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Michelle L. Cooper

Michelle L. Cooper

Indianapolis, Indiana

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.

Publications and Presentations
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.

Year Joined Firm

  • 2014

Areas of Practice

  • Education Law
  • Governmental Services

Bar Admissions

  • Indiana, 1999
  • 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. cum laude - 1999
    • Honors: Barrister, Moot Court Society, 1998-1999
    • Law Review: Indiana University International & Comparative Law Review, Executive Note and Development Editor, 1998 - 1999
  • Ball State University
    • B.S. - 1995
    • Honors: Graduate of the Last Decade Award, 2001
    • Major: Legal Administration for Public Law and Political Science

Published Works

  • to Employment and Labor Law in Indiana, LORMAN Education Services, 2003


  • Presenter, ?Avoiding Legal Tangles in Indiana During the Employee Selection Process", 2005 - Present
  • Presenter, ?Indiana Labor and Employment Law", National Business Institute, 2005 - Present
  • Presenter, ?Mastering Complex Discovery Skills", National Business Institute, 2004 - Present
  • Presenter, ?Model Employee Policies for Indiana Employers", Indiana Chamber of Commerce, 2003 - Present
  • Presenter, ?Cutting Edge Personnel Policies for Human Resource Professionals", Society of Human Resource Managers , 2003 - Present
  • Presenter, ?Introduction to Employment and Labor Law in Indiana", LORMAN Education Services, 2003 - Present
  • Presenter, ?State and Federal Personnel Laws in Indiana", LORMAN Education Services, 2003 - Present
  • Presenter, ?Conducting Internal Investigations", 2002 - Present
  • Presenter, ?Discovery of Mental Health Records in Litigation", Indiana Continuing Legal Education Forum, 2001 - Present
  • Presenter, ?Affirmative Action Update", 2001 - Present
  • Presenter, ?E-mail Privacy in the Workplace", East Central Indiana Human Resources Association, 2000 - Present

Honors and Awards

  • Included in The Best Lawyers in America in the field of Education Law, 2016 - 2017
  • Rising Star, "Indiana Super Lawyers", 2010 - 2012

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Indiana State Bar Association, Member
  • Indianapolis Bar Association, Member

Past Employment Positions

  • Bose, McKinney & Evans, LLP, Partner, 2009 - 2014
  • Bose, McKinney & Evans, Associate Attorney, 2002 - 2004
  • Bose, McKinney & Evans, Associate Attorney, 2006 - 2008
  • DeFur Voran, LLP, Associate Attorney, 1999 - 2002
  • DeFur Voran, LLP, Associate Attorney, 2005 - 2006
  • Indiana Court of Appeals, The Honorable Patricia Riley, Law Clerk, 1998 - Present
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Indianápolis, IN 46282-0003
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