Stephenie K. Gookins

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Family Law Attorney in Carmel, IN

Terry & Gookins, LLC
301 East Carmel Drive, Ste. C-300
Carmel, IN 46032
Phone: 317-943-8166
Fax: 317-564-0599
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2019 - 2021
Selected to Rising Stars: 2009, 2011 - 2012
Licensed Since: 1998
Practice Areas: Family Law (60%), Criminal Defense (30%), Social Security Disability (10%)
Attorney Profile

As a partner with the Terry & Gookins, LLC law firm in Carmel, Indiana, attorney Stephenie K. Gookins serves the needs and interests of a diverse range of clients throughout the greater Indianapolis metro region and surrounding areas who have legal issues involving any of the following:

·        Criminal defense

·        Family law and divorce

·        Social Security Disability

·        Civil litigation

·        Appeals

Highly rated and possessing over 20 years of legal experience, Ms. Gookins approaches each case she handles with intense passion and energy, and whether through mediation or litigation, Ms. Gookins always strives to help her clients achieve the favorable outcomes they expect and deserve as efficiently as possible. As a registered domestic relations mediator and a parenting coordinator, she has extensive experience handling very delicate and highly contested family law matters, particularly with regard to child custody and support, and complex business valuation issues.

As a public defender with Hamilton County, Ms. Gookins has invaluable insight into the area's local courts and procedures, which makes her all the more effective as a criminal defense attorney. A veteran of numerous jury and bench trials, she has earned a reputation as a tenacious fighter and formidable opponent in court, and she has achieved notable success guiding her clients through some of their most difficult and uncertain times while helping them secure brighter futures for themselves and their loved ones.

After graduating from Indiana University in 1994 with a Bachelor of Science in public affairs, Ms. Gookins attended Robert H. McKinney School of Law, where she obtained her Juris Doctor in 1998. She received her license to practice from the Indiana State Bar Association that same year, and she is also admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana.

Ms. Gookins is a member of the Indiana State and Hamilton County bar associations, and she served as president for the Hamilton County Community Corrections Advisory Board in 2006 & 2015. She also supports her local community through her involvement with various civic and charitable organizations, including serving as troop committee chair for a BSA troop and as the Coordinator of the Hamilton County Bar Association Mock Trial Program.

Practice Areas
  • 60%Family Law
  • 30%Criminal Defense
  • 10%Social Security Disability
Focus Areas

Adoption, Alimony & Spousal Support, Child Support, Custody & Visitation, Dissolution, Name Change, Paternity, Prenuptial Agreements, Mediation & Collaborative Law, Criminal Law, Expungement, Failure to Pay Child Support, Felony, Juvenile Delinquency, Misdemeanor, Criminal Domestic Violence


3 Years Super Lawyers
3 Years Rising Stars
  • Super Lawyers: 2019 - 2021
  • Rising Stars: 2009, 2011 - 2012

About Stephenie K. Gookins

Admitted: 1998, Indiana

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Pro bono/Community Service

  • IU Marching Hundred Alumni Council, 2014 – 2016
  • Cub Scout, Volunteer Parent, Pack Committee Chair, 2011
  • Boy Scouts of America, Troop Committee Chair, 2016-present, 2016

Bar/Professional Activity

  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Indiana
  • Hamilton County Community Corrections Advisory Board, President, 2006 & 2015, 2003
  • Evidence Based Decision Making Taskforce Member, Hamilton County, 2015
  • Indiana, 1998
  • Hamilton County Bar Association, 2000
  • R.O.C.K. of Support Advisory Committee, Westfield IN, 2016-2017, 2016
  • Hamilton County Bar Association Mock Trial Coordinator, 2010-present, 2010
  • Indiana State Bar Association
  • Indiana Leadership Forum Graduate, 2008


  • Order of Barristers, Indiana University School of Law, 1996 - 1998
  • Stephenie received recognition for her work with the Hamilton County Bar Association Mock Trial program and was awarded the Law-Related Education Award in 2013 & 2018, Law-Related Education Award, Indiana Bar Foundation, 2018

Educational Background

  • Indiana University McKinney School of Law, Indianapolis, 1998
  • Indiana University, B.S. in Public Affairs, 1994
  • Jac-Cen-Del High School, Osgood, Indiana

Special Licenses/Certifications

  • Parenting Coordination, 2014
  • Registered Family Law Mediator, 2013

Representative Clients

  • L.G. v. S.L., 2017 Ind.App.LEXIS 192, 2017
  • Smith v. State, 835 N.E.2d 1072, Ind. Ct. App., 2005
  • Heinzman v. State, 895 N.E.2d 716, Ind. Ct. App., 2008
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Office Location for Stephenie K. Gookins

301 East Carmel Drive
Ste. C-300
Carmel, IN 46032

Phone: 317-943-8166

Fax: 317-564-0599

Last Updated: 5/24/2021

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