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Joshua B. Gessling

Joshua B. Gessling

Partner
Josh assists businesses in a broad range of employment and labor law matters, and provides litigation and trial services for the firm’s clients. Josh utilizes his background in employment, labor and international law to assist clients with workforce management and operational issues in the U.S. and abroad. Josh is licensed to practice law in Indiana and Florida.

Education

  • 2003: University of Southern Indiana, Evansville, Ind., B.S., Political Science
  • 2007: St. Thomas University School of Law, Miami Gardens, Fla., J.D.
  • 2008: University of Miami School of Law, Coral Gables, Fla., LL.M., International Law

Experience

  • Employment Disputes: Advises employers on avoiding and defending against harassment, discrimination, retaliation, and other employment-related claims, including claims brought under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Title VII, the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), and state and federal wage and hour laws. Defends employers in federal and state courts and before local, state and federal administrative agencies.
  • Labor Law: Assists employers with grievances, unfair labor practice charges before the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), and injunctive proceedings in federal court.
  • Employee Handbooks and Policies: Advises and assists employers in the development of employee handbooks and policies.
  • Human Resources Counseling and Training: Assists employers in resolving day-to-day workforce management issues, including workplace investigations, hiring, discipline, and termination decisions. Counsels and trains human resources personnel on the development, implementation and enforcement of lawful employment policies.
  • International Law: Assists clients doing business in Europe, Asia and Latin America in resolving international employment and commercial disputes, international choice of law and jurisdiction issues, and complying with U.S. laws that regulate employee activities abroad, including the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA). Assists clients with service of documents and discovery of evidence located abroad, and recognition and enforcement of foreign judgments.
  • Litigation and Trial Services: Provides litigation and trial services for the firm’s clients.

Industries

  • Education
  • Healthcare
  • Hospitality
  • Manufacturing
  • Professional Services

Published Cases

  • Diaz v. Professional Transportation, Inc., 2014 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 10825 (M.D. Fla. January 29, 2014).

Publications and Presentations

Professional Affiliations

  • Indiana State Bar Association
  • Florida Bar Association
  • Evansville Bar Association: Labor and Employment Law Section Vice Chairman
  • Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM)
  • Evansville-Area Human Resources Association (EHRA): Board of Directors Member and Communications Director
  • Defense Trial Counsel of Indiana (DTCI): Former Member

Civic Affiliations

  • Mental Health America of Vanderburgh County: Board of Directors
  • Leadership Evansville: Program Alumnus
  • Randall T. Shepard Academy for Law and Social Justice: Former Mentor
  • Evansville Bar Association Mock Trial Competition: Former Coach

Bar Admissions

  • State of Indiana
  • State of Florida

Court Admissions

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

Recognitions

  • Selected, Indiana Super Lawyers® Magazine, Rising Star in Employment & Labor Law (2014, 2015, 2016)