Kathleen A. DeLaney

Background & Experience

Managing Partner at DeLaney & DeLaney LLC, Handles all aspects of civil litigation practice on behalf of businesses and individuals, including Fortune 500 Companies, with an emphasis on employment law. Work includes litigation avoidance, negotiation, trial, arbitration, and appellate practice.  

Associate Attorney at Ice Miller LLP, August 1997-December 2001 

Judicial law clerk for Hon. David F. Hamilton, then United States District Court Judge for the Southern District of Indiana; now Circuit Judge, United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, January 1996-August 1997

Foreign Service Officer, United States Department of State, London, U.K., 1991-1993. Presidentially commissioned foreign service officer. Adjudicated thousands of non-immigrant visa cases and worked on cases of visa acquisition and loss of citizenship. Completed temporary duty assignment as Political and Economic Officer at the American Embassy in Dublin, Ireland

Member of the Bars of the Supreme Court of the United States (2012), United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit (1996), United States District Court Northern District of Indiana (1995), United States District Court Southern District of Indiana (1995), State of Indiana (1995), and State of Illinois (2016)

  • Indiana University Maurer School of Law-Bloomington, Juris Doctor, summa cum laude, Order of Coif, Order of Barristers, 1995
  • Georgetown University School of Foreign Service, Bachelor’s Degree of Science in Foreign Service, cum laude, 1990
  • LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell AV Peer Review Rated for ethical standards and legal ability
  • Recognized as an Indiana Super Lawyer in 2006-2022
  • Selected for Best Lawyers in America in 2007- 2024
  • Recognized as Best Lawyers "Lawyer of the Year" for :
    • Litigation - ERISA Indianapolis (2012)
    • Employment Litigation - Individual Indianapolis (2015)
    • Litigation - Labor and Employment Indianapolis (2016)
    • Employment Law - Individual Indianapolis (2020)
    • Employment Law - Individual Indianapolis (2024)
  • Top 10 Indiana Super Lawyer 2009-2011
  • Top 50 Indiana Super Lawyer 2019-2020
  • Top 25 Women Indiana Super Lawyer in 2007-2023
Professional Activities
  • Former Secretary, Local Rules Advisory Committee, United States District Court, Southern District of Indiana
  • Former Public Arbitrator through FINRA (formerly NASD)  
  • Past Chair, Labor & Employment Council, Indianapolis Bar Association
  • Past member of Character and Fitness Committee, Indiana State Board of Law Examiners 
  • Member of the American Law Institute (ALI)
  • Past member of the Board of Directors of Elements Financial Federal Credit Union
  • Member of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers

Awards & Accolades