Amanda C. Couture

Of Counsel || Indianapolis

Amanda Couture is an employment litigation attorney who defends businesses against discrimination claims. She practices in state and federal court and before agencies including the EEOC, the Indiana Department of Workforce Development, and the Indiana Civil Rights Commission. Her cases include individual, collective, and class actions involving Title VII, the ADEA, the FMLA, the FLSA, the ADA, and non-competition agreements.

In addition to litigation, Amanda counsels clients on litigation avoidance. She is especially interested in the interplay between the Family and Medical Leave Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act, and she often advises clients about handling employee illness, disability, and medical leave. She also provides policy advice, drafting, and training for employers.

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.

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.

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

  • Prevailing on summary judgment for agency accused by former employee of violating the Americans with Disabilities Act
  • Prevailing on summary judgment for manufacturer accused of race discrimination and retaliation.
  • 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.

Education

  • J.D., cum laude, Indiana University School of Law, 2004
  • B.A., cum laude, Philosophy, College of Wooster, 2000

Admittance to Practice

  • Indiana
  • U.S. District Court, Northern and Southern District of Indiana
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit

Professional Activities

  • Indianapolis Bar Association (Labor and Employment Division, Past Chair)
  • Indiana Wind Symphony, Board of Directors
  • Bar Leader Series XI Graduate, Indianapolis Bar Association
  • Sagamore American Inn of Court, Former Member
  • Mediation Assistance Program volunteer, United States District Court, Southern District of Indiana
  • Guest lecturer, Maurer School of Law, Bloomington, Indiana
  • Indiana Law Journal Articles Editor (2003-2004)

Speeches

  • Wabash Valley Human Resource Association - "Leaves, Benefits, and Accommodations under FMLA, ADA, & Worker’s Compensation" - Terre Haute - November 2, 2018
  • Employee Assistance Professionals Association, President’s Conference - "Current Issues in Harassment Law" - Indianapolis - May 17, 2018
  • Client Webinar - "Parties, Gifts, and Religious Expression: What Employers Need to Know This Holiday Season" - November 20, 2017
  • Client Seminar - "When Looks Deceive: Detecting and Accommodating Invisible Disabilities" - Indianapolis - November 2, 2017
  • 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 8, 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
  • 2018 - ABA Practitioner’s Guide to Defense of EPL Claims - "Investigating EPLI Claims"
  • November/December 2013 - BizVoice - "Legal Changes Affecting Employers"
  • December 18, 2012 - Law360 - "Keep Your Holiday Parties Merry, Bright And Out Of Court"
  • Recognized as an Indiana Rising Star by Indiana Super Lawyers (2009, 2011 & 2014 – present)
  • 2014 Outstanding Young Lawyer Award, selected by Indiana Bar Association Young Lawyers Section
  • Appointed by U.S. District Court, Southern District of Indiana, to serve on Magistrate Judge Merit Selection Committee (2010 & 2015)

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