I base my practice on three principles:
- Provide exceptional legal advice to my clients;
- Foster a relationship of trust and cooperation with my clients;
- Be available to my clients to serve their needs at their convenience.
Indiana’s Rules of Professional Conduct provide that attorneys perform the following functions:
“As advisor, a lawyer provides a client with an informed understanding of the client's legal rights and obligations and explains their practical implications. As advocate, a lawyer asserts the client's position under the rules of the adversary system. As negotiator, a lawyer seeks a result advantageous to the client but consistent with requirements of honest dealings with others.
As intermediary between clients, a lawyer seeks to reconcile their divergent interests as an advisor and, to a limited extent, as a spokesperson for each client. As an evaluator, a lawyer acts by examining a client's legal affairs and reporting about them to the client or to others.”
I tailor each of these services to my clients, according to their circumstances.
I am proud of the unique collection of experiences and set of skills that I bring to the practice of law. They allow me to offer my clients an extraordinary level of service, a creative approach to their issues, and most importantly, a pleasing result. I have fifteen years of experience advocating on behalf of individuals and organizations for issues ranging from system-wide educational improvement, access to healthcare, rights for students and adults with disabilities, and the ethical practice of law.
I spent a significant amount of time lobbying the Indiana General Assembly, Congress, and the Executive branches of government. I am a regular presenter and trainer on topics including Title VII compliance, Americans with Disabilities Act requirements, accommodations, Fair Labor Standards Act requirements, advocacy training, the Mediation process, Family Medical Leave Act requirements, diversity in the workplace, and federal contracting requirements. I also practiced with the law firm of Ice Miller for five years, representing large corporations on all types of employment and labor law.
As a practicing attorney, I manage a complex and busy practice. I am a trusted advisor to clients and a contributing member of the legal community. I routinely evaluate complex and sensitive issues and provide helpful solutions for my clients. As a Judicial Clerk at the Indiana Supreme Court, I evaluated high-level legal issues and drafted legal opinions for Chief Justice Randall Shepard. I am widely recognized as a policy-minded thinker who is pragmatic but creative. In my practice, I investigate and litigate discrimination claims and develop employment policies for numerous clients. I prepare responsive and comprehensive estate plans to assist individuals in planning for their own future and the future of their loved ones. I also aggressively represent individuals who have employment discrimination claims, harassment claims, wage claims, or accommodation claims against their employers.