Eployment Law Indianapolis The DeBrota Law Firm LLC

Amy Ficklin DeBrota

Amy Ficklin DeBrotaAmy Ficklin DeBrota was admitted to practice law in the State of Indiana and U.S. District Courts for the Northern and Southern Districts of Indiana in 1993 and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit in 1999.


  • Indiana University (B.A., 1987); (J.D., cum laude, 1993);and,
  • Executive Articles Editor, Indiana Law Review, 1992-1993.


  • Principal Member, The DeBrota Law Firm LLC, 2006 to present;
  • Principal Member, Price Waicukauski Riley & DeBrota LLC, 2005-2006;
  • Partner, Riley DeBrota LLP (and predecessor firms), 1997-2005;
  • Associate in employment and general civil practice, 1995-1997;
  • Deputy Prosecutor, Marion County, Indiana, 1994-1995;
  • Law Clerk to Honorable Linda Chezem, Indiana Court of Appeals, 1993-1994;
  • Delegate to US-USSR Emerging Leaders Summit, 1989;and,
  • Assistant Director, Office for Drug Free Neighborhoods, Office of the General Counsel, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development 1989-1990.


  • Dumping Drug Dealers Off the Dole, 26 Ind. L. Rev. 89, 1992; and,
  • Contributing Editor, American Bar Association Model Jury Instructions and Equal Pay Act Cases, 2003.


  • Awarded Martindale-Hubbell Preeminent AV Rating, the highest possible rating, based evaluations by other attorneys and judges.
  • President's Award for Service to the Indianapolis Bar Association, 2006; and,
  • Super Lawyer, Employment Litigation, 2007.

Professional Speaker:

  • Speaker, ISBA, Same Sex Marriage: Emerging Issues Following the Obergefell Decision, 2015;
  • Speaker, ICLEF , Worker's Compensation Seminar, The Use (and Misuse) of the FMLA to Discharge, November 2011;
  • Speaker, Indiana Trial Lawyers Association Worker Compensation Seminar, Family Medical Leave Act Overview and Red Flags for Plaintiff Lawyers, July 2008;
  • Speaker and Co-Chair, 7th Circuit NELA Conference, March 2007;
  • Speaker, Sexual Harassment and Gender Discrimination, Anatomy of Discrimination Cases, ICLEF, October 2006;
  • Speaker, Getting Down to Basics: Understanding Indiana Wage Statutes, Indianapolis Bar Association, September 2006;
  • Speaker and Co-Chair, 7th Circuit NELA Conference, February 2006;
  • Speaker, State Law Claims for Employment Lawyers, NELA-Indiana, November 2005;
  • Speaker and Co-Chair, 7th Circuit NELA Conference, 2005;
  • Speaker, Federal Court Practice Pointers Indianapolis Bar Association Bench/Bar Conference, June 2004;
  • Speaker, ICLEF Hot Topics in Federal Class Actions, May 2004;
  • Speaker, Indiana Civil Rights Commission ADA Seminar, December 2003;
  • Chair, Indiana Trial Lawyers Association Sunrise Litigation Seminar, November 2003;
  • Speaker, Indiana Trial Lawyers Association Sunrise Litigation Seminar, Employment Law overview, February 2003;
  • Speaker, EEOC Technical Assistance Program, September 2002; and,
  • Speaker, National Business Institute Unemployment Compensation Seminar, 2001.


  • Indiana State Bar Association, 2007 to present (Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Committee 2015);
  • Indiana Employment Lawyers Association, Member, 1998 to present (President, 2005 and 2006);
  • Indiana Trial Lawyers Association, 1995 to present (Legislative Affairs Committee 2004);
  • National Employment Lawyers Association, 1995 to present;
  • Indianapolis Bar Association, 1993 to present (Small Firm/Solo Practitioner Ad Hoc Committee, 2002; Employment and Labor Law Executive Committee, 2004 to 2008; Bench Bar Conference Programming Committee, 2006);
  • Federal Bar Association, 2003 to 2004;and,
  • Indianapolis American Bar Association Labor Section Mentoring Committee, 2003.

Areas of Practice:

  • Employment and Discrimination Law (Individual, Multiple Plaintiff and Class Actions) on behalf of employees and employers,  Mediation and Human Resources Legal Consulting.

Representative Cases:

"It ’s not the size of the dog in the fight, it’s the size of the fight in the dog."
Mark Twain

The DeBrota Law Firm LLC, an Indianapolis based employment law firm, provides mediation services, consultations and employee or employer litigation representation in central Indiana and throughout the state. Amy Ficklin DeBrota represents employees with claims for unpaid wages or overtime, unpaid commissions, breach of employment contract, discrimination, equal pay, retaliation, whistleblower actions, as well as other types of employment related legal claims under federal and Indiana state law. She has special interest and experience in representing nurses, doctors, veterinarians and other health care professionals with their employment issues. Further, she provides consultations with small and medium sized employers who are interested in avoiding employment based lawsuits. Ms. DeBrota is not only a lawyer. She is also a registered Indiana mediator who is available to travel to or host mediations regarding employment disputes, personal injury claims, and general civil litigation. She has the legal knowledge and years of experience to allow her to effectively communicate with individuals who are experienced with the law, and with those for whom the legal system is unfamiliar, in order to help everyone concerned realize the benefits of an agreed settlement. Ms. DeBrota is a dedicated, effective Indiana employment law attorney and mediator based in Indianapolis, Indiana.