Kathleen K. Brickley, Associate General Counsel



Kathleen K. Brickley is Associate General Counsel for the University of Notre Dame. Kathy’s primary duty is to provide legal advice on a full range of employment and equity matters to the Office of the Provost, the Office of Human Resources, and the Office of Institutional Equity at Notre Dame. Kathy is the University’s primary contact with the government agencies that monitor equal opportunity issues. 

Before joining the Notre Dame office of the General Counsel in August 2009, Kathy was a partner at Barnes & Thornburg, LLP where she advised and represented employers on a full scope of employment matters, including defending employment lawsuits, conducting workplace investigations, providing supervisory training, and assisting employers with union issues. She also devoted significant time to college and university issues involving faculty, employees and students.

Kathy has defended employers in Indiana and Michigan in federal and state courts, before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the National Labor Relations Board. She was lead trial counsel in Electromation v. NLRB, which involved the legality of joint management/employee committees in the workplace. 

Kathy’s focus in workplace investigations has included the investigation and remediation of issues such as sexual harassment, racial and national origin harassment, gender discrimination, race discrimination and national origin discrimination. She has also assisted employers with audits in the immigration and FLSA areas. She has assisted employers with U.S. Department of Labor enforcement issues and audits, including overtime pay, donning and doffing, off the clock work, and issues related to the misclassification of employees as exempt.

Kathy has provided extensive training to supervisors and managers, with her focus being to promote effective employee relations. She has provided training programs on respect in the workplace (including harassment, discrimination, retaliation and violence issues), effective discipline, performance evaluations, interviewing and hiring techniques, Family Medical Leave Act/Family Military Leave Act, and fitness for duty. She has also prepared employee handbooks and advised clients on day to day personnel issues, guiding supervisors in hiring, discipline and communications. 

In the college and university setting, Kathy has assisted administrators with various student, faculty and staff issues including Clery Act, assault, and promotion and performance issues. She has spoken at a number of higher education conferences on various topics. She has provided symposiums for faculty, focusing on harassment and discrimination issues. She is a member of the National Association of College and University Attorneys. 

Kathy has presented at numerous Indiana Continuing Legal Education conferences on joint management/employee committees, harassment, interviewing, discipline and discharge, FLSA and other employment issues. She is a regular speaker at Indiana’s Society for Human Resource Management conferences, and the Michiana Society for Human Resource Management conferences. 

Kathy has been recognized formally for her achievements by the YWCA of St. Joseph County as the 1994 Business and Professional Woman of the Year. She was also named Woman of the Year for Outstanding Leadership in the Community by the Michiana Executive Journal in 1995. She was selected for inclusion in the Best Lawyers in America in 2008, 2009, and 2010 in the field of Labor and Employment Law.

Kathy has been active for years in providing service to the community. She served on the Board of Directors for Michiana Community Hospital from 1986-1995, and as its Chair from 1992-1995. She also served on the Board of Directors for St. Joseph Grade School in South Bend, Marian High School in Mishawaka, and the Fort Wayne/South Bend Diocesan Catholic School Board. Kathy served and was President of the Board of the Osteopathic Medical Foundation from 2001-2008. Currently she serves as a member of the Board of Directors of the YWCA of St. Joseph County, the Holy Cross Village Continuous Care Retirement Community and Logan Community Resources, Inc.

Kathy received her B.S. from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio in 1978 and her J.D. from Notre Dame Law School in 1982.