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Clarissa Anne Finnell

Divorce and separation Attorney at Indianapolis, IN

4.4   7 reviews
  • Licensed for 26 years
    State IN
    Acquired 1997
    Status
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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 . 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.

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Schultz & Pogue LLP

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Posted by Ray | October 9, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Clarissa came highly recommended
Working with Clarissa was a very positive experience. She was always available and had the answers to all of my questions. She was very responsive to my case and handled it with the attention it deserved. I would highly recommend her to anyone.
Posted by anonymous | September 8, 2017
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Very Knowledgeable
Clarissa works hard to achieve fair outcomes. She is easy to reach, very thorough, and knows family law very well.
Posted by Markus | January 25, 2021
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Fair, responsive, empathetic
Clarissa represented me in my recent divorce, she was empathetic, fair and responsive throughout the entire process. She reflected and advised in great detail on property division, child support issues, spousal support, and other details such as tax implication and co-parenting. She was able to negotiate an equitable settlement agreement between my ex-wife and myself. Clarissa was easy to work with via email and video conferencing, any question I've had in the process, and there were many, were answered within hours. I could be happier with her advice, representation and her engagement. I highly recommend her for any family law matter.
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Posted by James | May 27, 2020
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Great help through a trying time
I contacted Clarissa with general questions about how to proceed with a divorce just before COVID-19 quarantined us all in early 2020. She made herself available to answer all of my questions, which resulted in me retaining her services to proceed with a divorce. Through the entire process, Clarissa was always quick to respond to any questions I had. She knew what needed to be done every step of the way and explained things to me as we went so there were no surprises during the process. Everything happened just as she said it would, resulting in a fast and acceptable resolution for an extremely difficult situation. I'm beyond satisfied with the professionalism and service I received from Clarissa. If anyone I know finds themselves in need of a lawyer for a family related situation, she will always be my recommendation.
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Posted by Tyonna | March 29, 2018
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Light at the end of the tunnel
I hired Clarissa for a custody/relocation case where the father objected to the child’s relocation and opted for full custody! As scary as the idea of being sued for custody is, Clarissa was a bright light at the end of the tunnel. She was patient, knowledgeable and attentive! Always prompt and thorough with her responses; She eased my mind throughout the process and even talked me out of giving up the fight when I thought I could no longer handle the stress of it all! She got me what I wanted and what my daughter needed. She was always upfront and clear about what should be expected and helped me understand all the possible options and outcomes! She probably did more in my case than she likely had time to bill for! I can assure you, she goes the extra mile and felt like more of a friend by the end of this frustrating process! I highly recommend her and will use her again and again if I need to! I hope she doesn’t retire before my daughter reaches 18 yrs old!
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Posted by anonymous | November 1, 2017
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Such case
Clarissa handled a very difficult case extremely well. She heard me from day one and protected me even from myself.
Posted by anonymous | October 3, 2022
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Pro Father
The worst mistake you can make is hiring Clarissa. The fake smile and the fake laugh come across as genuine, but secretly she is judging you and taking notes. She is pro father all the way, and will change her story when called to testify under oath.
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AVVO RATING 8.4 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Of counsel
  • Shultz & Pogue LLP
  • 2017 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Jocham Harden Dimick Jackson
  • 2009 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Harden Jackson Law
  • 2011 - 2017

Education

  • Indiana University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1997

Associations

  • 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
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • 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
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Attorney endorsements

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Divorce and separation Attorney | Sep 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Clarissa is an experienced litigator who is highly skilled, very efficient, and compassionate toward her clients. She is a true professional."
Unknown Attorney | Feb 24
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."