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Charles R. O'Keefe

CHUCK R. O'KEEFE is a partner in the Labor and Employment Law practice group.  Chuck  is a no-nonsense lawyer who draws on his unique first-hand management and business experience to provide clients with practical and effective guidance and representation in preventing and solving business and legal issues.  At the age of 23, Chuck began his professional business career supervising more than 50 employees on the production floor of a  unionized  auto assembly plant  for  Chrysler Corporation.  During  his following 12  years at Chrysler, Chuck was promoted to various management positions, including positions in safety and workers’ compensation.  

While working full time at Chrysler, Chuck attended law school at Indiana University School of Law where he graduated in the top 10% of his class in 1994.  In addition to graduating with honors, Chuck was awarded the George M. Dick Labor Law Award for excellence demonstrated in his labor law coursework.  

Chuck advises and defends clients in all areas of labor and employment law, including collective bargaining, grievance arbitration, union avoidance, union representation proceedings, unfair labor practices, discrimination, harassment, wage and hour issues, Family and Medical Leave Act compliance, wrongful discipline or discharge, whistleblower, drug and alcohol testing, safety, employment contract disputes, non-compete agreements, executive compensation and severance, and workers’ compensation. Chuck also counsels clients on education law matters, including Constitutional issues, open records, student records and open meetings. Chuck regularly represents clients in federal and state court and before federal and state administrative agencies.

Chuck is admitted to practice law in the states of Indiana and Wisconsin. He is a frequent speaker and author on labor and employment law topics.