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Valerie Chatel Horvath

Family Attorney at Fishers, IN

4.5   13 reviews

also known as Camden & Meridew, P.C., Valerie Horvath

  • Licensed for 24 years
    State IN
    Acquired 1999
    Status
    Active in Good Standing No misconduct found

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

About Valerie

Learn Valerie’s areas of practice.

4
Practice areas
  1. Family
    65%
    custody, child support, parenting time, paternity, modify child support, modify custody, divorce, dissolution, guardianship, adoption, grandparents rights, father's rights, dads' rights, narcissism, domestic abuse, domestic violence, protective order

    20 years, 10,000 cases

  2. Criminal defense
    20%
    Judicial Officer, Defense Counsel & Prosecutor...I've served in every capacity except my own client! I've seen expungements as a judicial officer and petitioner's counsel. Well versed with recent legislative changes.

    20 years, 2,000 cases

  3. DUI and DWI
    10%
    Valerie Horvath can meet with you to carefully evaluate your case and analyze all factors before developing a personalized case strategy. We understand the impact that a criminal charge can have on your future, and we diligently work to craft defense

    14 years, 500 cases

  4. Immigration
    5%
    Local counsel willing to travel to Chicago for your immigration matter. French and Spanish translation-ready.

    9 years

Valerie Horvath has a breadth of experience from her 20 years as an attorney. 

Valerie was a Master Commissioner in Marion Superior Court directing civil and criminal matters. She served as Deputy General Counsel at the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles, overseeing the legal department, Human Resources, Civil Rights, and Branch Operations. Valerie has a behind-the-scenes perspective on traffic law and BMV administrative proceedings.

She left public service in 2017 to open a private practice representing clients in criminal, immigration, and family law matters. She was appointed to the Indiana Federal Public Defender CJA Development Panel in 2017, and appointed to the CJA Public Defender Panel in 2020, adding federal cases to her criminal defense experience.

Valerie is a satellite attorney for the Protective Order Project of the Indiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence.

She has Lean Six Sigma green, yellow, and white belt certifications. She received the BMV's 2015 Commissioner's Award for Excellence, was the 2012 St. Monica School PTO Parent Volunteer of the Year, and was nominated for IUPUI Student Leader of the Year in 1998.

Away from the office, Valerie is outside with her three daughters and her dog hiking, running, or stand-up paddle boarding if the weather is nice. If the weather is not nice, she is inside practicing yoga or reading.

Education
Indiana University School of Law (McKinney), Indianapolis, Indiana, 1998 J.D. (cum laude)
Bar Admissions
Indiana, 1998

Courts of Practice
U.S. District Court - Southern District of Indiana
U.S. Immigration Court

Associations
Indiana State Bar Association
Indianapolis Bar Association
Indiana Federal Public Defender CJA Panel

Volunteer Work
Indiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence (ICADV) Protective Order Pro Bono Project
ICADV Expungement Clinic

