DeLaney & DeLaney provides legal services to a wide variety of clients in nearly all types of civil litigation, contract negotiations, and employment related matters. Together the firm's lawyers have more than 60 years of trial experience – including nearly two years of actual time in front of juries.

Our firm welcomes client referrals from colleagues in the legal community, co-counsel from around the state and the nation, coordinating national counsel for mass tort litigation, and in house attorneys.

The firm handles all types of litigation matters, including product liability defense, contract disputes, commercial disputes, and estate-related controversies.  

The work that we do matters not only to our clients, but also to our broader communities, where our attorneys, paralegals and staff volunteer for charitable, legal and industry organizations. Our attorneys are frequently recognized for achievements in law and in life.

Indianapolis Employment Lawyer

Indianapolis Employment Lawyer

24th Edition of The Best Lawyers in America

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Congratulations to Kathleen DeLaney for being selected for the 24th Edition of The Best Lawyers in America for her high caliber of work in the practice areas of Commercial Litigation, Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law, Employment Law – Individuals, Litigaiton – ERISA, and Litigation – Labor and Employment. 

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Indiana Super Lawyers 2017

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Congratulations to Kathleen DeLaney for being selected for inclusion on the 2017 Indiana Super Lawyers List for her work as an Employment & Labor Attorney. Kathleen has been consistently selected as an Indiana Super Lawyer for the past 12 years. A Super Lawyers selection is an honor reserved for attorneys who exhibit excellence in practice and Kathleen has continuously exhibited such excellence.

Congratulations to Edward DeLaney for being selected for inclusion on the 2017 Indiana Super Lawyers List for his work as a Business Litigation Attorney. A Super Lawyers selection is an honor reserved for attorneys who exhibit excellence in practice and Edward has exhibited this excellence for a 11th consecutive year.

Congratulations to Christopher Stake for being selected for inclusion on the 2017 Indiana Rising Stars List for his work as a Business Litigation Attorney. This will be Christopher’s 3rd consecutive year being selected for this list after previously being selected from 2010-2012. 


 

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23rd Edition of The Best Lawyers in America

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Congratulations to Kathleen DeLaney for being selected for the 23rd Edition of The Best Lawyers in America for her work in Commercial Litigation, Employment Law (Individuals), Litigation (ERISA), Litigation (Labor and Employment).

 

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2016 The Best Lawyers: Women in the Law

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Congratulations to Kathleen DeLaney for being nominated by The  Best Lawyers: Women in the  Law in  Indiana for the practice areas of Commercial Litigation, Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law, Employment Law-Individuals, and Labor and Employment. 

 


 

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2016 Super Lawyers

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Congratulations to Kathleen DeLaney, Ed DeLaney, and Christopher Stake for being recognized in the 2016 Indiana Super Lawyers Magazine.  Kathleen was included in the list of Top 25 Women by Super Lawyers in 2016, which is her ninth time to receive this recognition. Kathleen and Ed were selected as 2016 Super Lawyers in the categories of Employment & Labor and Business Litigation respectively.  Christopher Stake was recognized as a Rising Star in the category of Business Litigation. 

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Kathleen DeLaney recognized by Best Lawyers in America

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Congratulations to Kathleen DeLaney for being named The Best Lawyers® 2016 Indianapolis Litigation - Labor and Employment "Lawyer of the Year." Only a single lawyer in each practice area in each communicty is honored as the "Lawyer of the Year." This is the second consecutive year Kathleen was selected in this category. Additionally, Kathleen was recognized by Best Lawyers for 2016 in the practice areas of Commercial Litigation, Employment Law - Individuals, Litigation - ERISA, and Litigation - Labor and Employment. Kathleen has been selected as a Best Lawyer in America every year since 2007..

