Practice and Industry Groups

Bonnie L. Martin

Shareholder Indianapolis

Over the last 20 years, Bonnie has represented clients throughout the country in areas of employment law, as well as both general and employment litigation. She regularly trains and counsels management in both the public and private sector, and is a go-to resource for conducting workplace investigations throughout Indiana. She also represents employers before local, state, and federal agencies through investigation, on-site interviews, mediation, and conciliation. Bonnie routinely defends employers against claims related to breach of contract, ADA and FMLA compliance, background checks under FCRA, equal pay, FLSA, harassment, discrimination, and retaliation in state and federal courts, and consistently ranks among the attorneys with the most appearances on behalf of employers in Indiana’s federal courts. Bonnie has also extensively litigated Indiana wage and hour claims, helping to set employer-friendly precedent on some of the most frequently raised wage issues.

In addition to her work in employment law, Ms. Martin also defends against single plaintiff claims under the Fair Credit Reporting Act, Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, and a variety of federal and state law causes of action, brought against student loan servicing entities.  


  • Successfully defeated putative class action against large health care system alleging violations of Indiana wage statutes
  • Successfully defeated attempt of individual plaintiff to maintain class representative status in case alleging Indiana wage statute violations against large health care system
  • Obtained summary judgment on behalf of large automotive dealership entities against multiple claims of harassment, discrimination and wage payment violations, upheld by the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Obtained summary judgment in full on behalf of student loan servicers in Georgia and New Jersey against requests for declaratory and injunctive relief, claims of Fair Credit Reporting Act violations, and various state law claims

Professional Activities and Speeches

Professional Activities:

  • American Bar Association
  • Indiana State Bar Association (Co-Chair, American Citizenship Committee)
  • Indianapolis Bar Association


  • Ogletree Deakins Seminar - ''Vengeance is Mine – A Gold Mine'' - Indianapolis - November 02, 2017
  • 83rd Annual Meeting and Convention of the Indiana Credit Union League - ''Individual Expression Inside and Outside the Workplace: Balancing Employer and Employee Interests'' - Indianapolis - September 21, 2017
  • Ogletree Deakins Workplace Strategies Seminar - ''Hard Copies? Strategies for Employee Handbooks in the Electronic Age'' - San Diego - May 06, 2017
  • Ogletree Deakins Briefing - ''Best Practices for Avoiding Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Discrimination and Harassment Claims'' - Indianapolis - April 13, 2017
  • Indiana Chamber of Commerce FMLA Seminar - ''Do’s and Don’ts With Your Medical Documentation'' - Indianapolis - January 19, 2017
  • Ogletree Deakins Seminar - ''Effectively Managing FMLA Intermittent Leave Abuse Issues'' - Indianapolis - September 08, 2016
  • 9th Annual South Central Indiana Human Resources Association (“SCIHRA”) Spring Conference - ''Individual Expression Inside and Outside the Workplace: Balancing Employer and Employee Interests'' - Bloomington - April 29, 2016
  • Indiana Chamber 52nd Annual Human Resources Conference and Expo - ''Individual Expression Inside and Outside the Workplace: Balancing Employer and Employee Interests'' - Indianapolis - April 20, 2016
  • Ogletree Deakins Briefing - ''2016 Employment Update - EEOC Initiatives'' - Indianapolis - March 23, 2016
  • Indiana Chamber of Commerce - FMLA Seminar - ''Best Practices for Utilizing FMLA Documentation Provisions'' - Indianapolis - January 21, 2016
  • Ogletree Deakins Seminar - ''ADA and FMLA – So Many Questions, So Many Answers'' - Indianapolis - October 08, 2015
  • Indiana Chamber 51st Annual Human Resources Conference and Expo - ''Individual Expression in the Workplace'' - Indianapolis - April 28, 2015
  • Ogletree Deakins Briefing - ''EEOC Enforcement: Strategic Focus, Aggressive Pursuit'' - Indianapolis - April 23, 2014
  • Association of Corporate Counsel - ''Labor and Employment Law Update'' - Indianapolis - March 19, 2014
  • Ogletree Deakins Managing a Workforce 2014 - ''AOK, AOL, or SOL? Managing Leaves of Absence and Suspected Abuse'' - Indianapolis - October 10, 2013
  • Ogletree Deakins Briefing - ''EEOC Enforcement Activities – Changing Tactics, Changing Risks'' - Indianapolis - April 16, 2013
  • Indiana Civil Rights Commission - ''The Evolution of Reasonable Accommodation and Medical Leave Under the Americans with Disabilities Act'' - Richmond - March 22, 2013
  • Indiana Chamber of Commerce - ''The FMLA From A to Z Expect the Unexpected: Handling Issues that Arise During Leave'' - December 11, 2012
  • Ogletree Deakins Seminar - ''The Performance Review: Why It Doesn't Have to be Good for Lawyers Only'' - Indianapolis - October 05, 2011
  • Ogletree Deakins Seminar - ''Employment Testing'' - Indianapolis - October 05, 2010
  • NIBM webinar - ''FMLA in the Trenches'' - Indianapolis - July 2010
  • Ogletree Deakins Seminar - ''Workplace Privacy'' - Indianapolis - October 07, 2009
  • NIBM webinar - ''FMLA'' - May 2009
  • Indiana Chamber of Commerce - Human Resources Conference - ''The Top Ten Employment Mistakes Companies Make'' - Indianapolis - May 2009
  • Indiana Chamber of Commerce - ''FMLA Basics'' - Indianapolis - 2004 - 2008

Published Works


Our Insights


Media Quotes

January 29, 2018 - SHRM Online - "5 Employee Handbook Updates to Watch in 2018"
January 02, 2018 - SHRM Online - "5 Employee Handbook Issues to Watch in 2018"
August 21, 2014 - - "Differing Discipline May Violate Title Vii, but Work Desk Liaisons Did Not"