Alan L. McLaughlin represents public and private employers in a broad range of employment-related disputes at the administrative, state and federal levels, including before the United States Supreme Court and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. He has substantial experience in:

  • Discrimination actions
  • Class actions
  • Wage and hour collective actions
  • Arbitrations
  • Emergency proceedings involving non-compete agreements, trade secrets, business torts and contracts

He provides counsel and preventive training to ensure compliance with federal and state regulations, including:  

  • Title VII of the Civil Rights Act
  • The Americans with Disabilities Act
  • The Age Discrimination in Employment Act
  • The Family and Medical Leave Act
  • 2016 Defend Trade Secrets Act

Alan works with a diverse group of clients in the manufacturing, logistics, retail and hospitality industries.  Previously, Alan served as a judicial clerk for the Honorable Thomas A. Wiseman, Jr., United States District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee.

Affiliazioni professionali e istituzionali


Employment Section

Indiana State Bar Association


Litigation and Employment sections

Indianapolis Bar Association


Seventh Circuit Bar Association


Litigation and Employment sections

American Bar Association

Pro Bono Representative

Mediation Assistance Program

U. S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana


Colorado Bar Association

Former Chair

Litigation Section

Indiana State Bar Association


Faculty of Federal Advocates (Colorado)

Member, Board of Directors

North San Diego Business Chamber


Named, The Best Lawyers in America®


Named, Lawyer of the Year, Employment Law - Management


The Best Lawyers in America®

2018, 2020, 2023

Named, Lawyer of the Year, Litigation - Labor and Employment


The Best Lawyers in America©


Ranked, Labor & Employment

Chambers USA


Named, Super Lawyer for Employment Litigation


Super Lawyers


Awarded, AV® Peer Review Rating


Named, Client Service All-Star

BTI Consulting

2020, 2024

Patrick Wilson Scholar

Vanderbilt University School of Law

News, Analysis & Press

Southern District programs for pro se parties help litigants, attorneys and the court

The Journal Of The Indiana State Bar Association RES GESTAE

April 1, 2014

Litigation Skills Series: Employment Litigation Update

Indianapolis Bar Association


Compass to the New ADAAA Regulations

Indiana Continuing Legal Education Forum (ICLEF)

December 2009

The Year of the Americans With Disabilities Act: Amendments, Accommodations, and Damages

Indiana Continuing Legal Education Forum (ICLEF)

December 2008

Trade Secrets and Covenants Not to Compete: Tactics, Enforceability and Defenses

Indiana Continuing Legal Education Forum (ICLEF)


Survey of Employment Law Developments for Indiana Practitioners

37 Ind. L. Rev., 1025


Speaking Engagements

Ethical Considerations for Lawyers Working Remotely

16th Annual Ethics Day for In-House Counsel, ACC Colorado

December 1, 2022

Insights From Indianapolis: Litigation Trends in the COVID-19 World (and How To Minimize Them)

July 1, 2020

The Next Normal: Strategies and Best Practices for Returning to Work in Colorado

May 11, 2020

Joint Representation Jitters: Ethical Concerns for In-House and Outside Counsel in Representing Multiple Clients

13th Annual Colorado ACC Ethics Day, Denver, CO

December 4, 2019

Years After #MeToo: The Legal Fallout and What’s to Come

2019 Rocky Mountain Employer Conference, Denver, CO

October 4, 2019

Paddling in the Same Direction: How to Manage, Motivate, and Improve Performance Before and After Problems Begin

Rocky Mountain Employer Conference

September 21, 2018

2017 ADA and FMLA Update

Indiana Continuing Education Forum, Recent Developments in Employment Law

December 15, 2017

Regional Employment Law Update: What’s New and Trending

2017 Littler Rocky Mountain Employer Conference

October 3, 2017

2016 Rocky Mountain Employer Conference

Denver, CO

September 21, 2016

Six Ethical Traps That Can Arise in Employment Cases

Indiana Continuing Legal Education Forum

April 30, 2014

Insurance Coverage of Employment Law Claims: How Employers and Insurance Carriers Can Work Together Effectively

Indiana State Chamber of Commerce

April 2011

Guns in Your Parking Lot

May 6, 2010

H1N1 Flu: Preparing the Workplace for a Pandemic

November 4, 2009

You’ve Been Sued, Now What?

Indiana Chamber of Commerce Annual Employment Law Seminar


How Email Has Changed the Sexual Harassment Case




  • J.D., Vanderbilt University Law School, 1982
  • A.B., Wabash College, 1979summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa

Foro di appartenenza



  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 7th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, District of Colorado
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Indiana
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Indiana