Charles B. Baldwin

Managing Director Indianapolis

Mr. Baldwin has over 25 years of experience as an advocate for management in all aspects of labor and employment law matters. He devotes his practice to representing employers involving: EEO, ERISA, and wrongful discharge claims; labor arbitrations; NLRB proceedings; wage and hour disputes; union avoidance; employment contracts; non-competition/trade secret disputes; and, class and collective actions. Mr. Baldwin frequently consults with and trains employees on employment practices and policies, union avoidance and litigation avoidance. 

As a trial lawyer, Mr. Baldwin served as lead counsel in defending employers at trial and on appeal in class/collective actions, multi-plaintiff and individual lawsuits arising out of every conceivable type of workplace dispute. AIAM and AAMA selected him as Counsel for Amici Curiae in a case of first impression under the Americans with Disabilities Act.

For many years, Mr. Baldwin served as the Seventh Circuit Editor for the “Employment & Labor Relations Litigation Newsletter” of the ABA. He was a contributing author for the first and second edition of “Model Jury Instructions: Employment Litigation,” published by the Litigation Section of the ABA.

The Indiana Chamber selected Mr. Baldwin to co-author: “Indiana Guide to Preventing Workplace Harassment;” “Interviewing Guide: Designed to Assist Indiana Employers with Hiring and Retaining Employees;” and, “Managing Employees Leaves of Absence.” Mr. Baldwin was a contributing editor to the Indiana Chambers’ newsletter H R Notes from 2005 to 2011.

Comments of others, particularly clients, best describe Mr. Baldwin’s legal skills and experiences. In its 2006 Client Guide, Chambers USA described Charles Baldwin as: “a successful litigator . . .  experienced in acting as national counsel in employment litigation cases.” In its 2007 Client Guide, Chambers USA, praised Mr. Baldwin for his: “responsiveness and commitment.” In its 2008 Client Guide, Chambers USA stated: “his role as counselor to his clients also comes highly rated.” In its 2009 Client Guide, Chambers USA described Chuck Baldwin by stating, “clients admire his “calm approach, great knowledge and true dedication.” In its 2010 Client Guide, Chambers USA reported: “Charles Baldwin is renowned for his labor work, with clients commenting that “he has vast knowledge of the law and gives us great guidance;” “He is very intelligent and knowledgeable on the subject, and is always successful.”

Chuck Baldwin received an “Excellent” rating from the Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC).  Clients described Mr. Baldwin as follows in the ACC Value Index: “practical, efficient and business-oriented.  He understood what we were trying to accomplish and he helped us get there.  Chuck does excellent work.”

The Indiana Chamber of Commerce chose Mr. Baldwin as Volunteer of the Year for 2001 and in 2000 was appointed to the Indiana Chamber’s Board of Directors. Chambers USA Leading Business Lawyers in the USA selected Mr. Baldwin as one of the top labor and employment lawyers in Indiana (2004 to present); Mr. Baldwin is also honored by the following organizations: Best Lawyers in America (2007 to present), Indiana Super Lawyers (2004 to present) and The International Who’s Who of Management Labour & Employment Lawyers (2010 to present). In 2009, Mr. Baldwin was inducted into the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers, a non-profit professional association honoring the leading lawyers nationwide in the practice of labor and employment law.


Professional Activities and Speeches

Professional Activities:

  • American Employment Law Council (Charter Member – 1993 to present)
  • Eiteljorg Museum (Advisory Committee Member and Volunteer – 2006 to present)
  • Indiana Chamber of Commerce (Board of Directors – 2000 to present)
  • Indiana Chamber of Commerce (Employment Law Committee – 2004 – present)
  • Indiana Chamber of Commerce (Health Care Policy Committee – 2007 – present)
  • Indiana Chamber of Commerce (Nominating Committee - 2011)
  • Sagamore American Inn of Court (Barrister – 2006 to 2009)
  • United States Chamber of Commerce (2002 to present)
  • University of Dayton School of Law Alumni (Board of Trustees – 2000 to present)
  • U.S. Labor and  Employment Laws, Indiana University Law School (LLM Program Lecturer, 2007)
  • Friends of Herron School of Art and Design (Volunteer – 2000 to present)
  • Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Indiana Chapter (Volunteer, Fundraiser, and Organizer of Light the Night Walk Fundraiser – 2006 - 2008)
  • American Bar Association (Labor and Employment and Litigation Sections, 1983 to present)
  • American Bar Association (Advisory Panel, Labor and Employment Law Section and Litigation Section, 2007 to present)
  • Indiana Bar Association (Labor and Employment Law Section and Litigation Section, 1983 to present)
  • Indiana Bar Association (Board Member, Labor and Employment Law Section, 1992-1999)
  • Federal Bar Association (1983 to present)
  • Seventh Circuit Bar Association (1998 to present)
  • Indiana Legal Foundation Legal Advisory Committee (2013)
  • Advisory Board of the HR Specialist: Employment Law Monthly Publication

