Bill Groth

Biography

Bill Groth has been practicing labor and employment law with the firm since his graduation from law school in 1975. Bill has represented unions in hundreds of labor arbitrations and all types of litigation. In addition to maintaining an active labor practice, he also represents plaintiffs in civil rights cases advocating for progressive causes, including under Title IX (sex discrimination) and the Fourteenth Amendment (discrimination based on sexual preference). Bill is also an expert in election law and is passionate about ensuring equal access to voting to all people regardless of their race, socio-economic status, or political persuasion. Bill is active in politics and won the Indiana Democratic Party’s Activist of the Year Award in 2018.

Education

Mishawaka High School, 1968

Butler University, magna cum laude, 1972

Indiana University-Indianapolis School of Law, cum laude, 1975

Bar Memberships

  • State of Indiana, Attorney No. 7325-49
  • Northern and Southern Districts of Indiana
  • Sixth, Seventh, and D.C. Circuit Courts of Appeals
  • United States Supreme Court

Professional Activities

  • AFL-CIO Lawyers Coordinating Committee
  • Political Director, Indiana NORML
  • Past president (2014-18), Washington Township Democratic

Representative Cases

  • Dickinson v. Indiana State Election Board, 933 F.2d 497 (7th Cir. 1991) (successful Voting Rights Act challenge to multi-member Indiana House districts)
  • Peterson v. Borst, 786 N.E.2d 668 (Ind. 2003)(successful challenge to hyper-partisan districting plan for Indianapolis City-County Council)
  • Parker v. Franklin Co. Comm. Sch. Corp.,667 F.3d 910 (7th Cir. 2012) (successful Title IX challenge to discriminatory scheduling of girls' high school basketball games)
  • Crawford v. Marion Co. Elec. Bd., 553 U.S. 181 (2008) (challenge to Indiana photo ID voting law)
  • Lee v. Abbott, 766 F.3d 648 (7th Cir. 2014) (successful challenge to Indiana law prohibiting same-sex marriage)
  • Common Cause IN v. Marion Co. Elec. Bd., 2018 WL 1940300 (S.D. Ind. 2018) (successful challenge under Voting Rights Act and 14th Amendment to discriminatory decision to deny satellite sites for early voting)
  • Henderson v. Adams, 209 F.Supp.3d 1059 (S.D. Ind. 2016) (injunction ordering State of Indiana to provide two-parent birth certificates to married lesbian couples)