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Matthew Scott Schoettmer

Family Attorney at Greenwood, IN

5.0   7 reviews
  • Licensed for 12 years
    State IN
    Acquired 2012
    Active in Good Standing No misconduct found

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

About Matthew

Learn Matthew’s areas of practice.

I began my legal career with Van Valer Law Firm in 2008, while I was still a student at Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law. Except for a leave of absence for military service, I have been with Van Valer Law Firm ever since. I am currently an Attorney and Registered Domestic Relations Mediator, with my primary focus on Family Law and Criminal Law.

My primary focus area is family law. I help clients with matters such as divorce (including divorces involving military service members), cases involving child custody and child support, paternity cases, guardianships, and adoptions. These types of cases can feel very difficult and confusing. One of the greatest benefits I provide to my clients is giving them the peace of mind of knowing that they do not have to go through it alone. I am there to explain the process, help them with all of the forms and documents, and to be by their side in Court and mediation.

As a Registered Domestic Relations Mediator, I am available to mediate all types of domestic relations cases, including divorces, paternity cases, child custody disputes, parenting time disputes, child support disputes, guardianships, and adoptions. My role as a mediator is to help the participants try to reach an agreement which resolves their differences, and avoids the need for them to argue in court.

My criminal practice focuses on defending people who have been charged with felony and misdemeanor crimes. I ensure that my clients know the charges against them, understand the legal process, and protect their rights as I guide them through that process. I help clients with requesting diversion programs, negotiating plea deals, and representing them in jury trials.

I also focus on real estate matters. I have considerable experience in handling landlord-tenant disputes, including evictions, drafting leases, and lawsuits involving unpaid rent and property damage. I also handle a number of other real estate matters, such as property line disputes, adverse possession cases, land contracts (sometimes called “rent-to-own” or “lease-to-own” contracts), deeds, and the purchase and sale of real estate.

In addition to my legal career, I serve as a commissioned officer in the Indiana Army National Guard. My service began when I enlisted in 2002. During my military career, I have deployed overseas to Iraq twice (first in 2005, and then again in 2009-2010). If you come into my office (which my beautiful wife decorated), you can see a few of my photos from Iraq, as well as a display of my Bronze Star Medal and some of my other commendations. I am a proud Field Artilleryman, and have been inducted into the Honorable Order of Saint Barbara.

Selected by Super Lawyers as a “Rising Star” in 2018 and 2019.

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Van Valer Law Firm, LLP
225 S Emerson Ave Ste 181
Greenwood, IN, 46143-1959

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Posted by anonymous | September 18, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent lawyer that I highly recommend.
I hired Matt to help me with a parenting time dispute with my ex-wife and I am extremely happy that I did. Throughout the whole situation Matt gave me excellent and timely advice and information. I always knew what to expect and Matt had answers to every question that I threw at him. He reassured me when I was anxious and sure enough everything worked out the way he said it would. Now I get to see my children on a consistent and regular basis.
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Posted by anonymous | March 4, 2017
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So thankful Matt was able to quickly things rolling on our case! Within three hours he got the documentation, petition written, and filed!!!
Posted by Dawn | January 14, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Knowledge and Compassion
Matthew did a fantastic job helping me get my dog back after my ex-husband stole her from me. He helped me through all the steps we needed to take. Then he helped me decipher what evidence we needed when it was decided we would be going to court. He walked me through each step of the process. This was my first experience with having to go to court, and I couldn't be more satisfied with the help I received or the verdict. Matthew also communicated very well and frequently with me. I was a little afraid an attorney may think fighting for a dog was silly, but he demonstrated complete understanding and compassion to me during such a stressful and emotional time. I would highly recommend Matthew to any friends or family.
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Posted by John | September 12, 2015
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Awsome Lawyer!
I recently found myself in a situation in which I needed to hire an attorney. I found Matthew on the Avvo web site. He had good reviews for a reason, he's good. I was being sued over a debt that had gone delinquent and the opposing attorney was very intimidating. Matthew was able to calm my fears and he was able to negotiate a fair deal for both parties. Matthew was very knowledgeable and pleasant to deal with. He handled the situation quickly and at a reasonable cost. I hope I will not need an attorney in the future but if I do, Matthew will be the one.
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Posted by Miguel | January 1, 2015
Best lawyer
I have used Matthew Shoettmer on several different occasions. He is not your traditional lawyer, he has represented me and my business to the best as he can EVERY SINGLE TIME. Civil, criminal, whatever my issue has been Matthew has tooken care of it. He understands that he was hired b y clients not the other way around. Communicates very well, always informative, and easy to access.. Everyone in his staff from his secretary to his partners at his firm are a pleasure to deal with. Mathew Shoettmer will have my and my companies and families business for the rest of our lives!!! If you're looking for a lawyer who was honest, communicates well, dependable, and gives your results not just talk, I highly recommend Matthew Shoettmer.
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Posted by Stephanie | October 15, 2014
Absolutely Amazing!!
He is an amazing lawyer, if you're looking for someone to defend you on a criminal case, he puts his all into what he does. He truly cares about his clients. He helped me get my case dismissed, whoever is reading this and you need help out of a criminal bind, he combs through everything and finds multiple ways to defend your case to get the best possible deal or outcome in your case. You should definitely hire him!!
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Posted by Stephanie | September 3, 2014
Such a Blessing
I can not say enough good things about this attorney. He made sure we understood every detail of our situation. He got to know us as people not just clients. I am so very thankful for this Law Firms easy payments , very polite and professional services and staff. I thank you all very much for our experience. We are truly blessed for all he has done. I will recommend this Attorney to my family and friends.
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  • Hourly Rates $ 275-275 per hour
  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 9.9 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Van Valer Law Firm, LLP
  • 2018 - Present
  • Associate
  • Van Valer Law Firm, LLP
  • 2012 - 2017
  • Law Clerk
  • Van Valer Law Firm, LLP
  • 2008 - 2012


