Sara R. Blevins


sblevins@lewis-kappes.com

317.639.1210

Sara R. Blevins | Director

Practice Areas

Employment Law
Civil Litigation
Education Law

Sara practices in the areas of employment law and general civil litigation. She has experience with many employment and human resources matters including such things as non-compete agreements, trade secret protection, employee policy manuals, employment agreements, severance agreements, wage claims, and ADA, FLSA, FMLA, and USERRA compliance. Sara is also skilled in a wide-range of civil litigation areas including disputes involving employment matters (including EEOC charges and discrimination litigation), contracts, business relationships (including fiduciary duty violations and shareholder disputes), personal injury/wrongful death, commercial landlord/tenant matters, real estate (including adverse possession claims), personal property, and negligence. Sara brings a balanced perspective to her practice because of her experience representing both plaintiffs and defendants. She is knowledgeable in both state and federal practice and both small and complex matters.

Sara is an Indiana Registered Mediator.

Education

Indiana University School of Law - Bloomington, cum laude, J.D., 2004; Indiana Journal for Global Legal Studies, Submissions Editor

Earlham College - Richmond, Indiana, B.A., with college and departmental honors, 1999; Politics and Peace & Global Studies; Phi Beta Kappa

Bar Admissions

Indiana 2004

United States District Court - Southern District of Indiana 2004

United States District Court - Northern District of Indiana 2004

United States District Court for the Central District of Illinois, 2008

Experience

Director, Lewis & Kappes, P.C., 2012-present.

Associate, Lewis & Kappes, P.C., 2004-2011.

Affiliations

American Bar Association

Indiana State Bar Association

Indianapolis Bar Association - At-large Board Member, 2016-2017 - Diversity Job Fair Committee (Chair, 2014), 2013-2015, Labor & Employment Law Section Executive Committee 2016-present

Defense Trial Counsel of Indiana

Indiana Trial Lawyers Association

SHRM (national Society for Human Resource Management)

IndySHRM (Indianapolis Society for Human Resource Management) - Legislative Affairs Committee Member, 2014-present

Honors & Awards

Rising Star, "Indiana Super Lawyers" (General Litigation, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2014) (Employment & Labor, 2015)

Indianapolis Bar Association Bar Leader Series, Class IX (2011-12)

Publications

Recent U.S. Supreme Court Employment Law Cases, by Sara Blevins; IndySHRM blog, July 8, 2015.

2015 Indiana General Assembly Wrap-Up on HR Related Legislation, by Sara Blevins; IndySHRM Blog, May 18, 2015.

Indiana RFRA – What does it all mean?, by Sara Blevins; IndySHRM Blog; April 7, 2015

"Ban the Box" Legislation Gains Momentum Nationwide-Indianapolis Now Restricts Use of Criminal Histories in Hiring Practices by Certain Employers, by Sara Blevins; THE WORKPLACE LAWYER, A Newsletter of the ISBA Employment, Labor & Benefits Law Section; July 2014

Christopher v. SmithKline Beecham Corp.: Recent U.S. Supreme Court Decision Holds that Pharmaceutical Sales Representatives Are Exempt Employees Under the Fair Labor Standards Act, by Sara R. Blevins; YLS NETWORK, Indiana State Bar Association Young Lawyers Section; Summer 2012

Recovering Lost Earning Capacity Damages for Immigrants in Indiana, by Thomas R. Ruge and Sara R. Bradbury; VERDICT, PUBLISHED BY INDIANA TRIAL LAWYER ASSOCIATION; Vol. 31, No. 1 (2010)

Seminars and Presentations

Employee Leave and Accommodations – Navigating the Minefield of the ADA and FMLA; Indiana CPA Firm Management Association; February 19, 2016

Religious Accommodations by Employers; Indianapolis Society for Human Resource Management HR Law Forum; October 22, 2015

Employment Law Hot Topics, Indiana Primary Healthcare Association Annual Conference; May 4, 2015

The Essentials: Hiring, Firing, and Discipline, Indianapolis Bar Association Small Business Employment Law Seminar; November 13, 2014.

Avoiding Independent Contractor/Employee Misclassification, Indianapolis Society for Human Resource Management HR Law Forum; October 23, 2014.

Indianapolis Bar Association Diversity Job Fair, National Conference of Bar Presidents Annual Meeting Forum on Diversity; August 8, 2014.

Social Media and the Workplace, Indiana Primary Healthcare Association webinar; July 17, 2013.

Select Issues Regarding Medical Leave, COBRA Benefits, and Non-Discrimination Policies, Indiana Primary Healthcare Association Annual Conference; October 16, 2012.

Emerging Issues in Employment Law, Indiana Primary Healthcare Association webinar, June 13, 2012.

Select Issues Regarding Medical Leave, COBRA Benefits, and Non-Discrimination Policies, Indiana Primary Healthcare Association webinar; June 6, 2012.

Overview of Federal and Indiana Wage Laws, Indiana Primary Healthcare Association webinar; June 1, 2012.

Media

When Non-Competes Don't Fly, by Dan Stafford; THE INDIANA LAWYER; March 12, 2014

Taming Your Tongue: 5 Reasons the Office is Neither the Time Nor Place for Profanity, by Ebony Chappel; INDIANA MINORITY BUSINESS MAGAZINE; February 2014