Contact Information

stuart.buttrick@FaegreBD.com300 N. Meridian Street, Suite 2700
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204
T: +1 317 237 1038
F: +1 317 237 8538

Education

Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law, Indianapolis
J.D., magna cum laude, Indiana International & Comparative Law Review (associate editor) (2000)
DePauw University
B.A. (1997)

Bar Admissions

Indiana

Court Admissions

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Indiana U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana

Stuart R. Buttrick

Partner

Stuart Buttrick leads the labor management relations team for the Faegre Baker Daniels labor and employment practice group.

Stuart concentrates his practice on representing management in labor relations matters, including in proceedings before the National Labor Relations Board, in arbitrations and in contract negotiations. He has defended and prosecuted numerous unfair labor practice charges before the NLRB and has represented employers in multiple unfair labor practice trials. In all, Stuart has represented employers before the NLRB in 14 states. He also develops strategies to help companies remain non-union and represents employers in union organizing drives. Stuart practices extensively in construction labor law. He has handled union jurisdictional disputes and lawful and unlawful picketing and strike activity.

A significant portion of Stuart's practice also consists of representing employers in employment litigation and administrative charges. He has defended employers in hundreds of state and federal court cases and administrative charges in 23 states and has handled appellate work before multiple federal Circuit Courts of Appeal. Stuart also offers his clients practical solutions to challenging personnel and policy issues.

Stuart regularly gives presentations to employer and trade groups on a variety of labor relations and union avoidance issues, litigation practice and avoidance, workplace harassment, employment discrimination law, document retention and other human resources and personnel-related topics.

Honors

  • Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business — Up and Coming, 2014
  • Super Lawyers — Indiana Rising Star, Employment & Labor, 2010-14
  • Indiana Construction Association Leadership Development Program — Participant, 2009-present
  • Indiana University McKinney School of Law — Order of the Barristers; John Marynell Merit Scholar; Out-of-State Student Merit Scholarship; Dean's List
  • DePauw University — Charles and Mary Beard Senior Seminar Award (Awarded to the Outstanding Senior History Major), 1997; William Wallace Carson History Scholar, 1997; Mortar Board National Collegiate Honor Society; Dean's List; Intrafraternity Council Perfect GPA Award; Men's Tennis Team

Professional Associations

  • Employment360.com — Advisory Board Member, Labor and Employment Law, 2010
  • Indiana State Bar Association — Labor and Employment Law Council
  • American Bar Association — Section of Labor and Employment Law (National Programs Subcommittee, Employer Chair, 2012-present; National Programs Subcommittee, Employer Vice Chair, 2010-12; and Leadership Development Program, Fall 2009 participant in inaugural class)
  • lndiana University School of Law — National Labor Relations Board, Region 25, Labor-Management Seminar, Faculty Member, 2003-present

Civic Activities

  • Bastiat Society of Indianapolis
  • Park Tudor School — Board of Directors, 2014-present; Annual Fund Division Chair, 2012 and 2013; Development Committee Member, 2013 
  • Indiana United Methodist Children's Home, Inc. — Board Member, 2012-present
  • Indianapolis Zoological Society — Advisory Council, 2014
  • 2012 Indianapolis Super Bowl Host Committee — Community Connections Committee Member
  • Park Tudor School Parent Teacher Association — Volunteer, 2010-present
  • Indianapolis Bar Association — Ask A Lawyer Participant
  • Special Olympics of Indiana — Volunteer
  • Heritage Place of Indianapolis, Inc. — Board Member and Executive Committee Member, 2008-11
  • IU/NLRB Labor-Management Seminar — Advisory Board Member, 2004-present 
  • Indiana University Labor-Management Scholarship — Scholarship Committee Member, 2004-present
  • Woodstock Club, 2008-present — President, Vice President, Board Member, Long Range Planning Committee Chair and Tennis Committee Chair
  • Columbia Club
  • Libertarian National Campaign Committee — Board Member, 2013-14 
  • Claybridge Homeowners Association — Board Member

Presentations

  • Labor Law Obligations of Sellers and Buyers of Unionized Business
    Labor Law Seminar, Faegre Baker Daniels, Indianapolis, October 2014
  • Social Media in the Workplace
    Faegre Baker Daniels, Indianapolis, September 2014
  • What a Year! A Labor & Employment Law Update for Construction Employers
    Association of General Contractors, Phoenix, October 2014
  • Central Planning and Culture in Francis Spufford's Red Plenty
    Symposium Participant, Liberty Fund, San Diego, August 2014
  • Disparate Impact Claims Based on Background Checks, Online Job Applications and Other Barriers in Recruitment and Hiring
    American Conference Institute, New York City, July 2014
  • Ethics Under the Labor Management Relations Disclosure Act
    52nd Annual Course on Labor Law and Labor Arbitration, Dallas, May 2014
  • Buying and Selling a Unionized Business: Your Rights, Obligations and Unexpected Opportunities
    Labor Law Seminar, Chicago, April 2014
  • Employee Handbooks: Up to Date Best Practices for the Indiana Employer
    Indiana Chamber of Commerce, 2014
  • What a Year! Labor and Employment Year in Review
    Evansville Human Resources Association, Evansville, Indiana, November 2013
  • Avoiding the Sand Trap: Complying with Wage & Hour Laws in the Club Environment
    Ohio Valley Club Managers Association, Mid-Managers Conference, Indianapolis, October 2013
  • Labor Law 101 in a New Era: Understanding and Applying NLRB's Recent Decisions on Employee Handbooks, Work Rules and Policies
    Labor Law Seminar, Indiana Manufacturers Association, Indianapolis, July 2013
  • Employment Law Seminar
    Indiana Chamber of Commerce, 2013
  • Department of Labor Update: Responding to Recent Initiatives
    American Conference Institute, New York City, March 2013
  • Employment Laws Affecting Your Business in 2013
    Heating & Air Conditioning Alliance of Indiana, January, 2013
  • Right To Work in Indiana
    Indianapolis Bar Association, March 2012
  • Background Checks and Pre-Employment Screening in the 21st Century
    Association of General Contractors National Meeting, San Antonio, Texas, October 2012
  • Employee Handbook Workshop
    AEIS National Conference, Nashville, Tennessee, October 2012
  • Social Media in the Workplace
    Minnesota Chamber of Commerce, September 2012
  • Disparate Impact Claims Based on Background and Credit Checks and Criminal History
    American Conference Institute, New York City, July 2012
  • I Don't Know Where I'm Gonna' Go When the Exemption Goes: Public Disclosure or Privilege – Ethical Considerations in the DOL's Proposed Change in Its Interpretation of the LMRDA Advice Exemption
    American Bar Association, Section of Labor & Employment Law, Development of the Law Under the NLRA, Key West, Florida, February 2012
  • Inside Perspective on Right-to-Work and Other Hot Topics in Labor Law
    Heating & Air Conditioning Alliance of Indiana, 2012
  • Meet the National Labor Relations Board General Counsel
    Moderator, American Bar Association Section of Labor and Employment Law Conference, Seattle, Washington, November 2011
  • Avoiding Growing Pains: Successfully Operating in Multiple Jurisdictions
    Association of General Contractors National Meeting, Kansas City, Missouri, October 2011
  • Social Media in the Workplace and Courtroom: The Pitfalls and Its Effects on Retaliation and Discrimination Claims
    American Conference Institute, New York City, July 2011
  • Protecting Your Bread and Butter: What Every Employer Should Know About Restricting Competition by Former Employees and Protecting Confidential Business Information
    17th Employment Law Seminar, Indiana Chamber of Commerce, 2011
  • Labor Union Update
    Heating & Air Conditioning Alliance of Indiana, 2011
  • Spotlight on Prevention: Disability Discrimination and Sexual Harassment Claims – Preparing Your Company & Your Clients to Implement Proper Policies That Will Be Defensible Against the Fastest Growing Claims
    American Conference Institute, San Francisco, December 2010
  • Inside Edition: An Overview of the NLRA
    American Bar Association, Section of Labor & Employment Law Annual CLE Conference, Chicago, Illinois, November 2010
  • Progressive Discipline Policy Check-Up
    M. Lee Smith Publishers National Audio Conference, April 2010
  • The Rise in Sexual Harassment Claims: Minimizing Conduct or Showing That It Had No Effect on the Discrimination
    American  Conference Institute, New York City, February 2010
  • Unions in Health Care, Key to Stopping Them Dead in Their Tracks
    Progressive Business Audio Conferences, June 2009
  • Anticipating the Employee Free Choice Act
    IU/NLRB Seminar on Labor-Management Relations, May 2009
  • Tough Choices in Hard Times: Workforce Reductions, Layoffs, the WARN Act, Releases and More
    Indiana State Bar Association, May 2009
  • Labor and Employment Law Update
    Dubois County Human Resources Association, April 2009
  • The Employee Free Choice Act — Labor's Highest Legislative Priority
    Heating & Air Conditioning Alliance of Indiana, April 2009
  • Truth and Consequences: Workplace Challenges Presented by a Poor Economy
    Indiana Chamber of Commerce, March 2009
  • President-Elect Obama's Labor and Employment Legislative Initiatives
    Heating & Air Conditioning Contractors Association, December 2008
  • An Ounce of Prevention ... How to Avoid Hiring Problem Employees
    Indiana Chamber of Commerce, June 2008
  • When Is a Quit Really a Quit?
    Indiana Chamber of Commerce, April 2008
  • Union Salts in the 21st Century
    IU/NLRB Labor-Management Symposium, 2008
  • Cut Back on Your Salt: Recent Developments Regarding Union Salts — Toering Electric Co. and Oil Capitol Sheet Metal, Inc.
    American Bar Association, Section of Labor & Employment Law, Development of the Law Under the NLRA, Naples, Florida, February 2008
  • Maintaining Non-Union Status
    Clinton County Chamber of Commerce, December 2007
  • Retaliation and Whistleblowing
    Evansville-Area Human Resource Association, November 2007
  • Complying with Wage & Hour Laws
    Evansville-Area Human Resource Association, November 2007
  • Investigating and Taking Corrective Action for Workplace Misconduct
    Evansville-Area Human Resource Association, November 2007
  • Discipline and Documentation – Just Do It Right
    Indiana Chamber of Commerce, April 2007
  • NLRA Case Update
    IU/NLRB Labor-Management Symposium, 2007
  • Non-NLRB Organizing — The Wave of the Future
    IU/NLRB Labor Management Seminar, September 2006
  • To Settle Mediate or Litigate – What  Parties Need to Consider When Faced With Court or Other Avenues to Resolve Employment Disputes
    IU/NLRB Labor Management Seminar, 2006
  • Maintaining Non-Union Status
    Clinton County Chamber of Commerce, December 2005
  • Supervisory Status Under the NLRA
    IU/NLRB Labor-Management Symposium, 2004
  • Rules, Rules and More Rules
    IU/NLRB Labor Management Symposium, 2003

