Nancy Townsend is a member of the Firm's Labor and Employment and Creditors' Rights and Bankruptcy Practice Groups.
Ms. Townsend counsels employers in every aspect of state and federal employment law in Indiana and Illinois: hiring, firing, contracting, discipline, and drafting of handbooks, company policies, non-compete, non-solicitation, confidentiality, and non-disclosure agreements, employment offer letters, employment contracts, termination letters, and severance agreements. She advises clients toward best practices to comply with federal statutes that protect employees, such as Title VII, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA),the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), wage and hours under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), the Older Workers Benefit Protection Act (OWBPA), the WARN Act governing plant closings and layoffs, and all related regulations and state statutes. She offers employment audits to lessen the possibility of lawsuits and charges of discrimination, she responds to charges by the EEOC and other agencies, and she defends employers in litigation. She assists employees to review and negotiate employment contracts, restrictive covenants, and severance and separation agreements and also to file wage claims against employers who illegally withhold wages.
Ms. Townsend represents an array of creditors, including banks and other lenders, mortgagors and other lienholders, commercial landlords, corporations, partnerships, and limited liability companies. She has successfully navigated disputes among families and other principals of closely held corporations. After exploring and exhausting options for amicable workouts and practical solutions, she zealously aims to maximize creditors’ recovery through collection lawsuits, foreclosures, post-judgment collection, garnishment, fraudulent transfer litigation, and assertion of claims in bankruptcy.
Prior to joining Krieg DeVault, Ms. Townsend served as a partner at Burke Constanza & Carberry LLP, worked as a general practitioner in northwest Indiana for 20 years, conducted banking litigation and workouts as an attorney at the national firm of Hopkins & Sutter (now merged with Foley & Lardner) in Dallas and Chicago, and clerked for U.S. District Judge James T. Moody in the Northern District of Indiana.