David W. Gray



David Gray

Practice Areas

Labor and Employment Law - Management; Civil Litigation; General Business Practice

David Gray has represented employers in employment and labor matters before various courts and administrative agencies around the country. He has successfully defended employers in actions pending before the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana, the Northern District of Indiana, the District of New Jersey, the District of Columbia and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, among others. He has represented a variety of employers before the National Labor Relations Board, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Department of Labor and other federal and state agencies. Although enjoying considerable success in litigating matters, David is most proud of his ability to counsel employers on ways to avoid the pitfalls of litigation. During his career, he has reviewed innumerable employee handbooks, personnel manuals, devised various employer friendly programs and negotiated collective bargaining agreements.

David received his federal court litigation education while serving as a law clerk to the Honorable S. Hugh Dillin, Judge for the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana immediately following his graduation from law school. He has also litigated non-employment law matters in the U.S. District Courts for the Central District of California, the District of Colorado, the Southern District of Texas and the Central and Northern Districts of Illinois.

David advises many local businesses functioning in the capacity of a general counsel.


Indiana University, B.S. (Business-Finance), 1972;
Indiana University, J.D., cum laude, 1975.

Bar Admissions

Indiana, 1975; U.S. District Court, Southern District of Indiana, 1975; U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit, 1977; U.S. Court of Federal Claims, 1978; U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit, 1994.

Publications and Presentations

"Consumer Law, Survey Recent Developments in Indiana Law," 10 Indiana Law Review 142, 1976; "Recent Development, Schneckloth v. Bustmonte," 7 Indiana Law Review, 592, 1974; Associate Editor, Indiana Law Review, 1974-75; frequent lecturer on labor and employment law matters.


Law clerk to Honorable S. Hugh Dillin, Judge, U.S. District Court, Southern District of Indiana, 1975-77; Adjunct Faculty, University of Indianapolis, 1982-84; Adjunct Faculty, Indiana University, Kelly School of Business, 1985-86; founding member of Lewis & Kappes, 1985.


Member, Indianapolis Bar Association; Member, Indiana State Bar Association (labor and employment law section); Member, American Bar Association (Member, section of labor and employment law); Board of Directors, Venture Club of Indiana; Board of Trustees, Shattuck St. Mary's School, Faribault, MN; 2003-2009; Chairman Shattuck St. Mary's Foundation, 2010-current; Ardath Burkhart Series Board Leadership Development, 1988); Member, Board of Trustees, Children's Museum of Indianapolis 2004-current, Chair, Board of Trustees, 2013-current.

Honors & Awards

Indiana Super Lawyer (Employment and Labor)
AV Peer Review Rating, Martindale-Hubbell