Jason Clagg is a partner in Barnes & Thornburg’s Fort Wayne, Indiana, office, where he is a member of the Labor and Employment Law Department and the Higher Education and School Law Practice Groups. Mr. Clagg serves as vice chair of the Higher Education Practice Group.
Dedicating his practice exclusively to management interests, Mr. Clagg routinely represents employers in state and federal court, before administrative agencies, such as the Department of Labor (DOL), the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), and in labor arbitrations. Mr. Clagg has effectively represented management in Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) wage and hour disputes, unfair labor practices under the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA), and claims of harassment, discrimination, and wrongful discharge. Mr. Clagg has also helped employers draft, defend, and contest non-compete agreements and address the misappropriation of trade secrets in numerous states. In addition to contested matters, Mr. Clagg devotes much of his practice to daily client counseling, drafting employment agreements, and training personnel on a variety of topics.
As a complement to his labor and employment practice, Mr. Clagg also practices in the area of education law with a focus on employment and student disability matters. He has represented both public and private schools from the elementary to the collegiate level in numerous courts and administrative settings. Specifically, Mr. Clagg has represented schools in court and before the Office of Civil Rights, the Department of Education, and in due process hearings. Mr. Clagg has experience with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act as well as the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act and Indiana’s Article 7 and regularly trains and advises schools on these laws.
Mr. Clagg received his J.D. cum laude from the Indiana University Maurer School of Law. He served as editor of the Indiana Journal of Global Legal Studies, was the personal research assistant to the school’s dean, and received a scholarship for his academic achievements. Prior to attending law school, Mr. Clagg graduated from Krannert School of Management at Purdue University with a B.S. in industrial management and a minor in information systems. While at Purdue, he was affiliated with the Acacia International Fraternity.
Mr. Clagg has been recognized on the “Rising Stars” list by Indiana Super Lawyers, a “Top Lawyer” by Fort Wayne Monthly magazine, and as a member of Fort Wayne Business Weekly’s 2015Forty Under 40 class.
Mr. Clagg has been affiliated with the Benjamin Harrison Inn of Court, the National School Boards Association, Council of School Attorneys, as well as the American, 7th Circuit, Indiana State, and Allen County Bar Associations.
Active in the community, Mr. Clagg is president of the board of the Jorgensen Family YMCA; treasurer of the Aboite Girls Basketball League, a local children’s basketball program, and a former board member of the Fort Wayne Cinema Center, a not-for-profit cultural organization.