Speeches:

  • Indiana Chamber of Commerce - ''Workplace Harassment Seminar'' - October, 2012
  • Association of Corporate Counsel CCU - ''Covering the Bases: Does Your Code of Conduct Address Key Risks?'' - Orlando - October, 2012
  • Indiana Chamber - ''Strategies to Avoid Rising Employee Retaliation Claims'' - Webinar - September, 2011
  • Indiana Continuing Legal Education Forum - ''A User’s Guide to the EEOC: An Employer’s View'' - Indianapolis - July, 2011
  • Association of Corporate Counsel CCU - ''Social Media: The New Rules of Engagement'' - New Orleans - May, 2011
  • Ogletree Deakins Workplace Strategies Seminar - ''Responding to the EEOC – An Insider’s View'' - Chicago - May, 2011
  • ACC Indiana Chapter - ''Start Your Labor and Employment Spring Cleaning! Hot Topics for 2011'' - Indianapolis - March, 2011
  • Association of Corporate Counsel Annual Meeting - ''How to Prevent and Respond to an Agency Pursuit of Pattern and Practice or Systemic Discrimination Claims'' - San Antonio - October, 2010
  • Private Client Training - ''Managing Employees in a Non-Union Environment'' - Chicago - October, 2010
  • Ogletree Deakins Seminar - ''Disability Discrimination – The New Risk for Employers'' - Indianapolis - October, 2010
  • Indiana Chamber of Commerce` - ''Leave Issues Seminar'' - Indianapolis - September, 2010
  • Private Client Training - ''Collective Bargaining Negotiations Training'' - Chicago - August, 2010
  • Second Annual Employment and Labor Law Conference Sponsored by Marcus Evans - ''Adapting to the ADAAA and Comprehending its Impact on Disability Claims'' - Washington, D.C. - June, 2010
  • Ogletree Deakins Workplace Strategies Seminar - ''Social Networking Sites – Treasure Trove or Liability Trap?'' - Las Vegas - May, 2010
  • Indiana Manufacturers Association, Ogletree Deakins Health Care Reform Legislation, On-Line Webinar - ''What Will Health Care Reform Mean for Your Business?'' - April, 2010
  • Corporate Counsel – Indiana Chapter - ''Rebuilding Your Workforce Without Creating Liability'' - Indianapolis - March, 2010
  • Labor and Employment Law Developments in the State of Indiana - ''Eye on Employment Law – Change Arrives Quickly'' - Indianapolis - October, 2009
  • Indiana Chamber of Commerce - ''Leave Issues Seminar'' - Indianapolis - September, 2009
  • Ogletree Deakins Briefing - ''A Brave New World: Labor and Employment Issues Essential to Employers'' - Merrillville - September, 2009
  • Indiana Chamber of Commerce - ''Wellness Programs at a Unionized Company – Navigating the Issues that May Arise in a Union Environment'' - Indianapolis - September, 2009
  • EEOC Technical Assistance Program Seminar - ''ADAA, ADEA, FMLA Update'' - Indianapolis - September, 2009
  • Ogletree Deakins Breakfast Briefing - ''Fiduciary Litigation'' - Indianapolis - May, 2009
  • Indiana Chamber Spring Board of Directors Meeting - ''Preparing for the Employee Free Choice Act – You Can’t Wait'' - Michigan City - May, 2009
  • Ogletree Deakins Workplace Strategies Seminar - ''Workforce Reduction Techniques That Lessen Your Litigation Risks'' - Miami - May, 2009
  • Association of Corporate Counsel - Indiana Chapter - ''ADA and FMLA in 2009 – Changes and Challenges'' - Indianapolis - March, 2009
  • Ogletree Deakins webinar - ''Navigating the Reduction in Force (“RIF”) Minefield – Developing and Implementing Reduction in Force Strategies'' - March, 2009
  • Association of Corporation Counsel – Indiana Chapter - ''ADA Regulations: New FMLA Information'' - Indianapolis - February, 2009
