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Michael Alan Setlak

Divorce and separation Attorney at Fort Wayne, IN

5.0   31 reviews
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  • Licensed for 21 years
    State IN
    Acquired 2002
    Status
    Active in Good Standing No misconduct found

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

About Michael

Learn Michael’s areas of practice.

3
Practice areas
  1. Divorce and separation
    70%

  2. Family
    25%
    Mike has focused his scope of legal practice to all issues involving family law, which include dissolution, post-dissolution modifications, child support matters, parenting time, custody, paternity, guardianships, and adoption.

  3. Adoption
    5%

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 fourteen-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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Awards

Platinum Client Champion
Distinguished Peer Review Rating
Client's Choice 2022,2021
Client's Choice
2022 2021

Location

Shilts & Setlak, LLC
10311 Dawson's Creek Blvd.
Suite C
Fort Wayne, IN, 46825

Reviews

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Client's Choice 2022
Client's Choice
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Posted by Sean | April 9, 2024
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Outstanding Lawyer
Michael Setlak represented me in my dissolution of marriage in 2023. Mike made sure to keep me well informed and made sure I was getting what I wanted and needed for my kids and myself. Mike was professional and straight forward with everything from the start. Mike wrote my MSA and pushed for me to have what I deserved as a father. Although my case is over, I feel like I can contact Mike with any concerns I have. I would recommend Mike to anyone going through a divorce.
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Posted by Christopher | March 2, 2023
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Great representation
Mike represented me with mediating, negotiation and in court hearings for my divorce. He always gave me great advice, listed possible outcomes and kept me informed. All at a reasonable costs. He kept me level-headed and grounded going into any court hearings and every time we left we were better off than when we started and achieved all of our goals for the hearing outcome. I would highly recommend Mike with any divorce or custody issues.
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Posted by Mary McCarthy | October 14, 2022
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10/10 Recommend
Mike helped me in a custody case that was very difficult, I truly believe he has his clients best interest. I felt protected and didn’t have to worry as he got the job done beautifully. He is understanding and easy to talk to which is important with a lawyer. I will only recommend Mike Setlak from now on to everyone I know
Posted by Matt | July 18, 2022
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Highly Reccomended
Mike represented me in a dissolution of marriage in 2022. If you are looking for representation, I would definitely recommend Mike. Throughout our interactions Mike was always very informative and gave great advice. He was always understanding, and genuinely seemed to care. Communication was always present. There was never a moment that my confidence in him wavered nor was there a time where I would have wanted anyone else on my side. Mike's pricing was very reasonable.
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Posted by anonymous | January 25, 2022
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Great Attorney
I highly recommend Michael Setlak. Mike represented me through a divorce with great knowledge and confidence. I always felt like he had everything in control, and he guided my family into a better situation without wasted time or money. His office staff is excellent, as well.
Posted by anonymous | January 20, 2022
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Highly recommend
I found Mike on a website and chose him based on his reviews, we are so thankful I did! Mike has been representing us in a child custody/parental rights issue for the past few years. Due to the unique ongoing drug addiction of the other party this has lasted much longer than anticipated, at absolutely NO fault of Mike's. He has been professional, kept us informed throughout the entire process, and has shown us the upmost respect. We always can count on him and know he is fighting hard for us, all while understanding the financial burden this can place on a family. We recommend him 100%.
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Posted by Kimberly | January 12, 2022
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Excellent advice at a very reasonable price
Mike Setlak represented me in a post-dissollution matter in 2021. He and his office were excellent to work with. They are professional, flexible, and extremely responsive. Mike met with me, outlined all of my options, and advised me on the best path to take. I was very anxious about the cost of securing a lawyer, but I was very impressed with how reasonable the cost was. You hope to never need legal representation, but if you find yourself in that situation, you really cannot go wrong hiring Mike Setlak.
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Posted by Andrea | October 28, 2021
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Post-Dissolution Matter
Mike represented me in a post-dissolution matter in 2021. He listened to my needs, gave me good advice, and kept me informed all at a reasonable cost. I would recommend Mike for any similar matters.
Posted by Vicki | May 2, 2021
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Excellent representation at a reasonable cost!
Mike represented me in a dissolution matter in 2021, he gave me good advice and kept me informed, all at a reasonable cost. I would definitely recommend him to friends and family.
Posted by anonymous | January 16, 2021
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Highly Recommend
Mike provided excellent, professional, and honest feedback on my custody/child support hearing consultation. He always provided expedient responses to questions. He worked professionally, quickly, and confidently with the respondent's lawyer to request common ground and still meet my goals. He was honest about what we could achieve within the confines of the law and gave me realistic expectations. He scheduled a couple hours to "drill" me to prepare me for my hearing and eased my nervousness to speak in front of the judge which helped me with wording my responses. His retainer was what I would expect for the services he provided and had the respondent been more agreeable to terms earlier in the negotiation I suspect we would have finished within that retainer fee. He has been my third lawyer over the last 15 years and I wish I had found him sooner because he would have been my only attorney! You will absolutely not be disappointed
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Posted by anonymous | January 15, 2021
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Recommend as divorce lawyer
During a time of lots of emotions and unknown future, Mike and his team did a great job of working with me and being understanding and professional, and all done though email, phone, and zoom due to CoVid restrictions.
Posted by Jason | January 12, 2021
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Adoption
Mike represented me in my step-parent adoption matter in 2020. He gave me great advice, kept me informed with every step of the process, and was very reasonably priced for the attention he gave us. I would definitely recommend him!
Posted by Jim | December 3, 2020
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Compassionate, honesty, and much more
Mike is awesome to work with. He cares. My wife and I have used Mike for many years now. He is always available and responds very quickly. We have always felt are time, concerns and questions are valued. Even when it comes to paying the bill, we believe we received more than what we paid for. We highly recommend Mike and strongly suggest contacting him when the need arises for an attorney.
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Posted by JoLynn | October 8, 2020
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Extremely Responsive
Mike represented me in a post dissolution matter in 2020. Mike gave me good advice. Mike kept me informed at all times, and was extremely responsive to all communications.
Posted by anonymous | January 9, 2020
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Child custody
Mike was great to work with. He helped my family in many ways thru the difficult time. He was knowledgeable and very straight forward to things that I wanted, but were not most likely going to happen. I was very comfortable going into the court with Mike when in the past I was scared going into it with different attorney. I highly recommend Mike!
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Posted by Brett | August 28, 2019
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Excellent work
Mike Setlak and his staff provided outstanding representation throughout my divorce proceedings. They are very responsive, professional, and easy to work with!
Posted by Kelly | March 12, 2019
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Hard working lawyer
I contacted the firm for a family law case. I had a lot of questions and concerns, which Mike answered in our initial consultation. He was very reassuring, yet realistic about what I could expect. We had a clear plan going into mediation that gave me the confidence to reach an agreement I was happy with outside of court. He also gave me great advice for how to proceed with the custody agreement. Throughout the process he was informative and highly responsive through emails and phone calls.
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Posted by Jessie | October 25, 2018
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Best lawyer in Fort Wayne
Mike represented me in a post-dissolution matter in 2018, gave good advise and kept me informed throughout the process. I would email him and get a response within an hour, explained everything in terms I could understand. His fees were great considering the work he put into my case. I would never use a different lawyer, definitely would recommend him.
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Posted by anonymous | September 29, 2018
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Excellent Representation
Mike is a excellent lawyer. Mike was always available, and listened to my needs and always has my best interests in mind. I was well represented.
Posted by David | July 12, 2017
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My superhero
When relationships go bad and there is a child involved, a third party is often needed to ensure success in raising a child with both parents in mind. Mike heard my case and saw what needed to be done. He took action and corrected the wrongs. Thank you Mike! My family, my daughter, and I will forever thank you for the effort! God Bless
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Cost

