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Michelle L. Cooper



Professional Profile

Michelle is a director and a member of the firm's education law, labor and employment, and litigation practice groups. She has extensive experience working with educational institutions and municipalities in grievance resolution and arbitration hearings, workers' compensation, employee and student discipline, employee dismissal matters, unfair labor practice matters, employment discrimination and retaliation, policy development, student bullying, statutory and regulatory compliance, collective bargaining and labor relations, wage and hour matters, unemployment compensation, civil litigation defense matters, tort claims, and intellectual property matters.

She is a frequent speaker for continuing education seminars on education and labor and employment related topics.

Practice Areas

Michelle brings a vast range of experience to every situation to find practical, innovative, and cost effective solutions to the array of legal issues her clients face. She helps clients in all aspects of their operation, including governance issues, labor, employment, student affairs, compliance, contracts, and litigation.


Indiana University

Robert H. McKinney School of Law, J.D.
1999, cum laude
Indiana Journal for Global Legal Students, Submission Editor

Ball State University

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  • Indiana
  • U. S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
  • U. S. District Court for the Northern District of Indiana
  • U. S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana


Professional Affiliations

  • Indiana State Bar Association, Member
  • Indianapolis Bar Association, Member
  • National Council of School Attorneys, Member
  • Indiana Council of School Attorneys, Member

Community Service

  • Michelle supports numerous philanthropic organizations and foundations.


  • Included in The Best Lawyers in America - Education Law, 2016-Present
  • Indiana Super Lawyers, 2013-Present
  • Indiana Super Lawyers, Rising Star, 2010, 2011, and 2012
  • Ball State University, Graduate of the Last Decade Award, 2001
  • Indiana Court of Appeals, The Honorable Patricia Riley, Law Clerk, 1998
  • Indiana University International and Comparative Law Review, Executive Note and Development Editor, 1998-1999
  • Moot Court Society Barrister, 1998-1999

Speaking and Publications

    Michelle is a frequent speaker and publishes materials on a variety of topics impacting educational institutions and governmental entities in the State of Indiana, including: teacher dismissal; teacher compensation; teacher and administrator evaluation; administrator contracts; employee handbooks; ghost employment; bullying; the Fair Labor Standards Act; conducting internal investigations; the Indiana Access to Public Records Act and Indiana Open Door Law; social media implications in the workplace; social media and student discipline; civil rights litigation; the Family and Medical Leave Act; worker's compensation; unemployment compensation; the Americans with Disabilities Act; the Age Discrimination in Employment Act; collective bargaining; police and firefighter discipline and dismissals; and the Indiana Tort Claims Act.


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Michelle L. Cooper
One American Square, Suite 2500,
Indianapolis, IN 46282

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