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Mike began practicing law in 2002 in Fort Wayne and the surrounding counties.  Mike has focused his scope of legal practice to all issues involving family law, which include dissolution (divorce), post-dissolution modifications, child support matters, parenting time, custody, paternity, guardianships, and adoption.  Mike and his law partner Perry Shilts have been named as Top Lawyers in Fort Wayne in the divorce area of law.

In Mike's family law practice he strongly emphasizes the benefits of working toward a well-crafted settlement (usually time and money).  While Mike encourages his clients to work toward a successful agreement, he also understands that some matters will just not settle (for various reasons), and that it is necessary to take the matter to trial.  With his eleven-plus years of litigation experience, Mike is confident in his abilities inside the Courtroom and the preparation that is required to assist his clients in meeting their goals.  Mike is committed and focused to provide his clients, along with Perry's clients, the attention they require and deserve.  After meeting with Mike, you will understand and appreciate the dedication he has for you and the willingness and desire to see that your legal needs are met.


In addition to Mike's family law practice, he also is a licensed family law mediator and arbitrator.  As a mediator, Mike is always working to assist the parties and their attorneys in working toward a well crafted settlement agreement with the hope of keeping them from having to take the matter to court.  


When Mike is not assisting his clients, he is spending time with his wife and his two daughters.  He is also an avid outdoorsman and escapes to the tranquility of woods and water during his limited free time.  In addition to enjoying nature, Mike loves to attend baseball games and to support his favorite team, the Chicago Cubs.  In addition to following the Cubs, Mike roots for and backs all Chicago sport teams.


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Practice areas


  1. Divorce: 60%
  2. Family: 25%
  3. Child Custody: 10%
  4. Adoption: 5%



Hourly ($190-245/hour)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Paul Robert Sturm

    I endorse this lawyer. Mike is a very good lawyer and represents his clients well. Mike and I have had many family law cases against each other and he has always handled himself professionally, while still acting as a strong advocate for his client.


    Paul Sturm Divorce and separation Attorney
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  • Robert Henry Bellinger II

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    Robert Bellinger Family Attorney
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Contact info

Shilts Law Office

10311 Dawson's Creek Blvd.
Suite C
Fort Wayne, IN, 46825


INActive In Good Standing200208/07/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
BV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2014
Top Lawyers RecognitionFort Wayne Monthly Magazine2014
BV Rated- DistinguishedMartindale-Hubbell2013
Contribution of 50+ Pro Bono HoursNortheast Indiana Volunteer Lawyer Program2013
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerThe Shilts Law Office2011 - Present
Adjunct ProfessorIndiana University Purdue University - Fort Wayne2007 - 2012
Associate AttorneyVan Gilder & Trzynka, PC2002 - 2011
Association namePosition nameDuration
St. Thomas More SocietyMember2013 - Present
Indiana State BarMember2011 - Present
Allen County Bar Association, Family Law SectionMember2003 - Present
Allen County Bar AssociationMember2002 - Present
Allen County Bar Association, Criminal Defense Lawyers SectionMember2004 - 2010
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Maurer v. Cobb-MaurerThe Indiana Court of Appeals reversed the Trial Court as requested.
Hobbs v. HobbsThe Indiana Court of Appeals, in an unpublished decision, affirmed the trial court and remanded the matter for my request for attorney fees.
DeCloedt v. WagamanAffirmed
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Indiana University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2002
Purdue UniversityPersonnel ManagementBS - Bachelor of Science1996