John William Purcell


John William Purcell



John William Purcell was born in Terre Haute, Indiana. Purcell graduated from Crown Point (Indiana) High School in 1966 and then enrolled at Indiana Statue University, in the city of his birth. After serving as a White House intern during the summer of 1969, Purcell graduated from ISU with a B.S. in political science in 1970. After graduation, he worked in ISU’s Development Office for three years, before enrolling at the Indiana University School of Law. Purcell graduated with his JD from the law school, Summa Cum Laude, in 1976.

Purcell practiced law in Indianapolis for the next forty years, primarily with the firm Baker & Daniels. He often represented employers and fiduciaries regarding counseling, plan design, regulatory compliance and litigation with respect to employee benefits plans, including pension and profit sharing plans, Employee Stock Ownership plans, health and welfare plans, executive compensation programs, and other benefits practices.

Purcell is a past director of the Labor Section of the Indianapolis Bar Association, as well as a past president of the Labor & Employment Section of the Indiana State Bar Association. He is a recipient of the Edna B. Lacy Community Service Award, and received the Indiana University School of Law Distinguished Service Award in 1998.


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John William Purcell