Professionalism Committee, and serves as a mentor in the Campbell University Norman Adrian Wiggins School of Law mentorship program.

113 Garland Hall
3400 N. Charles Street
Baltimore, MD 21218
(410) 516-8128
(410) 516-5448 Fax
hopetyehimba@jhu.edu

Beth Weber
Sr. Administrative Coordinator
(410) 516-8128
eweber3@jhu.edu

Philip S. Roberts, Sr. Associate General Counsel

Phil Roberts is Senior Associate General Counsel at The Johns Hopkins University and Co-Leader of the Business Transactions & Commercial Matters Practice Group.  Prior to joining Johns Hopkins in January of 2005, Phil practiced as a civil litigator in the private and public sectors.

At Johns Hopkins, Phil focuses on contracts, business and commercial transactions, intellectual property (copyright, trademark, patent and trade secrets), and privacy and information security.  Phil earned his undergraduate degree from Bowdoin College (1985) and his law degree from the University of Maryland (1988).

113 Garland Hall
3400 N. Charles Street
Baltimore, MD 21218
(410) 516-8128
(410) 516-5448 (Fax)
philroberts@jhu.edu

Eyvonne Rhodes
Sr. Administrative Coordinator
(410) 516-8128
erhodes6@jhu.edu

Stephanie W. Shea, Chief Compliance Officer and Sr. Associate General Counsel

Stephanie Shea is the University’s Chief Compliance Officer and Senior Associate General Counsel. She joined the Office of the Vice President and General Counsel in 2015 and became Chief Compliance Officer in 2021. Before joining the University, Stephanie represented Maryland public universities as an Assistant Attorney General in the Maryland Office of the Attorney General, and practiced corporate litigation at Wilmer Hale in Washington, DC, and Kramon & Graham in Baltimore, Maryland.

Stephanie received her undergraduate degree, magna cum laude, from Princeton University in 2004, and her law degree from the University of Virginia School of Law in 2008. Immediately after law school, Stephanie clerked for the Honorable William D. Quarles, Jr., United States District Court for the District of Maryland.

113 Garland Hall
3400 N. Charles Street
Baltimore, MD 21218
(410) 516-8128
(410) 516-5448 Fax
sshea@jhu.edu
 

Diana Edwards
Sr. Administrative Coordinator
(410) 502-2843
dherrin5@jh.edu

Syma Siddiqui, Associate General Counsel

Syma Siddiqui joined the Office of the Vice President and General Counsel as an Associate General Counsel in 2017. At Johns Hopkins, Ms. Siddiqui’s practice focuses on the University’s employee benefit plans. She supports the University’s Human Resources function with respect to ensuring regulatory compliance with ERISA, HIPAA, the Affordable Care Act, COBRA, IRC, as well as DOL and IRS rules and regulations. Ms. Siddiqui also advises on plan administration and plan operational issues.

Prior to joining Johns Hopkins, Ms. Siddiqui spent several years working for the U.S. Department of Labor as both a regulatory attorney and a trial attorney in the Office of the Solicitor’s Plan Benefits Security Division in Washington D.C. and in its Regional Office in Boston. Ms. Siddiqui also practiced commercial litigation at Baker & McKenzie LLP in San Francisco and corporate finance at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati PC in Palo Alto. 

Ms. Siddiqui graduated from the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service, cum laude, and the Georgetown University Law Center. Ms. Siddiqui is a member of the Student Affairs & Employment Matters practice group.

113 Garland Hall
3400 N. Charles Street
Baltimore, MD 21218
(410) 516-8128
(410) 516-5448 Fax
symasiddiqui@jhu.edu

Beth Weber
Sr. Administrative Coordinator
(410) 516-8128
eweber3@jhu.edu

Gerard St. Ours, Sr. Associate General Counsel

Gerard St. Ours is a Senior Associate General Counsel in the Office of the Johns Hopkins University Vice President and General Counsel. He is the leader of the Student Affairs & Employment Matters Practice Group. Gerard advises on all aspects of higher education law, with a focus on employment and student issues, including discrimination and harassment, affirmative action, disability law, legal regulation of the workplace, student and employment policy, collective bargaining and union-management relations, labor arbitration, student affairs and disciplinary procedure, faculty employment, and employment contracts. Gerard also advises on lobbying and political law compliance.

Gerard has made numerous presentations on legal issues pertaining to higher education and employers, and he is an active member of the National Association of College and University Attorneys (NACUA), where he has served on continuing education and annual program committees. Gerard served on the NACUA Board of Directors from 2010-2013.

Prior to joining Johns Hopkins, Gerard specialized in employment and labor law on behalf of management clients. Gerard earned his undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Virginia.

113 Garland Hall
3400 N. Charles Street
Baltimore, MD 21218
(410) 516-8128
(410) 516-5448 Fax
gstours@jhu.edu

Beth Weber
Sr. Administrative Coordinator
(410) 516-8128
eweber3@jhu.edu

Terri L. Turner, Sr. Associate General Counsel

Terri Turner is a Senior Associate General Counsel in the Office of the Johns Hopkins University Office of the Vice President and General Counsel.  She is the Leader of the Litigation & Contested Matters Practice Group.

Terri received her B.A. (1978), M.A.(1980) and J.D. (1985) from the University of Michigan. She came to Baltimore in 1985 to work for the Venable law firm. She left the firm in 1988 to become an Assistant State’s Attorney in Montgomery County, Maryland, then returned to Venable in 1990, becoming a partner in 1995. From 2000 until 2003, Terri served as Executive Director of Citizens Planning and Housing Association, a Baltimore nonprofit organization. In February 2003 Terri accepted a position as Assistant General Counsel at Marriott International, in 2005 adding the duties of Corporate Secretary to her job responsibilities. She left Marriott in June 2007 to become Associate General Counsel at Johns Hopkins University.

113 Garland Hall
3400 N. Charles Street
Baltimore, MD 21218
(410) 516-8128
(410) 516-5448 Fax
tturne14@jhu.edu

Eyvonne Rhodes
Sr. Administrative Coordinator
(410) 516-8128
erhodes6@jhu.edu

Nick Tymoczko, Associate General Counsel

Nicholas Tymoczko joined the Office of the Vice President and General Counsel as an Associate General Counsel in January 2022. Nick is a member of the Business Transactions & Commercial Matters group. His practice focuses on intellectual property matters (patents, copyrights, trademarks, and trade secrets) and other commercial transactions.

Before joining Johns Hopkins, Nick was an associate at Paul Hastings LLP with a practice focusing on complex patent litigation and related intellectual property disputes. He also previously worked at Hogan Lovells US LLP as a general litigation and intellectual property associate.

Nick received his J.D., magna cum laude, Order of the Coif, from the University of Minnesota Law School, and a B.A. in philosophy with general honors from the University of Chicago.

113 Garland Hall
3400 N. Charles Street
Baltimore, MD 21218
(410) 516-8128
(410) 516-5448 Fax
nicholastymoczko@jhu.edu

Eyvonne Rhodes
Sr. Administrative Coordinator
(410) 516-8128
erhodes6@jhu.edu

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