  • Corporate Counsel Symposium on Employment Law - ''Prevent and Defend Employee Disputes'' - Washington, D.C. - February, 2009
  • Indiana Employment Law Update - ''Layoffs and RIFS: More on the Horizon'' - Indianapolis - October, 2008
  • The Japan-American Society of Indiana and Japan External Trade Organization - ''Japanese Monozukuri Practices for the Automotive Industry'' - Indianapolis - August, 2008
  • Indiana Chamber of Commerce - ''FMLA Seminar – Advanced'' - Indianapolis - June, 2008
  • Ogletree Deakins Workplace Strategies Seminar - ''Exotic Employment Claims – What’s the Lawsuit Du Jour?'' - New Orleans - May, 2008
  • Ogletree Deakins Briefing - ''What’s New in Indiana'' - Indianapolis - March, 2008
  • Employment Law Developments in Indiana - ''Whiners and Whistleblowers – Watch Out for Those Retaliation Claims'' - Indianapolis - October, 2007
  • Federal Home Loan Bank Legal Counsel Meeting - ''Employment Law Audits – A Critical Tool for Limiting Exposure'' - San Francisco - October, 2007
  • Indiana Chamber of Commerce - ''Leave Issues Seminar'' - Indianapolis - September, 2007
  • Private Client Training - ''A Practical Guide to Today’s Toughest HR Issues'' - Milwaukee - August, 2007
  • Private Client Training - ''Collective Bargaining and Negotiations Training'' - Indianapolis - August, 2007
  • Ogletree Deakins Workplace Strategies Seminar - ''Workplace Bullying – Act Now or Pay Later'' - Phoenix - May, 2007
  • Ogletree Deakins Briefing - ''Developments in Employment Law'' - Indianapolis - April, 2007
  • Employment Law Seminar, Indiana University Law School – LL.M. Students - ''Employment Law Overview'' - Indianapolis - March, 2007
  • Association of Corporate Counsel, Indiana Chapter - ''Labor and Employment Law Update'' - Indianapolis - January, 2007 - December, 2007
  • Ogletree Deakins Seminar - ''Employment Law Audit – A Critical Tool for Limiting Exposure'' - Indianapolis - October, 2006
  • Indiana Chamber of Commerce - ''Leave Issues Seminar'' - Indianapolis - September, 2006
  • ReedLogic Venture Capital Leadership Conference - ''Becoming Your Business Expert'' - Washington, D.C. - July, 2006
  • Ogletree Deakins Workplace Strategies Seminar - ''Employment Law Audits – A Critical Tool for Limiting Exposure'' - Atlanta - May, 2006
  • Ogletree Deakins Briefing - ''“Internal Affairs” – New Rulings Force Employers to Evaluate Office Romance Policies'' - Indianapolis - April, 2006
  • Private Client Training - ''Collective Bargaining and Negotiations Training'' - Indianapolis - March, 2006
  • Indiana Chamber of Commerce - ''Workplace Harassment: It’s Not Just About Sex Anymore'' - Indianapolis - March, 2006
  • Association of Corporate Counsel, Indiana Chapter - ''Labor and Employment Law Update'' - Indianapolis - January, 2006 - December, 2006
  • Indiana Chamber of Commerce - ''Leave Issues Seminar'' - Indianapolis - September, 2005
  • Ogletree Deakins Workplace Strategies Seminar - ''Audits – The Key to Avoiding Class Action Lawsuits'' - San Antonio - May, 2005
  • Indiana Chapter ACC - ''Corporate Counsel’s Guide to Conducting and Managing Internal & External Investigations'' - Indianapolis - April, 2005
  • Indiana Chamber of Commerce - ''Leave Issues Seminar'' - Indianapolis - September, 2004
  • Indiana Chamber of Commerce – 40th Annual Human Resources Conference - ''Harassment Update – New Cases Address Employer Liability'' - Indianapolis - June, 2004
  • Ogletree Deakins Workplace Strategies Seminar - ''Class and Collective Action Lawsuits Spread Like Wildfire – How to Avoid Getting Burned'' - Atlanta - May, 2004
