Michelle Cooper

Michelle Cooper is a director and a member of the firm's education law and governmental services practice groups. Michelle 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.

Bar Admissions

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


Indiana University – Indianapolis, Robert H. McKinney School of Law, J.D., 1999, Cum Laude
Indiana University International and Comparative Law Review, Executive Note and Development Editor (1998-1999)
Moot Court Society Barrister (1998-1999)
Ball State University, B.S., 1995


Included in The Best Lawyers in America - Education Law (2016)
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)

Affiliations & Community Involvement

Indiana State Bar Association, Member
Indianapolis Bar Association, Member

Speeches & 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.