James Strickland advises clients on employment law issues, helping to keep employers current on the latest laws and regulations impacting their workforce and employment practices.

Prior Experience

Before joining Faegre Drinker, James clerked for Justice Mark S. Massa of the Indiana Supreme Court and for Chief Judge Tanya Walton Pratt of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana. While clerking, James assisted on all manner of employment matters including:

  • Sovereign immunity under the Eleventh Amendment
  • Due process under the Fourteenth Amendment
  • Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title VII)
  • Section 1981 of the Civil Rights Act of 1866 (Section 1981)
  • The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA)
  • The Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 (ADEA)
  • The Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Rehab Act)
  • The Civil Rights Restoration Act of 1987 (Restoration Act)
  • The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA)
  • The Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993 (FMLA)
  • The Federal Employers' Liability Act (FELA)

Prior to starting his legal career, James taught high school humanities for two years in San Antonio as a Teach For America corps member), and for three years in Indianapolis in schools serving adults and older youth who had not yet received their diplomas.

Services & Industries


Bar Admissions



U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana, Hon. Tanya Walton Pratt, 2020-2021
Indiana Supreme Court, Hon. Mark S. Massa, 2018-2020


Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law
J.D. magna cum laude, Indiana Law Review (executive notes editor) (2018)

University of Missouri
B.A. in Political Science and Sociology, with honors (2011)

Leadership & Community

Pro Bono

  • IU McKinney Pro Bono Program bronze recognition, 2018

Professional Associations

  • Indiana State Bar Association
  • Indianapolis Bar Association
  • McKinney-Shepard Indianapolis Inn of Court — Associate, 2017-present

Civic Activities

  • Goodwill of Central & Southern Indiana — Young Leaders Board (Committee Chair, 2018-present)
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Indiana — Big Brother, 2014-19


  • University of Missouri — Dean’s List (all semesters), 2007-11
  • IU McKinney School of Law — Resident Excellence Award (full tuition academic scholarship), 2015-18; George O. Dix Award (Best thesis submitted by a graduating law student), 2018; Papke Prize  (Best student note chosen for publication in the Indiana Law Review), 2018; Dean’s List (all semesters), 2015-18
  • Indiana State Bar Association — Leadership Development Academy, Class 9

Awards Methodology

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