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Michael W. Padgett

Office Managing Principal

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Michael W. Padgett is Office Managing Principal of 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
USA Chambers 2018 - 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]

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August 15, 2018
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Jackson Lewis Attorneys Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America© 2019

August 15, 2018

WHITE PLAINS, NY (August 15, 2018) Jackson Lewis P.C., one of the country’s preeminent workplace law firms, is pleased to announce more than 200 attorneys throughout the firm’s locations have been named to the 2019 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America©, a publication that has become universally regarded as a definitive guide to legal... Read More

May 3, 2018
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Jackson Lewis and Its Attorneys Recognized in Chambers USA 2018

May 3, 2018

WHITE PLAINS, NY (May 3, 2018) Jackson Lewis P.C., one of the country’s preeminent workplace law firms, is pleased to announce the firm and 72 of its attorneys have been recognized in the 2018 edition of Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, a prestigious annual guide ranking the leading law firms in the U.S. The firm... Read More

April 10, 2018
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Brian McDermott and Robert Seidler Discuss Joining Jackson Lewis in Indianapolis

April 10, 2018

Brian McDermott and Robert Seidler discuss joining the firm's Indianapolis office from Ogletree Deakins in "Jackson Lewis Snags 2 Ogletree Deakins Employment Vets," published by Law360. Subscription may be required to view article Read More

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February 6, 2017

Indianapolis Office Newsletter – First Quarter 2017

February 6, 2017

U.S. Supreme Court Clarifies Limitation Period for Claims Relying on Constructive Discharge Under a constructive discharge theory, an employee’s limitation period to file a discrimination claim with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission begins upon the constructive discharge, not before, the United States Supreme Court has... Read More

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Indiana Court Upholds Five-Year Restriction in Non-Compete Agreement
August 19, 2013

The Indiana Court of Appeals determined in an unpublished opinion that an employer presented a prima facie case that a five-year restriction in a non-compete agreement was reasonable.  Mayne v O’Bannon Publishing Co., 36 IER Cases 279 (Ind. Ct. App. Read More