Mike Tooley serves as general employment counselor and advocate for employers regarding their workforces inside and outside Indiana, including daily employee issues, collective bargaining, arbitration, administrative proceedings before the NLRB, EEOC and other federal and state agencies, and employment litigation in state and federal courts.

Mike concentrates his practice in representing employers who do not have sizable in-house legal staffs, but who have all the labor and employment issues of those who do.

He acts as counselor, advisor and advocate for employers of all sizes – both union and non-union, public and private, blue collar and white collar - concerning the wide range of labor and employment issues they face.

In addition to his work with business executives and human resource professionals, Mike also works closely with in-house counsel from larger companies who need assistance in meeting their clients' needs, whether in defending employment lawsuits in state or federal court or in handling other complex employment matters.

Because most employers believe that the most successful workplace dispute is the one they never have, Mike spends a considerable amount of his practice coaching and training human resource professionals and other business executives on how to comply with the various employment laws that affect them, while still getting the best from their workforce. He presents frequent training sessions to supervisors, managers and human resource professionals on such crucial employment issues as:

- Sexual harassment prevention and investigation
- Interviewing skills
- Conducting effective workplace investigations
- Union awareness
- Effective communication skills
- Dealing with injured employees under various state and federal laws.

When disputes prove unavoidable, Mike is an experienced advocate for employers in court, in arbitration and in front of various administrative agencies. He has defended employers in legal proceedings in over 16 states.

In addition, he is a frequent public speaker at seminars for human resource professionals, business executives and other lawyers on a wide variety of topics, both legal and non-legal.

Mike is chair of Ice Miller's Labor and Employment Group. He joined Ice Miller in 1991 after graduating from law school and has practiced labor and employment law exclusively since that time.

He was born in Henderson, Ky., and received his Bachelor of Arts from Vanderbilt University in 1988 graduating summa cum laude. He holds a juris doctorate from Duke University School of Law, where he graduated with high honors in 1991. While in law school, he was a member of Law and Contemporary Problems and the Moot Court Board.
Reported and Representative Cases
  • Day v. Allison Transmission, Inc., 2010 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 118913 (S.D. Ind. 2010)
  • Thomas v. Fairfield Mfg. Co., Inc., 2009 WL 1043959 (N.D.Ind., April 17, 2009)
  • Fairfield Manufacturing Co., Inc. and UAW, Local 2317, 125 LA (BNA) 1034 (Arb. Paolucci, 2008)
  • Huston Patterson Corp. and GCIU, Local 219m, 124 LA (BNA) 880 (Arb. O'Grady, 2007)
  • Lester v. M&M Knopf Auto Parts, 2006 WL 2806465 (W.D.N.Y., 2006)
  • Sills v. Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems LLC, 2005 WL 2674926 (N.D. Ind. 2005)
  • Fairfield Mfg. Co. and UAW Local 2317, 2005 AAA Lexis 1047 (Arb. Goldstein, 2005)
  • MicroMetl Corp. 333 NLRB 1133 (2001)
  • Sharon Vinson v. Cummins Engine Co., Inc., 36 F. Supp. 2d 1085 (S.D. Ind. 1999)
  • Indianapolis Newspapers and Teamsters Local 135, 1999 WL 1331145 (Arb. Suntrup, 1999)
  • Paul Vogel, et. al, v. Cummins Engine Co., Inc., et al, 971 F. Supp. 74 (S.D. Ind. 1997)
  • Fairfield Mfg. Co. and UAW Local 2317, 109 LA 033 (Arb. Feldman, 1997)
  • Chrysler Motors Corp. v. Graham, 631 N.E.2d 7, 9 (Ind.Ct.App.1994)
  • Cummins Engine Co. and Office Committee Union, 104 LA 522 (Arb. Goldman, 1995)
  • Service Supply Co., and UAW Local 1992, 1992 WL 732704 (Arb. Goldstein, 1992)
  • Huston Patterson Corp. and GCIU, Local 219m, 1992 WL 71728 (Arb. Nathan, 1992)
Firm Publications
Published In
  • "Faith and the Bar," Res Gestae, The Journal of the Indiana State Bar Association, September 2001
  • "Attitude Adjustment," Res Gestae, The Journal of the Indiana State Bar Association, November 2006
  • "One Piece at a Time - Building a Perfect Mentor," Res Gestae, The Journal of the Indiana State Bar Association, April 2010
  • "Don't Manage Like Your Lawyer," INside Edge E-Newsletter (July 20, 2010)
  • "We're All In A Protected Class Now," Informed Employer Briefing E-Newsletter (February 2, 2011)
  • "Workplace Harassment: An Offer You CAN Refuse," Informed Employer Briefing E-Newsletter (November 22, 2011)
  • "Twelve Timely Topics For '12," Informed Employer Briefing E-Newsletter (January 5, 2012)
  • "What To Expect When You're Expecting," Informed Employer Briefing E-Newsletter (November 20, 2012)
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