Rates
  • Hourly Rates $ 325-325 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Shilts & Setlak, LLC
  • 2016 - Present
  • Partner
  • The Shilts Law Office
  • 2011 - 2015
  • Adjunct Professor
  • Indiana University Purdue University - Fort Wayne
  • 2007 - 2012
  • Associate Attorney
  • Van Gilder & Trzynka, PC
  • 2002 - 2011
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Education

  • Indiana University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2002
  • Purdue University
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1996

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Masters v. Masters
  • Reversed by the Indiana Supreme Court
  • DeCloedt v. Wagaman
  • Affirmed
  • Maurer v. Cobb-Maurer
  • The Indiana Court of Appeals reversed the Trial Court as requested.
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Associations

  • Northeast Indiana Volunteer Lawyer Program
  • Board Member, Officer
  • 2019 - Present
  • Allen County Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Executive Committee
  • 2018 - Present
  • Benjamin Harrison American Inn of Court
  • Master
  • 2016 - Present
  • St. Thomas More Society
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • Indiana State Bar
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • Allen County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2002 - Present
  • Allen County Bar Association, Criminal Defense Lawyers Section
  • Member
  • 2004 - 2010
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Client Champion Award
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2018
  • BV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2014
  • Top Lawyers Recognition
  • Fort Wayne Monthly Magazine
  • 2014
  • BV Rated- Distinguished
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2013
  • Contribution of 50+ Pro Bono Hours
  • Northeast Indiana Volunteer Lawyer Program
  • 2013
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Speaking Engagements

  • ACBA CLE
  • Step-parent Adoption
  • 2021
  • ACBA CLE
  • Grandparents Rights and Visitation
  • 2020
  • 2018 Allen County Bench Bar
  • Bankruptcy & Family Law
  • 2018

Attorney endorsements

Received (12)
Given (17)
Endorse Michael
Family Attorney | Jan 12
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"Mike has been a great mentor for me as a new attorney, helping me navigate the family law waters. He works hard for his clients, and I've greatly enjoyed learning from him. He is knowledgeable and brings a great attitude to the practice."
Family Attorney | Aug 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"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."
Family Attorney | Jul 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Nov 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I send all of my client's in the Fort Wayne area with family law needs to Mike."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Nov 16
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I have worked with Mike as opposing counsel on several divorce cases. He is always professional to opposing counsel and the court. He represents his client's interests with competence. He is experienced and knowledgeable in the family law area."
Child custody Attorney | Nov 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mike is extremely knowledgeable in Family Law and is comfortable both in and out of the courtroom. He treats both clients and colleagues with professionalism and respect. I highly recommend Mike in all areas of Family Law."
Family Attorney | Nov 01
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"Mike is a great divorce and family law attorney, who provides excellent service for his clients with compassion and skill. I would highly recommend Mike for any family law or divorce matter."
Family Attorney | Oct 11
Relationship: Supervised lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer. I hired Mike several years ago as an associate in my firm. He and I had opposed each other for the preceding 5 to 6 years on a number of cases and I was impressed with his advocacy and attitude. Since he started with my firm, he has worked very hard for our clients as I expected and has received a great many compliments from other lawyers, judges, and most importantly, his clients. Strong, yet reasonable and realistic, representation. He is now a partner in the firm."
Family Attorney | Sep 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have referred close friends to Mike and they have been thrilled with him. Mike is a great choice for family law matters."
Family Attorney | Sep 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mike's common sense approach to solving family law issues wins appreciation from clients and respect from the court and attorneys. I heartily endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Aug 22
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I have found Michael to be a straight shooter who does an excellent job of advocating for his clients."
Family Attorney | Oct 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
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