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2015 Indiana Best Lawyers

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Congratulations to Kathleen DeLaney and Ed DeLaney for their selection as 2015 Indiana Best Lawyers. Best Lawyers are selected through exhaustive peer-review suverys in which thousands of attorneys confidentially evaluate their peers. Kathleen was recognized in the categories of Labor and Employment Law - Individuals, Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law, and Commercial Litigation. Additionally, Kathleen was named as a 2015 Indiana Lawyer of the Year in the category of Employment Law - Individuals based on her particularly high level of peer recognition. Ed was recognized in the categories of Banking & Finance Law - Litigation and Commerical Litigation.

 

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2015 Indiana's Best Lawyers

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Congratulations to Kathleen DeLaney and Ed DeLaney for being selected to The Best Lawyers in America for 2015.  Kathleen was selected for the practice areas of Commercial Litigation, Employment Law- Individuals, Litigation - ERISA and Litigation - Labor and Employment.  Ed was selected for the practice areas of Commercial Litigation and Litigation - Banking and Finance. 

Kathleen DeLaney was named the Best Lawyers' 2015 Indianapolis Employment Law- Individuals "Lawyer of the Year."  Only a single lawyer in each practice area in each community is being honored as the "Lawyer of the Year." 

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Indiana Super Lawyers 2015

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Congratulations to Kathleen DeLaney, Ed DeLaney, and Christopher Stake for being recognized in the 2015 Indiana Super Lawyers Magazine. Kathleen was included in the list of Top 25 Women by Super Lawyers in 2015, which is her eighth time to receive this recognition. Kathleen and Ed were selected as 2015 Super Lawyers in the categories of Employment & Labor and Business Litigation respectively. Christopher Stake was recognized as a Rising Star in the category of Business Litigation.

 

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Mark Plantan Joins MHA of Greater Indianapolis Board of Directors

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Congratulations to attorney Mark Plantan, who was recently elected to join the Board of Directors for Mental Health America of Greater Indianapolis. MHA works to advance mental health care and awareness through education, advocacy, and intervention. Mr. Plantan joins the Board in 2015 for his initial three-year term.

 

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Martindale-Hubbell Bar Register of Preeiminent Women Lawyers

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Congratulations to Kathleen DeLaney, who was recognized as a Martindale-Hubbell Bar Register of Preeiminent Women Lawyers for 2014.

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2014 Super Lawyers Business Edition

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Congratulations to Kathleen DeLaney and Ed DeLaney for being selected for 2014 Super Lawyers Business Edition.  Kathleen has been selected for the practice area of Employment & Labor and Ed has been selected for the practice area of Business Litigation.  

 

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The Best Lawyers In America for 2014

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Ed DeLaney and Kathleen DeLaney were both selected by their peers for inclusion in the 2014 edition of The Best Lawyers in America. Ed has been selected for his specialty in Commercial Litigation-Banking and Finance and Kathleen has been selected in the specialties of Commercial Litigation and Labor, Employment Law -Individuals, Litigation-ERISA, and Litigation-Labor and Employment.

 

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2014 Tier One Best Law Firm by U.S. News and Best Lawyers

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Congratulations to DeLaney & DeLaney LLC for being selected as a 2014 "Best Law Firm" by U.S. News and Best Lawyers. We ranked in Indianapolis Tier One in the practice areas of Employment Law - Individuals and Commercial Litigation. The "Best Law Firm" rankings are based on a combination of client feedback, information provided on the Law Firm Survey, and Best Lawyers® peer-review.

 

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Super Lawyers Top Law Firm - Litigation

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DeLaney & DeLaney LLC was recognized by Super Lawyers as a Top Litigation Law Firm for 2013 in the small firm category. The firms are chosen based on the number of firm attorneys who have been selected to a 2012 or 2013 Super Lawyers list in business practices areas, and a combination of metrics indicating the quality of those attorneys. Quality factors that were considered included the number of years selected to the list, inclusion on a top list, and average blue ribbon panel score.

 

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Indiana Super Lawyers 2014

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Congratulations to Kathleen DeLaney and Ed DeLaney for being selected as Indiana Super Lawyers for 2014. Kathleen was also selected for the list of Top 25 Women by Super Lawyers Magazine for 2014.

