Mr. McDermott has dedicated his legal career of 20+ years to representing public and private employers in individual
and class/collective employment actions, including cases involving the FMLA, the ADA, Title VII, the ADEA, ERISA, the
FLSA, the NLRA, covenant not to compete/trade secret matters, state wage laws, and wrongful discharge. He has represented
employers in federal and state courts, labor arbitrations, and administrative agencies (including the EEOC and NLRB)
throughout the country. Mr. McDermott also has represented employers before the United States Court of Appeals for the
Sixth and Seventh Circuits on multiple occasions.
Mr. McDermott devotes a substantial portion of his practice
to litigation avoidance and counseling. To this end, he works with employers to provide valuable employment training,
including sexual harassment, hiring/interviewing, employee terminations, union avoidance, diversity, and FMLA training.
He also assists employers in developing employee handbooks, personnel policies, employment contracts, noncompete agreements,
severance agreements, and other employment-related documents.
For 2014, Best Lawyers selected Mr. McDermott
as Indianapolis Labor and Employment Litigation “Lawyer of the Year.”
Mr. McDermott has served as the Chairperson of
the Indiana State Bar Association’s Labor and Employment Section.
The Indiana Chamber of Commerce chose Mr. McDermott
to author several of its popular publications, including The FMLA Guide: Everything Indiana Employers Need to Know About
the FMLA; Managing Employee Leaves of Absence: A Guide for Indiana Employers; The Interviewing Guide: Helping Indiana
Employers Utilize Lawful and Effective Interviewing Techniques; The Indiana Employer’s Guide to the ADA and FMLA; and Religion in
the Workplace: A Guide for the Indiana Employer. Mr. McDermott also serves on the Indiana Chamber’s Human
Resources and Employment Law Policy committees.
In identifying Mr. McDermott as a “Leader in [the] Field.”
Chambers USA reported in 2005 that Mr. McDermott is a “talented” attorney whose “employment litigation practice is
burgeoning.” In 2006, Chambers USA stated that “clients say [Mr. McDermott] does a ‘quality job.’” In 2007, Chambers
USA identified Mr. McDermott as a “full-service employment lawyer” whom clients find “efficient and knowledgeable” and “a
great guy who is easy to work with.” In its 2009 publication, Chambers USA identified Mr. McDermott as an “FMLA Expert.” The
2010 Chambers USA report stated that Mr. McDermott “receives praise for his FMLA and ERISA work . . . and is really developing
his practice.” In 2012, Chambers USA stated that Mr. McDermott is “praised for his ability to guide clients successfully through
all stages of an employment lawsuit.”
In 2011, Mr. McDermott was honored with the Indiana Chamber’s Samuel C. Schlosser
Indiana Chamber Volunteer of the Year award. He has been recognized annually by Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for
Business; Best Lawyers in America; and Indiana Super Lawyers.
Mr. McDermott proudly serves on the Board
of Directors of the Japan American Society of Indiana.