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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.

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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 the past 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, Kentucky, and received his Bachelor of Arts from Vanderbilt University in 1988 graduating summa cum laude. He holds a juris doctor 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.
Representative Clients
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)
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Firm Publications
Blog Posts
Published In
Speaking Engagements
  • "Under Pressure: Effective HR in High-Pressure Situations," 2012 HR Annual SHRM Conference, August 2012
  • "At Will No More: We're ALL Protected Now," 2011 HR Annual SHRM Conference, August 2011
  • "Managing Employer Communication Through Life Cycle of Employment," Social Media Legal Risks and Strategy Conference, January 2011
  • "Surfin' the Net: Employee Communications in the Internet Age," Indiana Chamber of Commerce 46th Annual HR Conference and Expo, March 2010
  • "Effective Communications in Workforce Restructuring," Indiana Chamber of Commerce Workforce Restructuring Seminar, March 2009
  • "Several Severance Scenarios," Indiana Chamber of Commerce Employee Benefits Seminar, March 2008
  • "Work/Life Balance (or How to Make Partner Without Losing Your Soul," Indianapolis Bar Association Young Lawyers Division, May 2007
  • "Handling Difficult Issues in Employee Investigations," Midwest Employment Institute, June 2006
  • "Business Torts in Hiring and Firing," Lorman Education Services, April 2005
  • "10 Commandments in Handling Conflict in Negotiations,” Butler University School of Business, October 2005
  • Prepared written materials and spoke on various labor and employment topics at Annual Seminar on Labor-Management Relations hosted by Indiana University School of Law and National Labor Relations Board for 1997-2001 and 2003-2004.
  • "Electronic Workplace: Establishing Policies and Procedures for Successfully Managing Employees and Protecting Privacy Rights," Council on Education in Management Personnel Law Update, 2002
  • "Workplace Privacy and Employers Need to Know," ICLEF Recent Developments in Employment Law, December 2002
  • "Dealing with Injured Employees Under ADA, FMLA, OSHA and Worker's Compensation," Lorman Education Services, July 2001
  • "Role of Documents in Employment Discrimination Claims," Lorman Education Services, February 1996
  • "Employment Applications, Tests and Interviews: The Minefield at the Front Door," ICLEF Hire, Fire and Mire Conference, April 1996
  • "Monitoring E-Mail, Computer Files, Voice Mail and Telephone Use Without Crossing the Line," Council on Education in Management Personnel Law Update, 1996
  • "Defamation in the Workplace," Indiana Employment and Labor Law Seminar, April 2005
  • "Limits on Language in the Workplace: Free Speech, Harassment, English-Only Rules and More," Council on Education in Management Personnel Law Update, 1994
  • "Employers' Obligations under the ADA and FMLA," Indiana State Bar Association General Practice Section, April 1993
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