Philip Zimmerly is a partner in the Labor and Employment and Litigation Groups. His diverse practice has included cases involving employment law, business and contract disputes, intellectual property, constitutional law, property disputes, and personal injury. He has represented clients during investigations by various administrative agencies and the NCAA, at administrative and court hearings, and at jury trials in both federal and state courts. He has also represented clients in appeals to the Indiana Court of Appeals, the Indiana Supreme Court, the Kentucky Court of Appeals, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh and Eighth Circuits.
Prior to joining Bose McKinney & Evans in October 2012, Mr. Zimmerly served as a judicial law clerk for The Honorable Bobby Shepherd on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit and The Honorable Yvette Kane in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania. He was also legislative counsel for the ranking member on the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee and the Subcommittee on Administrative Oversight and the Courts. During law school, Mr. Zimmerly was a legal intern at the Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division. He graduated from the University of Alabama School of Law.
University of Alabama School of Law (J.D., magna cum laude, 2008)
Order of the Coif; Alabama Law Review, Notes Editor and Managing Board; Moot Court Board, Chairperson, National Moot Court Team Member; Hugo L. Black Scholar; Bench and Bar Legal Honor Society
Gannon University (B.A., summa cum laude, 2005)
Student Government Association, President (2003-2004); Board of Trustees (2003-2004); The Archbishop John Mark Gannon Award (2005) (Awarded to Graduating Student with Highest GPA); Gannon University Medal of Honor (Awarded to Student for Character, Leadership, and Scholarship)
Honors / Awards
Indiana Super Lawyers® – Rising Stars Edition (2017-2018); Up and Coming Lawyer, Indiana Lawyer Leadership in Law (2016); Junior Achievement’s Best and Brightest Award Finalist in the Law Category (2016); U.S. District Court (S.D. Ind.) Honor Roll (2016)
Appearances / Publications
Indiana Banker’s Association HR Director’s Forum – “Risky Business: Fighter Jets, Handbooks, Interns, and Retaliation” (July 17, 2018)
Author: “Social Media and Section 7 Rights: Employers Under Fire” (Indiana Lawyer, October 9, 2013); Comment, “The Answer is Blowing in Procedure: States Turn to Medical Criteria and Inactive Dockets to Better Facilitate Asbestos Litigation,” 59 Alabama Law Review 771 (2008)
Appointments / Memberships
Member: Indianapolis Bar Association (Member); Seventh Circuit Pattern Civil Jury Instructions – ADA Instructions Subcommittee (Member, 2017-Present); Indiana State Bar Association (Past Member, American Citizenship Committee); Alabama Bar Association; Madison Fellow, The Heritage Foundation; Indianapolis Bar Association Bar Leader Series, Class XVI; Sagamore Inn of Court (Barrister, 2019-Present)
Outside the Office
He and his wife, Dana, met at the University of Alabama and are fervent Crimson Tide fans. They are members of Parkside Bible Church in Brownsburg, where they have been involved in the youth and children’s ministry of the church, and he is a member of the church finance committee and men’s ministry leadership team.
Mr. Zimmerly has previously been involved as a four-year mentor with the Starfish Initiative, a nonprofit aimed at encouraging college success for Indianapolis high school students. Since 2014, he has served as a volunteer intake attorney and pro bono counsel for the Neighborhood Christian Legal Clinic, a nonprofit providing pro bono legal assistance to low income families in Indianapolis. Mr. Zimmerly also volunteers as the head coach of his daughters’ U-6 soccer team with Upward Soccer and Hendricks County Community Soccer, and as a guest reader for Real Men Read, an early literacy program at Brownsburg Community School Corporation. He is a four-year camper at Mickey’s Camp, a networking event to raise funds for local nonprofits. He plays on Bose Means Buckets, the firm’s Indianapolis lawyer’s league basketball team.
AdmissionsIndiana, United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, Alabama (Special Membership), United States District Court for the Northern District of Indiana, United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana
Areas of Emphasis
- Appellate Services /
- Business and Commercial Litigation /
- Employee Handbooks and Policies /
- Employment Litigation /
- Fraternity and Sorority Law /
- Intellectual Property Litigation /
- Labor and Employment /
- Litigation /
- Real Property, Zoning, and Land Use Litigation /
- Trade Secrets Disputes /
- Trademarks and Trademark Disputes /
- Union Avoidance