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Candace A. Bankovich

Partner
Legal Assistant

Sydney Cooper

T: 317.237.0500
E: scooper@lewiswagner.com

Biography

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Candace strives to be a valued business partner for each and every client. As the Chair of Lewis Wagner’s Labor and Employment Law Practice Group, Candace utilizes her experience as former General Counsel for a number of privately held and publicly traded corporations to provide the client service and practical advice that businesses seek. Candace has extensive experience providing proactive prevention counseling on significant employment issues such as employee discipline and termination, employment policies and practices, reductions in workforce, and union avoidance. She frequently works with clients to provide training on employment and management topics and ensures businesses are protected through the use of tailored employment, non-compete, confidentiality and independent contractor agreements when necessary.

When legal action is unavoidable, Candace defends businesses of all sizes against employment-related claims, including employment discrimination, wage disputes, wrongful termination, and unfair labor practices. Candace’s diverse background in business allows her to provide focused and strategic advice during federal and state agency investigations and litigation.

Professional Associations

  • ALFA International
    • Contact Partner
    • Labor & Employment Practice Group – Steering Committee
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Defense Trial Counsel of Indiana
  • Indiana State Bar Association
  • Indianapolis Bar Association
    • Labor & Employment Law Section Executive Committee Member
  • Sagamore Inn of Court, Member 2018

Publications

  • "COVID-19 FAQs for businesses, employers, organizations," The Indiana Lawyer, April 1, 2020.
  • "Employer FAQ - Stay-at-Home Order and Families First Coronavirus Response Act Explained," Lewis Wagner Newsroom, March 25,2020.
  • "Employer FAQ - Must Read for Indiana Businesses Managing COVID-19 Impact," Lewis Wagner Newsroom, March 18, 2020.
  • "Not Blowing Smoke: Indiana's Marijuana Laws Keep Things Simple for Employers, for Now," The Indiana Lawyer, March 18, 2020.
  • "Worker performance and terminations - Hasta la vista, maybe?" The Indiana Lawyer, March 20, 2019.
  • "Documentation tells the employer's story," The Indiana Lawyer, August 22, 2018.
  • "Ruling on sexual orientation leaves landscape unsettled," The Indiana Lawyer, March 21, 2018.
  • "Dos and don'ts of social media polices," The Indiana Lawyer, August 23, 2017.

Presentations

  • Access Denied!: ADA Accessibility Claims, ALFA International Labor & Employment Regional Seminar, Pittsburgh, PA, September 25, 2019.
  • You Can Catch More Flies With Honey: Embracing the Modern Complexities of Labor and Employment Laws with Southern Hospitality, ALFA International 2019 Labor and Employment Seminar, June 12-14, 2019.
  • The Game is On: Are You In? (You Have to Play or You'll Never Win,) ALFA International Client Seminar, February 28-March 1, 2019.
  • The #MeToo Movement and the Weinstein Effect, ICLEF Recent Developments in Employment Law, December 13, 2019.
  • The #MeToo Movement and the Weinstein Effect, Indiana Lawyer Seminar, October 30, 2019.
  • Navigating Social Media in the Workplace, ALFA International Webinar, October 9, 2018.
  • Navigating the "Me Too" Movement, Lewis Wagner Employment Law Breakfast, April 25, 2018.
  • An Effective Social Media Policy, Probation Officers Professional Association of Indiana, April 12, 2018.
  • Recent Developments in Employment Law 2017, "Hiring," Indiana Continuing Legal Education Forum, December 15, 2017.
  • Employment Issues and Considerations in the Hiring Process, Practicing Law in Indiana, Hot Topics in Employment Law, The Indiana Lawyer, September 21, 2017.

In The News

Practice Areas

Bar Admissions

  • Indiana, 1996
  • Pennsylvania, 1999
  • Ohio, 2002

Courts of Practice

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit, 2004
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio, 2002
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Pennsylvanaia, 1999
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit, 1998
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Indiana, 1996
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Indiana, 1996

Education

  • Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law, J.D., Magna Cum Laude, 1996
  • Northwestern State University, B.A., 1991