Kendra Gowdy Gjerdingen

Top rated family law attorney in Bloomington, Indiana

Mallor Grodner LLP
Kendra Gowdy Gjerdingen
Mallor Grodner LLP

Practice Areas: Family law, Appellate, Alternative dispute resolution; view more

Licensed in Indiana since: 1993

Education: William Mitchell College of Law

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2009 - 2023

Mallor Grodner LLP

511 Woodscrest Drive
Bloomington, IN 47401 Visit website


An experienced litigator, Kendra G. Gjerdingen is the chair of Appellate Law Group for Mallor Grodner LLP, serving the state of Indiana. Concentrating her practice on the areas of family and appellate law, she has experience in jurisdictional, interstate and international custody disputes, Hague Convention cases, appeals and civil litigation. In addition to her courtroom experience in interstate and international parental custody issues, she routinely assists her fellow practitioners and members of the judiciary in dealing with the inherent complexities of such cases.

An advocate of alternative dispute resolution, Ms. Gjerdingen is a registered Family Law Mediator and is certified as a Family Law Specialist by the Family Law Certification Board. This certification provides her with a keen and nuanced perspective of family law, and she firmly believes in minimizing conflict in order for all parties to be best served. She is also on the council of the Indiana State Bar Association's Family and Juvenile Law Section, and she previously served as chair of the ISBA's Appellate Practice Section. In addition to her ISBA membership, she is a member of both the American Bar Association and the Monroe County Bar Association.

After earning her B.A. from the University of Iowa in 1972, Ms. Gjerdingen attended Minnesota's William Mitchell College of Law, where she served as editor of the William Mitchell Law Review. She earned her J.D., cum laude, from William Mitchell College of Law in 1978 and later received an MBA in Finance from Indiana University's Kelley School of Business in 1990. She received the Indiana Bar Foundation's Pro Bono Publico Award in 2005 in recognition of her commitment to universal access to justice in her community.

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Mallor Grodner LLP

101 West Ohio Street, Suite 1600 Indianapolis, IN 46204-1998   Phone: 317-453-2000  Fax: 317-631-1314    

Practice areas

Family law, Appellate, Alternative dispute resolution, Business/corporate

Focus areas


  • 60% Family law
  • 20% Appellate
  • 10% Alternative dispute resolution
  • 10% Business/corporate

First Admitted: 1978, Minnesota

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Educational Background:
  • Kelley School of Business, Indiana University-Bloomington, M.B.A. in Finance, 1990

  • William Mitchell College of Law, St. Paul, Minnesota, J.D., cum laude, Editor, William Mitchell Law Review, 1978
  • University of Iowa, B.A., Phi Beta Kappa, 1972
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • Minnesota, 1978
  • U. S. Court of Appeals, 7th Circuit, 1994
  • Past Chair, Appellate Practice Section, Indiana State Bar Association
  • Member, Monroe County Bar Association
  • U. S. District Court, Central District of Illinois, 1999
  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Fellow, Indiana Bar Foundation
  • U. S. District Court, Southern District of Indiana, 1993
  • U. S. Supreme Court, 1998
  • Council Member, Family & Juvenile Law Section, Indiana State Bar Association
Special Licenses/Certifications:
  • Registered Domestic Relations Mediator, 2004 - Present
  • Certified Family Law Specialist by the Family Law Certification Board, Indiana, 2005 - Present
  • Indiana Bar Foundation Pro Bono Publico Award, 2005
  • , "Lawyer of the Year," Family Law, The Best Lawyers in America® (2023 Edition), 2023
  • Recognized by Best Lawyers®, Family Law 2017-2023; Family Law Mediation 2018-2023; Appellate Practice 2020-2023, Best Lawyers®
Other Outstanding Achievements:
  • Women Excel Bloomington, 2021

Office location for Kendra Gowdy Gjerdingen

511 Woodscrest Drive
Bloomington, IN 47401

Phone: 812-913-5602


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  • Super Lawyers: 2009 - 2023

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