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Ryan focuses his practice on representing individuals in divorce, collaborative divorce, custody, adoption, guardianship and support matters. His practice also includes drafting and negotiating premarital agreements, and with other attorneys at Coots, Henke and Wheeler, assisting clients in preserving their business interests and investments, pre and post divorce. Ryan has significant experience with appeals and has argued before the Indiana Supreme Court.


In addition to traditional family law representation, Ryan offers alternative dispute resolution, including mediation and collaborative divorce.  He serves as collaborative divorce counsel and is a member of the Central Indiana Association of Collaborative Professionals (“CIACP”).  Ryan is a registered family law mediator, and on the executive committee of the alternative dispute resolution section of the Indianapolis Bar Association.  Ryan has been appointed by judges to serve as a guardian ad litem to represent the best interests of their child(ren).

Although most family law cases resolve through informal settlement or mediation, when a case must be tried, Ryan is able and eager to do so and enjoys being in the courtroom.

Ryan is a leader in the family law community.  In 2009, 2010, 2011, and 2012, he was named an Indiana SuperLawyer "Rising Star," after being nominated and selected by his attorney peers within the legal community. The "Rising Star" recognition is awarded to the top attorneys in Indiana under the age of 40, and no more than 2.5% of eligible lawyers are selected to the list. In 2009 Ryan was named president of the Family Law Section of the Hamilton County Bar Association.  Ryan has been a guest speaker on WIBC to discuss legal issues concerning divorce and family law.

Since 2009 Ryan has authored the Indiana divorce and family law blog, "All Things Family Law-Indiana Divorce and Family Law Blog". Follow Ryan's family law related updates via Facebook, LinkedIn or Twitter.

In addition to his commitments to the legal community, Ryan serves on the board of directors of Ed. Services Co., LLC and is an active member of the Carmel Dad’s Club.  Away from the office, he enjoys spending time with his family, traveling, and cycling. 


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Practice areas


  1. Divorce: 70%
    6 years
  2. Adoption: 20%
    6 years
  3. Mediation: 10%
    6 years



Fixed (sometimes), Retainer (sometimes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

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We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Public Service CommitteeHamilton County Bar Association2012
Executive Committee - ADR SectionIndianapolis Bar Association2012
Rising StarSuperLawyers2012
Certified Family Law SpecialistFamily Law Certification Board of the Indiana State Bar Association2011
Superlawyer Rising StarSuperLawyers2011
SuperLawyers Rising StarSuperLawyer2010
PresidentHamilton County Bar Association- Family Law Section2009
Certified Domestic Relations MediatorICLEF2009
Indiana Rising Stars 2009SuperLawyer2009
Delegate, Hamilton CountyIndiana State Bar Association2007
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AttorneyCoots, Henke & Wheeler2011 - Present
AttorneyHollingsworth & Zivitz2007 - Present
AttorneyCoots, Henke & Wheeler2002 - 2007
InternIndiana Federal Community Defenders2001 - 2001
Law ClerkCoots Henke & Wheeler2000 - 2002
Law ClerkAyres Carr & Sullivan2000 - 2000
Association namePosition nameDuration
Indiana Coalition Against Domestic ViolenceVolunteer Attorney2011 - Present
Hamilton County Bar Association, Family Law SectionN/A2009 - Present
Ed. Services Co., LLCBoard of Directors2003 - Present
Hamilton County Guardian Ad Litem ProgramGAL Volunteer2002 - Present
Hamilton County Bar AssociationN/AN/A
Indianapolis Bar Association, Family Law SectionN/AN/A
American Bar Association, Family Law SectionN/AN/A
Boone County Bar AssociationN/AN/A
Hamilton County Bar Association, Family Law SectionPresident2009 - 2009
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
•Phillips v. Delks, 06A05-0612-CV-744(Ind. Ct. App. 2008)N/A
•Travelers Cas. and Sur. Co. v. U.S. Filter Corp., 49A02-0604-CV-289N/A
Baber v. State, 29S04-0601-CR-0005 (Ind. Ct. App. 2006)N/A
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Publication nameTitleDate
BlogAll Things Family Law- Indiana Divorce and Family Law Blog2012
Indiana Court of AppealsC.F. v. M.R.2012
Ryan H. CassmanAll Things Family Law - Indiana Divorce and Family Law Blog2011
Adoption of J.C., et al.; J.C. v. J.C.Adoption of J.C., et al.; J.C. v. J.C.2010
Ryan H. CassmanAll Things Family Law- Indiana Divorce and Family Law Blog2010
Ryan H. CassmanAll Things Family Law - Indiana Divorce and Family Law Blog2009
Phillips v. Delks, 06A05-0612-CV-744 (Ind.Ct.App.2008)Phillips v. Delks, 06A05-0612-CV-744 (Ind.Ct.App.2008)2008
Travelers Cas. and Sur. Co. v. U.S. Filter Corp., 49A02-0604-CV-289 (Ind.Ct.App.2007)Travelers Cas. and Sur. Co. v. U.S. Filter Corp., 49A02-0604-CV-289 (Ind.Ct.App.2007)2007
Baber v. State, 29S04-0601-CR-0005 (Ind.Ct.App.2006)Baber v. State, 29S04-0601-CR-0005 (Ind.Ct.App.2006)2006
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Indiana University School of Law, IndianapolisLawJD - Juris Doctor2002
Indiana UniversityIndividualized Major ProgramBA - Bachelor of Arts1997
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Annual Indiana Familly Law Institute - ICLEFNew Indiana Parenting Time Guidelines2012
Annual Family Law InstituteElder Law, Guardianship and Divorce Law2011
ESI In DiscoveryESI in Discovery2010
Prosecutor's Radio ShowDivorce and Parent's Rights2009
Annual Family Law Institute: Electronic EvidenceDiscovery in Family Law2009
Indianapolis Bar Association, Family Law SectionElectronic Discovery in Family Law2008
Indianapolis Bar Association, Family Law SectionDepositions and Discovery2007
Association of Professional InvestigatorsUse of Professional Investigators in Divorce Cases2007