Robert J. Dignam
Firm: Johnson & Bell, Ltd.
Address: 11051 Broadway, Suite B
Crown Point, IN 46307
Membership: Affiliations•Indiana State Bar Association •Lake County Bar Association •SHRM of Northwest Indiana
University: Saint Xavier University, B.A. in Business Administration, 1983, Valparaiso University School of Law, J.D., 1986
Admitted: 1986, Indiana; U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit; U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois; U.S. District Court, Northern District of Indiana; U.S. District Court, Southern District of Indiana; U.S. Supreme Court
Biography: Robert J. Dignam's practice focuses on the defense of employment law and litigation matters in state and federal courts in Indiana, in federal court in Illinois, before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission's District Offices in Indiana and Illinois, before the Indiana Civil Rights Commission, and before the Illinois Department of Human Rights. He also counsels clients on employment and labor law issues, including matters before the National Labor Relations Board, and serves as lead negotiator in labor negotiations. Mr. Dignam represents school corporations, and has guided them through matters in court, before state agencies, and in mediations and arbitration. Mr. Dignam also serves as a medical review panel chairman in Indiana, and as a registered civil mediator.Mr. Dignam has attained the Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Rating. He is also a recipient of the Martindale-Hubbell Client Distinction Award, based upon the recognition of his abilities in Quality of Service, Overall Value, Responsiveness and Communication Ability.On numerous occasions, Mr. Dignam has presented at continuing legal education seminars at the request of the Indiana Civil Rights Commission, and he has also authored countless articles addressing various areas of employment law.Mr. Dignam also serves as an adjunct professor at Purdue University Calumet. He has taught courses in Personnel Law, Human Resources Management and Conflict Management. Honors•Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Status, 2014 •Martindale-Hubbell Client Distinction Award, 2012 •Indiana Super Lawyers 2015 Community Involvement•Challenger (Space Science) Learning Center of Northwest Indiana, Member of the Board of Directors 2012 - Present •Habitat for Humanity of Northwest Indiana, Member of the Board of Directors 2010 - Present Presentations & PublicationsPresentations:• The ADA and Employment - A Historical Perspective, presented to the Allen County Bar Association at the request of the Indiana Civil Rights Commission. • Effective Representation of Parties During the Medical Review Panel Process from the Perspective of the Panel Chair, seminar presentation for the Lake County Bar Association • Sexual Harassment, A Historical Perspective, presented to the Lake County Bar Association at the request of the Indiana Civil Rights Commission • How to Stay Out of Hot Water •Presented to the Allen County Bar Association. Requested by the Indiana Civil Rights Commission. •Presented to large healthcare facilities and a public media organization concerning proper managerial performance and conflict management. •Indiana Evidence Workshop •Annual Continuing Legal Education for Lawyers and Judges •Indiana Employment Law Workshop for Practicing Attorneys • Legal Issues for Accountants • Disclaimer of Implied Warranties for Building Industries Association • Advanced Civil Discovery for the Litigation Paralegal in Indiana • Avoidance of Sexual Harassment Claims in the Workplace and Sexual Impropriety Claims in the Treatment Setting •Presented to the American Medical Association. •Presentations have also been provided to various Indiana employers regarding civil rights and employment topics. Publications•Author, Monitoring Social Medial Activity, Northwest Indiana Business Quarterly •Author, Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act, Northwest Indiana Business Quarterly •Contributing author, Indiana Evidence Workshop Handbook, Professional Education Systems, Inc. •Contributing author, Advanced Civil Discovery for the Litigation Paralegal in Indiana, National Business Institute