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Nancy 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, mortgagees 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.

Professional Associations

  • American Bar Association, Member
  • Chicago Bar Association, Member
  • Indiana State Bar Association, Member
  • Illinois State Bar Association, Member
  • Lake County Bar Association, Member
  • Notre Dame Clubs of Chicago and Northwest Indiana, Member
  • Schererville Chamber of Commerce, Director and Member
  • Women Lawyers Association of Indiana, Secretary

Seminars & Presentations

  • Presenter, "Employment Law Topics for Nonprofits," The Legacy Foundation Learning Lab, May 3, 2023
  • Presenter, "Legal Update: Pregnant Workers Fairness Act and the Providing Urgent Maternal Protections (PUMP) Act," InSRHN Physician Practice Management (PPM) and HR Professionals Roundtable Meeting - Indiana Rural Health Association, January 25, 2023
  • Presenter, "Commercial Leasing 101, With New Ideas About Liquidated Damages," myLawCLE Webinar, May 18, 2022
  • Presenter, "Labor and Employment Topics for Nonprofit Organizations," Indiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence, April 29, 2022 
  • Presenter, "Clearing the Smoke Around Legalization and Employee Use of Cannabis," Northwest Indiana Society for Human Resource Management, October 20, 2021



  • Legal Lean Sigma® White Belt


  • J.D., University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, Indiana, 1985
  • Marian University, Indianapolis, Indiana, 1982

Bar & Court Admissions

  • Indiana
  • Illinois
  • Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Indiana
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Indiana
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Oklahoma
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 7th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Federal Claims
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Indiana
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Central District of Illnois


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