Clarissa Finnell is an attorney in Schultz & Pogue's Family Law Practice Group. Ms. Finnell practices exclusively in the area of family law, representing clients with cases including legal separation, divorce, child support, child custody, paternity, parenting time, modification and contempt issues. She also represents clients in stepparent adoption and guardianship matters.
She has been practicing for nineteen (19) years and has extensive litigation experience managing heavy volume caseloads in complex, contested family law matters. In addition to her work as a divorce and custody litigator, Ms. Finnell is a trained collaborative attorney and can assist clients who are seeking to resolve their family law cases without going to court.
Ms. Finnell is a graduate of Indiana University, where she completed her undergraduate degree in criminal justice before earning her Juris Doctor from IU's School of Law-Indianapolis in 1997. For eight years, Ms. Finnell worked for the Indianapolis Legal Aid Society and was with another Indianapolis area family law firm where she represented clients primarily in divorce, custody and paternity cases involving father's rights. Ms. Finnell is also a Registered Domestic Mediator.
A member of the Indianapolis Bar Association, Hamilton County Bar Association, Indiana State Bar Associationa and American Bar Association.Ms. Finnell also sits as judge pro tempore for the Marion County Circuit Court-Paternity Division, usually hearing cases involving child support enforcement and paternity matters. In 2011 and 2012, Ms. Finnell was named a Rising Star by Super Lawyers magazine, an honor for attorneys under 40 that lists her as one of the top up-and-coming attorneys in Indiana.
In addition to her legal practice, Ms. Finnell volunteers her time to various pro bono and legal services including the IBA's Ask a Lawyer and "Legal Line" programs.
|IN||Active In Good Standing||1997||10/13/2020|
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Peer Review Rated||Martindale-Hubbell||2017|
|Rising Star||Indiana Super Lawyers Magazine||2012|
|Rising Star||Super Lawyers||2012|
|Under 40, One of the Top Up-and-Coming Attorneys in Indiana||Super Lawyers||2012|
|Rising Star||Super Lawyers||2011|
|Under 40, One of the Top Up-and-Coming Attorneys in Indiana||Super Lawyers||2011|
|Of counsel||Shultz & Pogue LLP||2017 - Present|
|Attorney||Jocham Harden Dimick Jackson||2009 - Present|
|Attorney||Harden Jackson Law||2011 - 2017|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Boone County Bar Association||Member||2018 - Present|
|Collaborative Solutions Practice Group||Member||2018 - Present|
|International Academy of Collaborative Professionals||Member||2018 - Present|
|Indiana State Bar Association||Member Public Relations Committee||2017 - Present|
|Indianapolis Bar Association||Member- ADR Executive Committee||N/A|
|American Bar Association||Member||N/A|
|Hamilton County Bar Association||Member||N/A|
|Central Indiana Association of Collaborative Professionals||Member||N/A|
|Indiana University School of Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1997|
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