Michele L. Jackson

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Family Law Attorney in Carmel, IN

Harden Jackson, LLC
 | 11450 North Meridian Street, Suite 200
Carmel, IN 46032
Phone: 317-569-0770
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2015 - 2019
Selected to Rising Stars: 2010 - 2014
Licensed Since: 2000
Practice Areas:
  • Family Law,
  • International (0%)
Attorney Profile

Michele L. Jackson is one of the founders of Harden Jackson, LLC, in Carmel, Indiana. She concentrates her practice on adoption, assisted reproduction and international family law, providing dedicated representation to clients in the Indianapolis metropolitan area and throughout Indiana who want to build their families in various ways, whether through international adoption, surrogacy, egg or sperm donation or other forms of assisted reproductive technology. Ms. Jackson's clients include expectant mothers, donors, gestational surrogates and adoptive parents.

In 1997, Ms. Jackson received a bachelor's degree with honors from Anderson University. She then went on to attend the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law, earning her J.D. in 2000. While in law school, Ms. Jackson served as president of the International Law Society and also participated in the Program in International Human Rights Law.

Ms. Jackson is admitted to practice in Indiana and is an active member of the American and Indianapolis bar associations. She has taught classes on international and family law as an adjunct law professor at her law school alma mater and often speaks at regional and national seminars, conferences and continuing legal education programs on topics related to her areas of practice. Ms. Jackson has also published numerous articles on these subjects and has won several honors, including the Angels in Adoption award from the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute.

Active in her community, Ms. Jackson contributes her time and insight to several nonprofit organizations and pro bono projects. Among other efforts, she is the founder of the Global Orphan Foundation, a nonprofit devoted to providing financial and other assistance to foster children and orphans in Indiana and around the world as well as to families who wish to adopt internationally.

Ms. Jackson has received numerous awards including the 40 Under 40 Award from the Indiana Business Journal 2013, Spirit Award for Entreprenurship from the Madam Walker Foundation 2014 , Junior Achievement Best and Brightest Finalist 2013 and 2014 and Rising SuperLawyer for five consecutive years.  She is also on the board of Trustees for Anderson University and Chairman of the Board for MLJ Adoptions an international adoption agency with Federal Hague and state licensing.  She currently serves as one of 9 Committee Members statewide for Indiana's Committee on Adoption.

Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Family Law (100%): Adoption

International (0%)

Focus Areas



Selected to Super Lawyers for 5 yearsmiddle-imageSelected to Rising Stars for 5 years

Super Lawyers: 2015 - 2019 Rising Stars: 2010 - 2014

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About Michele Jackson

Admitted: 2000, Indiana

Professional Webpage: http://www.hardenjacksonlaw.com/michele-jackson.html


  • Governor's Adoption Committee, Indiana Governor Mike Pence, 2014
  • Madam Walker Spirit Award - Entreprenuer, 2014
  • Forty Under 40 Award, Indianapolis Business Journal, 2013
  • Congressional Angels in Adoption award, Congressional Angels in Adoption Award, 2013
  • Rising Star, Super Lawyers, 2010
  • NRC Leadership Award, 2006
  • Manchester's Who's Who, 2006
  • Indy's Best and Brightest award created by Junior Achievement, 2013 & 2014
  • International Human Rights Law Program, Indiana University School of Law, Indianapolis, 2000
  • Student Government Representative, Indiana University School of Law, Indianapolis, 2000
  • President, International Law Society, Indiana University School of Law, Indianapolis, 2000

Special Licenses/Certifications:

  • Adoption Specialist Certification - National Counsel on Adoption, 2008
  • Indiana Auctioneers License, 2006

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Indiana Bar Association
  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Member, Indianapolis Bar Association

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Anderson University Board of Trustees
  • Founder and Volunteer for The Global Orphan Foundation - Mission to help foster and orphan children in Indiana and around the world.  Michele not only spends time helping with the administration/organizational/fundraising side of the organization but has hands-on experience by traveling to orphanages throughout the world to provide support and assistance.  She often distributes clothing, medical supplies and school supplies to the orphanages she visits.  Michele organizes approximately 4 trips a year to provide services to orphans in 3rd world countries.  In the past two years she has visited orphanages in Ukraine (2 times), Honduras (Medical service trip), Nicaragua (2 times), Vietnam, and Guatemala.  This year she plans to travel to the Congo to start orphanage support work in that country.  Michele's passion is helping the most vulnerable children in the world - the orphan. CASA Volunteer for Kid's Voice 2000-present Altrusa International - Professional Women's Service Organization 2000-present.  Altrusa's mission is contribute to their community in a positive way. They often focus on helping women that have been victims of domestic violence and reading/literacy programs. Children of Promise - Volunteer & Sponsor 2001 - present and Executive Board Member 2005 - present.  COP provides sponsorships to children in over 22 countries around the world.  These children qualify for the program due to their families being below the poverty levels established by the UN.  The sponsorships provide clothing, food, medical and school supplies to the children in need. Dove Harbour - Volunteer 2004-present - Battered women's shelter.  Michele helps with various needs of Dove Harbour and most specifically, assists with the fundraising auction each fall.  Michele runs the auction system and program at the fundraising event. Michele provides sponsorship for 4 families that are working as missionaries through various organizations (including Campus Crusade for Christ and Global Missions). 
  • Founder, The Global Orphan Foundation
  • Advocate, Non-Profit Organizations

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • Speaker, International Adoption and Assisted Reproduction, Indiana University School Of Law, 2012
  • Speaker, What every Lawyer should know about Adoption Law, Indiana State Bar Association, 2010
  • Speaker, Ethical Business Development for Lawyers, ICLEF, 2010
  • Speaker, Adoption Law, NBI - CLE, 2010
  • CLE - NBI Speaker for 5 hours of full day presentations, Speaker, National Business Institute - International Adoption Seminar, Attorneys - Adoption Professionals, 2008
  • CLE for IBA Seminar on International Adoption Law, 12-4-2008, Speaker, Indianapolis Bar Association, Attorneys, 12
  • International Adoption CLE, Speaker, Indiana State Bar Association, 11
  • Adjunct Law Professor, International Comparative Family Law and International Organizations Law, Indiana University, School of Law, Indianapolis, 2005 - 2010
  • Seminar, Continuing Legal Education Classes on Topics such as Adoption Law and Assisted Reproductive Law (Surrogacy).
  • CLE - National Business Institute Adoption Law, July 2007, Presenter, National Business Institute, Attorneys
  • CLE - NBI Adoption law Your Family Law Practice in the 21st Century, 8-5-2009, Speaker, NBI, Attorneys
  • CLE for IBA on International Adoption Law, 6-11-2009, Speaker, Indianapolis Bar Association, Attorneys
  • CLE - Representing the Foreign National in a Family Law Matter, 28-8-2009, Speaker, Indiana Continuing Legal Education Foundation, Attorneys


Educational Background:

  • Anderson University, B.A., Honors, 1997

Industry Groups

  • American Bar Association
  • American Society For Reproductive Medicine
  • Indiana Bar Association
  • Indianapolis Bar Association
  • National Counsel For Adoption
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Office Location for Michele L. Jackson

11450 North Meridian Street
Suite 200
Carmel, IN 46032

Phone: 317-569-0770


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Last Updated: 9/26/2018

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