Susan Traynor Chastain

Susan Traynor Chastain is a director and a member of the firm's education law practice group. Susan has extensive experience working with educational institutions in grievance resolution and arbitration hearings, employee and student discipline hearings, employee dismissal matters, unfair labor practice matters, employment discrimination and retaliation, policy development, student bullying, statutory and regulatory compliance, collective bargaining and labor relations, and litigation of public sector labor law issues. She also has broad experience with special education law issues under state and federal law and has represented school corporations throughout the state in special education hearings, Section 504, ADA and other civil rights matters. She is a former IEERB mediator and hearing examiner, and served on the IEERB's Ad Hoc Panel of Mediators and Fact finders from 1987 until 1991.

Bar Admissions

State – Indiana
Federal – Northern District of Indiana
Federal – Southern District of Indiana


Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law, J.D., 1990
Indiana University - Bloomington, B.S., Public Affairs and Public Sector Labor Relations, 1985


Susan was named the Best Lawyers' 2012 Indianapolis Education Law Lawyer of the Year. She has been included in The Best Lawyers in America from 2007-2017. Susan is a frequent author and speaker, writing dozens of articles and conducting numerous presentations and in-house training programs for school and education organizations across the state. Her topics include school employment law, student discipline, collective bargaining, sexual harassment in schools, educational hiring, special education student issues under the IDEA, Section 504 and other state and federal laws, and negotiating contracts. She has presented to numerous organizations, including the Indiana School Boards Association, the Indiana Association of School Business Officials, the Indiana Association of Public School Superintendents, the Indiana Council of Administrators of Special Education, Indiana State University, Butler University, Lorman Education Services, the Professional Development Network and many specialized presentations to individual school corporations.

Affiliations & Community Involvement

National School Boards Association Council of School Attorneys, Member
National Association of Educational Negotiators, Member
Indiana Association of School Business Officials (Human Resources Committee), Member
Indiana School Boards Association, Member
Indiana Council of School Attorneys, Member
Indiana Conference of Administrators of Special Education, Member
Indiana State Bar Association, Member
Indianapolis Bar Association, Member
Network of Women in Business, Member
Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity, Member