Michael (Mike) Boldt is Of Counsel in Ice Miller's Labor & Employment Group. Most of his time is spent as the chief spokesperson for employers in collective bargaining. Mike is also the Firm's senior construction labor lawyer, regularly providing representation to national contractor associations, their local chapters and individual contractors.
Strikes are rare events today, but when Mike began practice in the 1970s, they were a common occurrence. Today, Mike is one of the few lawyers in practice who has had extensive experience helping clients deal with strikes effectively.
Mike also represents employers in arbitrations of collective bargaining disputes. Mike has handled many union election cases for employers and also advises employers regarding employment discrimination and equal employment opportunity laws.
Mike has represented employers in many different industries (steel, automotive parts, plastics, trailer manufacturing, printing, vitreous china manufacture and more).
Mike has represented employers in his home state of Indiana and in several other Midwestern, Eastern and Southern states. He has also advised employers and employer associations regarding labor issues and/or labor disputes in the additional states of Arizona, California, Iowa, Michigan, Nebraska, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Ohio and Utah.
Mike is a frequent contributor of articles to industry publications and serves on the faculty of various labor and management relations seminars. He is a regular member of the advisory board and faculty for the seminars on labor-management relations presented by the National Labor Relations Board Region 25 and Indiana University's Robert H. McKinney School of Law. Michael has also served as an instructor for the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) negotiator's course in Illinois, Indiana, Pennsylvania and Michigan and for collective bargaining seminars for the Mechanical Contractors Association of America in Indiana, California, Nevada, Missouri, Arizona and Texas. Michael is a member and past chairman of the AGC Labor and Employment Law Council.
Michael was born in Detroit, Mich., and received his Bachelor of Arts from Wayne State University, graduating with highest distinction in 1972. He is a member of Phi Beta Kappa. He earned his juris doctorate from the University of Michigan Law School in 1975.
Michael joined Ice Miller in 1975 and is admitted to practice in the state of Indiana, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana, the U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh and District of Columbia Circuits and the Supreme Court of the United States.
Michael has been recognized as a leading labor lawyer in Indiana in Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers from 2003 through 2011, has been recognized in Best Lawyers in America for more than 10 years consecutively and has been named an Indiana Super Lawyer numerous times.
Throughout his career, Michael has been active in various roles within Ice Miller. He was the first chairman of the Firm's paralegal committee, holding that position for more than 10 years. He is a past co-chair of the Firm's labor section and served as a member of the Firm's management committee and as an assistant administrative partner in the 1980s. Michael also served for several years as the Firm's career development partner, working with associate attorneys on development of their long-term career plans.
Author, Collective Bargaining Guide and Legal Analysis, Mechanical Contractors Association of America;
Co-author, "Affirmative Action Manual for Construction: An Industry Guide to Federal Law Requiring Affirmative Action for Federal and Federally-Assisted Contracts," AGC;
Author, "The Jobsite: Problem/Solutions";
Appears on Video, "Drawing the Line: How to Prevent Sexual and Other Harassment on the Construction Site," AGC