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David James Steele

Practice areas:

Family, Child Custody, Child Support, Divorce & Separation

About Me

After receiving a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Ball State, I moved to Denver, Colorado. I spent two years working in group homes for children with Autism and other developmental disabilities, as I had done for four years in college. As much as I loved doing that, I really wanted to go to law school, while staying in Colorado, so I applied to and got accepted into the University of Denver College of Law where I graduated summa cum laude. During the summer after my first year of law school, I studied abroad at The University College of London School of Law. While there I met my wife to be and managed to convince her to move back to Denver with me where we were married. Since neither of our families lived anywhere near Colorado, we decided to move back to Indiana, the state I was raised in, to raise our own children around their aunts, uncles, cousins and grandparents.

I originally practiced in Kokomo where I was able to be both a Deputy Prosecutor and start my own private practice where I did a little bit of everything, but focused mainly on  family law, including divorce, child support, visitation issues and everything else associated with divorce. While serving as a Prosecutor, I had thirteen felony jury trials ranging from pedophilia to murder, and obtained 13 guilty verdicts. I was elected President of the Howard County Bar Association at the age of 31, the youngest ever. That experience proved invaluable and undoubtedly made me a better attorney.

This is what I learned as President of the Bar: People were, more often than not, disappointed with their attorneys. It was a constant stream of complaints that their attorneys took their retainers, and they often felt that was all they did. They could never get any updates on their cases and they couldn’t get their phone calls returned. Yes, we are busy people, but no attorney is so busy you cannot return a phone call. Every phone call. That is why I sincerely and genuinely run my practice by the three principles I have listed on the front page of this website. I will ALWAYS keep your file in motion, never allowing it to sit idle. I will return every single phone call and email and I will never, ever, overbill you. I take great pride in the fact that, through thousands of cases, my clients are almost always happy with they way their case was handled and, just as importantly, how they were treated. I am a child of multiple divorces and I have a seven year old daughter. I try to treat every case as if it was my own because I fully understand what is at stake. Because, while I may have hundreds of cases at any given time, I am acutely aware that your case is the single most important thing happening in your life at the moment, and I swear to you I will treat it as such.

As far as me personally, I have a beautiful wife and a seven year old daughter who is so intelligent that it scares me. She was named Cassidy after a Grateful Dead song. I am an expert skier who misses the mountains every day. I worship Charles Dickens and fear that he will be lost among our youth and their short attention spans. I despise social media and believe reality TV and celebrity worship are the scourge of our society.  I stay active in the special needs community and enjoy sponsoring autistic children so they can attend a special camp every summer.

 I take a lot of pride in what I do.  And it reflects in the way I practice law. 

Steele Legal Group represents clients in Indianapolis, Fishers and Noblesville. I am happy to provide a free, first-time consultation to discuss the facts of your legal situation. Click here to contact me.

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Practice Areas

Licensed since 2003

  1. Divorce & Separation: 25%
    12 years, 1.5 thousand cases
  2. Child Support: 25%
  3. Child Custody: 25%
  4. Family: 25%

Payment

Fees:

Fixed (Sometimes), Free Consultation (60 minutes)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

19 total 

  • Justin Thane Bowen

    Having worked with Dave Steele on several matters, I can attest to his intellect and legal accumen. Although I have not personally observed him in the court room, he is without question one of the most outgoing and approachable people I have ever met, and I am certain this translates into great results with both his clients and in front of the court. I am certain Dave would be a fine choice as a litigator on any matter. Congratulations on your success Dave!

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    Justin Bowen DUI & DWI Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • Kristin E. Hobbs

    I endorse this lawyer. David J. Steele is a top notch attorney. His responses in public forums such as AVVO showcase his experience, expertise, and a deep understanding and knowledge of the law. Any person in need of an attorney will be greatly served by this superior attorney.

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    Kristin Hobbs Insurance Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact Info

Steele Legal Group

3021 East 98th Street
Suite 105
Indianapolis, IN, 46280

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License

StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
INActive In Good Standing200308/30/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

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Awards

Award NameGrantorDate Granted
PresidentHoward County Bar Association2006

Work Experience

TitleCompany NameDuration
OwnerSteele Legal Group, LLC2011 - Present
AttorneyNice & Steffey, LLP2009 - 2010
Deputy Prosecuting AttorneyHoward County Prosecutor's Office2005 - 2009
OwnerSteele Law Office2005 - 2009
AttorneyRussell, McIntyre, Hilligoss and Welke2003 - 2005

Associations

Association NamePosition NameDuration
Indiana State Bar Association, Legal Ethics CommitteeN/A2009 - 2011
Indianapolis Bar AssociationN/A2006 - Present
Indiana State Bar AssociationN/A2003 - Present
Howard County Bar AssociationPast President2003 - 2007
Indiana Trial Lawyers AssociationN/A2003 - Present

Legal Cases

Case NameOutcome
David Steele$350,000 settlement
David SteeleReceiving $1.2 million settlement in January
Dental MalpracticeReceived $235,000 settlement

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Education

School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Denver Sturm College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2003
Ball State UniversityPsychologyBS - Bachelor of Science1998

Speaking Engagements

Conference NameTitleDate
Howard County Bar ConferencePTSD in Divorce - Battered Women and Protective Orders2009
Howard County Bar AssociationEthics In a Small Town Bar Association2006