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Location

Camden & Meridew, PC
10412 Allisonville Road
Suite 200
Fishers, IN, 46038

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Reviews

4.5 / 5.0
  13 customer reviews
Posted by ORLANDO | April 10, 2024
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best Criminal Lawyer
I WANNA START BY SAYING VALERIE IS THE BEST CRIMINAL DEFENSE LAWYER IN INDIANA!! I'VE BEEN WORKING WITH MS. HORVATH SINCE 2017. I HIRED HER FOR SERVERAL CASES AND MIGHT I SAY WE HAVE WON EACH ONE. SHE HAS GOT CASES DROPPED TO MISDEMEANORS AS WELL AS DISMISSED. VALERIE KNOWS HER WAY AROUND THE COURT AS WELL AS BEING KNOWN IN THE COURT ROOM. SHE IS VERY DETERMINED AND PERSISTENT, HER COMMUNITCASTION IS EVERYTHING. SHE IS ALWAYS ON TIME AND AHEAD OF THE GAME IF YOU WANT A BAD A** LAWYER DONT HESITATE TO REACH OUT TO MS. HOVARTH SHE IS AN OUTSTANDING AND REASONABLE!
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Posted by Austin | January 16, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
One Satisfied Client
Valerie is awsome, she gets the job done. Very thorough, fair and stands by her clients one hundred percent !
Posted by Michelle | July 24, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
A lawyer that got me every single thing I needed done!!
Valerie & Peggy, represented me on a divorce & record expungement. They were retained for me by ICADV. I was in an Domestic Abusive marriage & would still be if not for them. Due to my criminal record, past & current due to the ex, I couldn't get any assistance, decent employment, or even renting decent housing. I'd been homeless since the day I married the ex. Now, I am officially divorced. My entire record is in the process of being Expunged & life is now how it should be. This lawyer & her team are amazing. I would strongly recommend them. I thank God for them being put on my Case's! I hope to not need any further representation but if I ever do, Valerie Horvath will be the first Attorney I will call. Thank you both for everything!!!
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Response from Valerie Horvath November 5, 2020
Michelle: I am so grateful for your glowing review and to have been able to assist you through this emotional time and difficult process. Valerie
Posted by Chris | April 25, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great lawyer
She handled my case thoroughly and got me back to the working world faster than i thought it could be done
Response from Valerie Horvath May 12, 2020
Thank you so much for your kind words! I am grateful and happy to have been of service. Valerie
Posted by Christopher | March 20, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Extraordinary service!
Valerie has the most humble, straightforward person I've met this far. She has produced fantastic results in my cases this far, and will definitely continue to use her for all of my legal woes. Thanks Valerie!
Response from Valerie Horvath March 25, 2020
Christopher: Thank you so much for your generous review. I am so delighted you are happy with your results thus far and I look forward to finishing what we’ve started!
Posted by anonymous | June 7, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Amazing
Valerie was amazing. Someone returned my calls the same day. They were so nice and actually listened. And, she got me a great result in a reasonably short period of time! So glad I called her!
Response from Valerie Horvath April 22, 2019
Thank you so much for your kind words! I am glad you were happy with our help!
Posted by anonymous | June 6, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Happy client
Valerie was knowledgeable and helped me through a tough situation. She was attentive to my needs and was successful in achieving the results I wanted.
Response from Valerie Horvath April 22, 2019
Thank you for your positive review. I am truly pleased to have provided excellent help for you when you were in a tough situation.
Posted by Cherese | March 13, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Very Pleased
Valerie is a very knowledgeable and confident attorney. She was very helpful and patient in addressing my legal matter. Valerie remained accessible and concerned regarding my case and was available to address my questions and concerns in a timely matter throughout the duration of my case. She is dedicated to achieving the best possible outcome regarding your legal matter. I highly recommend Valerie’s services to address your legal concerns.
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Response from Valerie Horvath March 26, 2018
Thank you!!
Posted by anonymous | August 22, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Amazing
She's very skilled at what she does. She's helped me when I didn't think anyone could. I would highly recommend Valerie.
Response from Valerie Horvath August 23, 2017
Thank you so much! This is high praise indeed. Valerie
Posted by anonymous | July 18, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Very helpful
Valerie is a very knowledgeable, open, understanding and confident lawyer. She takes the time to listen to your issues, asks questions you didn't think about and then comes up with solid thorough advise on how to proceed. I have full confidence in her abilities and will recommend her to anyone needing legal assistance.
Response from Valerie Horvath August 23, 2017
Thank you so much for your review! I am grateful you trusted me to assist.
Posted by Martha | June 20, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Power of Attorney Representation
Valerie is thorough and exact in all her dealings, while at the same time, very pleasant and personable. I would highly recommend her for any legal work needed as she has had a varied background with experience in many fields.
Posted by anonymous | June 5, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Dissatisfied
Appeared to be helpful and caring in the beginning but then it seems that went away and she grew irritated with me, the case, our questions, feelings and concerns. And sent a letter/contract to be compensated for each time she or her paralegal was contacted.
Response from Valerie Horvath April 22, 2019
I am sorry you were dissatisfied with my service. I know legal situations involve heightened emotions. I believe I would have explained at the beginning of our case and in my engagement letter that my fees are generally billed on an hourly basis. Cases where a flat fee is charged up front involve limited services. If your case became more difficult, involved frequent phone calls, emails and/or court visits, fees would increase. I apologize if I seemed irritated with your questions, feelings and concerns. That is not how I want any client to feel. Please let me know what I can do to repair your impression of my service. Valerie Horvath 317.964.6000
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Posted by Victoria | April 8, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Dissatisfied
We turned to this lawyer to file a petition for a K1 visa. At first glance, the lawyer seemed polite and friendly, but in reality you pay money, but you do half of the work yourself. She kept delaying our petition for three months, giving us different excuses each time. The first time we filed, she made a mistake in the payment checks. The documents were returned back, and she delayed the filing for another month. Then it turned out that she sent the documents to the wrong lockbox, because of that they were registered incorrectly. As a result, the process, which usually takes 3-7 months, has dragged on for a year or more. And the attorney does not even want to admit their mistakes.
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Response from Valerie Horvath September 30, 2021
Victoria: I regret that you were dissatisfied with your service. Immigration proceedings are notoriously unpredictable. I know you were able to come to the US on the fiancee petition I helped secure for you. I hope you are enjoying your time in the United States. Valerie
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Cost

