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Karen Glasser Sharp

Karen Glasser Sharp

Director since 2014
Indianapolis, Indiana

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 Educational 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.

Publications and Presentations

Karen is a frequent speaker to employers, educators, ISBA, IASBO, ICASE, and CJA on various topics including: social media and its effect on education; the Family and Medical Leave Act; strategies for avoiding due process; dealing with dangerous and aggressive students; seclusion and restraint practices and policies; preventing and responding to complaints of disability harassment; Section 504; Article 7 and the IDEA; sexual harassment; teacher termination; bullying prevention and remediation; teacher evaluation; student discipline; handling employee misconduct, abuse, and incompetence; alternative and private schools; discipline, functional behavioral assessments and behavioral improvement plans; assistive technology and services; DCS investigations; health insurance disputes; employee handbooks; employee privacy issues; Americans with Disabilities Act; hiring, accommodation and termination; workers' compensation; board ethics and governance; and the Age Discrimination in Employment Act.

Year Joined Firm

  • 2004

Areas of Practice

  • Education Law
  • Litigation
  • Labor and Employment Law

Bar Admissions

  • Indiana, 1989
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Indiana
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Indiana
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 7th Circuit


  • Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law, Indianapolis, Indiana
    • J.D. summa cum laude - 1989
    • Honors: Co-Chair, Dean's Tutorial Society, 1988-1989
    • Law Review: Indiana Law Review, Note Development Editor, 1988 - 1989
  • University of Indianapolis, Indianapolis, Indiana
    • B.A. magna cum laude - 1985
    • Honors: Moot Court Competition, University of Indianapolis, First Place, 1984 - 1985
    • Honors: Editor-in-Chief, Oracle (yearbook), University of Indianapolis (1981-1982, 1982-1983)

Published Works

  • Indiana School Laws and Rules (Editorial Advisory Board for West Publications: 2009-2010 ed. to present; contributing author: 2006-2007 ed.)
  • "Alternative Schools: Legal Guidance for Serving Special Education Students - Second Edition" (LRP Pub. 2005)
  • "Graduating Students with Disabilities: Complying with the IDEA" (LPR 2004)
  • "Practical and Strategic Issues in Autism Litigation" (2003)
  • "The Current Legal Status of Inclusion" (LRP Pub. IDELR Spec. Rep. 2002)
  • "Exhaustion of Remedies under the IDEA" (LRP Pub. IDELR Spec. Rep. 2001)
  • "Boys Will be Boys and Other Myths: What the Law Says About Sexual Harassment of Students" (1997)
  • "What Are the Legal Limits for Providing Assistive Technology Devices and Services" (co-author, 1997)
  • "An Overview of the Requirement of Reasonable Accommodation under the ADA" (1996)
  • "Analysis and Comparison of Section 504 and Title II of the ADA" (co-author, 1995)
  • "An Examination of Fee Shifting Statues" (co-author, 1994)
  • "The Impact of the ADA on Construction Employers" (co-author, 1992)
  • "Employee Screening and Hiring Under the Americans with Disabilities Act" (co-author, 1992)
  • "Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 - Public Accommodations and Services Operated by Private Entities" (1990)

Honors and Awards

  • Judge William E. Steckler Fellowship (1989)
  • Francis J. Feeney, Jr. Tax Award (1989)
  • Donald F. Carmony Award for Excellence in History and Political Science
  • Eugene C. Pulliam Memorial Journalism Scholarship

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Indiana Mental Health Memorial Foundation, Former board of directors member and chair of the board of directors
  • Mental Health America in Indiana, Inc., Former Board Member and Chair of the Board of Directors
  • Indiana School Laws and Rules, Editorial Advisory Board, Special Education Laws and Regulations Revisions
  • Indiana Council of School Attorneys, Member
  • Indiana State Bar Association, Member
  • Indianapolis Bar Association, Member
  • Council of School Attorneys, Member

Past Employment Positions

  • Bose McKinney & Evans, LLP, Partner and Counsel, 1992 - 2014
  • Sommer & Barnard, Associate, 1989 - 1991
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana, The Honorable John D. Tinder, Intern


  • Phi Alpha Delta
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