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Susan Traynor Chastain

Susan Traynor Chastain

Indianapolis, Indiana

Susan Traynor Chastain is a director and a member of the firm's education law practice group. Susan has extensive experience working with educational institutions in grievance resolution and arbitration hearings, 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, and litigation of public sector labor law issues. She also has broad experience with special education law issues under state and federal law and has represented school corporations throughout the state in special education hearings, Section 504, ADA and other civil rights matters. She is a former IEERB mediator and hearing examiner, and served on the IEERB's Ad Hoc Panel of Mediators and Fact finders from 1987 until 1991.

Publications and Presentations
Susan is a frequent author and speaker, writing dozens of articles and conducting numerous presentations and in-house training programs for school and education organizations across the state. Her topics include school employment law, student discipline, collective bargaining, sexual harassment in schools, educational hiring, special education student issues under the IDEA, Section 504 and other state and federal laws, and negotiating contracts. She has presented to numerous organizations, including the Indiana School Boards Association, the Indiana Association of School Business Officials, the Indiana Association of Public School Superintendents, the Indiana Council of Administrators of Special Education, Indiana State University, Lorman Education Services, the Professional Development Network and many specialized presentations to individual school corporations

Year Joined Firm

  • 2014

Areas of Practice

  • Education Law

Bar Admissions

  • Indiana, 1990
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Indiana, 1990
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Indiana, 1990


  • Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law, Indianapolis, Indiana
    • J.D. - May, 1990
  • Indiana University, Bloomington
    • B.S. - 1985

Honors and Awards

  • Named the Best Lawyers' 2012 Education Law "Lawyer of the Year" in Indianapolis and has been included in The Best Lawyers in America from 2007-2017

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • National School Boards Association Council of School Attorneys
  • Indiana State Bar Associations, Member
  • Indianapolis Bar Associations, Member
  • Network of Women in Business
  • National Association of Educational Negotiators
  • Indiana Education Employment Relations Board
  • Indiana Association of School Business Officials (Human Resources Committee)
  • Indiana Conference of Administrators of Special Education
  • Ad Hoc Panel of Mediators and Fact-finders (1987-1991)

Past Employment Positions

  • Bose, McKinney & Evans, LLP, Partner, 1998 - 2014
  • Bose, McKinney & Evans, Associate Attorney, 1991 - 1998
  • Cline, Owen & Kinzie, Associate Attorney, 1990 - 1991
  • Indiana Education Employment Relations Board, 1985 - 1987

Pro Bono Activities

  • Indiana Association of School Business Officials, Human Resources Committee
  • Network of Women in Business
  • Indiana Conference of Administrators of Special Education


  • Phi Alpha Delta
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