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|IN||Active In Good Standing||1998||04/06/2017|
This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority.
This means the attorney lost his or her license to practice law for a period of time. The attorney typically returns to practicing law when the suspension expires.
Melanie’s comment: “I learned a tremendous amount from having a disciplinary complaint. I now serve as a hearing office in attorney discipline cases, appointed by the Indiana Supreme Court.”
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Selected as Hearing Officer for Attorney Discipline Cases||Indiana Supreme Court||2011|
|Distinguished Fellow||Indianapolis Bar Foundation||2011|
|Pro Bono Attorney Service Award||Child Advocates||2003|
|Of Counsel||Broyles Kight & Ricafort, PC||2004 - Present|
|Partner||Newton Becker Reichert||2002 - 2004|
|Commissioner||Marion County Circuit Court, Paternity Division||2001 - 2004|
|Associate||Lewis & Kappes, PC||1999 - 2002|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Indianapolis Bar Foundation||Board Member||2013 - Present|
|Hamilton County Bar Association||Secretary||2013 - Present|
|American Bar Association||Presenter in 2014||2012 - Present|
|Association of Family and Conciliation Courts||Board Member--Indiana Chapter, Secretary||2012 - Present|
|Central Indiana Association of Collaborative Professionals||President (2013-2015), President Elect (2011-2013)||2011 - Present|
|Indianapolis Bar Association||Section Chair, Committee Chair, Bench Bar Co-Chair||1998 - Present|
|Indianapolis Bar Association||Bar Leader Series Graduate||2008 - 2009|
|Nelson v. Nelson||Reversed in favor of client|
|Brinkmann v. Brinkmann||Reversed in favor of client|
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|Family Advocate (ABA)||Authenticating Facebook Posts, Photos and Other Evidence||2015|
|Indiana University School of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1998|
|Millikin University||English/History||BS - Bachelor of Science||1994|
|Spring Conference||Division of Assets in the Digital Age||2014|
|Meeting of Members||Debunking Common Misconceptions of Collaborative Law||2014|
|CLE||Mental Health Professionals in Family Law Cases||2013|
|CLE||Indiana Family Law Arbitration||2012|
|CLE||Evidence: Is it in or is it out?||2012|
|CLE||Effective Use of Custody Evaluations in Divorce||2011|
|CLE||Advanced Issues in Divorce||2010|
|CLE||Jurisdiction in Family Law Cases||2010|
|CLE||Pitfalls of International Adoptions for Paralegals||2009|
|CLE||Advanced Family Law||2009|
|CLE||Sexual Abuse Allegations in Family Law Cases||2008|
|CLE||Helping Clients Through Difficult Custody Cases||2008|
|Bench Bar Conference||Collaborative Law||2008|
Posted by Jim
Ms. Reichert was an absolutely amazing attorney from start to finish. I will preface this by saying I am an active duty soldier and I had no time back in the U.S. My son was born overseas, and really had no established "home." My ex-wife took my son and ran off to another state creating a smorgasbord of jurisdictional issues.When she took me on she had her hands full. I had gone through two other attorneys already in less than a year. And was paying two other attorneys in a separate state. Out of the two I had in Indiana, I lost one due to health issues and the other had actually signed some documents (without my consent) that relinquished my custody to my son. We were completely unaware of this until we actually stepped in the courtroom. She handled this issue with grace and agility without ever losing a beat. (There's nothing like getting a bomb like that dropped on you in the middle of a hearing.) She consulted me on how to deal with this issue and report the other attorney. She also was able to sway the judge to dismiss the document as evidence. I will never forget that. I eventually settled out of court with my ex-wife. During this process, my ex was arguing semantics and being very disagreeable, this cause a total of about 5 drafts on Ms. Reichert's end. She was patient and kind during the whole grueling process. By the time all was said and done, I recieved about double the usual parenting time that Indiana would have permitted in my situation. I feel like I may just have a chance to make an impact in my son's life and have a lasting relationship with him. For that I am eternally grateful and would recommend this attorney to anyone going through a divorce.
Posted by Steve
Ms. Reichert represented my wife and I in a prolonged civil dispute and we found her to be well prepared, knowledgeable about the law, and a calming presence. We eventually won every aspect of the case, including damages. I recommend Ms. Reichert highly.
Posted by anonymous
I was extremely disappointed with Melanie Reichert. I did not only have poor representation on her behalf but we were both ill prepared for our court hearing. She did not prepare for my case and provided little to no support or legal advice for the fees I was charged. I would never recommend Melanie Reichert based on my experience.
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