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Tess works with employers to help prevent and solve disputes with employment contracts, and claims involving Title VII, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), the Indiana Wage Payment Statute, the Indiana Wage Claims statute, and the Indiana Worker’s Compensation Act. Prior to joining the firm, Tess served as a Senior Law Clerk for the Worker’s Compensation Board of Indiana, a Law Clerk of the Indiana Attorney General, and an Investigative Intern for the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).
Tess graduated with honors from Franklin College with a B.A. in Journalism. At Franklin, Tess served as President of the Student Congress and was a member of the Omicron Delta Kappa Leadership Honorary Society. Tess received her J.D. with honors from the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law where she was a member of the Editorial Board for the Indiana Law Review, President of the Phi Delta Phi Legal Honorary Society, and awarded the Indiana Bar Association’s Labor and Employment Scholarship, the Elba L. “Babe” Branigin Law Scholarship, and the inaugural Franklin College Law Scholarship.
Tess is admitted to practice in all Indiana state courts and the U.S. District Courts for the Northern and Southern Districts of Indiana. She is a member of the Allen County and Indiana State Bar Associations.
Tess is a Fort Wayne native and a graduate of Homestead High School.