Danuta Bembenista Panich: Lawyer with Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.

Danuta Bembenista Panich


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Practice Areas

  • Class Action Defense
  • Labor and Employment
  • College and University Law
  • Information and Privacy
  • Academic Employment
  • Student Discipline
  • E-Discovery
University Indiana University, B.A., cum laude, 1975
Law SchoolIndiana University Maurer School of Law, J.D., summa cum laude, 1978
Admitted1978, Illinois and U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois including Trial Bar; 1987, U.S. District Court, Central District of Illinois and U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit; 2001, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Indiana; U.S. District Court, Southern District of Illinois; U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan; 2008, Indiana and U.S. District Court, Southern District of Indiana
BornEast Chicago, Indiana, April 9, 1954

Phi Beta Kappa, Recipient: American Jurisprudence Award in Constitutional Law 1975; Order of the Coif 1978; U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois Excellence in Public Interest Service Group Award 2006; Federal Bar Association Section Chair Award 2007; Bar Register of Preeminent Women Lawyers 2011; Best Lawyers in America - Labor Law Management 2011; Fellow, College of Labor and Employment Lawyers 2012; Federal Bar Association Labor and Employment Law Section 2013 Outstanding Speaker Award. Board Member - Munster Medical Research Foundation since 1990, Chairperson - Pension Committee; Public Interest Law Initiative, 2004-2007. Member Sedona Conference, Working Group on Electronic Document Retention and Production; Society for Human Resources Management; National Association of Profesional Women. Frequent speaker, including: records management issues in litigation for American Records Management Association (2009, 2010); developing records management programs for Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education 2007; wage and hour issues and collective actions for Federal Bar Association Bi-Annual Labor & Employment Law Conferences (2009, 2011, 2013), Indiana Continuing Legal Education Foundation 2010 and Ohio Bar Association CLE 2008; e-discovery for Strafford Publications 2012, 2011, 2010, 2008 and 2005, National Business Institute 2011, 2013 Federal Bar Association Chicago Chapter CLE 2007, Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education 2007, University of North Carolina School of Law E-Discovery Symposium 2006, Joint West Legalworks/Kroll-On-Track Symposium 2006, and Florida Bar Association CLE 2006; Family Medical Leave Act issues for Indiana Chamber of Commerce 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, and Federal Bar Association Bi-Annual Labor and Employment Law Conference 2011; accommodation issues for Indiana Chamber of Commerce ADA Conference 2008; collective bargaining for Alabama Chapter of the Federal Bar Association (2008); retaliation and whistleblower claims for Chicago Chapter of the Federal Bar Association (2008); Occupational Safety and Health Act for Indiana University School of Law 2009 and Federal Bar Association Bi-Annual Labor & Employment Conference 2007; employment law enforcement issues in immigration for Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education 2008 and Joint Federal Bar Association/Immigration Policy Center 2006; labor and employment law issues in contingent workforces for Annual Conference of Vendor management Systems Professionals 2006; federal agency activism for Federal Bar Association Annual Convention 2011; annual guest lecture on Labor and Employment Law in Business Transactions at Loyola Law School since 1995; annual guest lecture on Technology in the Law at Duke Law School since 2006; and many in-house and client programs. Publications: "Whistleblower Litigation: Firewords for the Nuclear Industry?" Public Utilities Fortnightly, Vol. 126, No. 1, July 1990; "Developments in the Law of Electronic Discovery" The Labouring Oar, Winter 2006; "Back on the Cutting Edge: 'Donning-and- Doffing' Litigation Under the Fair Labor Standards Act" The Federal Lawyer Vol. 58, No. 3 March/April 2011; How to Keep Email Strings from Falling Off the Privilege Log" The Orator, October 2011; "'Show Me the Information' or How to Meet the Challenges of E-Discovery in Wage and Hour Litigation" The Federal Lawyer Vol. 59, No. 1, Jan/Feb 2012; "Applying a Systematic Approach to Custodian Interviews" Executive Counsel Magazine, October 2013.


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Suite 4600, 111 Monument Circle
IndianapolisIN 46204


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