Stephanie V. McGowan
Stephanie focuses her practice in municipal law, employment law, and education law. She represents municipalities, counties, public entities, law enforcement agencies, and school corporations in employment-related matters, including employment litigation, arbitrations, and general employment counseling, and in a variety of state and federal constitutional challenges. She has previously handled matters relating to representing counties and municipalities in town court, county courts and before the Indiana Supreme Court; drafting/revising/reviewing ordinances; advising on ordinance and zoning matters, and handling eminent domain proceedings. While she primarily works in government services, she has handled all matters of general litigation including business disputes, creditor's rights, commercial disputes, product liability claims, insurance defense, transportation law, and appellate practice.
Stephanie earned her B.A. from Cornell University where she majored in Government and History. While at Cornell, she spent her junior year abroad at the University of Oxford, Pembroke College, where she studied History and Politics. Stephanie earned her J.D. from Washington University in St. Louis School of Law where she served as Associate Managing Editor of the Washington University Global Studies Law Review. During law school, she also served as a judicial intern for the Honorable Nannette A. Baker, Chief Magistrate Judge for the United States District Court of the Eastern District of Missouri.
Stephanie is a graduate of the Indianapolis Bar Association Bar Leader Series, Class XIII. She is also the 2019 Chair of the Indianapolis Bar Association Young Lawyers Division and serves on the 2019 Indianapolis Bar Association Board of Directors. For 2017-2018, she served as the Vice-Chair of the Legal Education Committee for the Indianapolis Bar Association Young Lawyer's Division. She is a member of the Indianapolis Bar Association and Indiana State Bar Association. Stephanie is involved with Beyond Monumental and serves on the Strategic Planning Committee and on the Advisory Committee.
Brigid A. Ford v. Marion County Sheriff’s Department and the Consolidated City of Indianapolis and Marion County – complete defense verdict obtained after week-long federal court jury trial on failure to accommodate and hostile work environment claims under the Americans with Disabilities Act
Jesse Norwood v. East Allen County Schools – summary judgment granted on race discrimination and retaliation claims under Title VII and 42 U.S.C. § 1981
James E. Mitchell v. Muncie Community Schools - summary judgment granted on race discrimination and retaliation claims under Title VII
Indianapolis Pub. Transp. Corp. v. Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1070 - arbitrator upheld the employer's decision to terminate a long-term employee for gross negligence
Defended one of Indiana's most populous counties in a Rule 60.5 Mandate of Funds action.
Represented local municipalities in numerous matters including before the town court, county court, and before the Indiana Supreme Court; drafting/revising/reviewing municipal ordinances; advising on ordinance and zoning matters, and handling eminent domain proceedings.
Received a favorable ruling on summary judgment in a personal injury matter regarding issues of indemnification and premise liability.
Received a favorable outcome on a motion to dismiss for lack of personal jurisdiction and for failure to state a claim where the potential exposure exceeded one million dollars.
Highlights & Recognitions
- Indiana Super Lawyers® Rising Stars, 2018
- Indianapolis Bar Association, Bar Leader Series, Class XIII
Memberships & Affiliations
- Indianapolis Bar Association
- Indiana State Bar Association
Civic & Charitable Organizations
- Beyond Monumental
- Cornell Alumni Association of Central Indiana
- Cornell Alumni Admissions Ambassadors Network