Published Articles

  • Profanity Protection: It's Now a "Concerted Activity"
    Co-author with Sarah Benjes, Law360, June 20, 2014
  • Employee Handbooks Continue to Bring NLRB Scrutiny
    Co-author with Cynthia Springer and Ryann Ricchio, Law360, April 2014
  • Noel Canning: Is It Much Ado About Nothing?
    Co-author, The Illinois Manufacturer, Winter 2014
  • NLRB Notice-Posting Rule Dies, Labor Challenges Remain
    Law360, February 2014
  • The Developing Labor Law
    Chapter Editor, 6th edition; Contributing Editor, 4th and 5th Editions
  • The Developing Labor Law
    Chapter Editor, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2013, and 2014 Supplements; Contributing Editor, 2006 and 2007 Supplements
  • Indiana Employment Law Handbook
    Editor in Chief, 8th and 9th Editions; Chapter Editor, 5th, 6th and 7th Editions; Contributing Editor, 4th Edition; Indiana Chamber of Commerce
  • Indiana Employment Law Letter
    Contributing Editor
  • State Employment Law Summaries for Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Colorado and Washington, D.C.
    XpertHR, 2012
  • NLRB Takes Another Step Toward Allowing Several Mini-Unions in a Single Facility
    Mondaq.com,
    March 2012
  • Indiana State Law Surveys on Anti-Discrimination, Independent Contractor vs. Employee Status, Leave Laws, Leave Policy Language and Wage & Hour Laws
    Contributing Author, Practicallaw.com
  • Knocking on Your Door: Unions Continue to Target Health Care Employers
    Co-author with Matthew A. Bahl, eNewsBriefs, Indiana Association of Homes & Services of the Aging (IAHSA), November 2010
  • America's Affordable Health Choices Act of 2009 Could Be Costly for Employers
    Co-author with Krissy Katzenstein, Executive Memo, Indiana Manufacturing Association, August 2009
  • Tips for Executing an Effective Reduction-in-Force
    Co-author with John S. Rossero, 39 The Lawyers Brief No. 6, 2009 
  • Cut Back on Your Salt: Recent Developments Regarding Union Salts — Toering Electric Co. and Oil Capitol Sheet Metal, Inc.
    24 Labor Lawyer 71, 2008
  • Potential Changes in Labor and Employment Law After 2008 Elections
    HRhero.com, Indiana Employment Law Letter, M. Lee Smith Publishers LLC, June 27, 2008
  • Three Tough Disciplinary Issues: Drug and Alcohol Use, Insubordination, Workplace Searches
    HRhero.com, Indiana Employment Law Letter, M. Lee Smith Publishers LLC, January 11, 2008
  • Yes, You May Still Fire Employees
    HRhero.com, Indiana Employment Law Letter, M. Lee Smith Publishers LLC, October 14, 2005
  • EEOC Charges 101: What You Need to Know
    HRhero.com, Indiana Employment Law Letter, M. Lee Smith Publishers LLC, May 20, 2005
  • HR Insight
    Contributing Author
  • AccountingWeb.com
    Contributing Legal Author
  • Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act and Employee Polygraph Protection Act Update
    American Bar Association — Contributing Editor, 2001 and 2002
  • National Labor Relations Board, Region 25, Labor-Management Seminar
    Contributing Author, 2001 and 2002