Robert J. Dignam
Robert J. Dignam has been recognized as a Top 50 Indiana Super Lawyer among all lawyers in the state.
Mr. Dignam is an experienced and effective civil mediator. Over the past decade, he has successfully mediated hundreds of cases for attorneys and their clients around the State of Indiana. As a result of his extensive service as a civil mediator, Mr. Dignam, in 2020, was inducted into the National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals, and he conducts mediations in a wide variety of matters in a pre-litigation setting and in cases pending in state and federal courts. He also serves as arbitrator to resolve civil litigation disputes. Mr. Dignam has been named as an Indiana Super Lawyer for Alternative Dispute Resolution.
Mr. Dignam is also an experienced civil litigation and appellate lawyer. He represents clients in the areas of employment and labor law, as well as in 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. Mr. Dignam has been named to Best Lawyers in America in the area of Employment Law. He has also been recognized as an Indiana Super Lawyer in the areas of Employment and Labor Law.
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 United States Supreme Court.
Mr. Dignam also serves as lead negotiator in labor negotiations. In this role, he has assisted employer clients in reaching collective bargaining agreements with the representative union. In addition, Mr. Dignam has assisted clients with labor arbitration matters.
Mr. Dignam has 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 conflict resolution techniques.
Mr. Dignam has also 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. During his time teaching at Purdue University Northwest, Mr. Dignam has also taught courses involving employment law and human resources concepts.
Finally, a substantial part of Mr. Dignam’s practice involves serving as a medical review panel chairman. In this capacity, he guides the parties and health care provider panelists through the medical review panel process before the Indiana Department of Insurance in accordance with the Indiana Medical Malpractice Act.