Vedder Price

Cara J. Ottenweller

Associate

Cara J. Ottenweller is an Associate in the firm’s Labor and Employment practice area.

Ms. Ottenweller has successfully represented and defended employers in a variety of traditional labor and employment law matters, including federal and state litigation, and administrative proceedings before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the National Labor Relations Board, the U.S. Department of Labor, and other federal, state and local agencies. Ms. Ottenweller regularly counsels and advises clients on a broad range of day-to-day human resources and employment issues such as EEO compliance, antidiscrimination laws, employee discipline and discharge, wage and hour issues, FMLA and leaves of absence, ADA compliance, reductions in force, and restrictive covenants. She also assists employers in the development of employment handbooks, policies and procedures, and she has provided various training for employers and their staff, including anti-harassment and non-discrimination training, leave of absence training, and training related to employee privacy issues. She also has experience advising and representing clients during union organizing campaigns, collective bargaining initiatives, and grievance and arbitration proceedings. Ms. Ottenweller offers clients creative and strategic solutions for a wide variety of employment law and compliance issues. 

In 2002, Ms. Ottenweller earned her Bachelor of Arts in psychology from Indiana University. She received her Juris Doctor, magna cum laude, from Valparaiso University School of Law in 2007.

Ms. Ottenweller was selected for inclusion as an Illinois Rising Star by Super Lawyers Magazine from 2014 to 2017. She also was selected as an Illinois Emerging Lawyer, an affiliate of Leading Lawyers, from 2015 to 2017.

Cara J. Ottenweller

Associate

Education

  • Valparaiso University School of Law, J.D., 2007, magna cum laude
  • Indiana University, B.A., 2002

Cara J. Ottenweller

Associate

Bar Admissions

  • Indiana, 2007
  • Illinois, 2012

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Indiana, 2007
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Indiana, 2007
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois, 2011
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Wisconsin, 2012

Affiliations

  • Member, American Bar Association

Cara J. Ottenweller

Associate

Cara J. Ottenweller

Associate