S. Courter Shimeall



Courter Shimeall has extensive experience representing a range of public and private sector clients in a variety of matters. His practice focuses on litigation and higher education, particularly pertaining to Title IX and athletics compliance. Courter has attended and conducted multiple Title IX investigator training sessions and regularly assists higher education institutions and school districts in matters related to Title IX compliance and investigations, as well as administrator and student Title IX training. In addition, Courter represents higher education institutions in matters related to NCAA compliance, and conducts trainings for college and university athletics departments and administrators regarding Title IX compliance and team culture. He also has experience counseling school districts on matters related to collective bargaining, employment issues, the First Amendment, student records and student discipline.

Courter has litigation experience representing school districts, state officials, insurers, businesses, colleges and universities, hospitals, and oil and gas companies in both federal and state proceedings at the trial and appellate levels. He has a significant amount of experience with civil rights cases regarding race, sex, disability and religion. He also has extensive experience in cases dealing with constitutional issues, particularly cases dealing with claims against public officials under the First and Fourteenth Amendments.

Courter has crafted risk-management cybersecurity policies for businesses and has represented hospitals in litigation related to cybersecurity. He is also the former editor of Bricker & Eckler's Cybersecurity Insights publication.

Prior to joining Bricker, Courter served as a law clerk to the Honorable Edmund A. Sargus, Jr., Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio. Courter also served as the first term-law clerk to the Honorable Kimberly A. Jolson, Magistrate Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio. Before attending law school, Courter taught middle school English in Watts, California, through Teach For America and worked as the Recruitment Director for Teach For America’s recruitment efforts in Ohio. 

Professional & Community Activities
  • Member, National Association of College and University Attorneys (NACUA) Advisory Committee of the Journal of College and University Law
  • Member, College of Wooster Alumni Board
  • Member, National Association of College and University Attorneys
  • Member, Bricker & Eckler Diversity & Inclusion Committee
  • Board Member, Communities In Schools of Central Ohio
  • Member, National School Boards Association's Council of School Attorneys
  • Member, Restored Citizens Committee for the Southern District of Ohio
  • Mentor, Ohio State Moritz College of Law
  • Former Board Member and Chair, University Area Enrichment Association
  • Former Member, Fifty 4 Fifty United Schools Network
  • Volunteer, Pro bono cases through the Legal Aid Society of Columbus
Presentations & Published Works
  • Speaker, "Athletic Culture in the Age of Title IX," Webinar, July 2017
  • Speaker, "Title IX 2.0," AICUO Affiliate Member Conference, June 2017
  • Speaker, "Title IX Policy Tune-Up for Colleges and Universities," Webinar, June 2017
  • Presenter, “Help Me Help You: Working with Outside Title IX Counsel to Keep Costs Down,” Ohio Association of College and University Business Officers 100th Annual Meeting and Professional Development Conference, April 2017
  • Speaker, “Transgender Guidance Withdrawal: Where Are We Now?” Webinar, February 2017
  • Presenter, "Legal Update: Rulings of Interest to Educators and HR Professionals," BASA Employment Law Seminar, February 2017
  • Speaker, "Cybersecurity Trends," Bricker & Eckler Cybersecurity Quick Hits Seminar, October 2015
Bar Admissions & Activities
  • Admitted, Supreme Court of Ohio
  • Admitted, United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio
  • Admitted, United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio
  • The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law (J.D., magna cum laude, 2013); Order of the Coif; Executive Editor, Ohio State Law Journal
  • Loyola Marymount University (M.A., Secondary Education, 2008)
  • College of Wooster (B.A., summa cum laude, classical languages, 2006); Phi Beta Kappa; Frank Hewitt Cowles Prize (top senior classics major)
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