  • Indiana University School of Law-Indianapolis
  • J.D.
  • 2011
  • Indiana University Bloomington
  • B.A.
  • 2007

Sample of Legal Cases

  • James W. Klenner v. Lisa M. Klenner (41A01-1701-DR-71)
  • Appeallate Decision in favor of Client
  • Morgan v. White (56 N.E.3d 109)
  • Published Opinion in Favor of Clients
  • Morgan, et al. v. White, et al.
  • Verdict in favor of Client
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  • Sagamore American Inn of Court
  • Associate Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • Indianapolis Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • Johnson County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • Indiana State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Super Lawyers 2021 "Rising Star"
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2021
  • Super Lawyers 2020 "Rising Star"
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2020
  • Super Lawyers 2019 "Rising Star"
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2019
  • Super Lawyers 2018 "Rising Star"
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2018
  • Honorable Order of St. Barbara
  • United States Field Artillery Association
  • 2015
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Speaking Engagements

  • Sagamore American Inn of Court
  • The Lying Client
  • 2018
  • Sagamore American Inn of Court
  • Tax Deferred Saving for Disability Expenses: ABLE Accounts and Internal Revenue Code 529A
  • 2017
  • Family Law Boot Camp
  • Determining Child and Spousal Support
  • 2017
  • Family Law Boot Camp
  • Navigating Family Court Processes and Procedures
  • 2017
  • Family Law Boot Camp
  • Military Divorce Basics
  • 2017
  • Sagamore American Inn of Court
  • Social Media
  • 2016
  • Sagamore American Inn of Court
  • Student Loans and Debt
  • 2016
  • Sagamore American Inn of Court
  • Preventing, Recovering From, and Insuring Against Cyber Attacks
  • 2013
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Attorney endorsements

Received (3)
Given (6)
Endorse Matthew
Unknown Attorney | Dec 31
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Top-notch attorney. Highly respected in the legal community."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 03
Relationship: Co-worker
"Matt is an excellent attorney who I have had the pleasure to work with for a number of years. I have worked side by side with him on a number of matters involving employment/labor disputes and other civil litigation matters. He has focused his practice more recently on criminal defense. His military experience and continued service, along with his legal education make him an excellent litigator and criminal defense attorney. He has a good head on his shoulders, is fearless, yet compassionate and understanding of his clients' needs. I would not hesitate to recommend Matt to anyone in need of legal representation."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 13
Relationship: Co-worker
"I've known Matt for several years now and can attest for his dedication to the rule of law and seeing that his clients receive a fair trial. To me, his quick wit, intelligence and down-right tenacity makes him an excellent attorney. I have no qualms about recommending him."

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Greenwood Family Lawyer Matthew Scott Schoettmer
Matthew Scott Schoettmer
Family Attorney
Greenwood, IN
Licensed for 12 years