Charlie Rose is a partner in the firm’s Chicago and Washington, D.C., offices and is the former General Counsel at the U.S. Department of Education.
With more than 30 years of experience, Charlie has an established national practice across multiple platforms in the areas of Education Law and Policy, Labor & Employment and Government & Regulatory Affairs.
Charlie represents educational institutions (including colleges and universities, for profit institutions, K12 school districts and private schools), state government agencies and municipalities, private equity firms, corporations, foundations, and tribal nations. He advises his clients on matters such as regulatory compliance and reform; education law and policy; union negotiations; publicprivate partnerships; employment and traditional labor law; corporate transactions; civil rights enforcement and policy guidance; and administrative law.
Prior to joining Drinker Biddle, Charlie served under President Barack Obama and Secretary Arne Duncan as the General Counsel for the U.S. Department of Education from May 2009 to July 2011 – a position for which Charlie was nominated by the President and unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate. In that role, Charlie was a senior official in the Obama Administration, advised the Secretary of Education on all legal, regulatory and policy matters and was instrumental in the development and implementation of the Department’s signature education reform initiatives, including:
American Recovery and Reinvestment Act Discretionary Grant Programs (e.g., Race to the Top, Innovation Fund, School Improvement Fund);
Program Integrity and Gainful Employment Rulemaking under the Higher Education Act;
The Department’s Conversion to 100% Direct Lending for the Federal Student Aid Program;
Blueprint for the Reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act; and
Implementation of President Obama’s Memorandum on Tribal Consultation.
In addition, Charlie managed all Department of Education litigation, including Qui Tam cases under the False Claim Act, and collaborated with the Department of Justice in determining the Administration's position and filing of joint amicus curiae briefs. He also organized and participated in the Department’s inaugural National Conference on Labor-Management Collaboration to Advance Student Achievement.
Recently, on June 13, 2013, President Obama nominated Charlie to once again serve in his Administration as a member of the Board of Trustees of the Morris K. and Stewart L. Udall Foundation, a part-time, unpaid position that requires Senate confirmation. The Udall Foundation is an independent federal agency that operates the U.S. Institute for Environmental Conflict Resolution; provides federally funded scholarships to American Indian students pursuing tribal public policy or health care careers; and manages the Native Nations Institute for Leadership, Management, and Policy.
Prior to his service as General Counsel for the U.S. Department of Education, Charlie was a founding partner in a Chicago-based law firm where he represented educational institutions, municipalities and other public and private employers on all facets of labor and employment law, education law, and civil rights matters. He served as lead negotiator on hundreds of collective bargaining agreements for a wide variety of major public employers in Illinois, including the City of Chicago, Chicago Public Schools, Chicago Park District, Illinois State Board of Education and Illinois Comptroller. Charlie also advised leading business and education organizations on government relations, public policy and legislation including education reform, labor and employment law, and pension reform.
Charlie is active in community service and has taught law school courses on labor arbitration and collective bargaining at DePaul University College of Law and graduate level education law courses at Northeastern Illinois University. Charlie is also a frequent speaker before business, education and professional groups.