Search form

Dorothy Parson McDermott

Principal
Indianapolis

P 317-489-6940
F 317-489-6931
Dorothy.McDermott@jacksonlewis.com

Biography

Dorothy (“Dottie”) D. Parson McDermott is a Principal in the Indianapolis, Indiana, office of Jackson Lewis P.C. She concentrates her practice in the defense of civil rights and employment-related claims, as well as ERISA and non-ERISA employee benefits matters, including bad faith and breach of contract claims.

Ms. McDermott defends employers and management in federal and state courts and before administrative entities (EEOC, Indiana and U.S. Department of Labor, and similar state agencies) in matters ranging from ADA, ADEA, COBRA, FMLA, Title VII, Section 1981, the Indiana Wage Payment and Claims statutes, covenant not to compete/trade secret, and wrongful termination claims. Additionally, Ms. McDermott participates in internal FLSA audits on behalf of employers, and the defense of FLSA class action litigation. She also advises employers and management on human resource issues, reductions in force, employee handbooks, policies, severance agreements, EEO training, and workplace violence prevention restraining orders. Ms. McDermott also leads internal corporate investigations regarding claims of sexual harassment and discrimination. She also provides analysis and guidance regarding drug testing laws and medical marijuana/marijuana-related legislation impacting employers in numerous states across the United States.

With respect to her employee benefits practice, Ms. McDermott defends ERISA plans, plan administrators, claim administrators, insurance companies, multiemployer benefit funds, and employers in a wide variety of employee benefits litigation involving life, health, disability, and pension claims across the country. Ms. McDermott additionally advises employers and plan administrators regarding administration of qualified retirement and welfare benefit plans, particularly processing internal claims and appeals.

Examples of Ms. McDermott’s experience include:

  • Prevailing in the Sixth Circuit on an ADA claim alleging discrimination and failure to accommodate for a retailer.
  • Securing summary judgment for a large company in a case involving claims of age discrimination and tortious interference with a business relationship.
  • Assisting a retirement plan administrative committee in processing over 100 claims and/or appeals.
  • Obtaining a no sanction result with the Indiana Department of Labor in a FLSA audit for a national company.

Honors and Recognitions

Martindate-Hubbell
The Legal 500 - The Clients Guide to Law Firms

Professional Associations and Activities

  • American Bar Association
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Hispanic National Bar Association
  • Indianapolis Bar Association
  • Indiana Bar Association, Latino Affairs Committee
  • State Bar of Indiana
  • State Bar of Wisconsin

Pro Bono and Community Involvement

  • Project Stepping Stone (a program to help Hispanic Youth attend and stay in college)
  • United States District Court, Southern District of Indiana, Mediation Assistance Program

Speeches and Presentations

  • “Bolstering Preventative Practices to Meet the New Wave of Sex Harassment Claims,” Jackson Lewis Spring Employment Law Conference (Indianapolis, IN, May 17, 2018) (co-presenter)
  • "Termination in the Review Mirror: A Mock Trial Defending an Employment Termination Decision," Indiana Chamber of Commerce (Indianapolis, IN, May 7, 2018) (co-presenter)
  • “HR Due Diligence: Tips from a Benefits and Labor and Employment Attorney”, National Business Institute (Indianapolis, Indiana, December, 2017) (co-presenter)
  • “Mary Jane in the Workplace,” South Central Indiana HR (Bloomington, IN, 2017) (presenter)
  • “FLSA – The New DOL Regulations and How to Avoid Flubs and Fumbles in Your Workplace,” American Payroll Association 2016 Indiana Statewide Payroll Conference (Indianapolis, IN, September 15, 2016) (presenter)
  • “Impact of New Overtime Rules on Employee Benefits,” Indiana Chamber of Commerce (Indianapolis, IN, September 12, 2016) (presenter)
  • “Managing Benefits During and After a Leave of Absence,” Indiana Chamber of Commerce (Indianapolis, IN, September 12, 2016 (presenter)
  • “The FMLA: 2016 – ‘This Could Happen to You’ Real Life FMLA in Action,’” Indiana Chamber of Commerce (Indianapolis, IN, January 21, 2016) (presenter)
  • “Pandemic Preparedness: Legal, Employment and Ethical Considerations,” Indianapolis Bar Association (Indianapolis, IN, October 13, 2015) (presenter)
  • “Overworked and Underpaid: Compensation Update,” Indiana Chamber of Commerce Employee Benefits Seminar (Indianapolis, IN, September 15, 2015) (presenter)
  • “Emerging Infectious Diseases - Ebola and the Workplace,” Marion County Public Health Department” (Indianapolis, IN, November 10, 2014) (presenter)
  • “Post-Windsor Updating Plan Definitions of Spouse,” Indiana Chamber of Commerce Employee Benefits Seminar (Indianapolis, IN, September 17, 2014) (presenter)
  • “Speakers Panel: ERISA at 40: Top 10 Cases for Dinner Party Conversations,” Indiana Chamber of Commerce Employee Benefits Seminar (Indianapolis, IN, September 17, 2014)
  • “Preparing for the Unexpected, Managing Plan Beneficiary Designations,” Indiana Chamber Benefits Seminar (Indianapolis, IN, September 12, 2013) (presenter)
  • “Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act – Workplace Accommodations for Nursing Mothers,” Indiana Chamber of Commerce (Indianapolis, IN, September 13, 2011) (presenter)
  • “And GINA Makes Four: The FMLA, ADA, Workers’ Compensation and GINA,” Indiana Chamber of Commerce (Indianapolis, IN, June 16, 2011) (presenter)
  • “What is a Disability Under the ‘New’ ADA?,” Indiana Chamber of Commerce (Indianapolis, IN, February 23, 2011)
  • “Are We There Yet – The Twists and Turns of FMLA Documentation,” Indiana Chamber of Commerce (Indianapolis, IN, December 9, 2010) (presenter)
  • “Medicare Reporting: New Requirements for Employee Benefit Plans and Employment Claim Settlements,” Indiana Chamber of Commerce (Indianapolis, IN, April 22, 2010)
  • “Conducting Effective Workplace Investigations,” Park 100 Partners (Indianapolis, IN, February 2010) (presenter)

See AllDorothy Parson McDermott in the News

May 30, 2018
Jackson Lewis

Jackson Lewis Recommended in The Legal 500 2018

May 30, 2018

WHITE PLAINS, NY (May 30, 2018) Jackson Lewis P.C., one of the country’s preeminent workplace law firms, is pleased to announce the firm and its attorneys have been recommended in The Legal 500 United States 2018 in the following practice areas falling under the Labor and Employment designation: Employee Benefits, Executive Compensation... Read More

October 19, 2017
Law 360

Dorothy “Dottie” Parson McDermott Discusses Joining Jackson Lewis' Indianapolis Office

October 19, 2017

Dorothy “Dottie” Parson McDermott discusses leaving Ogletree Deakins to join Jackson Lewis' Indianapolis office in "Jackson Lewis Nabs Ex-Ogletree Deakins Employment Atty," published by Law360. Subscription may be required to view article Read More

October 17, 2017
Jackson Lewis

Jackson Lewis Bolsters Employment Practice, Welcomes Dorothy "Dottie" Parson McDermott in Indianapolis

October 17, 2017

INDIANAPOLIS, IN (October 17, 2017) Jackson Lewis P.C., one of the country’s preeminent workplace law firms, is pleased to announce Dorothy “Dottie” Parson McDermott has joined the firm’s Indianapolis office as a Principal. Ms. McDermott joins the firm from Ogletree Deakins, where she represented employers in the full spectrum of labor... Read More