Karen Glasser Sharp

Karen Glasser Sharp is a director and a member of the firm's education law, litigation, and labor and employment practice groups. She specializes in assisting school corporations and other public entities with educational and labor-related issues. Karen has extensive litigation experience representing schools and private entities, including employment discrimination matters, special education hearings, First Amendment issues, civil rights violations, and tort claims, among others. She also has represented clients before the National Labor Relations Board and the Indiana Education Employment Relations Board. She has experience representing employers and schools in arbitrations, mediations, administrative law hearings, state and federal court trials, and appeals. She is a frequent author and speaker, addressing a variety of topics regarding educating students with disabilities, complying with educational laws and regulations, and addressing labor and employment issues.

Bar Admissions

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


Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law, J.D., 1989, Summa Cum Laude
Indiana Law Review, Note Development Editor (1988-1989)
Dean's Tutorial Society, Co-Chair (1988-1989)
University of Indianapolis, B.A., 1985, Magna Cum Laude
Editor-in-Chief, Oracle (Yearbook) (1981-1982, 1982-1983)


Judge William E. Steckler Fellowship, I.U. School of Law (1989)
Francis J. Feeney, Jr. Tax Award, I.U. School of Law (1989)
Donald F. Carmony Award for Excellence in History and Political Science, University of Indianapolis
Eugene C. Pulliam Memorial Journalism Scholarship, University of Indianapolis
Moot Court Competition, First Place, University of Indianapolis (1984-1985)
Intern, United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana, The Honorable John D. Tinder (1988)


National School Boards Association, Member
National Council of School Attorneys, Member
Indiana School Boards Association, Member
Indiana Council of School Attorneys, Member
Indiana State Bar Association, Member
Indianapolis Bar Association, Member
Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity, Member
Indiana Mental Health Memorial Foundation, Former Board Member and Chair of the Board of Directors
Mental Health America in Indiana, Inc., Former Board Member and Chair of the Board of Directors