Melinda “Mindy” Wetzel

Mindy’s practice focuses on advising residential and commercial clients in all phases of construction projects and litigating construction matters.

Mindy helps public and private owners and contractors to resolve payment and performance disputes prior to and during litigation. Before joining the Chapman Firm, she was a labor & employment attorney at a Chicago-based law firm. As a labor & employment practitioner, Mindy counseled and represented government officials and governmental entities, including municipal entities, school districts, police departments and park districts, in all aspects of employment law including hiring, employment contracts, employee discipline issues, terminations, collective bargaining disputes, and employment discrimination and civil rights matters in state and federal court. She also counseled public bodies on compliance with Freedom of Information Act and Open Meetings Act requests. Prior to that, Mindy represented self-insured, multi-employer ERISA plans through all phases of complex litigation in federal courts. During law school, Mindy honed her advocacy skills as an award-winning oralist for DePaul University’s Appellate Moot Court Society, distinguishing herself as one of the top advocates in her class.

On a Personal Note

Mindy was born and raised in Indianapolis. When she was 18, she moved to Chicago for college and ended up sticking around for 16 years. After college, she was a professional actress and singer for several years, but she eventually switched gears and decided to become a lawyer. She was a litigator for five years in Chicago before she and her partner got sick of the icy, windy Chicago winters and decided to move to Austin in 2019. Outside of practicing law, Mindy enjoys exploring Austin, checking out local restaurants, practicing yoga, and hanging out with her two cats.

Bar & Court Admissions

Texas Bar
Illinois Bar
U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois
U.S. District Court, Northern District of Indiana
U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Wisconsin
U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Northern District of Illinois
U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Northern District of Indiana
U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Northern District of Ohio
U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit

Professional Associations & Memberships

Austin Bar Association
Austin Young Lawyers Association

Education

J.D., DePaul University College of Law (2013)
B.F.A., Music Theatre, Roosevelt University (2007)