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Katherine G. Erdel

Of Counsel Indianapolis

Kate is Of Counsel in the Indianapolis office of Ogletree Deakins. She focuses her practice in the areas of discrimination defense, wage and hour advice, general workplace policies, and employment agreements and covenants not to compete. Kate regularly advises clients in these areas and also has experience advising clients on background checks and other pre-employment inquiries and managing client portfolio arrangements. Kate represents clients before administrative agencies, like the EEOC, and in state and federal courts.

Kate was recognized by the Indiana Lawyer Leadership in the Law Awards as an "Up and Coming Lawyer" in 2015. She is an active member of the Indianapolis Bar Association and participated in the IndyBar's Bar Leader Series, Class XII, in 2014-2015.

As a law student at the University of Cincinnati, Kate was active in the College’s Law Review, both as an author and an editor. Prior to attending law school, Kate taught seventh grade English in St. Louis as a Teach for America Corps member. While an undergraduate student at DePauw University, Kate earned a B.A. in writing, was a member of the Management Fellows Program, was active in her sorority and earned two varsity letters as a member of the women’s soccer team. In her free time, Kate continues to enjoy writing and soccer, spends time with her young children, and has taken up long distance running.

Professional Activities and Speeches

Professional Activities:

  • Indianapolis Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division Executive Committee Member (2014-present)


  • Indiana Chamber HR Conference - ''FMLA Tips & Tools: Managing Fraud & Abuse'' - Indianapolis - May 09, 2018
  • Indiana Chamber - ''An Ounce of Prevention'' - Indianapolis - February 27, 2018
  • AIM Webinar - ''Sexual Harassment in the Workplace'' - February 06, 2018
  • Indiana Chamber - ''Developing and Implementing FMLA and ADA Policies & Procedures to Keep Your Company Compliant'' - Indianapolis - January 24, 2018
  • Ogletree Deakins Briefing - ''Best Practices for Avoiding Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Discrimination and Harassment Claims'' - Indianapolis - April 13, 2017
  • Indianapolis Bar Association Employment Law for Small Businesses Seminar - ''Common Termination Issues'' - Indianapolis - October 26, 2016
  • ICLEF - ''Representing a Foreign National in Family Law Matters'' - Indianapolis - 2009


Published Works