Ogletree Deakins • Indianapolis, Indiana
Visibility and Networking
111 Monument Circle
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204
Mr. Pockrass counsels and defends management on a wide range of labor, employment and personnel matters. He regularly represents employers in federal and state court litigation, as well as arbitrations, investigations and administrative proceedings involving the U.S. Department of Labor, the National Labor Relations Board, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the Indiana Civil Rights Commission.Mr. Pockrass devotes a significant portion of his practice to advising employers on medical leave issues under the Family and Medical Leave Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and other federal and state laws. He also has significant experience defending lawsuits involving allegations of employment discrimination, harassment and retaliation under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, and the Americans with Disabilities Act. He advises employers on wage issues under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act and state law, and he defends wage-related lawsuits, including FLSA collective actions. He provides training to employers, and he reviews and drafts policies, handbooks and contracts.A frequent speaker and writer, Mr. Pockrass is the appendix editor of the FMLA treatise published by BNA Books. He is a member of the American Bar Association Section of Labor and Employment Law’s Fair Labor Standards Legislation Committee and has been a contributing author of some annual Midwinter Meeting Reports of the FMLA Subcommittee. He also is a member of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce FMLA Task Force and the Board of Directors of the Defense Trial Counsel of Indiana. He co-chaired a DTCI conference for small business in 2005 and is a former chair of the DTCI Employment Law Section.An Eagle Scout, Mr. Pockrass has served as a volunteer for the Crossroads of America Council, Boy Scouts of America. He is on the Board of Directors of the Day Nursery Association and is a member of the Indianapolis Equal Opportunity Advisory Board. Prior to attending law school, Mr. Pockrass worked as a newspaper reporter for The Indianapolis News.
- College: B.A., summa cum laude, Washington & Lee University, 1987
- Law School: J.D., University of Virginia, 1995