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Gerald F. Lutkus

  • 700 1st Source Bank Center
    100 North Michigan
    South Bend, IN 46601-1632

Gerald F. (Jerry) Lutkus is a partner in the South Bend office of Barnes & Thornburg LLP where he is a member of the firm’s Labor and Employment Law and Litigation Departments. He practices in the areas of labor and employment law counseling and litigation, arbitration, collective bargaining, and media law. Mr. Lutkus has been recognized on the Indiana Super Lawyers list for his work in labor and employment Law. The Best Lawyers in America has recognized Mr. Lutkus for over 10 years for his work in commercial litigation, employment law - management, labor law - management, first amendment litigation, and labor and employment litigation. He was named a Best Lawyers “Lawyer of the Year” in 2012, 2013, 2015 and 2018.

Mr. Lutkus exclusively represents management in virtually all aspects of labor and employment law. A “full-service” labor lawyer, Mr. Lutkus has represented clients at virtually all levels of administrative proceedings, including matters before the EEOC, the NLRB, and the DOL, as well as in federal court litigation. He has guided employers through non-compete cases, wage/hour investigations, workforce reorganizations, and plant and company closings or acquisitions. He works on issues involving new technology and social networking and is a frequent writer and speaker on this topic. Mr. Lutkus devotes a significant part of his practice to daily client counseling and management training. On the traditional labor side, he counsels clients on labor strategies, conducts union-free training and union-avoidance campaigns, handles arbitrations, contests organizing campaigns and bargains collective bargaining agreements.

Mr. Lutkus also handles a full range of commercial, business and media-related matters and cases. He is frequently involved in pre-publication and pre-broadcast review for media clients as well as contesting subpoenas to journalists, handling defamation and related tort defense and counseling on web and internet-related issues, as well as open meeting and open records questions.

Mr. Lutkus, a native of Cleveland, Ohio, graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 1974 with a degree in American studies. Following five years as a newspaper reporter, he returned to Notre Dame where he received his J.D. in 1982. He served as executive editor of the Notre Dame Lawyer. After graduation, he clerked for the Honorable Charles Clark, chief judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit and then practiced law in Chicago. Mr. Lutkus joined Barnes & Thornburg LLP in 1987 and became a partner in 1992.

Mr. Lutkus is the immediate past President and a member of the Board of Directors of the Food Bank of Northern Indiana, Inc., as well as a member of the Board of Directors of the Morris Performing Arts Center in South Bend. He has recently completed service on the Boards of Directors of the Michiana Public Broadcasting Corporation (WNIT-TV) where he served as Chairman of the Board and the Life Treatment Centers. Mr. Lutkus is also a member of the Employment Law Committee of the Media Law Resource Counsel, and the Labor and Employment Law Council of the Associated General Contractors of America.