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Robert J. Dignam is an experienced civil litigation and appellate lawyer in the areas of employment and labor law, and many other areas of law. Mr. Dignam has attained an AV Preeminent Rating from Martindale-Hubbell, the highest available designation for ethics and legal ability. In addition to his legal practice, Mr. Dignam regularly serves as a civil mediator. He has conducted mediations in numerous civil matters in a wide variety of cases pending in state and federal courts.
Mr. Dignam has represented employers in state and federal court in Indiana, in federal courts in Illinois, and before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the National Labor Relations Board, and other employment law agencies. He has argued cases for employers before the Seventh Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals, and has represented an employment law client before the U.S. Supreme Court.
Mr. Dignam has been annually recognized as an Indiana Super Lawyer in the area of Employment and Labor Law.
Mr. Dignam serves as lead negotiator for management in labor negotiations. He has assisted multiple clients in reaching collective bargaining agreements with the representative union. Mr. Dignam also assists clients with arbitration matters.
Mr. Dignam has presented numerous continuing legal education seminars on labor and employment law topics, including at the request of the Indiana Civil Rights Commission, the Lake County Bar Association, and private continuing legal education organizations. He has also authored articles addressing various areas of employment law. In 2018, Mr. Dignam published a Law Review article advocating for a change in an area of labor law for the benefit of employers that has now occurred.
Mr. Dignam has also presented multiple continuing legal education seminars about the mediation process, including the nuances of mediating employment law disputes. He has helped teach future mediators at the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law, and for many years, Mr. Dignam served as an adjunct professor at Purdue University Northwest, teaching students employment law and human resources concepts, and as well as communication skills and dispute resolution techniques applicable to the workplace. Mr. Dignam is a member of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Council of the Indiana State Bar Association. He also serves, at the request of parties in civil litigation, in the role of arbitrator.
Mr. Dignam frequently serves as a medical review panel chairman. In this capacity, he guides the parties through the panel process in accordance with the Indiana Medical Malpractice Act.
- Graduate degree: Doctor of Jurisprudence, May 18, 1986; Valparaiso University School of Law,
- Undergraduate degree: Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration, May 23, 1983; Saint Xavier
University, Chicago, Illinois.
Memberships & Affiliations
State of Indiana; United States District Courts for the Northern and Southern Districts of Indiana; United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois; United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit; and United States Supreme Court.
Indiana State Bar Association, Alternative Dispute Resolution Council of Indiana State Bar Association; Lake County Bar Association; Indiana Association of Mediators; and Society for Human Resources Management of Northwest Indiana.