Overview

Quality legal services to unions, benefit funds, and working people.

For nearly 50 years, the law firm of Fillenwarth Dennerline Groth & Towe LLP has been representing unions, working people, and multi-employer benefit plans. Our highly experienced attorneys focus on intelligent strategies and positive solutions in all aspects of labor, employment and employee benefits law. If you are faced with a legal issue requiring the advice and representation of an experienced attorney, please contact our downtown Indianapolis office today.

Firm History

A 50-Year Track Record of Success.

The law firm was founded in 1963 by Edward Fillenwarth, Sr. and his son, Edward Fillenwarth, Jr. Since then, the firm has developed a strong reputation for representing unions, employees, and multi-employer benefit plans in a variety of practice areas. Today, Fillenwarth Dennerline Groth & Towe LLP provides the highest quality of legal services to labor unions, employee benefit plans and individual workers throughout central Indiana. As active members of the community, each of our attorneys is involved in important charitable activities and educational initiatives. We are proud of our commitment to the values of our legal profession, and of our consistent track record of success for our clients.

Practice Areas

Serving Every Area of Labor and Employment Law.

The attorneys of Fillenwarth Dennerline Groth & Towe LLP provide labor unions and working people with a broad range of civil litigation and transactional services. With decades of experience in every area of labor and employment law, we offer knowledgeable and efficient legal service that is specifically tailored to your needs and goals.

  • Union Representation

    Representing labor unions in all matters.

    • Contract Administration
    • Grievances
    • Arbitration
    • Contract Negotiations
    • Litigation before all federal and state courts in Indiana
    • National Labor Relations Board matters, including representation and unfair labor practice cases
    • Department of Labor audits
    • Internal union matters
    • Union elections
  • Employee Benefit Plans

    Providing counsel and representation to jointly administered, multi-employer benefit plans (Taft-Hartley Trusts), including traditional pension, defined contribution, and welfare plans. Compliance with ERISA, IRS and Department of Labor regulations. Representing plans in all forms of litigation, including the denial of benefits and collection of delinquent contributions owed by employers.

  • Unemployment Compensation

    Assisting individuals in obtaining and retaining unemployment benefits. Representing individuals in hearings before administrative law judges and in appeals to the Review Board and the courts.

  • Individual Employment Disputes

    Providing counsel, advice and litigation services to individuals with employment-related disputes. This includes issues involving wage and overtime collection, wrongful discharge, the Family and Medical Leave Act, the Civil Rights Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the National Labor Relations Act, constitutional claims against governmental entities, severance agreements, and covenants not to compete.

  • Workers' Compensation

    Assisting individuals who have been injured at work in obtaining workers' compensation benefits. Representing individuals in hearings before the Workers' Compensation Board of Indiana and in appeals to the courts.

  • Social Security Disability

    Representing individuals before the Social Security Administration and in courts to recover Social Security Disability benefits.

  • Probate and Wills

    Assisting individuals in estate planning and probate, including preparation of wills and the probate of estates.

  • Election Law

    Representing candidates for office in election contests and recounts, candidate eligibility, and other election-related disputes.

Attorney Profiles

Focused on finding intelligent solutions.

Frederick W. Dennerline

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Frederick W. (Rick) Dennerline, III has been with the firm since 1974, the dawn of the age of ERISA. He has participated in several legal actions that have defined this relatively new law. Mr. Dennerline is a 1971 graduate of Duke University (B.A.) and a 1974 graduate, cum laude, of the I.U.-Indianapolis Law School (J.D.). He is a member of the Indiana, Indianapolis and American Bar Associations and has been admitted to practice before the Southern Indiana, Northern Indiana and Central Illinois District Courts, the Fourth and Seventh Circuit Courts of Appeal, the U.S. Supreme Court, and the Indiana State courts. Over the years he has prepared many papers for presentation to classes on employee benefits law, which have been conducted by the Indiana Continuing Legal Education Forum, and has lectured at the annual seminar on labor relations presented by the I.U. Indianapolis Law School and NLRB Region 25. In addition to representing various funds, Mr. Dennerline has represented individuals in pension and benefit matters, and has prepared wills and engaged in probate practice for over 30 years. Mr. Dennerline currently serves as co-chair of the Subcommittee on Collective Bargaining and Employee Benefits of the Employee Benefits Committee of the ABA Section on Labor and Employment Law. As such, he was co-editor of its treatise which will appear in the Third Edition of Employee Benefits Law, published by BNA.

