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Grant E Helms

Grant E Helms

Helms Legal, L.L.C.
  • Civil Rights, Employment Law, Business Law ...
  • Indiana
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Biography

I'm a native Hoosier dedicated to helping others solve their legal problems and achieve their goals through smart, effective legal representation and personal, trusted counsel. The work of my law firm Helms Legal, L.L.C., centers on protecting clients' rights and ensuring that they receive quality legal services. From a simple small claims matter to complex civil rights litigation, I want to deliver direct, customized representation that sets each client up for success.

Practice Areas
    Civil Rights
    Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Discrimination, Employment, Fair Housing, Police Misconduct, Privacy Law
    Employment Law
    Employee Benefits, Employment Contracts, Employment Discrimination, Overtime & Unpaid Wages, Sexual Harassment, Whistleblower, Wrongful Termination
    Business Law
    Business Contracts, Business Dissolution, Business Finance, Business Formation, Business Litigation, Franchising, Mergers & Acquisitions, Partnership & Shareholder Disputes
    Gov & Administrative Law
    Administrative Law, Election Law, Government Contracts, Government Finance, Legislative & Government Affairs
    Landlord Tenant
    Evictions, Housing Discrimination, Landlord Rights, Rent Control, Tenants' Rights
    Personal Injury
    Animal & Dog Bites, Brain Injury, Car Accidents, Construction Accidents, Motorcycle Accidents, Premises Liability, Wrongful Death
Additional Practice Area
  • Litigation
Fees
  • Free Consultation
  • Credit Cards Accepted
  • Contingent Fees
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
Indiana
Indiana Supreme Court
ID Number: 29953-49
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7th Circuit
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US District Court for the Northern District of Indiana
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US District Court for the Southern District of Indiana
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Languages
  • English: Spoken, Written
  • French: Spoken, Written
  • Spanish
Professional Experience
Legal Counsel
Helms Legal, L.L.C.
- Current
Assistant Corporation Counsel
Office of Corporation Counsel, City of Indianapolis
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Staff Attorney
Indiana Disability Rights
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Deputy Attorney General
Office of the Indiana Attorney General
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Education
Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law
J.D. (2011)
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Honors: graduated cum laude
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American University
B.A. (2008) | Political Science
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Honors: graduated magna cum laude
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Awards
Norman Lefstein Award of Excellence
IU McKinney School of Law Pro Bono & Clinical Program
Norman Lefstein Award of Excellence is given by the law school's Pro Bono & Clinical Program as its highest level of recognition for the contribution of law student volunteer time and work toward pro bono legal services
Blackwell Award
Indiana International & Comparative Law Review
The Blackwell Award is given annually by the Indiana International & Comparative Law Review to one law student member's outstanding publication, upon selection and evaluation by the Indiana State Bar Association’s International Division.
Professional Associations
Indiana State Bar Association
Member
- Current
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Indianapolis Bar Association
Member
- Current
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IndyPride, Inc.
Vice President of Operations / Board of Directors
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Publications
Articles & Publications
Using Miller Trusts
The Arc Newsletter
Fair Trade Coffee: Approaches for Future Sustainability of the Movement
Indiana International & Comparative Law Review
Speaking Engagements
News Interview on Legal Challenges Ahead for Ind. Bill Banning K-12 Trans Athletes, Indianapolis
WRTV News
News interview with WRTV in Indianapolis providing legal commentary on Indiana House Bill 1041, proposed legislation that would ban female trans athletes from playing on sports teams in K-12 public schools
Websites & Blogs
Website
Helms Legal, L.L.C. firm website
Legal Answers
3 Questions Answered
Q. My boss is asking me to do things I'm not comfortable with.
A: Although isolated incidents of an employer's request to perform extraneous tasks unrelated to your position probably do not rise to the level of sexual harassment or hostile work environment, but if the tasks develop into a pattern with obvious sexual overtones that make you uncomfortable, the situation will constitute sexual harassment. There's no concrete amount of occurrences, though. And if the tasks are so egregious as to become an obstacle to your performance in your job duties and ultimately alter the terms and conditions of your employment position, then the situation represents a hostile work environment. Either of those progressions would warrant legal action on your part against your employer. You should contact an experienced employment law attorney to discuss your legal options.
Q. Is this considered discrimination?
A: Based on the information you provided, your employer probably did violate the ADA by terminating you in retaliation for requesting a reasonable accommodation of your disability or, alternatively, by discriminating against you on the basis of disability despite your use of the interactive process in negotiating a reasonable accommodation. You should contact an experienced civil rights or disability rights attorney and discuss your legal options and possible compensation for the discrimination you've experienced.
Q. If I am living with a roommate while on house arrest and they come do a search can they room get searched as well
A: The documentation you signed when you started house arrest will outline the parameters of your monitoring situation and what the monitoring authority and law enforcement is authorized to do. It's not clear if you're a pre-trial detainee on house arrest or a defendant on house arrest doing a sentence due to a conviction or a plea deal - the authority of law enforcement is usually more limited when dealing with a pre-trial detainee. But a defendant completing a conviction sentence pretty much gives up all rights under the 4th Amendment to be free from searches in the home, as a required term of the plea deal or sentence. The sentencing/plea documents will probably spell out the areas that law enforcement can and cannot search pursuant to the sentencing order/plea, but anything that law enforcement sees openly or can detect or perceive on the premises could give rise to reasonable suspicion of a new possible crime, giving them probable cause to search the area, get a warrant, or otherwise. If there's a doubt, assume the entire property is likely to be searched. Police are typically authorized to conduct searches at any time in those situations.
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Helms Legal, L.L.C.
8401 Moller Road
No. 68145
Indianapolis, IN 46268
Telephone: (317) 735-8383
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