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Rusty is a member of the firm's Partnership Board and a member of the Litigation Department. He handles a wide variety of employment and commercial litigation matters, representing clients in pre-dispute counseling and negotiations, ADR, administrative proceedings, discovery, injunction hearings, trials and appeals.

Rusty represents employers in the full range of employment matters, regularly providing clients with general advice and counsel on employment policies and practices and on employee discipline and termination. He represents employers in litigation before agencies and courts on all types of employment claims, including discrimination, wage disputes and wrongful termination. He has also represented clients in commercial litigation in both state and federal courts involving claims of breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, common law fraud, conversion, defamation, non-compete and non-disclosure violations, shareholder misconduct, trade secret misappropriation and inevitable disclosure, torts, tortious interference and unfair competition.

Rusty was selected for inclusion in Chambers USA 2014  and The Best Lawyers in America® in the field of Litigation – Labor & Employment in 2013 and 2014. He was also selected for inclusion in the Indiana Super Lawyers® listing of all Indiana attorneys in 2004, 2005, 2012 and 2013. He lectures and teaches in the areas of federal evidence, federal civil practice and employment law. He is also an active leader in many community and professional organizations. Among other activities, he has served on the Board of Managers of the Indianapolis Bar Association, as Chair of the IBA Young Lawyers Division, as President and Treasurer of the Indianapolis Chapter of the Federal Bar Association and as member of the Indiana Federal Community Defenders Board.

Career Highlights


  • The Best Lawyers in America® Indianapolis Employment Law – Management "Lawyer of the Year," 2020
  • Selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America®, 2013-2020, in the field of Litigation – Labor & Employment, Employment Law - Management; and Labor Law - Management
  • Selected for inclusion Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business, 2014, 2018
  • Selected for inclusion in Indiana Super Lawyers® in the field of Employment & Labor, 2004-2005, 2012-2018
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV® Preeminent™ Rated


Professional Affiliations

  • Indianapolis Bar Association, Board of Managers, 1995-1996, 2000-2004, 2010-present; Counsel to Board, 2002; Secretary, 2003-2004; Image Task Force Chair, 2001-2002; Focus Group Co-Chair, 2000; Pro Bono Task Force Member, 1999; Young Lawyers Division Chair, 1996; Member, 1990-1998
  • Indiana State Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Seventh Circuit Bar Association
  • Indianapolis Federal Bar Association, President, 2001-2002; Vice-President, 2000; Treasurer, 1998-1999; Member, 1995-present
  • Indiana Federal Community Defenders, Inc. (federal public defender office); Vice-President, 2005-2006; Member, 2002-2009

Former Employment

  • City of Indianapolis, 1986-1987

Community Involvement

Civic and Charitable Involvement

  • Indiana Zeta of Phi Kappa Psi, Inc., President, 1990-1992, 1994-1996
  • Zionsville Youth Football League, Coach 2000-present; Board Member, 2001-2005; President, 2002-2003





  • Frequent lecturer on federal evidence and federal practice for Indianapolis Bar Association and other CLE conferences
  • Lecturer on employment issues at attorney CLE conference, employer conferences and client training session
  • Author of articles on Indiana and federal law, evidence and employment law developments



Butler University, Business Administration, B.S., cum laude, 1985
Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law, J.D., 1988

  • Indiana, 1988
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