I am a lifelong resident of central Indiana and a graduate of Zionsville Community High School. I got divorced in 1990 when my children were 4 and 6 years old. I know what it is like to go through a divorce with young children. I have first-hand knowledge and insight concerning the legal, emotional, and financial aspects that my clients often face.
My father played professional baseball as a young man, and later worked in data processing. My mother was a registered nurse, who worked nights so that she could care for her children during the day. I have one brother who is a surgeon in Michigan, and one who practices law in Indianapolis.
My daughter, Jennifer Bays Beinart, practices with me. My therapy dog, Mordecai, comes to work with me almost every day as the director of morale.
|IN||Active In Good Standing||1985||10/26/2019|
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Gale Phelps Family Law Award||Indiana State Bar Association||2015|
|Firm Founder||Bays Family Law||2011 - Present|
|Attorney||Donna J. Bays, Attorney at Law||2001 - 2011|
|Of Counsel||Buck Berry Landau & Breunig||1995 - 2001|
|Associate Attorney||Dutton Overman||1986 - 1995|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Paws & Think||Volunteer Therapy Dog Handler||2015 - Present|
|Boone County Bar Association||Member||2013 - Present|
|Central Indiana Association of Collaborative Professionals||Member||2013 - Present|
|Member||International Academy of Collaborative Professionals||2013 - Present|
|Eagle Creek Park Foundation||Member||2003 - Present|
|ISBA Solo & Small Firm Conference||Chair||2010 - 2011|
|Indiana State Bar Association||Chair, Family & Juvenile Law Section||2003 - 2005|
|Res Gestae||The Office Mascot: Taking the Dog to Work||2013|
|Indiana Alternative Dispute Resolution Manual||Statutory Authorization Chapter||1995|
|Indiana University School of Law-Indianapolis||J.D.||1984|
|Ball State University||B.A.||1979|
|Annual CLE||Family Law Update||2016|
|Indiana Solo & Small Firm Conference||Family Law Essentials for Staff||2015|
|Indiana Solo & Small Firm Conference||Advanced Child Support||2015|
|Complex Assets in Divorce||QDRO's and Complex Retirement PLans||2015|
|NASW Annual State Conference||Collaborative Law||2014|
|Indiana Solo & Small Firm Conference||My First Divorce||2014|
|Continuing Legal Education Seminar||Military Divorce: Starting the Process||2014|
|IU McKinney School of Law Practice Management Class||Fee Structures, Timekeeping & Billing||2013|
|Indiana Solo & Small Firm Conference||Divorce Basics||2012|
|Indiana Solo & Small Firm Conference||Nuances of Successful Family Law Mediation||2010|
|Family Law from A to Z||Legal Update||2010|
|Continuing Legal Education Seminar||The Custody Process Step-by-Step||2009|
|Advanced Family Law||A Closer Look at Paternity Disputes||2009|
|Advanced Family Law||Evolving Realm of Family Law: Non-Traditional Family Units||2009|
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