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Monica J. Conrad



Professional Profile

Monica Conrad is a director and a member of the firm's education law, labor and employment, and litigation practice groups. She advises schools and municipalities in the areas of labor and employment law throughout the State of Indiana. Monica has extensive experience representing schools in special education matters, collective bargaining, labor arbitration and mediation, employment discrimination, civil rights, board governance, student issues, and unfair labor practices. She has represented clients before the Equal Employment Opportunities Commission (EEOC), Office for Civil Rights (OCR), Indiana Civil Rights Commission (ICRC), administrative proceedings for Indiana Department of Education and Indiana State Board of Education, Indiana trial courts, United States District Court for the Northern and Southern Districts, the Northern District of Illinois, and the Seventh Circuit United States Court of Appeals.

Prior to practicing law, Monica was a special education administrator and an educator teaching mildly mentally disabled, emotionally disabled, and learning disabled children.

Monica has also served as an adjunct professor for Indiana State University in the area of school law. She is a frequent author and speaker on education and labor/employment-related topics.

She is a graduate of Valparaiso University School of Law and Leadership Northwest Indiana-Class 34. Monica has been rated as “AV” by Martindale Hubbell, the highest possible rating by peers in the legal profession. She is actively involved in the community and is a member of many organizations such as the Lake County Bar Association, Women’s Law Association, National Council of School Attorneys, Indiana Council of School Attorneys, and Indiana Principal’s Association.


Valparaiso University

School of Law, J.D.
Indiana Journal for Global Legal Students, Submission Editor

Indiana State University

B.S., Special Education
M.A., Special Education
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  • Indiana
  • Illinois
  • U. S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
  • U. S. District Court for the Northern District of Indiana
  • U. S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana


Professional Affiliations

  • Indiana State Bar Association, Member
  • Lake County Bar Association, Member
  • Women’s Law Association, Member
  • Porter County Bar Association, Member
  • National Council of School Attorneys, Member
  • Indiana Council of School Attorneys, Member
  • Illinois State Bar Association, Member
  • Illinois Council of School Attorneys, Member
  • Indiana State Advisory Council for Advanced ED, Member
  • Indiana Principals’ Association, Member

Community Service

  • First Presbyterian Church of Valparaiso, Elder
  • Permanent Judicial Commission for Wabash Valley Presbytery, Member
  • Duneland Education Foundation, Board Member


  • Leadership Northwest Indiana-Class 34
  • Appointed by Governor Pence to Region 1 Works Council, 2013
  • Appointed by Governor Bayh to Family Support Council, 1993

Speaking and Publications

    Monica is a frequent speaker and publishes materials on a variety of school-related topics, including: working with outside agencies in the school setting; bullying, cyber bullying and harassment of students with disabilities; Americans with Disabilities Act; development teacher improvement plans; ensuring evaluations and IEP’s are legally defensible; defining boundaries of social networking with students, teachers and school purpose; discipline of students with special needs; and addressing changes in laws and meeting technology demands. She published an article for the Res Gestae, the Indiana State Bar Association journal, titled “Indiana Choice Scholarship and RFRA’s Impact on Discrimination.”


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Monica J. Conrad
One American Square, Suite 2500,
Indianapolis, IN 46282

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