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Jake R. Fulcher

Jake R. Fulcher

Jake is a management-side labor lawyer who devotes a significant part of his practice to negotiating labor contracts and defending employers in labor arbitrations.  Jake’s practice also includes union avoidance strategies, as well as counseling clients with labor agreements and the interpretation of those labor agreements in the day-to-day management of a business.  Jake regularly counsels employers on employment-related matters, such as the Family and Medical Leave Act, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, Americans with Disabilities Act, and the Fair Labor Standards Act.  Jake prefers a proactive solution in lieu of litigation, but if litigation occurs, Jake defends employers in employment-related cases in both state and federal court and regularly appears in front of administrative agencies such as the National Labor Relations Board and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

Practice Areas


  • 1999: University of Southern Indiana, Evansville, Ind., B.S.
  • 2001: California Western School of Law, San Diego, Calif., J.D.


  • Employee Disputes: Represents clients in employee discipline and contract interpretation arbitrations.
  • Employee Discharge Defense: Defends allegations of wrongful discharge, discrimination, retaliation, sexual harassment, breach of contract, and a variety of other employment claims.
  • Administrative Proceedings: Represents clients at all levels of administrative proceedings, including matters before the EEOC, NLRB, and the DOL.
  • Labor Unions: Assists clients with their labor strategies, oversees labor negotiations and conducts union-free training and union-avoidance campaigns.
  • Non-compete and Employment Litigation: Guides employers through non-compete cases, wage/hour investigations, class or collective actions, and workforce reductions and/or reorganizations.


  • Education
  • Manufacturing
  • Professional Services

Publications and Presentations

Professional Affiliations

  • American Bar Association: Labor and Employment Law Section, International Law Section
  • Indiana State Bar Association: Labor and Employment Section
  • Evansville Bar Association: Employment Law Section
  • Society for Human Resource in Management (SHRM)
  • Defense Trial Counsel of Indiana: Employment Law Section, Former Member and Chair

Civic Affiliations

  • Evansville-Area Human Resources Association (EHRA): Past President
  • Evansville Museum of Arts, History & Science: Former Trustee
  • YMCA of Southwestern Indiana: Director
  • Big Brothers/Big Sisters of the Ohio Valley: Former Director


  • Selected, The Best Lawyers in America©, Labor Law – Management
  • Selected, The Best Lawyers in America©, Litigation – Labor and Employment
  • Rated, BV® Distinguished™, Martindale-Hubbell®
  • Selected, Indiana Super Lawyers® Magazine, Super Lawyer (2018), Rising Star (2009, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016)

Bar Admissions

  • State of Indiana

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Indiana
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Indiana
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit