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Travis Alan Van Winkle

Divorce and separation Attorney at Indianapolis, IN

4.8   19 reviews

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About Travis

Learn Travis’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Divorce and separation
    Whether it is a simple uncontested dissolution or a complex/high conflict case The Law Office of Travis Van Winkle, LLC is here to help.

    19 years, 400 cases

  2. Child support
    The Law Office of Travis Van Winkle, LLC can help you secure and/or enforce a support order.

    19 years, 300 cases

  3. Chapter 7 bankruptcy
    We understand the stress financial difficulties can create. We can help you get out from under your debt and regain control of your financial life.

    19 years, 300 cases

  4. Child custody
    As a child of a very difficult divorce, Travis Van Winkle understands the importance of the Court granting custody to the parent best able to care for the children.

    19 years, 300 cases

  5. Adoption
    The Law Office of Travis Van Winkle, LLC handles contested and uncontested adoptions. We also work with the Department of Child Services to provide adoption services.

    19 years, 30 cases

  6. Family
    The Law Office of Travis Van Winkle, LLC represents clients in all areas of family law.

    19 years, 300 cases

Travis Van Winkle is the founding member of The Law Office of Travis Van Winkle, LLC. Travis primarily practices in the areas of family law and bankruptcy.  The firm handles various types of family law cases including: adoptions; dissolution (divorce); legal separation; child support; custody; parenting time/visitation; paternity; guardianships, emancipation; domestic partnership/cohabitation; wills; protective orders; grandparent rights; CHINS (children in need of services); and TPR (termination of parental rights).  We also help people file for relief under Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 of the Bankruptcy Code.  For those clients that are not able (or do not want) to file bankruptcy, the firm can also assist with informal debt settlement/resolution options (payment plans, reducing/compromising the balance due).


Having worked in these fields for more than sixteen years (both as an attorney and as a legal assistant), Travis understands the emotional burdens his clients face.  In fact, as a child of divorced parents, Travis has firsthand experience in dealing with the emotional highs and lows often experienced by his clients.  Travis and his team strive to ensure each case is approached with a focus on the emotional well-being of the clients and their children. 


Travis is an active member of the Indiana State Bar Association, Indianapolis Bar Association, and the Hendricks County Bar Association.  Travis has been named to the Hall of Fame for the Indianapolis Bar Association and has been named a Super Lawyer/Rising Star by Law and Politics Magazine.  In addition to Travis’ efforts in the legal community, he is actively involved with various legal and civic organizations.  He is also a Den Leader and Assistant Cub Master for a local Cub Scout Troop.


Travis also enjoys spending time away from his work and volunteer efforts with his wife and two children.  They enjoy travelling, camping, hiking, gardening, scouting, deep sea fishing and drag racing.    

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Licensed for 19 years
State IN
Status Active In Good Standing
Acquired 2003
Updated 01/04/2023

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

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The Law Office of Travis Van Winkle, LLC
101 W. Ohio Street
Suite 2000
Indianapolis, IN, 46112


