Lindsay A. Vaught
100 Court Avenue, Suite 600
Des Moines, IA 50309
J.D. (Summa Cum Laude), University of Denver, 2010
B.A., Business Economics, Miami University, Ohio, 2006
Lindsay joined the firm in 2013 and practices primarily in the Employment Law and Litigation Practice Groups, and serves as the firm's Employment Law Practice Group leader. She works closely with both public and private clients, including institutions of higher education. Prior to joining the Ahlers firm, Lindsay served for three years as a judicial law clerk for the Honorable Ronald E. Longstaff and the Honorable Celeste F. Bremer of the United States District Court, Southern District of Iowa.
Lindsay counsels clients on various employment law matters, including employee discipline and terminations, employment contracts, drafting and revising employment policies, and investigations related to employment. She assists employers in defending various claims of retaliation, discrimination and harassment, as well as defending administrative complaints before the EEOC, Iowa Civil Rights Commission, and local civil rights agencies. She also represents clients defending various contract and tort claims. She has represented clients through jury and non-jury trials in state and federal court, and before administrative agencies. She also handles general litigation defense, including § 1983 litigation, personal injury, and contract claims.
Lindsay graduated from the University of Denver law school where she was a staff editor for the Law Review. While in law school, Lindsay worked for two years as a Research Assistant to a business contract law professor. Following law school, Lindsay published an article on employee privacy rights.
- Successfully obtained summary judgment on behalf of an employer defending claims of sex discrimination and sexual harassment.
- Successfully obtained partial summary judgment on behalf of an institute of higher education defending claims of constitutional violations.
- Obtained administrative closure of multiple actions against employers, large and small, before the Iowa Civil Rights Commission and EEOC involving claims of race, age, sex, and disability discrimination and harassment, and retailiation.
- Acted as lead counsel through a bench trial defending breach of contract claims in connection with an employee non-compete agreement.
American Bar Association
Iowa State Bar Association
Polk County Women Attorneys
National Association of College and University Attorneys
C. Edwin Moore Inn of Court
Lindsay's most recent speaking engagements include:
Iowa SHRM Conference, “The Wage Gap & Pay Equality Update,” October 2019
Iowa Employment Conference, Spring Conference, “New Technologies in the Workplace and Implications for Employment Law,” with Rebecca Reif, April 2019
Ahlers & Cooney P.C., Employment Law Client Seminar, "Work Comp and Private Sector Drug Testing Q & A Session" with Nick Pellegrin, October 2018
Iowa Employment Conference, Fall Conference, "Advanced Employment Law: Pay Equity, ADA, FMLA & Other Case Law Updates" with Rebecca Reif, October 2018
Iowa Employment Conference, Spring Conference, "Dealing with Employees on Job-Protected Leave- ADA and FMLA Compliance Issues" with Rebecca Reif, April 2018
Ahlers & Cooney, Employment Law Client Seminar, "Legal Pitfalls of Employee Hiring" with Rebecca Reif, November 2017
Iowa Employment Conference, “Employee Hiring: Avoiding Legal Pitfalls” with Rebecca Reif, September 2017
Ahlers & Cooney, Employment Law Client Seminar, “Transgender Issues,” and “Responding to Employment Litigation” with Randy Stefani, November 2016
Iowa SHRM State Conference, “Transgender Issues in Employment,” September 2016
B.E.S.T. Peer Group (industry group of bank presidents), “FLSA: Non-Exempt Employees and Overtime Requirements,” June 2016
Published Articles & Books
Gender Matters: An ongoing search for practical solutions to address and eliminate bias, harassment, discrimination in the Iowa legal profession, The Iowa Lawyer (page 16), co-authored with Leslie Behaunek, Tim Hill, and Andrea Mason, November 2018
Private Ordering of Employee Privacy: Protecting Employees' Expectations of Privacy with Implied-in-Fact Contract Rights, 1 Am. U. Lab. & Emp. L. Forum 27, Winter 2011
Professional, Community and Civic Leadership
Legal Aid of Central Iowa, Volunteer Intake Attorney