Jan Michelsen

Of Counsel || Indianapolis

Jan Michelsen concentrates her practice in counseling and defending management in a wide range of labor and employment law matters, including employment discrimination litigation, EEOC and administrative agency charges and complaints, sexual harassment, the ADEA, the ADA, the FMLA, WARN, in federal and state courts and before regulatory agencies.  She also counsels in the area of employment contract disputes, employee privacy issues, social media electronic communications, wage and hour issues, wrongful discharge claims, and other state tort claims, such as defamation and negligent retention.  She has been involved in labor/management relations; union avoidance training and campaigns; arbitrations; and proceedings before the National Labor Relations Board.

She provides a wide range of employers with timely, practical advice on discipline, termination, reasonable accommodation, FMLA compliance, and separation agreements.  Jan also conducts employment audits, reviews employee handbooks, and works with clients to develop effective, enforceable personnel policies. She provides practical and engaging training sessions to supervisors and managers  on a variety of employment topics, including harassment, employee handbooks, union avoidance, social media, and workplace investigations, designed to provide an overview of employments laws, improve clients’ success in managing workers, help them identify and address workplace issues, increase productivity and satisfaction, and avoid employment-related claims and lawsuits .

Prior to her legal career, Jan directed communications, strategic planning, and marketing functions as Director of Business Development at Indiana University Medical Center.

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Below are examples of experience and positive results:

Prevailed with Full Defense Verdict at Trial

Succeeded in Obtaining Case Dismissals

Obtained Sanctions from Opposing Party/Attorney

Obtained Grants of Summary Judgment

Participated in successful union avoidance efforts and campaigns, including supervisor audits, employee relations training, and on-site campaign work including for:

Other Results

Negotiated Settlements for Low Nuisance Value or Non-Monetary Settlement


Admittance to Practice

Professional Activities

  • American Inns of Court Foundation, Washington DC (Member Board of Trustees for 8 years; Seventh Circuit Trustee, Pupil Trustee, Strategic Planning Committee, International Programs Committee)
  • Participant, 2011 Amity Visit invitee, the Honourable Society of the Middle Temple, London
  • Sagamore American Inns of Court (Bencher, Barrister)
  • Indianapolis American Inns of Court (Pupil, Barrister)
  • American Bar Association (Section of Legal and Employment Law, Section of Litigation)
  • Indiana State Bar Association (Labor and Employment Law Section)
  • Federal Bar Association
  • Indianapolis Bar Association (Labor and Employment Law Section, Women and the Law Division)
  • Madame Walker Theatre Center (Board Member, Chair, Real Estate Committee)
  • Founding Member of MBA Women’s Advisory Committee (Kelley School of Business at Indiana University)
  • Volunteer Federal Civil Assistance Panel, United States District Court, Southern District of Indiana, Indianapolis Division (pro bono contributions)
  • Member Alumni Association Kelly School of Business at Indiana University
  • Diversity Roundtable of Central Indiana
  • Business Leaders in the Next Generation (BLING) (youth entrepreneur mentorship)
  • Volunteer, Hamilton County Humane Society (animal welfare)
  • Indiana Canine Assistance Program (ICAN) (training of assistance dogs)
  • Coburn Place (transitional housing for women)
  • Public Advocates in Community Reentry (PACE) (offender reentry)


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