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Posted by Gil | December 4, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Very very knowledgeable
A very honest and reasonably priced attorney! He is very very knowledgeable on the law and the best way to proceed with your case! I’ve used his service multiple times because his service has been second to none for me! I highly recommend him for all of his specialty services!
Posted by Andrew | February 8, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Travis is an awesome lawyer
Travis handled a bankruptcy for me and was just excellent to work with. He returned calls and or text messages in a timely manner. I alway felt he was there for me when I need him. He really guides you through the process and makes you feel comfortable. Everything went smooth as I could ask for. Highly recommend him to any and all my friends and family.
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Posted by Dave | February 15, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Very Impressed!!!
I have currently not used Mr. Van Winkle on a personal issue at this time, however just the time that he took with me while speaking with him was beyond what I expected on a first time basis. I am positive I will use Mr. Van Winkle in the future with my needs. Thank you Mr. Van Winkle!
Posted by Michael | July 8, 2014
Highly Recommended
Travis and I go back a long time. I hired him when he was just getting his feet wet from a recommendation from another individual. From the very first meeting till today, he continues to be always on top of the issues. Very professional, knowledgeable, and a true sense of respect for the client. Highly recommended.
Posted by anonymous | June 30, 2014
Outstanding Attorney!!
I cannot say enough good things about Travis and his paralegal Andrea. They were there when I needed them and they helped me get through my ordeal. I will always give his name to friends or family who are facing a divorce or other family law matter.
Posted by anonymous | August 27, 2013
Recommended legal services!
Travis was very helpful in resolving a legal matter for us! He is very knowledgeable and guided us appropriately. We will certainly use his services in the future should a need arise.
Posted by Ben | May 16, 2013
Travis Van Winkle
Travis handled my Agreed Entry regarding my daughter. We had to establish a new child support order, iron out Parenting Time issues, and settle legal and physical custody questions. Travis was very knowledgeable and answered my questions in a timely manner and even (many times) shared in my frustration at trying to get everything settled fairly and as quickly as possible.
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Posted by Victor | May 13, 2013
Travis Alan Van Winkle
Mr Van Winkle is an excellent attorney. His counsel was superb during my divorce proceedings while keeping me abreast of any sudden developments that occured. During this difficult time in my life, he always listened to my concerns and addressed them accordingly of the best course of action to take. I would recommend Mr Van Winkle to anyone.
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Posted by Jessica | May 12, 2013
The Best
Travis helped me in 3 different situations involving guardianship and with an uncontested adoption. He was very helpful. I felt very blessed to have him as my attorney in the situations I needed counsel for. He was very professional and prompt with communicating. I've dealt with lots of different attorneys before from prior matters and he was definitely the best. I highly recommend Travis.
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Posted by Shannon | May 10, 2013
I highly recommend Travis Van Winkle!
Travis went above and beyond for our case. It was a very complicated situation without many precedents to use for arguments. He spent hours researching and networking with other attorneys to achieve the best possible outcome for us. We won! We got everything we asked for and couldn't be happier.
Posted by Breck | May 9, 2013
Review of Travis Van Winkle
Travis is always responsive to my legal needs. He cares about his clients, and works hard to reslove their issues quickly.
Posted by Jeff | May 3, 2013
Travis Van Winkle
Mr. Van Winkle did an excellent job. I would highly reccomend him to anyone. He is both hard working and very skilled. I don't think you will find a better attorney.
Posted by Brenda | May 2, 2013
Review of a Lawyer
Mr.Van Winkle was a good listener without verbal nor non verbal judgements. He advised and gave other helps in prevention and or helps to clear debt as my health was beginng to show much wear and my goal was to get out of debt. I did a service without any faults before nor after and paid over one half off before the step I did finally take. This was uncomfortable for me but he made it as simple as could be. When calling and or meeting with him he gave multiple options to help me select other potential remedies. He also, informed me of Indiana law,court procedings, what to expect prior to and after the proceding. He alerted these and followed through with informations requested by debtors. He spoke of the affects on credit default and clearing. He used proper launguage both verbally and legally. He returned my phone calls seeking clarification and just to discuss-listen to my complaints of shame/guilt that I felt. He praised my sucess in my repayment history. He was very informative, nonjudmental, he taught/educated me and totored how to proceed. While waiting the length of scheduling months he kept me informed of his stepts. This was helpful to know what was going on on his end while waiting ( in the dark on my side) so to speak. He was not short with me when I asked questions that I am sure hes heard many ,many times . That is what he is getting paid for ? No I think it is more than getting paid for as he extented himself enough that I know it was client care. He as many legal representives, alike deal with people, good, bad, poor, victims, discord, and those the system sometimes fail, and keeps a realistic attitude. Servant to the people, yes. Was he called to this stressful life work that seldom leaves his mind, I would say yes. I believe there is growth for anyone living and he, and this organization will learn from one another. Hopefully, laws , human care, and this noble , respected profession will serve him and you well. Yes, I have recommended this attorney. Brenda
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Posted by Debb | May 2, 2013
My perception/experience with regard to Travis Van Winkle
I hired Travis at a difficult point in the life of my family. His knowledge/skill led us through the maze of legal issues. He was able to clearly instruct each step of the process. I have referred to him and will continue to do so.
Posted by Cindy | May 2, 2013
An Trusted and Gifted Counsel
Travis Van Winkle went above and beyond helping us during a very stressful case that involved family in an inheritance dispute. Travis managed to keep our best interests forefront. At the same time, he managed to keep our communication open with opposing family members, engaged appropriate counsel, overcame obstacles the ineptness of the opposing attorney posed, and ultimately orchestrated coming to a settlement out of court that benefited all and kept our family relations in tack. Legal confrontations are always a very emotional issue, and Travis shone with a gifted ability to keep us focused on the right "legal" path to save us time and money, while at the same time showing how caring he is about our rights and the emotional toll such a situation took us thru. The law is not always in our favor, but Travis was great at communicating what our options were every step of the way, so we could make decisions based on the facts and kept us from losing time and money due to emotions. We highly recommend Travis to anyone who has to navigate legal issues.
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Posted by Jerry | May 1, 2013
Best decision
Travis was referred to me by a friend. He proved to be all she promised and more. He was ethical, professional, aggressive and willing to fight for me. I have and will continue to refer him to my friends and family.
Posted by Brad | May 1, 2013
# 1 attorney
Travis is very knowledgeable and put peace in my mind, in more than one case he has worked on for me. Travis is honest and up front about what could happen, and does what is best in your personal case. Travis is very professional in all areas. Travis has helped me in many cases personal and professional. If you want an attorney that will fight for you higher then Travis is the attorney for you. Travis is just not my attorney I consider him a friend.
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Posted by Megan | May 1, 2013
I highly recommend Travis!!!!! Wonderful attorney....
I first met Travis in 2001. He was at a law firm we used to do our Bankruptcy. When we first met with him he was so caring and knowledgable about what we were going through. The process went so smoothly. I have dealt with other attorneys in the past and they just took my money for every little thing and that is something Travis doesn't do. He is always such a big help and there when you need him. I feel like I trust him in so many ways. Honesty is very important to me and being able to trust and he is that. I again used him in 2006 and 2011 for other cases. He knows what he is talking about. Family law is another part he is very good in. If your looking for an attorney that gives 100% that's Travis . He now has had his own practice for several years and if I ever need an attorney or advice he is the first I call. Since I have known him for several years I fully trust him. He seems to make you feel comfortable about the situation your going through.
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Posted by anonymous | January 26, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Divorce mediation
Was an extremely unprofessional atmosphere. Was definably not a good choice. Rushed to complete and please choose a different mediator. Would not use again.
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Managing Member
  • The Law Office of Travis Van Winkle, LLC
  • 2009 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Gole & Van Winkle, LLC
  • 2003 - 2009
  • Administrative Assistant
  • Dickinson Wright, PLLC
  • 1999 - 2003
  • Paralegal
  • Richard A. Gole & Associates
  • 1996 - 1999
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  • Indiana University School of Law, Indianapolis
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2003
  • Purdue University
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • N/A

