Richard F. Nugent, Jr. – Senior Counsel

(574) 243-4100

Rich’s practice at May Oberfell Lorber is centered on providing management with practical, effective advice on Human Resources legal matters. Rich’s experience in Human Resources and in the labor and employment law practice provides a unique perspective from which he advises his clients. Rich has practiced law with May Oberfell Lorber for fifteen years and as the first College Counsel at Saint Mary’s College for five years. He has, also, worked in Human Resources for almost thirty years including Miles Laboratories – Bayer, the University of Notre Dame and Saint Mary’s College.

Practice Areas

  • Labor, Employment & Worker’s Compensation
  • Corporate & Business

Professional Achievements

  • Negotiated collective bargaining agreements on behalf of management with various unions (e.g., USWA, UAW, ILWU, and others)
  • Represented management in union organizing campaigns
  • Represented management in dealing with various governmental agencies (e.g., EEOC, ICRC, NLRB, etc)
  • Conducted management training programs across the United States on human resource / legal topics
  • Completed mediation training

Civic Involvement

  • Former member, Marian High School School Board
  • Former member, Saint Pius X Parish Council (Granger, IN)
  • Former member, Saint Basil Finance Council (South Haven, MI)
  • Former member, Prairie Vista Elementary School Parents Council
  • Former member, Youth Services Bureau Board
  • Former member, Madison Center Board
  • Former member, Early Childhood Development Center (ECDC) Board


  • State of Indiana
  • State of Michigan
  • United States District Court, Northern District of Indiana


  • B.A. in American Studies from University of Notre Dame, 1977
  • J.D. from Valparaiso University School of Law, 1980

Personal Snapshot

  • Married over 40 years
  • Father of three, grandfather of two
  • Loves living by Lake Michigan
  • Plays golf

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