Skip to main content
Press Release

Jackson Lewis Adds Depth in Indianapolis with Addition of Brian L. McDermott and Robert F. Seidler

INDIANAPOLIS, IN (April 9, 2018) Jackson Lewis P.C., one of the country’s preeminent workplace law firms, is pleased to announce the addition of Principals Brian L. McDermott and Robert F. Seidler, both formerly of Ogletree Deakins, to the firm’s Indianapolis office.

“This is a tremendous coup for us, both in Indianapolis and nationally,” said Michael W. Padgett, Indianapolis Office Managing Principal. “Brian and Robert have established themselves as versatile employment lawyers and skilled litigators who are well-respected throughout the region. Their knowledge of the regulatory landscape will be a valuable resource for our clients, and their addition to our growing office is a critical indicator of our ability to recruit high-quality laterals throughout the country."

Mr. McDermott has more than 25 years of experience representing 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/trade secret matters, state wage laws and wrongful discharge.

Mr. McDermott also devotes a substantial portion of his practice to litigation avoidance and counseling, working with employers to provide employment training, including sexual harassment, hiring/interviewing, employee terminations, union avoidance, diversity and FMLA. He also assists employers in developing employee handbooks, personnel policies, employment contracts, non-compete agreements, severance agreements and other employment-related documents.
Mr. McDermott has served as the Chairperson of the Indiana State Bar Association’s Labor and Employment Section and authored several publications for the Indiana Chamber of Commerce, in addition to serving on the Chamber’s Human Resources and Employment Law Policy Committee. He has been recognized annually by Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, Best Lawyers® and the Indiana Super Lawyers list.

Mr. McDermott received his J.D. from the University of Iowa and his B.A. from Loras College. He proudly serves on the Board of Directors of the Japan American Society of Indiana.

A frequent author and speaker on employment-related topics, Mr. Seidler consults with employers of all sizes to help them comply with the plethora of state and federal employment laws that affect the workplace, including the FLSA, FMLA, ADA, ADEA and Title VII. Mr. Seidler frequently conducts onsite training and seminars to ensure that clients avoid employment pitfalls. He assists employers with developing and reviewing employee handbooks, personnel policies, employment contracts, non-compete agreements, severance agreements, and other employment-related documents. Mr. Seidler also advises employers on immigration compliance issues related to Form I-9 requirements.

Mr. Seidler’s litigation experience includes representing employers in defending claims arising out of the FLSA, FMLA, ADA, ADEA, Title VII, wrongful discharge claims, breach of contract claims and in non-competition litigation. Mr. Seidler earned his J.D. from the University of Notre Dame Law School and his B.A. from Butler University.

"Jackson Lewis is establishing a robust team in Indiana, and we are thrilled to join the growing roster,” said Mr. McDermott. “We look forward to leveraging the firm’s deep bench strength and subject matter experience to provide our clients with the superior client service the firm is known for."

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 800 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. The firm’s commitment to client service, depth of expertise and innovation draws clients to Jackson Lewis for excellent value-driven legal advice.
Additional information about the firm can be found at

For more information, please contact:
Lara Hamm, Director of Communications and Public Relations
T: (267) 319-7803 / E:


Jackson Lewis P.C. offices that are responsible for the content of this advertisement include New York, NY; Hartford, CT; New Orleans, LA; and Orlando, FL. Prior results do not guarantee a similar outcome.