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Amanda C. Couture

Associate Indianapolis

Amanda Couture is an employment litigation attorney who represents employers accused of employment discrimination in individual, collective, and class actions, including cases involving Title VII, the ADEA, the FMLA, the FLSA, and the ADA. She defends businesses against employment-related and civil rights claims in state and federal court and before agencies including the EEOC, the Indiana Department of Workforce Development, and the Indiana Civil Rights Commission.

In addition to litigation, Amanda advises clients on litigation avoidance counseling. She provides policy training to employers, works on employee handbooks, and has extensive experience negotiating severance agreements.

Amanda has experience as a first-chair jury trial attorney in both state and federal courts. She has appeared before the Indiana Supreme Court both on behalf of parties and as amicus curiae, and she has handled appellate matters before the Seventh Circuit.

Amanda serves on the Executive Committee of the Indianapolis Bar Association's Labor and Employment Division. She also actively is involved in the firm's pro bono efforts, through which she has volunteered for the Southern District of Indiana's mediation assistance program and provided legal services for disabled veterans.

Before joining Ogletree Deakins, Amanda served as a judicial law clerk to the Honorable Richard L. Young, Southern District of Indiana, from 2004-2006. She then spent several years working for a boutique civil litigation firm in Indianapolis.


Experience

Amanda has represented a wide variety of clients, from large corporations to small family businesses. Her clients have included banks, pharmaceutical companies, equipment manufacturers, retail stores, construction companies, restaurants, and not-for-profit organizations. Representative experience includes:

  • Prevailing on summary judgment for agency accused by former employee of malicious prosecution and intentional infliction of emotional distress, followed by successful defense against employee's appeal
  • Prevailing on multiple arbitrations of grievances by union members
  • Obtaining a favorable jury verdict for national bank accused of conversion
  • Obtaining favorable bench verdict for distributor of hauling equipment accused of violating contract with manufacturer.
  • Prevailing on summary judgment for agency accused by former employee of violating the Americans with Disabilities Act

Professional Activities and Speeches

Professional Activities:

  • Indianapolis Bar Association (Labor and Employment Division, Chair)
  • Indianapolis Bar Association (New Membership Committee Member)
  • Graduate, Bar Leader Series XI, Indianapolis Bar Association
  • Former member, Sagamore American Inn of Court
  • Mediation Assistance Program volunteer, United States District Court, Southern District of Indiana
  • Guest lecturer on employment discrimination, Maurer School of Law, Bloomington, Indiana
  • "Ask a Lawyer" Volunteer, Indianapolis Bar Association
  • Indiana Law Journal Articles Editor (2003-2004)

Speeches:

  • Indiana Legal Services Skills Training Seminar - ''Interviewing Techniques'' - Indianapolis - November 18, 2015
  • Indianapolis Bar Association Employment Law for Small Businesses Seminar - ''Paying Your Employees'' - Indianapolis - October 22, 2015
  • Client Seminar - ''2014 Employment Law Update'' - Indianapolis - July 17, 2014
  • ALA Indiana Chapter - ''Employment Law Update'' - Indianapolis - January 08, 2013
  • Law School Seminar - ''Career Choices: Balancing Work and Life'' - Bloomington - March 30, 2012
  • CLE Seminar - ''Practicing Law in Indiana: Employment'' - Indianapolis - September 15, 2011
  • CLE Seminar - ''ICLEF Federal Civil Procedure Seminar'' - Indianapolis - May 2010

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November/December 2013 - BizVoice - "Legal Changes Affecting Employers"
December 18, 2012 - Law360 - "Keep Your Holiday Parties Merry, Bright And Out Of Court"

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