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Michael W. Padgett


P 317-489-6930 F 317-489-6931


Michael W. Padgett


Michael W. Padgett is a Principal in the Indianapolis, Indiana, office of Jackson Lewis P.C. His practice covers a broad range of employment litigation and traditional labor matters.

Mr. Padgett's litigation experience includes defending claims of race, age, national origin, and gender discrimination, as well as sexual harassment, unlawful retaliation, wage and hour claims (including class actions), non-compete matters, and occupational safety and health matters. Mr. Padgett has handled these matters in federal and state courts in several states, as well as in the Seventh and Fifth U.S. Circuit Courts of Appeals. Mr. Padgett has extensive experience in defending claims before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the U.S. Department of Labor, and state and local labor and employment agencies.

Mr. Padgett has broad experience in traditional labor matters, including negotiating collective bargaining agreements, representing employers in grievance arbitration proceedings, handling unfair labor practice charges before the National Labor Relations Board, and defending employers in breach of contract litigation. He served as lead labor counsel for the owner in negotiating the project labor agreement governing the construction of a new NFL football stadium in Indianapolis.

Mr. Padgett routinely counsels clients on a variety of labor and employment issues, conducts employee training seminars, and speaks on employment-related topics to various organizations.

Prior to attending law school, Mr. Padgett worked as a mechanical engineer in Indianapolis for four years. Before embarking on the private practice of law, he served as Chief Counsel to the Indiana Department of Labor.

Honors and Recognitions

Best Lawyers Award Badge
Chambers USA 2019 - Michael W. Padgett

Professional Associations and Activities

  • Indiana Chamber of Commerce
  • Indiana SHRM
  • Indiana State Bar Association
  • Indianapolis Bar Association

Published Works

  • "But What About the Giant Inflatable Rat?: NLRB Addresses Unconventional Union Protests," The Workplace Lawyer (Indiana State Bar Association) (Fall 2007) [Author]
  • "Practicing Before the National Labor Relations Board," The Employment and Labor Law Handbook for Indiana Lawyers (2005) [Author]