Andrea L. Ciobanu

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Appellate Attorney in Indianapolis, IN

Ciobanu Law P.C.
 | 8910 Purdue Road, Suite 240
Indianapolis, IN 46268
Phone: 317-495-1090
Selected to Rising Stars: 2014 - 2018
Licensed Since: 2010
Practice Areas:
  • Appellate (30%),
  • Family Law (30%),
  • Civil Rights (30%),
  • Criminal Defense: White Collar (10%)
Attorney Profile

Andrea L. Ciobanu is the managing attorney at Ciobanu Law, PC, in Indianapolis, Indiana. She represents clients throughout Indiana in a range of civil rights and litigation matters, including real estate, business, commercial and defamation issues, family law, domestic matters, protective orders, education law and ADA Compliance, as well as Appeals and Post Conviction Relief. She also is a trained registered civil, domestic, and elder mediator, as well as a trained Guardian Ad Litem. Ms. Ciobanu is committed to providing clients with the highest levels of service and communication in a cost-effective manner.

Ms. Ciobanu earned her law degree from the Indiana University School of Law - Indianapolis (now IU McKinney School of Law) in 2010. Prior to attending law school, she graduated from Indiana University in 2004 with a Bachelor of Liberal Arts with concentrations in sociology and history, followed by a Master of Public Affairs (MPA) from the Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs in 2006.  Among other awards, Ms. Ciobanu was awarded the John Paul Berlon and Norman Leftstein Awards in 2010, the National Association of Professional Women "Woman of the Year" Award (2011), the Emerging Pearls Foundation Social Justice Award (2011), as well as the Early Career Achievement Award from her Alma Mater, IU McKinney School of Law (2013).  In 2012, Ms. Ciobanu was selected as only 1 of 25 lawyers across the state to attend the Indiana State Bar Leadership Academy, in which she was awarded a scholarship to attend. Andrea was accepted into the Trial Advocacy College in 2014 with a scholarship. Andrea was chosen as a national ABA Young Lawyer Scholar for 2013-14. Andrea was chosen as a 2016 ABA Law Practice Fellow and a 2017 ABA YLD Fellow.  Andrea is a 2016 SKL Lacy Leadership Graduate and a 2015 FBI Citizens Academy Graduate. Ms. Ciobanu has an AV Rating from Martindale Hubbell and a 10 Rating from AVVO.  

Prior to creating Ciobanu Law, PC, Ms. Ciobanu worked for the Indiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence, as well as the Marion County Prosecutor's Office where she worked in the Domestic Battery Division, as well as the Post Conviction Relief Division.  Prior to attending law school, Ms. Ciobanu also worked in a private law firm, where she primarily worked in tort and personal injury litigation. During graduate school, Ms. Ciobanu worked on several Housing and Urban Development projects. During graduate school, Ms. Ciobanu also participated in international law projects dealing with international human rights, including programs to address child labor through a branch of the United Nations, whereby she spent a semester abroad working on this program.  Ms. Ciobanu continues to represent personal injury clients, cases involving civil and human rights, as well as battered women, children, and other individuals seeking protection through protective orders.

Ms. Ciobanu also volunteers her time to work on pro bono appeals through the Indiana State bar Association's Pro Bono Appellate Program.  Ms. Ciobanu has argued before the Indiana Appellate and Supreme Courts. 

Ms. Ciobanu also served as an independent contract consultant to the Indiana Supreme Court Strategic Initiative Grant Project, whereby she coordinated the pilot project in three counties across the state, primarily in family and civil litigation (2012-2014).

Outside the courtroom, Ms. Ciobanu enjoys giving back to her profession and her community through a number of organizations, including the American Bar Association as well as multiple local and state bar associations. She has served as the Chair of the Indiana State Bar Association's Alternative Dispute Resolution Section.  As part of her program initiatives, she has worked on a statewide E-Discovery Pilot Project, Statewide Mediation Day Pilot Project, as well as a Disaster Relief Mediation Pilot Project. She is also a member of the Indianapolis American Inn of Court and the Indiana Association of Mediators. She has served on several boards and committees, including, but not limited to, the Indianapolis Bar Family Law and Women & the Law Executive Boards, the Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis Paralegal Advisory Board, and the Indiana University Alumni Board, the ABA Disability Committee, as well as the Disability Legal Services of Indiana Board.

Ms. Ciobanu is fluent in American Sign Language and uses this skill to extend her practice to hearing-impaired people throughout Indiana and in federal court to advocate for equal access to the court system, as well as ADA Compliance. She also volunteers her time to several area organizations that serve underprivileged members of the community.

Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Appellate (30%): Appeals

Family Law (30%)

Civil Rights (30%): Americans with Disabilities Act, Race Discrimination, Discrimination

Criminal Defense: White Collar (10%): White Collar Crime

Focus Areas

Appeals, Americans with Disabilities Act, Race Discrimination, Discrimination, White Collar Crime


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Rising Stars: 2014 - 2018

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Admitted: 2010, Indiana

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Honors and Awards:

  • SuperLawyers, Rising Star, 2017
  • SuperLawyers, Rising Star, 2016
  • Stanley K. Lacy Leadership Series Graduate, 2016
  • SuperLawyers, Rising Star, 2015
  • Rising Stars, SuperLawyers, 2014
  • Appellate Judges Institute - Scholarship Recipient, Indianapolis Bar Association, 2014
  • Trial Advocacy College - Graduate & Scholarship Recipient, 2014
  • AV Rating, Martindale Hubbell, 2014
  • Early Career Achievement Award, IU-McKinney School of Law, 2013
  • Student of the Year Award Presented by Congressman Tim Roemer, 1999
  • First Place Speech Contest, Indiana University, 2000
  • HUD Fellow, Indiana University, 2004 - 2006
  • CLEO Fellow, Indiana Supreme Court, 2007 - 2010
  • Equal Justice Works Summer Scholar, 2009
  • Indianapolis Bar Association Pro Bono Award of the Year, 2010
  • Gold Pro Bono Award Indiana University School of Law- Indianapolis, 2010
  • John Paul Berlon Award, 2010
  • Norman Leftstein Award, 2010
  • Young Lawyers Section, Indiana State Bar Association Scholarship Recipient, 2010
  • Indianapolis Bar Association Family Law Section Bench & Bar Scholarship, 2011
  • Emerging Pearls Foundation, Social Action and Human Justice Award, 2011
  • National Association of Professional Women - Woman of the Year Award, 2011 - 2012
  • Indiana State Bar Association's Leadership Academy, 2012
  • Indianapolis Bar Association Pro Bono Award, 2010

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Indianapolis Bar Association, Steering Committee, 2008
  • Indiana State Board Association Governance Committee
  • American Bar Association - YLD District 15 Representative
  • Indiana Pro Bono Council
  • Indiana State Bar Association's PLEADS Section
  • Indianapolis Bar Association
  • Indiana Trial Lawyers Association
  • Indiana Mediation Association
  • Indiana State Bar Association
  • American Indianapolis Inn of Court
  • American Bar Association
  • Past-President, Indianapolis Equal Justice Works Division
  • Indiana University Purdue Indianapolis Legal Services Committee
  • Indiana University Alumni Board
  • Indianapolis Bar Association, Law Student Executive Board
  • Indiana State Bar Association, Alternative Dispute Resolution Section
  • Communication & Education Co-Chair, Indiana State Bar Association's Wellness Committee
  • Indianapolis Bar Association's Indy Bar Review Steering Committee
  • Member, National Association of Professional Women, An Exclusive Membership for Female Professionals
  • Community Service Chair, Indiana State Bar Association's Young Lawyer's Section Council
  • Education Chair, Indiana State Bar Association's Young Lawyer's Section Council

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Executive Board, Indiana's Mediation Association
  • Member, Indianapolis' Business Builders Goldstar Network
  • Disability Legal Services of Indiana's Executive Board
  • Volunteer, St. Joseph County Homeless Shelter
  • Volunteer, Robinson Learning Center
  • Volunteer, Kid's Peace
  • Volunteer, Big Brothers/Big Sisters
  • Volunteer, REAL Services

Scholarly Lectures and Writings:

  • Author, Family Law Updates, Indianapolis State Bar Association, Legal, 2014
  • Author, Implicit Bias - What is it and Why Should Lawyers be Concerned?, Indiana State Bar Association, Legal, 2014
  • Author, Mediation confidentiality; ADR rules review coming, Indiana Lawyer, Legal, 2013
  • Lecturer, Indy Bar Review, 2010
  • University of Notre Dame Law School Summer Conference of Legal Education Opportunity (CLEO) Program, 2007
  • Indiana University School of Law-Indianapolis' Law Repayment Assistance Program
  • Master of Ceremonies Speech Contest, Indiana University, 2001
  • "The Importance of Pro Bono Activities," Indiana School of Law-Indianapolis, 2009
  • "The Second Annual Public Interest Dinner," Indiana Historical Society, 2010
  • "How to Pass the Bar," Indianapolis Bar Association, 2010
  • "Women and the Law: Overview of Domestic Violence in Indiana," Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, 2010
  • "Riots, Rebellion & Rancor: Seventh Circuit Review of the Infamous Chicago Seven Trial," American Indianapolis Inn of Court, 2010
  • "Tips For Taking the Indiana Bar," Indianapolis Bar Association, 2011
  • "Tips For Taking the Indiana Bar," Indianapolis Bar Association, 2010
  • "Estate Planning," Premier Women's Network, 2012
  • "Passing Indiana's Essays on the Bar," Indianapolis Bar Association, 2012
  • "Estate Planning," Goldstar Networking Group, 2011
  • "Lanterns in the Sky - New Views on Gender," Indiana University South Bend, 2002
  • Co-Author, "Oral Histories Collection," Indiana Civil Rights Heritage Center, 2003
  • Co-Author, "At the Intersection - Arts Education, Cultural Policy, Community Development and Capacity Building," South Bend Heritage Foundation, 2006

Educational Background:

  • Indiana University, Bachelors of Liberal Arts in Sociology and History, With Highest Distinction, 2004
  • Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs (SPEA), Masters of Public Affairs Concentrating, With Highest Distinction, 2006

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Office Location for Andrea L. Ciobanu

8910 Purdue Road
Suite 240
Indianapolis, IN 46268

Phone: 317-495-1090


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Last Updated: 11/6/2017

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