Joshua B. Gessling
Josh represents public and private employers in a broad range of labor and employment law matters, and provides litigation and trial services for the firm’s clients. Josh devotes a substantial portion of his practice to counseling employers on strategies to avoid harassment, discrimination, retaliation, and other labor and employment-related claims, including claims brought under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and state wage and hour laws, Title VII, and the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). When litigation cannot be avoided or is preferred, Josh defends employers in federal and state courts and before local, state, and federal administrative agencies, including the Equal Employment Opportunity (EEOC), the Department of Labor (DOL), and the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB).
Josh is routinely called on to craft employee handbooks and employment, separation, and non-compete agreements, and provide counsel on the resolution of day-to-day workforce management issues, including workplace investigations, and hiring, discipline, and termination decisions. Josh is a frequent speaker on labor and employment-related topics, and provides training for management, human resources professionals, and supervisors on the development, implementation, and enforcement of lawful employment policies and best practices.
Josh earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Southern Indiana in 2003, his juris doctor (J.D.) from St. Thomas University School of Law in 2007, and his master of laws (LL.M.) from the University of Miami in 2008. He is a member of the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM), serves as a member of the Board of Directors for the Evansville-Area Human Resource Association (EHRA) and its Communications Director, and is the former Chairman of the Evansville Bar Association’s Labor and Employment Law Section.
Josh’s labor and employment practice spans several industries, including manufacturing, government, finance, construction, health care, education, and transportation. He is licensed to practice law in Indiana and Florida and has been admitted to practice on a pro hac basis before several other state and federal courts.