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Gary D. Johnson

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Employment & Labor Attorney in Fort Wayne, IN

Beckman Lawson LLP
201 W. Wayne Street
Fort Wayne, IN 46802
Phone: 260-422-0800
Fax: 260-420-1013
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2018, 2020 - 2022
Licensed in Indiana Since: 1991
Practice Areas: Employment & Labor: Employer (60%), Employment Litigation: Defense (40%)
Attorney Profile

Gary is the Chair of Beckman Lawson's Labor & Employment Group and a member of the firm's Management Committee.  He has 30 years' experience representing employers all areas of employment and labor law, including harassment and discrimination claims, employment litigation, labor contract negotiations, labor arbitrations, FMLA issues, wage/hour disputes, employment policy development, and union organizational campaigns. He represents a wide range of businesses, including everything from heavy industry, such as steel manufacturers and automotive suppliers, to health-care providers, print shops, boat makers, food producers and municipalities. He's represented and advised clients in more than twenty U.S. states and Canada, and before various government agencies, including the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, National Labor Relations Board, U.S. Department of Labor, Michigan Public Employees Relations Commission, and several others. Gary enjoys speaking on labor and employment law topics and conducting training for human resources professionals, managers, and supervisors.  He regularly conducts training on topics such as sexual harassment, FMLA, employee handbooks, ADA and reasonable accommodation, wage/hour law, and many others.  He has authored or co-authored various articles and publications concerning labor and employment law.

Gary's personal statement:  "I enjoy practicing law and enjoy helping clients find solutions to difficult problems.  I work very hard to be responsive to clients and to provide useful advice in a very straightforward, practical way."

About Gary D. Johnson

First Admitted: 1991, Indiana

Professional Webpage:

Bar/Professional Activity

  • Member, Allen County and Indiana State Bar Associations

Pro bono/Community Service

  • City Walk, Inc., Board of Directors, -- an organization devoted to promoting wellness, health and fitness in public schools.
  • Gary regularly donates time and talent as a musician to charitable and non-profit fundraising events. He is also active in economic development activities in Allen and surrounding counties to attract and retain new businesses.

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • Featured speaker at seminar for business professionals in Fort Wayne, IN.  Seminar sponsored by Fort Wayne Rotary., Speaker, Macro-Trends in Employment from an Employment Lawyer's Perspective, 2019
  • Featured presenter and facilitator for a two day "hands on" seminar for 50 HR professionals in Fort Wayne, Indiana, in which each participate reviewed and edited his/her own company's employee manual., Featured speaker, workshop facilitator, Hands on Handbooks, 2019
  • Invited to speak on impact of recent 7th Circuit decision to employment law practitioners in Indianapolis, IN., Panelist/Speaker, Labor Section - Indianapolis Bar Assn, 2018
  • Featured speaker at seminar for approximately 200 human resource professionals., Speaker, Fort Wayne Labor/Employment Law Forum, 2017
  • Featured speaker at seminar for approximately 200 human resource professionals., Speaker, Fort Wayne Labor/Employment Law Forum, 2016
  • Featured speaker at seminar for approximately 200 human resource professionals., Speaker, Fort Wayne Labor/Employment Law Forum, 2015
  • Featured speaker at seminar for approximately 200 human resources professionals., Speaker, Fort Wayne Labor/Employment Law Forum, 2014
  • Johnson was invited to travel to Italy to participate as a panel member and present a paper for Italian industrialists considering doing business in the US.  Johnson discussed U.S. labor market and legal issues, and highlighted differences between Italian and U.S. labor laws.  The panel discussion was sponsored by Confindustria Vicenza, Vicenza, Italy. , Speaker, Confindustria Vicenza, Vicenza, Italy, The Industrialists Association Of The Province Of Vincenza, 2008


  • 2020 Labor/Employment Lawyer of the Year, Best Lawyers In America, 2020
  • , Best Lawyers in America, Best Lawyers in America, 2021
  • 2019 Labor/Employment Lawyer of the Year., Best Lawyers in America, 2019
  • Best Lawyers in America, 2018
  • Best Lawyers In America, 2017

Industry Groups

  • Automotive Suppliers
  • Bakeries
  • Boat Manufacturing
  • Food Producers
  • Healthcare
  • Meat Packing
  • Municipalities
  • Police/Fire
  • Print Shops
  • Steel manufacturers
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Office Location for Gary D. Johnson

201 W. Wayne Street
Fort Wayne, IN 46802

Last Updated: 9/2/2021

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