Charles P. Rose


Practice Areas

Government & Regulatory Affairs
Labor and Employment
General Corporate, Business and Commercial
Nonprofit Organizations

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Charles P. Rose is a Shareholder at Hogan Marren Babbo & Rose, Ltd., and chair of the firm’s education practice. Mr. Rose is also the former General Counsel at the U.S. Department of Education. With more than 32 years of experience, Mr. Rose has an established national practice in the areas of Education Law and Policy, Corporate Transactions, Labor & Employment, and Government & Regulatory Affairs.

More about Charlie Rose

At Hogan Marren Babbo & Rose, Mr. Rose represents educational institutions (including traditional public and private colleges and universities, community colleges, for-profit institutions of higher education, K-12 school districts and private schools), corporations, private equity firms, foundations, state government agencies and municipalities, and tribal nations. Mr. Rose advises and counsels his clients on matters such as education law and policy; regulatory compliance and reform; corporate transactions; accreditation; labor and employment; collective bargaining; public/private partnerships; civil rights enforcement and policy guidance; and administrative law. Prior to joining HMBR, Mr. Rose was a partner in the education and government affairs practice of a leading Am Law 100 firm.

Recent selected engagements include:

  • Representing a private equity firm in the asset acquisition and for-profit conversion of an American accredited medical school.
  • Representing the separate interests of a community college, medical school and a private for-profit college in disputes before their respective accrediting agencies.
  • Representing a private equity firm in the asset acquisition and for-profit conversion of two health science universities and a law school.
  • Representing a major public university in criminal and civil investigations on alleged misuse of federal grant funds.
  • Representing a traditional public university and a chain of nursing homes in collective bargaining matters.
  • Representing a major community college in establishing a support organization for overseas operations and negotiating a joint venture with a global technology company to market digital courses in India, Africa and Eastern Europe.

From May 2009 to July 2011, Mr. Rose served as the General Counsel for the U.S. Department of Education – a position for which Mr. Rose was nominated by President Obama and unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate. As General Counsel, Mr. Rose was a senior official in the Obama Administration, advised the U.S. 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).
  • Public­Private Partnerships.
  • Negotiated Rulemaking under the Higher Education Act.
  • Conversion to 100% Direct Lending for the Federal Student Aid Program.
  • Blueprint for the Reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act and Waiver Program.
  • Implementation of President Obama’s Memorandum on Tribal Consultation.

In addition, Mr. Rose 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 with the Federal courts. Mr. Rose also led delegations on behalf of the Adminstration to (i) New Delhi, India to meet with national and local officials and business leaders regarding the American community college system, (ii) Budapest, Hungary to meet with human rights NGOs regarding the plight of the Roma, and (iii) Vienna, Austria to meet with the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe on education and human rights matters.

Recently, in December 2014, Mr. Rose was appointed to serve as a Member of the Board of Trustees of the Morris K. and Stewart L. Udall Foundation - a position for which Mr. Rose was nominated by President Obama and unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate. The Udall Foundation is an independent federal agency focused on various Native American and environmental initiatives.

Prior to his service as General Counsel for the U.S. Department of Education, Mr. Rose 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 public bodies in Illinois, including the City of Chicago, Chicago Public Schools, Chicago Park District, Illinois State Board of Education and Illinois Comptroller. Mr. Rose also advised leading business and education organizations on government relations, public policy and legislation including education reform, labor and employment law, and pension reform.

Mr. Rose 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.

