Robert J. Dignam is an experienced civil and appellate lawyer in the areas of employment and labor law, and is also an established civil mediator. Mr. Dignam has attained an AV Preeminent Rating from Martindale-Hubbell, the highest available designation for ethics and legal ability. He has also received the Martindale-Hubbell Client Distinction Award based on his “Quality of Service, Overall Value, Responsiveness, and Communication Ability.” Mr. Dignam has been repeatedly been recognized as an Indiana Super Lawyer in the area of Employment and Labor Law.
Mr. Dignam represents employers in state and federal court in Indiana, in federal court in Illinois, and before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the National Labor Relations Board, and other agencies. Mr. Dignam also serves as lead negotiator for management in labor negotiations, and assists clients with arbitration matters. Mr. Dignam has presented numerous continuing legal education seminars on employment law topics, including at the request of the Indiana Civil Rights Commission. He has also authored articles addressing various areas of employment law.
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 presented continuing legal education seminars about mediating employment law disputes, has helped teach future mediators at the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law, and for many years served as an adjunct professor at Purdue University Northwest, teaching students employment law and human resources concepts, and communication skills and dispute resolution techniques in the workplace. Mr. Dignam is a member of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Council of the Indiana State Bar Association. Mr. Dignam also serves, at the request of parties in civil litigation, in the role of arbitrator.
Finally, a frequent activity of Mr. Dignam is service 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.
|ICLEF Seminar||National Business Institute Seminar||2017|
|Northwest Indiana Business Quarterly||Monitoring Social Media Use||2012|
|Northwest Indiana Business Quarterly||The Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act||2011|
|Professional Education Systems, Inc.||Indiana Evidence Workshop – Contributing Author||1998-2008|
|National Business Institute Seminar||Advanced Discovery for the Litigation Paralegal in Indiana||2000|
|The EEOC and ADA in a Law Firm Setting||The Business of Law||2017|
|Mediating Employment Law Cases||Indiana Continuing Legal Education Seminar||2016|
|Mediating Employment Law Cases||Human Resources Law From Start to Finish||2015|
|Employer Discipline of Employees for Social Media Activity||Employment and Labor Law Section Meeting||2015|
|The Americans with Disabilities Act – A Historical Perspective||Indiana Civil Rights Comm. Disability Law 101||2015|
|Medical Malpractice Litigation From the Perspective of the Panel Chair||Lake County Bar Assoc. Hardball Litigator Seminar||2014|
|How to Stay out of Hot Water||Lakeshore Public Media Management Training||2013|
|How to Stay out of Hot Water||Indiana Continuing Legal Education Seminar||2013|
|Sexual Harassment, A Historical Perspective||Indiana Continuing Legal Education Seminar||2013|
|How to Stay out of Hot Water||Franciscan Alliance Management Training||2013|
|Indiana Unemployment Benefits||Construction Advancement Foundation Training||2011|
|Indiana Unemployment Benefits||NWI SHRM Human Resources Update||2011|
|Indiana Mechanics Liens||Plumbing and Piping Contractors of Northern Indiana Training||2010|
|Indiana Evidence||Indiana Evidence Workshop||1998-2008|
|Warranties of Habitability in Indiana||Legal Update for Construction Professionals||2006|
|Avoiding Sexual Harassment Claims in the Workplace||Continuing Medical Education Seminar||2003|
|Litigation for Indiana Paralegals||Continuing Paralegal Education||2000|
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 Member of Indiana State Bar Association; Lake County Bar Association; Indiana Association of Mediators; and Society for Human Resources Management of Northwest Indiana.