William R. Groth

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William Groth has been a partner in the law firm of Fillenwarth Dennerline Groth & Towe LLP since 1981. He is admitted to the United States Supreme Court, the Sixth and Seventh District of Columbia Circuit Courts of Appeal. Mr. Groth graduated from Butler University, magna cum laude, in 1972 and from Indiana University School of Law at Indianapolis, cum laude, in 1975. He is a member of the Indiana State Bar Association and the AFL-CIO Lawyers Coordinating Committee. Mr. Groth has frequently lectured at the Annual Labor Relations Seminar, sponsored by the Indiana University School of Law at Indianapolis and Region 25 of the National Labor Relations Board. Mr. Groth's practice includes representing labor organizations and workers in employment discrimination, wage and overtime, worker's compensation and Social Security disability claims. For many consecutive years he has been recognized in "The Best Lawyers in America" and "Indiana Super Lawyers." In addition, Mr. Groth has long been active politically, providing legal advice on a number of election law issues to political parties and candidates in Indiana. In 2008 he served as an advisor on election-related issues to the Obama Presidential Campaign. He has represented candidates and elected officials in all manner of election-related disputes and he has appeared frequently before the Indiana Election Commission and Indiana Recount Commission.

Fred O. Towe

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Fred Towe has been a partner in the law firm of Fillenwarth Dennerline Groth & Towe LLP since 1986. He is a 1970 graduate of Indiana University (B.A.) and a 1975 graduate of the Indiana University School of Law-Bloomington (J.D.). He is admitted to practice before the Southern Indiana, Northern Indiana and Central Illinois District Courts, the Seventy Circuit Court of Appeals, and the Indiana State courts. He is a member of the Indiana State Bar Association and the AFL-CIO Lawyers Coordinating Committee. He has frequently lectured at the Annual Labor Relations Seminar, sponsored by the Indiana University School of Law at Indianapolis and Region 25 of the National Labor Relations Board. He represents unions in contract negotiations, contractual grievance proceedings, arbitrations (in excess of 1,000), proceedings before the National Labor Relations Board, provides advice on organizing campaigns, union elections of officers, union administrative matters and litigation in both state and federal courts.

Neil E. Gath

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Neil Gath represents labor organizations, building trades councils and individual workers. In addition to numerous local unions, Mr. Gath serves as the primary counsel for the Indiana State Building and Construction Trades Council and the Central Indiana Building and Construction Trades Council. He provides advice on organizing campaigns, contract negotiations, union administrative matters and campaign finance issues. On behalf of these organizations, Mr. Gath has often filed amicus briefs in the Indiana Courts supporting legal positions which benefit organized labor and workers.

He frequently appears before the National Labor Relations Board in representation and unfair labor practice proceedings. In December 2010, Mr. Gath resolved a unfair labor practice case with a payment of $725,000 to various individuals who had been discriminated against by an employer. He also handles numerous arbitrations for production facilities, construction bargaining units and flight attendants.

Mr. Gath often litigates claims for payment of wages and fringe benefit contributions. He has pursued claims for violations of the Indiana Common Construction Wage Act against employers and their bonding companies. Mr. Gath further utilizes innovative tactics to assist unions and benefit funds in recovering unpaid fringe benefit contributions from third parties.

He provides guidance to labor organizations in conducting their internal union elections to ensure compliance with the LMRDA and other legal requirements. When necessary, he has represented unions in investigations by the U.S. Department of Labor. He also counsels unions on a wide aspect of administrative issues such personnel, governmental regulations and EEOC claims.

Mr. Gath represents injured workers in Indiana workers' compensation claims. A significant portion of his workers' compensation practice consists of professional athletes including players in the National Football League, Minor League Baseball, Professional Hockey and the Women's National Basketball Association. Additionally, he advises the Indiana AFL-CIO on workers' compensation issues and has regularly appeared before Indiana General Assembly committees.

Mr. Gath graduated from The American University in Washington, D.C. with a Bachelor of Arts. He earned his law degree from the University of Cincinnati College of Law where he was a member of the moot court. He is admitted to practice in Indiana and Ohio along with numerous federal courts. He provides pro bono legal services to The Church of the Holy Spirit primarily on charity gaming matters. Mr. Gath further serves on the Board of Directors for Kids Chance of Indiana.

Geoffrey S. Lohman

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Geoffrey Lohman is a partner in the law firm of Fillenwarth Dennerline Groth & Towe LLP. Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Lohman was the Director of the Employment Standards Division of the Indiana Department of Labor and a law clerk to the Honorable Robert H. Staton, Judge of the Indiana Court of Appeals. He is a member of the Indiana State Bar, and is admitted to practice in the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit and the Northern and Southern Districts of Indiana of the United States District Court. Mr. Lohman is a member of the Indiana State Bar Association, the American Bar Association, and the Indianapolis Bar Association. Mr. Lohman is also a member of the Labor and Employment Committee for the Indianapolis Bar Association. He graduated from Indiana University School of Law — Indianapolis, summa cum laude, and has a B.S. in Accounting from Indiana University, where he graduated with High Distinction. For many years, Mr. Lohman has prepared materials for and taught at the annual labor relations law seminar sponsored by the IU School of Law — Indianapolis and Region 25 of the National Labor Relations Board. He also taught courses in labor law as an adjunct instructor at Indiana University.

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