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Michael W. Padgett


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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]

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August 15, 2019
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The Best Lawyers in America 2020 Honors Jackson Lewis Attorneys

August 15, 2019

WHITE PLAINS, NY (August 15, 2019) Jackson Lewis P.C., one of the country’s preeminent workplace law firms, is pleased to announce more than 210 attorneys throughout the firm’s locations have been recognized in the 2020 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America, a publication that has become universally regarded as a definitive... Read More

May 9, 2019
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Brian L. McDermott Appointed Jackson Lewis' Office Managing Principal in Indianapolis

May 9, 2019

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... Read More

April 25, 2019
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Chambers USA Recognizes Jackson Lewis and Its Attorneys in 2019 Edition

April 25, 2019

WHITE PLAINS, NY (April 25, 2019) 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 2019 Edition of Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, a prestigious annual guide ranking the leading law firms in the U.S.... 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 Law Now Allows Paycheck Deductions for Uniform Rentals
May 16, 2019

Under an amendment to the state’s wage deduction statute, employers in Indiana may now deduct from an employee’s paycheck the rental cost of uniform shirts, pants, and other job-related clothing. The amendment, Senate Bill 99, was signed by Governor Eric Holcomb on May 1, 2019, and went into effect immediately. Read More

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