  • Indiana Chamber of Commerce – Workplace Harassment Seminar - ''Workplace Harassment Law Update'' - Indianapolis - March, 2004
  • Indiana Chamber of Commerce – 39th Annual Human Resources Conference - ''Recent Trends in Workplace Harassment Law'' - Indianapolis - July, 2003
  • Indiana Chamber of Commerce - ''Managing Workplace Issues During Challenging Times'' - Indianapolis - June, 2003
  • Ogletree Deakins Workplace Strategies Seminar - ''Employers’ Greatest Employment Liability Risk – Class and Collective Actions'' - Chicago - May, 2003
  • Lorman Education Services - ''Protecting Your Clients’ Bread and Butter – Non-Competes and Trade Secrets'' - Indianapolis - January, 2003 - December, 2003
  • Indiana Chamber of Commerce – 38th Annual Human Resources Conference - ''Recent Trends – Discrimination Claims'' - Indianapolis - June, 2002
  • Ogletree Deakins Workplace Strategies Seminar - ''Sleeping with the Enemy: Discipline and Discharge of the Difficult Employee'' - Atlanta - April, 2002
  • Private Client Training - ''Collective Bargaining and Negotiations Training'' - Indianapolis - April, 2002
  • Indiana Chamber of Commerce - ''Sexual Harassment – It’s Not Just About Sex Anymore'' - Indianapolis - March, 2002
  • Lorman Education Services - ''Protecting Your Clients’ Bread and Butter – Non-Competes and Trade Secrets'' - Indianapolis - January, 2002 - December, 2002
  • Private Client Training - ''Training and Strategy Program Concerning Labor Negotiations'' - Indianapolis - June, 2001
  • Indiana Chamber of Commerce - ''Sexual Harassment – It’s Not Just About Sex Anymore'' - Indianapolis - March, 2001
  • Lorman Education Services - ''Protecting Your Clients’ Bread and Butter – Non-Competes and Trade Secrets'' - Indianapolis - January, 2001 - December, 2001
  • Indiana Chamber of Commerce - ''Sexual Harassment – It’s Not Just About Sex Anymore'' - Indianapolis - March, 2000
  • Counsel and Education in Management - ''Personnel Law Update'' - Indianapolis - June, 1999
  • Counsel and Education in Management - ''Personnel Law Update'' - Indianapolis - June, 1996
  • Counsel and Education in Management - ''Personnel Law Update'' - Indianapolis - October, 1995
  • Lorman Education Services - ''How to Protect Your Client’s Bread and Butter: Covenants Not to Compete'' - Indianapolis - April, 1995
  • Counsel and Education in Management - ''Sexual Harassment Law- Supervisor'' - Indianapolis - March, 1995
  • Indiana Continuing Legal Education Forum - ''Covenants Not to Compete and Confidentiality Agreements'' - Indianapolis - January, 1995 - December, 1995
  • Counsel and Education in Management - ''Personnel Law Update'' - Indianapolis - March, 1994
  • Counsel and Education in Management - ''Personnel Law Update'' - Indianapolis - March, 1993
  • Indiana Continuing Legal Education Forum - ''Key Labor and Employment Issues'' - Indianapolis - January, 1990 - December, 1990
  • Indiana Continuing Legal Education Forum - ''Non-Competes and Trade Secrets in Indiana'' - Indianapolis - January, 1989 - December, 1989

Media

Media Quotes

November, 2014 - Employment Law Daily - "Ind. S. Ct.: State High Court Upholds Indiana Right-to-Work Law"
November, 2013 - December, 2013 - BizVoice - "Legal Changes Affecting Employers"
September, 2013 - Association of Corporate Counsel - "HR Investigations and the Preservation of the Attorney-Client Privilege in the Context of the Faragher Defense"

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