Hon. Denise K. LaRue

Hon. Denise K. LaRue

Magistrate Judge
Indianapolis, Indiana
(317) 229-3930
(317) 229-3931

Denise K. LaRue was appointed U. S. Magistrate Judge on May 24, 2011.  She fills a new magistrate judge position created for the Southern District of Indiana by the Judicial Conference of the United States.

Prior to her appointment, Magistrate Judge LaRue was a partner with Haskin & LaRue, where she has practiced law since 1994.  Prior to her employment with what is now Haskin & LaRue, she worked as a staff attorney at the Indiana Civil Rights Commission.   

Judge LaRue has extensive experience in employment-related litigation, involving discrimination and retaliation claims under Title VII; the Americans with Disabilities Act; the Family and Medical Leave Act; and the Age Discrimination in Employment Act.  While in private practice, she also handled claims asserting various constitutional violations of due process rights, free speech, and political association violations; wage and hour violations; and claims under an array of federal labor acts.

Judge LaRue was born in Indianapolis, Indiana, and is a 1989 cum laude graduate of the Indiana University School of Law – Indianapolis.  She received her B.S. in Public Personnel-Labor Relations from Indiana University – Bloomington in 1980.  She is a Life Member of the Marion County Bar Association and a Master with the Indianapolis American Inn of Court.

Bar Admissions

  • Indiana, 1989
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Indiana, 1989
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Indiana, 1989
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 7th Circuit, 1989
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1996


  • Indiana University School of Law, Indianapolis, Indiana
    • J.D. cum laude - 1989
  • Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana
    • B.S. - 1980
    • Major: Public Policy & Personnel Management


  • "ADA Wrongful Termination--You're the Jury" and "Employee's Bill Of Rights" Personnel Law Update 1995, Council of Education in Management, Indianapolis, IN, June 12, 1995 - June 13, 1995
  • "After-Acquired Evidence-Plaintiffs Perspective", Indiana Civil Rights Comm./Office of Administrative Law Judges, CLE program, June 22, 1995
  • 70 Things You Need To Know About Employment Lawsuits Charges & Claims, "10 Things You Need To Know About Race & Reverse Discrimination Claims, National Origin & Religious Discrimination & Accommodation Issues", Indiana Continuing Legal Education Foundation (ICLEF), April 28, 1998 and December 11, 1998
  • "Pre-Trial Preparation of Civil Rights Cases", Indiana Civil Rights Commission/Office of Administrative Law Judge, CLE program, December 6, 2000
  • Indiana Law Update 2001 "Employment Law Update", ICLEF, September 21, 2001
  • Employment Litigation Skills Training, ABA Seminar Co-Chair, September 28, 2001
  • Employment Law Update, ICLEF 7th Circuit Roundup, December 20, 2001
  • Pre-Trial Preparation of Civil Rights Cases "Discovery of Civil Rights Cases-Building the Case", Indiana Civil Rights Commission/Office of Administrative Judge, CLE program, December 5, 2002
  • Indiana Law Update 2003 "Employment Law Update", ICLEF, September 17, 2003
  • "Recent Developments in Employment Law" Proposed Changes to FLSA White Collar Exemptions, ICLEF, December 17, 2003
  • "Employment Law Survey--Hiring & Promotion", Indiana Civil Rights Commission/Office of Administrative Judge, CLE program, November 29, 2004
  • "Recent Developments in Employment Law--FLSA update", ICLEF, December 15, 2004
  • Indiana Law Update 2005 "Employment Law Update", ICLEF, September 29, 2005

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • American Trial Lawyers Association
  • Marion County Bar Association, Life Member
  • Indianapolis American Inn of Court, Master

Past Employment Positions

  • Haskin & LaRue, Partner
  • Indiana Civil Rights Commission, Staff Attorney


  • Delta Sigma Theta, Inc.