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Jeanine M. Gozdecki

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

Jeanine M. Gozdecki, a partner in the firm’s Labor & Employment Department, has spent 25 years representing, counseling and advocating for her business clients in virtually all aspects of the employment relationship. Ms. Gozdecki is recognized by the Best Lawyers in America for her employment law work and was recognized as "Lawyer of the Year" in 2013.

Ms. Gozdecki partners with her clients to develop strategies, assess risks and solve problems. She works behind the scenes to manage significant employment challenges, including navigating various issues in the C-Suite, with an emphasis on directing and conducting internal investigations, as well as developing “best practices” and training for executives, supervisors and employees in professional, educational, and manufacturing work environments.

Ms. Gozdecki has also successfully represented clients before administrative agencies, in mediation, jury trials, bench trials, the appellate courts, and before a U.S. Congressional Committee. Her litigation experience spans multiple federal and state jurisdictions, including litigating claims under Title VII, the ADA, and FMLA, Title IX, enforcement of restrictive covenants, Sarbanes-Oxley claims, and other federal laws.

She regularly serves as a panelist, moderator, and instructor in legal presentations to attorneys, clients, human resource personnel, and other professionals. For many years, Ms. Gozdecki was an adjunct professor at Notre Dame Law School, and a guest faculty member for the National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA), teaching deposition and trial advocacy skills. She has served in multiple leadership roles in professional, community, and other public service organizations; she was awarded the firm’s Joseph A. Maley Pro Bono Award in connection with her pro bono work with several non-profit organizations.

Ms. Gozdecki’s leadership also includes having chaired multiple professional committees, serving as chair of the Indiana Supreme Court’s Commission for Continuing Legal Education, as President of the St. Joseph County Bar Association, and taking an active role on the firm's Diversity & Inclusion Committee.

Ms. Gozdecki graduated from the University of Notre Dame and Notre Dame Law School, and earned a certificate in Public Policy Mediation from the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law. Ms. Gozdecki worked for several years as a broadcast journalist before graduating from law school in 1992.

She is admitted to practice in Indiana, and before the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Indiana and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.