Professional Memberships/Activities

Professional Organizations

  • Fellow, College of Labor and Employment Lawyers (elected in 2008)
  • Member, National Association of College and University Attorneys
  • Member, National Council of School Attorneys
  • Member, Illinois Council of School Attorneys
  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Member, Chicago Bar Association


  • Member, Board of Directors, Ponce Health Sciences University
  • Member, Academic Council, Rasmussen College
  • Member, Law Firm Advisory Board, BARBRI, Inc.
  • Member, Advisory Board, United Providence (RI)
  • Member, Advisory Board, The Learning Bank, LLC
  • Member, Board of Trustees, Academy for Urban School Leadership
  • Member, Board of Directors, Alliance for Excellent Education
  • Former, Founding Board Member, Advance Illinois
  • Former, Ex Officio Member, Board of Trustees, Morris K. and Stewart L. Udall Foundation
  • Former, Member, President's Task Force on Trafficking in Persons
  • Former, Member, U.S. Attorney General's Financial Fraud Enforcement Task Force
  • Former, Member, U.S. Department of Education Executive, Policy and Strategy Committees
  • Former, Member, Chicago Advisory Board, Facing History and Ourselves

Awards and Recognitions

  • Exemplary Service to Education Award, Illinois Association of School Administrators (2011)
  • Dr. Franklin E. Kameny and Dr. Lilli M. Vincenz Award (2011), ED-GLOBE and LGBTA Employees at U.S. Department of Education
  • Champion of Public Education Award, FED-ED (2009)
  • Vision in Education Award, ED-RED (2006)


Mr. Rose is a frequent speaker on education law and policy, government and regulatory affairs and labor and employment law. Recent speaking engagements include:

  • Association of Private Sector Colleges and Universities, Annual Conference, Understanding the Political Environment – A Conversation with two former Government Officials, 2014.
  • National Association of College and University Attorneys, Annual Conference, The Future of Education Reform and Its Implications for the Office of the General Counsel, 2014.
  • Association of Labor Relations Agencies, Conference on Labor Relations in Transformational Times, Importance of Labor-Management Collaboration to Improve Student Achievement, 2013.
  • College of Labor & Employment Lawyers, Ethics Update, Defining the Client in a Government Environment, 2013.
  • Korea Good Games Education Conference, The Paradigm Shift in the Education Game Industry, 2013.
  • Hope Foundation, National Forum on School Improvement, Effective Labor-Management Relationships, 2013.
  • Northern Michigan University, President’s Forum, Developments in Higher Education Policy, 2013.
  • National Association of College and University Attorneys, General Counsels Institute, Key Legal Issues in International Programs and Activities, 2013.
  • Association of Private Sector Colleges and Universities, Annual Conference, The Federal Regulatory Environment, 2012.
  • National Association of College and University Attorneys, Annual Conference, Navigating the Federal Regulations Highway, 2012.
  • Cornell University, ILR School Forum, Conflict, Collaboration, and Creativity in Education Reform, 2012.
  • Center for Excellence in Higher Education Law & Policy, 33rd Annual National Conference, New Business Models for Higher Education, 2012.
  • National Indian Education Association, Annual Legislative Summit, Indian Education: A Strategy for Moving Forward, 2012.
  • Puerto Rico Department of Education and U.S. Department of Education, Puerto Rico Education Summit, Labor­Management Relationships and Role of Business Community in Education Reform, 2011.
  • antmakers for Education, Annual Conference, Public Sector Labor-Management Relations, 2011.
  • Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC), Annual Conference, Regulatory Policy, 2011.
  • National Academy of Arbitrators, Fall Conference, Labor-Management Symposium, 2011.
  • Education Funders Strategy Group, Annual Meeting, Effective Labor-Management Relations, 2011.
  • White House Conference on Bullying Prevention, Campus Based Programs, 2011.
  • White House Tribal Nations Conference, Education and Community Service, 2010.
  • American Bar Association, Administrative Law Conference, Recovery Act General Counsels: Update on Successes and Continuing Challenges, 2010.
  • National Association of College and University Attorneys, Annual Conference, Meet the U.S. Department of Education, 2010.
  • Council on Foundations, Annual Conference, Globalization and the Challenge for Education Improvement, 2010.


Illinois (1982)
District of Columbia (2012)


DePaul University College of Law (J.D., 1982)
Villanova University (B.A., cum laude, Economics, 1979)