 

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Emily Herx Case: Filed a Federal Employment Discrimination Case

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After obtaining a favorable determination from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, DeLaney & DeLaney recently filed a federal employment discrimination case on behalf of Emily Herx, a teacher from Ft. Wayne, Indiana. Her case has been widely reported by the news media, including these features on The Today Show, CNN, and NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams.

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2013 Super Lawyers

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Congratulations to Kathleen and Ed DeLaney for being selected as Indiana Super Lawyers for 2013. Kathleen was also selected for the Top 25 Women Indiana Super Lawyer 2013.

 

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2013 Indiana's Best Lawyers

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Congratulations to Kathleen DeLaney and Ed DeLaney for being selected to Indiana's Best Lawyers® for 2013. Kathleen was selected for her work in commercial litigation, employee benefits (ERISA) litigation, and labor and employment law. Ed was selected for his work in banking and finance law and commercial litigation.

 

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U.S. News & World Report Best Law Firms 2016

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DeLaney & DeLaney LLC was selected by the U.S.  News & World Report to be included in its Best Law Firms 2016 - Indiana.  Our firm was recognized in the Metropolitan Tier 1 practice areas of Commercial Litigation and Litigation - Banking & Finance.  We were also recognized in the Metropolitan Tier 2 practice areas of Employment Law - Individuals and Litigation - Labor & Employment.

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U.S. News & World Report Best Law Firms - Indiana

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DeLaney & DeLaney was selected by the U.S. News & World Report to be included in its Best Law Firms 2015 - Indiana. Our firm was recognized in the Metropolitan Tier 1 practice areas of Commerical Litigation, Employment Law - Individuals, and Litigation - Banking & Finance. This is the second consecutive year DeLaney & DeLaney has been honored as a Best Law Firm in Indiana.

 

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Kathleen DeLaney is featured in profile

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The Ft. Wayne Journal Gazette featured Kathleen DeLaney in a front page, Sunday profile piece on January 25, 2015.  The article details Kathleen’s legal practice and her work with client Emily Herx. Click here for the profile of Kathleen DeLaney, “Herx lawyer no stranger to complex, tough cases.”

 

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Jury Awards Emily Herx Nearly $2 Million

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A Ft. Wayne, Indiana jury awarded DeLaney & DeLaney client Emily Herx nearly $2 million by a verdict announced on Friday, December 19th, 2014. The jury unanimously found that the Defendant violated Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 when it terminated Mrs. Herx's employment as a teacher at St. Vincent de Paul School because of her efforts to become pregnant through in vitro fertilization. Kathleen DeLaney and Christopher Stake successfully tried the case on behalf of Mrs. Herx in the United States District Court for the Nothern District of Indiana, arguing that the Defendant forced the former teacher to choose between having a baby and keeping her job. The jury agreed and awarded Mrs. Herx almost two million for emotional and physical pain and suffering, $125,000 for medical expenses, $65,000 for lost wages, and $1 in punitive damages.

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Kathleen DeLaney Elected to The American Law Institute

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Kathleen DeLaney has been elected to The American Law Institute (ALI).  ALI is the leading independent organization in the United States that produces scholarly work to clarify, modernize, and otherwise improve the law.  The Institute drafts, discusses, revises, and publishes Restatements of the Law, model statutes, and principles of law that are influential in the courts and legislatures, as well as in legal scholarship and education.  Her election to the ALI was featured in an article "New Members of the American Law Institute Bring Engery and Diversity," which was published by the Indiana Lawyer on May 21, 2014.  Kathleen was quoted in the article, stating, "[I]f we can make the Restatements an accessible resource so that people can understand them when they read them and they're not full of acrane legalese, I think those are good aspirational goals to have which could have the added benefit of making the legal process more accessible and understandable."  The article was also featured on The American Law Institute's website at www.ali.org. Full copy of the article here.

 

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