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Catherine M. Michael

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Schools & Education Attorney in Carmel, IN

Connell Michael Kerr, LLP
550 Congressional Blvd, Suite 115
Carmel, IN 46032
Phone: 317-333-6080
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2020 - 2022
Selected to Rising Stars: 2009 - 2016
Licensed in Indiana Since: 2000
Practice Areas: Schools & Education, Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff
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Attorney Profile

Co-managing partner at Connell Michael Kerr, LLP, Catherine M. Michael works with families and students in education matters in Indiana, Texas, and Michigan. Ms. Michael handles matters of special education due process, Section 504 matters, disciplinary issues, expulsion, private school issues, disability claims and civil rights. A compassionate attorney, she also handles matters of children’s personal injury both in school environments and outside of them, including rape, molestation and sexual abuse.

With over two decades of experience, Ms. Michael has proven that her priority is making sure that the needs of every single student are met. During her career, she has been featured by the local and national media several times, and she has represented a long list of special needs families, children abused in school and school shooting victims.

Licensed to practice since 2000, Ms. Michael obtained her Juris Doctor after studying at the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law. With a focus on experience, integrity and advocacy, Ms. Michael is often the voice that speaks for those who need it most as they work through a complicated legal system where an understanding advocate is a huge asset.

For professional achievement in legal practice, Ms. Michael has been recognized by her peers. As one of the top-rated education and school attorneys in the country, she continues to tirelessly fight for the rights of students and their families. Ms. Michael is also extremely experienced in the Americans with Disabilities Act and student and teacher dismissal and disciplinary matters.

Practice Areas
  • 90%Schools & Education
  • 10%Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff
Focus Areas

Personal Injury - Plaintiff


3 Years Super Lawyers
8 Years Rising Stars
  • Super Lawyers: 2020 - 2022
  • Rising Stars: 2009 - 2016

About Catherine M. Michael

First Admitted: 2000, Indiana

Professional Webpage:

Bar/Professional Activity

  • Michigan
  • Texas
  • Indiana


  • The Taliaferro Award honors an individual who exemplifies Judge Taliaferro’s leadership in addressing the unmet legal needs of children and in raising the public’s awareness of these needs, The Hon. Viola J. Taliaferro Award, Indiana Bar Association, 2010


  • “Catherine is one of the most well-known and trusted attorneys in the area of education law, representing families”
  • “She is actually the chair of the Education Law section.”
  • “She is awesome!”
  • “Professional, passionate and knowledgeable. ”

These comments were made by fellow attorneys during the annual nomination process.

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Office Location for Catherine M. Michael

550 Congressional Blvd
Suite 115
Carmel, IN 46032

Phone: 317-333-6080

Last Updated: 6/18/2022

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