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Brian L. McDermott Appointed Jackson Lewis' Office Managing Principal in Indianapolis

INDIANAPOLIS, IN (May 9, 2019) Jackson Lewis P.C., one of the country’s preeminent workplace law firms, is pleased to announce Brian L. McDermott has been appointed to Office Managing Principal of the firm’s Indianapolis office. Mr. McDermott has spent more than 25 years focusing his practice on representing employers in employment litigation and advising employers on the full gamut of labor and employment law issues.

“Since joining the firm in 2018, Brian has demonstrated his talent for business development and relationship building, and we are confident he will continue to strategically grow our Indianapolis team with an eye towards the people and culture of our firm,” said Firm Co-Chairs William J. Anthony and Kevin G. Lauri in a joint statement. “We are thankful for the robust foundation Michael W. Padgett has built for the office, and wish him the best of luck as he steps down to focus on his growing practice at Jackson Lewis.”

Mr. McDermott represents private and public employers in individual and class/collective employment actions, including cases involving: the FMLA, the ADA, Title VII, the ADEA, ERISA, the FLSA, the NLRA, covenant not to compete matters, trade secret matters, state wage laws and wrongful discharge matters. He has represented employers in federal and state courts, labor arbitrations and administrative agencies (including the EEOC and NLRB) throughout the country. Mr. McDermott also has represented employers before the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth and Seventh Circuits on multiple occasions.

Mr. McDermott devotes a substantial portion of his practice to litigation avoidance and counseling. To this end, he works with employers to provide valuable employment training, including sexual harassment, hiring, employee terminations, union avoidance, diversity, and FMLA training. He assists employers in developing employee handbooks, personnel policies, employment contracts, non-compete agreements, severance agreements, and other employment-related documents. A significant part of Mr. McDermott's labor and employment practice involves representing employers in state and federal employment actions. Jackson Lewis’ Indianapolis office can be reached at (317) 489-6930.

About Jackson Lewis
Jackson Lewis P.C. is a law firm with more than 900 attorneys in major cities nationwide serving clients across a wide range of practices and industries. Having built its reputation on providing premier workplace law representation to management, the firm has grown to include leading practices in the areas of government relations, healthcare and sports law. Named the "Innovative Law Firm of the Year" by the International Legal Technology Association, the firm’s commitment to client service and depth of expertise draws clients to Jackson Lewis for excellent value-driven legal advice. 

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