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Janelle P. Kilies


T: 317.453.8686 | Mobile: 317.413.5750
F: 317.630.2790

Legal Assistant

Sydney Cooper

T: 317.237.0500


An attorney in Lewis Wagner’s employment and complex litigation groups, Janelle concentrates her practice in the defense of employment-related claims, including employment discrimination, wage disputes, wrongful termination, employment agreement disputes, unfair labor practices, and civil rights claims.  She also provides proactive prevention counseling on employment issues, including drafting employment policies and practices, navigating employee discipline and termination, as well as providing advice related to the coronavirus.  Janelle also has extensive experience in litigating mass torts and consumer class actions in the areas of product liability, consumer fraud, false advertising, and deceptive marketing claims around the country in both state and federal courts. She has experience representing clients in investigations and enforcement proceedings involving various governmental agencies, including the Federal Trade Commission. Since joining the Firm in 2012, Janelle has been instrumental in preparing and presenting several mock trials and innovative focus group presentations in complex cases. In the mass tort context, she helped design, develop, and maintain a sophisticated online platform for the efficient exchange of discovery information, the prompt evaluation of thousands of cases, and the creation of a meaningful settlement matrix. Clients appreciate Janelle for her insight,  client service and practical approach to problem solving, and her creative use of technology combined with outside-the-box thinking. 

Honors & Awards

  • The Best Lawyers in America®, Ones to Watch - Mass Tort Litigation/Class Action - Defendants; Product Liability Litigation - Defendants, 2022-2023
  • Rising Stars, Indiana Super Lawyers®, 2016-2022
  • Law Student of the Year, Indianapolis Bar Association, 2012
  • Law Student of the Year, Indianapolis Bar Association, 2012

Professional Associations



  • You? Yeah, You're Biased. Negotiating and Overcoming the Unconscious Bias, ALFA International Webinar, May 15, 2020. Click here to view a recording of the webinar.
  • The Game is On: Are You In? (You Have to Play or You'll Never Win,) ALFA International Client Seminar, February 28-March 2, 2019.
  • How to Apply Rules to Discovery and Evidence, Building Your Civil Litigation Skills, National Business Institute, Indianapolis, IN, April 20, 2018.
  • Protecting Your Brand with Tested Paper and Electronic Swords - Indemnity in the Electronic Age, ALFA International Product Liability and Complex Torts Regional Seminar, Milwaukee, WI, April 19, 2018.
  • When Legal Nightmares Become Reality - You Mean All These People Are After US? ALFA International Product Liability and Complex Tort Seminar, Santa Barbara, CA, October 6, 2017.
  • If Only I Had Been Told…A Failure To Warn Discussion: Causation, the Uncertainty Principle and the Benign Experience Principle, ALFA International, Product Liability and Complex Tort Practice Group, April 10, 2017, Panelist. Click here to view a recording of the webinar.
  • E-Discovery: 10 Legal and Practical Pointers, BUSINESS LITIGATION: It’s A Team Sport!, Indiana Continuing Legal Education Forum, February 24, 2017.

Civic & Community Involvement

  • Avalon Betterment Club, President
  • Heritage Place, Board of Directors, 2013-2016
  • Maximo Nivel, South America, 2009
  • Special Night Out, Co-host, 2012

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Practice Areas

Bar Admissions

  • State of Indiana, 2012

Courts of Practice

  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Indiana, 2012
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Indiana, 2012


  • Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law, J.D., cum laude, 2012
    • Indiana Law Review, Notes Development Editor
    • Member of the Dean’s Tutorial Society
    • Member of the Student Bar Association
  • Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana, B.A., Dean's List, 2007