Legal Cases

  • Gender Marker Change on Birth Certificate
  • Successful


  • Indiana State Bar Association, Solo and Small Firm Conference
  • Chair
  • 2016 - Present
  • Indianapolis Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2003 - Present
  • Indiana State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2003 - Present
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana
  • 2003 - Present
  • United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Indiana
  • 2003 - Present
  • United States Bankruptcy for the Northern District of Indiana
  • 2003 - Present
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Indiana
  • 2003 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Top 10 Attorneys Under 40
  • National Academy Of Family Law Attorneys
  • 2014
  • Hall of Fame
  • Indianapolis Bar Association
  • 2011
  • Hall of Fame
  • Indianapolis Bar Association
  • 2010
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2010
  • Hall of Fame
  • Indianapolis Bar Association
  • 2009
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Attorney endorsements

Received (9)
Given (17)
Endorse Travis
Family Attorney | Sep 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Travis is an excellent attorney who provides responsive and compassionate counsel to his clients. I highly endorse him."
Unknown Attorney | Mar 09
Relationship: Other
"An aggressive attorney who represents clients well. I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Dec 22
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Travis is a great attorney to work with. He advocates hard for his clients but is cordial and professional as the opposing counsel. I have and continue to refer clients to Travis as I have no doubt Travis will do a wondering job for them."
Family Attorney | Jul 01
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Travis Van Winkle is very knowledgable in the area of family law. Despite being on opposing sides of a matter, I can truly saw that he put the best interst of the minor child in this matter first. I believe that he was able to provide his client with suffient insight into the matter and the law to permit the parties to reach a resolution by agreement, thus saving both sides time and money."
Unknown Attorney | Jun 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Excellent attorney. Highly recommended."
Divorce and separation Attorney | May 29
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Mr. Van Winkle is a highly skilled advocate and has established himself as a true professional in his field. I have worked with Travis on several matters and he is consistently prepared, diligent, and thorough. He knows the law very well, and I recognize Mr. Van Winkle as a truly formidable, yet civil, opponent. I would not hesitate to refer clients to Travis, he would make an excellent choice for representation."
Divorce and separation Attorney | May 21
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have worked with Travis several times as co-counsel, and often refer my clients or friends to him for divorce, custody, and other legal matters. He is an excellent advocate, always puts his clients' best interests first and is extraordinarily reasonable as to fees. He is worth every last penny and much, much more!"
Family Attorney | May 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer.He is a strong advocate for his clients but at the same time is reasonable and easy to work with. When lawyers are hard to work with they end up hurting thier clients more. He understands that it is in his client's best interst to have a good working relationship with the opposing counsel."
Divorce and separation Attorney | May 03
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"It is my pleasure to endorse attorney Travis Van Winkle. Mr. Van Winkle is a highly skilled advocate who works very hard to obtain the best possible result for his client while keeping their budget in mind. Drawing upon his substantial experience and expertise, Mr. Van Winkle is a true professional and a credit to the profession. I would not hesitate to refer a case to him."
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