Ann Stewart is of counsel in Ice Miller's Indianapolis office and a member of the Labor Group. She advises employers and insurers on Indiana's Workers' Compensation and Occupational Disease Act requirements. She represents employers in claims pending before the Worker's Compensation Board of Indiana and the Indiana Court of Appeals. In addition, Ann counsels employers and insurance companies regarding requirements of the Medicare Secondary Payer Act regulations.
• Advisory Services
Ann answers employers' questions and addresses issues early in the process to help employers and insurers decide whether to accept claims; to advise clients about investigating and managing claims; and to educate clients on the Board filing requirements. She provides advice on a range of employment issues raised by work injuries and occupational disease claims.
• Litigation Services
If litigation becomes necessary, Ann works closely with clients to develop an appropriate strategy and develops the claim to provide the strongest possible defense. She represents employers in Indiana worker’s compensation and occupational disease (including asbestosis and respiratory) claims, as well as the related appellate proceedings.
Ann has successfully resolved complex disputes through mediation and settlement negotiation.
• Educational Resource
Ann regularly speaks to employer groups to advise them of their rights and responsibilities under the Indiana Worker's Compensation Act and the changes to the Indiana Board of Worker's Compensation practice. She also speaks to groups about the changes to the Medicare Secondary Payer Act regulations. In addition to speaking engagements, Ann has chaired conferences and panel discussions related to worker's compensation issues and regularly prepares articles advising clients on the changes to her practice area.
Ann's experience prior to joining Ice Miller provided her with a perspective that her clients appreciate. Prior to joining Ice Miller's labor group, Ann was responsible for employment related matters as corporate counsel in manufacturing and public utility environments. She has extensive experience representing clients in administrative proceedings before local, state and federal agencies. She has organized and led workplace diversity audits as well as workplace safety audits and investigations.
Ann grew up in Ohio, but currently lives in Goshen, Ind., with her husband and daughter. In her free time, she enjoys reading and working on her golf game.