Kim F. Ebert - Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.

Kim F. Ebert

Listed in Best Lawyers since 1997
Phone: 317-916-1300

Kim Ebert is the current Managing Shareholder of Ogletree Deakins with overall responsibility for the Firm’s direction and delivery of client service.  For over thirty years, Mr. Ebert has defended the interests of employers in the full range of labor and employment matters.  He has played a significant role in working with clients to develop a national strategy for labor and employment, and also regularly has assisted in due diligence in acquisitions and divestitures.As a labor lawyer, Mr. Ebert has negotiated over 100 collective bargaining agreements, including agreements related to facility closings and work transfers.  He has played a key role in strike planning and related state court injunction litigation.  Mr. Ebert has also handled more than 200 arbitrations.  He has successfully helped employers develop positive employment practices and resist union organizing by all of the major labor organizations in the United States.As a litigator, Mr. Ebert has served as lead counsel both at the trial and appellate level in class, collective and multi-plaintiff actions, as well as the full range of individual suits under federal and state law.A past member of the American Bar Association’s Standing Committee on Continuing Education of the Bar, Mr. Ebert is a frequent writer, speaker and seminar chair at regional and national conferences on labor and employment subjects for attorneys and human resource professionals.

Wabash CollegeBA 1972Indiana University School of Law-Bloomington
Leadership Council for Legal DiversityIndiana State Bar Association American Bar Association

Case History

Mr. Ebert has had the opportunity to represent employers across the country in diverse industries in a wide range of substantive areas. By way of example, Mr. Ebert has
  • Recovered approximately $1,000,000 for a client from a Teamster pension fund in a sophisticated ERISA withdrawal liability dispute arising out of a strike and decertification
  • Successfully bargained with the United Auto Workers the decision and effects of a plant closing that impacted a unit of over 1000 workers
  • Coordinated the strike planning for a national client with facilities in 9 states related to the renegotiation of a national agreement with the Steelworkers Union
  • Successfully defended the first ADA reasonable accommodation case to reach the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Successfully persuaded the National Labor Relations Board to reverse the unit determination of a Regional Director in a precedent-setting case involving a health care system with multiple hospitals
  • Established precedent favorable to employers under the Indiana wage payment statutes in a suit to collect bonuses decided by the Indiana Supreme Court
  • Obtained an order from the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals which vacated an arbitration award that would have required a closed foundry to reopen and rehire its previous Teamster-represented workforce
  • Achieved a defense verdict in a jury trial under the Age Discrimination in Employment Act where the decision maker hand wrote the ages of candidates on their employment applications

Office Location

111 Monument Circle, Suite 4600
Indianapolis, IN 46204
United States


Lawyer of the Year Awards

2015 Lawyer of the Year in Employment Law - Management of the Indianapolis Metro Area2014 Lawyer of the Year in Labor Law - Management of the Indianapolis Metro Area2012 Lawyer of the Year in Employment Law - Management of the Indianapolis Metro Area2011 Lawyer of the Year in Labor and Employment Law of the Indianapolis Metro Area
Kim F. Ebert has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2015!Kim F. Ebert has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2014!Kim F. Ebert has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2012!Kim F. Ebert has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2011!

Practice Areas

Employment Law - Management
Labor Law - Management
Litigation - Labor and Employment