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Robert Henry Bellinger II

Family Attorney at Fort Wayne, IN

2.3   4 reviews
  • Licensed for 17 years
    State IN
    Acquired 2006
    Active in Good Standing No misconduct found

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

About Robert

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     I was named after my grandfather.  He was a Navy man.  My dad was a Navy man too; he's a disabled Vietnam veteran.  My mother was a stay-at-home mom for a while.  She went to work once my younger brother started school.  I've always admired how she did it.  My dad was gone for long stretches of time during my life due to his naval obligations and my mom had to often play the role of both parents and hold the family together.  My parents are still married; they celebrated their 42nd anniversary on June 24, 2014.


     I was fortunate to see many interesting places growing up, and I quickly learned how to make new friends wherever we ended up.  I learned a lot of life skills from my parents:  the discipline, focus and methodic way of approaching life from my dad and hard work, grit and the importance of family from my mom. 


     When my dad deployed to the Persian Gulf in Operation Desert Storm we moved to the small town of Columbia City.  My paternal grandparents lived in the Columbia City area and my maternal grandparents lived on Blue Lake, just outside of Churubusco.   


     I attended college at Indiana University-Purdue University at Fort Wayne.  I later attended Thomas M. Cooley Law School in Lansing, Michigan.  After graduating  law school I decided to open my own practice in Fort Wayne because this town truly feels like home to me.  I worked as a deputy public defender in Allen County for about three years; I gave that gig up to focus on my thriving private practice.


     I am active in the Fort Wayne community.  I do volunteer work for Riverfront Fort Wayne and the Three Rivers Festival.  I attend Pathway Community Church on the north side of town.


     I am a fitness buff and work out 5 times a week.  I also jog (more like plod) when I can.  I am currently training to run my first half-marathon this September during the Fort for Fitness. 


     I enjoy what I do because I have the opportunity to help people when they are often at their lowest point in life.  My goal is to not only advocate for my clients but also to educate and prepare them to start in a new direction.  What I mean by this is that I don't just explain what the law is.  I help folks with all the practical aspects that occur in their life as they are intertwined with the legal system. 


     My ultimate goal is to provide folks with as much information as I can, so that they can make well-informed decisions; even if it means providing answers to the tough questions that they need answered.  We may not always see eye-to-eye and that's o.k.; I think that playing the role of the "yes man" to my clients is a severe disservice to them. 


     In sum, I look forward to helping those who are down on their luck by providing relevant information, practical knowledge and direction to get them to where they need to be.   






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The Bellinger Law Office
202 W Berry St Ste 500
Fort Wayne, IN, 46802-2248

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2.3 / 5.0
  4 customer reviews
Posted by anonymous | July 31, 2014
Excellent Representation
I don't like grey areas. Robert gives it to you straight, to the point and with no fluff. Would highly recommend.
Posted by Andrew | July 15, 2013
Didn't seem to listen
Bellinger represented me in a child support case. My ex ran her own business and was not reporting income. Bellinger was nice but didn't seem to listen to the details of MY case. I asked over and over for bank information to be subpoenaed and the day of the hearing he still had not done so. My fees seemed very high for him seemingly doing nothing that moved the case forward. The letter he wrote to my ex's attorney didn't even sound as if he was present during the consultation; or he was talking about another client entirely.
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Response from Robert Bellinger July 12, 2014
Andrew, Thank you for your comments. I understand how child support issues can be frustrating. I cannot imagine that bank records were not subpoenaed. Sometimes the subpoenaed records cannot produced for various reasons. Additional information would be appreciated. Please call me at (260) 428-2214 and I will do my best to get this figured out.
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Posted by anonymous | April 11, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Don't hire him
Several years ago i was referred to him by the courts (first red flag) i then went in and met with him for a consultation, proceeded to make my first payment and never heard from him again, i called and called and called never to get in touch with him, when i went to his office they kept telling me he was too busy, long story short i had to represent myself and was out of money, the judge asked me where is your lawyer i told her I've been unsuccessful getting in contact with him, so to jail i went and had to hire another lawyer from inside, he never attempted to return my calls or meet with me anymore leaving out to dry, he just wanted his money and kept it moving, i don't and would never recommend this guy EVER
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Posted by anonymous | May 19, 2014
I hired Rober a couple times. I know, silly me, but I was desperate. Very desperate. Well, needless to say he doesn't listen. Im not convinced that he really knows how to practice law. He does not care about his clients. He is very good at ignoring clients and cashing checks. That's about all. I finally woke up when he claimed to see (with his very own eyes) some evidence but refused to present it to me so I could see it (with my very own eyes).....that's when it finally hit me...he just wants this to be over and for me to go away. DO NOT retaine this "lawyer". Save yourself money and frustration and hire a good lawyer with a good reputation.
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Response from Robert Bellinger July 12, 2014
Dear Sir or Madam, I am not sure what your frustration entails. I would like to address this issue with you personally so that we can get to the bottom of it. Please call me at (260) 428-2214 to discuss this issue. I will do everything I can to assist you.


  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
  • Hourly Rates $ 200-225 per hour
  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 9.4 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Deputy Public Defender
  • Allen County Superior Court
  • 2006 - 2008
  • Judicial law clerk
  • Allen County Superior Court
  • 2004 - 2005


  • Thomas M. Cooley Law School
  • Juris Doctor
  • 2005
  • Ipfw - Fort Wayne
  • Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)
  • 2000
  • Thomas M. Cooley Law School
  • JD
  • N/A

Sample of Legal Cases

  • R.J. vs. Department of Child Services
  • D.S. vs. Department of Child Services


  • Allen County Bar Association, Grievance Committee
  • 2014 - Present
  • Allen County Bar Association Ethics Committee
  • 2014 - Present
  • Indiana State Bar
  • 2006 - Present
  • Allen County Bar Association
  • 2006 - Present
  • Allen County Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • 2006 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Nationally Ranked Top 10 Under 40 Attorney Award
  • National Academy of Criminal Defense Attorneys
  • 2013
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2013
  • Top 40 Under 40
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2012


Attorney endorsements

Received (10)
Given (10)
Endorse Robert
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 11
Relationship: Other
"I endorse Robert without reservation. He has demonstrated an exceptional grasp of the law and is a superb litigator."
Family Attorney | Jun 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Robert is really active. He is learning by doing, and he is doing much good work in the family law arena including by infusing a necessary degree of reasonableness into his negotiations."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse attorney Robert Bellinger. He is well-respected among his colleagues in the legal community."
Unknown Attorney | Sep 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Excellent attorney who I fully endorse as a true professional in their area of practice."
Family Attorney | Jul 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Jul 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I am endorsing Mr. Bellinger. He provides thoughtful and competent representation to his clients."
Child custody Attorney | Jul 23
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I am pleased to endorse Attorney Bellinger. Having worked on the other side of various matters in the realm of domestic relations, I can attest that he is a conscientious, client-centric advocate, and a worthy opponent. Robert has earned my endorsement."
Family Attorney | Jul 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Attorney Bellinger is an outstanding attorney with an exceptional reputation. I highly recommend his legal services."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"An extremely talented and well respected attorney in the legal community, I wholeheartedly recommend him to anyone looking for a lawyer who knows the law and truly cares about protecting the rights of his clients and getting them the most favorable result possible."
Family Attorney | Jul 18
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Robert is a strong advocate for his clients, while at the same time he is very respectful to the Court and to the opposing side and counsel. Robert puts his clients best interests forward by attempting to work toward a settlement, but will take the matter to court if need be."
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