Michelle L. Cooper

Michelle L. Cooper



Michelle L. Cooper, Director

Practice Areas

Education Law and Governmental Services

Michelle Cooper is a director and a member of the firm's education law and governmental services practice groups. Michelle has extensive experience working with educational institutions and municipalities in grievance resolution and arbitration hearings, workers' compensation, employee and student discipline, employee dismissal matters, unfair labor practice matters, employment discrimination and retaliation, policy development, student bullying, statutory and regulatory compliance, collective bargaining and labor relations, wage and hour matters, unemployment compensation, civil litigation defense matters, tort claims, and intellectual property matters. She is a frequent speaker for continuing education seminars on education and labor and employment related topics.


Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law - Indianapolis, J.D., cum laude, 1999
Ball State University, B.S., 1995

Bar Admissions

Indiana, 1999
Admitted to the United States District Courts for the Northern and Southern Districts of Indiana and the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit

Publications and Presentations

Michelle is a frequent speaker and publishes materials on a variety of topics impacting educational institutions and governmental entities in the State of Indiana, including: teacher dismissal; teacher compensation; teacher and administrator evaluation; administrator contracts; employee handbooks; ghost employment; bullying; the Fair Labor Standards Act; conducting internal investigations; the Indiana Access to Public Records Act and Indiana Open Door Law; social media implications in the workplace; social media and student discipline; civil rights litigation; the Family and Medical Leave Act; worker's compensation; unemployment compensation; the Americans with Disabilities Act; the Age Discrimination in Employment Act; collective bargaining; police and firefighter discipline and dismissals; and the Indiana Tort Claims Act.


Director, Lewis & Kappes, 2014- present; Partner, Bose, McKinney & Evans, LLP, 2009-2014; Associate Attorney, Bose, McKinney & Evans, 2002-2004 and 2006-2008; Associate Attorney, DeFur Voran, LLP, 1999-2002; 2005-2006.


Indiana State Bar Association, Member; Indianapolis Bar Association, Member

Honors and Awards

Included in The Best Lawyers in America for 2016 in the field of Education Law
Rising Star, "Indiana Super Lawyers" (2010, 2011, and 2012)
Graduate of the Last Decade Award, Ball State University, 2001
Executive Note and Development Editor, Indiana University International and Comparative Law Review, 1998-1999
Barrister, Moot Court Society, 1998-1999
Law Clerk, Indiana Court of Appeals, The Honorable Patricia Riley, 1998