Rates
  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 9.9 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Gilbert Legal Services
  • 2021 - Present
  • CJA Development Panel Attorney
  • Indiana Federal Community Defenders
  • 2017 - Present
  • Partner/Attorney
  • Hand Ponist Horvath Smith & Rayl, LLC
  • 2018 - 2020
  • Owner/Attorney
  • Horvath Law Firm
  • 2017 - 2018
  • Chief of Staff
  • Indiana Department of Revenue
  • 2017 - 2017
  • Deputy General Counsel
  • Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles
  • 2015 - 2017
  • Master Commissioner
  • Marion County Superior Court
  • 2008 - 2015
  • Deputy Prosecuting Attorney
  • Marion County Prosecutor's Office
  • 2004 - 2008
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Education

  • Indiana University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1998
  • Indiana University Bloomington
  • Bachelor of Arts
  • 1991

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Natural Resources Defense Council v. POET Biorefining
  • Trial court decision affirmed
  • Morris v. State of Indiana
  • Trial court decision affirmed

Associations

  • Indiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence
  • Attorney: Protective Order & Expungement Pro Bono Projects
  • 2017 - Present
  • Indianapolis Bar Association, Government Practice Section
  • Board Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • Indianapolis Bar Association, Scholarship Committee
  • Chair
  • 2015 - Present
  • St. Thomas More Society
  • Secretary
  • 2010 - 2013
  • St. Monica School PTO
  • President, Fundraising Chair, Board Member
  • 2007 - 2014
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Languages Spoken

  • French
  • Spanish
  • English

Honors and Awards

  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2018
  • Client Champion Gold
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2018
  • Commissioner's Excellence Award
  • Bureau of Motor Vehicles Commissioner Kent Abernathy
  • 2015

Publications

  • 7 Law. J. 9, Apr. 7
  • Legal Staffing for the New Millenium
  • 2000

Speaking Engagements

  • Judges visit thousands of school children in celebration of Constitution Day
  • Constitution Day
  • 2014

Attorney endorsements

Received (3)
Given (0)
Endorse Valerie
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. She is very knowledgeable and passionate about her clients."
Unknown Attorney | Sep 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. She is an outstanding attorney with excellent trial skills. She is very helpful, and responsive to client needs, and their litigation goals."
Expungement Attorney | Jun 28
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Valerie is thorough and detailed. She cares about her clients and represents them competently. She has a wealth of experience that other attorneys can't match from her time working with the Marion County Courts, Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles, and Indiana Department of Revenue. You can trust Valerie to be honest, fair, and knowledgable."
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Fishers Family Lawyer Valerie Chatel Horvath
Valerie Chatel Horvath
Family Attorney
Fishers, IN
Licensed for 24 years
Free Consultation