Andrew Z. Soshnick

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Family Law Attorney in Indianapolis, IN

Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP
 | 300 N. Meridian Street, Suite 2500
Indianapolis, IN 46204
Phone: 317-237-1243
Fax: 317-237-1000
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2004 - 2021
Licensed Since: 1988
Practice Areas:
  • Family Law
    Attorney Profile

    Attorney Andrew Z. Soshnick is a partner at Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP in Indianapolis, Indiana. Mr. Soshnick primarily focuses his practice on family and matrimonial law, and handles business and commercial disputes. He serves clients throughout the state of Indiana.

    Mr. Soshnick has over 30 years of experience in litigation and dispute resolution. He handles family law issues such as child custody, child support, marital asset division, tax advising, premarital and post-marital agreements, and tracing of assets.

    Recognizing his success, Martindale-Hubbell awarded Mr. Soshnick an AV Preeminent* peer review rating. He is the recipient of numerous other honors, including being listed in “The Best Lawyers in America” and among the “best divorce lawyers in Indianapolis” by Indianapolis Monthly magazine.

    In addition to his practice, Mr. Soshnick is a member of several professional organizations, including the Indianapolis Bar Association, the Indiana State Bar Association, the Colorado Bar Association, the Minnesota State Bar Association, the New York Bar Association, and the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. He is a fellow of the Indianapolis Bar Foundation, the Indiana Bar Foundation, the American Bar Foundation and the International Academy of Family Lawyers.

    Mr. Soshnick graduated with distinction from Northwestern University with a bachelor’s degree. He received his law degree from Northwestern Pritzker School of Law, graduating cum laude. He also holds a master’s degree from Northwestern University. He became a licensed attorney in 1988.

    In the state of Indiana, Mr. Soshnick is a registered family law mediator and a certified family law specialist by the Indiana State Bar Association. He holds a license to practice law in Indiana, Colorado, Minnesota, and New York, as well as before the U.S. District Court for the Northern and Southern Districts of Indiana.

    *AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

     
    Practice Areas
    • 100%Family Law
    Focus Areas

    Adoption, Alimony & Spousal Support, Child Support, Custody & Visitation, Dissolution, Divorce, Domestic Violence, Juvenile Law, Name Change, Paternity, Prenuptial Agreements, Marital Property, Mediation & Collaborative Law, Same Sex Family Law, Father's Rights

    Selections

    Selected to Super Lawyers for 18 yearsbottom-image

    Super Lawyers: 2004 - 2021

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    About Andrew Soshnick

    Admitted: 1988, Indiana

    Professional Webpage: https://www.faegredrinker.com/

    Honors/Awards:

    • Attorneys eligible for nomination as a Distinguished Barrister have practiced law a minimum of 20 years.  Nominations may be submitted by a colleague, community member, or the nominee.  Recipients of the awards are selected based the on the following criteria: Achievement in the legal profession and involvement in professional legal organization. Community contributions made through support of social and civic community-based organizations and programs Facilitation of mentoring relationships with young lawyers , Distinguished Barrister, The Indiana Lawyer, 2020
    • Marquis Who's Who in American Law
    • DERU (Northwestern University)
    • Stanley K. Lacy Executive Leadership Series, Class XXV
    • Mortar Board
    • Pi Sigma Alpha
    • Omicron Delta Epsilon
    • Phi Beta Kappa
    • Indianapolis Monthly — "Best Divorce Lawyers in Indianapolis"
    • International Academy of Family Lawyers — Fellow
    • Indiana Super Lawyers — Family Law, since its first publication in 2004 to 2020 (Ranked Number Two in Indiana, 2012; Ranked Number Three in Indiana, 2013; Indiana's Top 10, 2004-05, 2007-10, 2012-14; Indiana's Top 50, 2004-20)
    • AV Preeminent Peer Rated for Highest Level of Professional Excellence and High Ethical Standing, AV Peer Rated, Martindale-Hubbell, 2018
    • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers — Fellow
    • Selected to Marquis Who's Who.  Individuals profiled are selected on the basis of current reference value. Factors such as position, noteworthy accomplishments, visibility, and prominence in a field are all taken into account during the selection process., Marquis Who's Who, 2017
    • The Gale M. Phelps Award is named in memory of Gale M. Phelps, a former chair of the ISBA Family & Juvenile Law Section and one of the most active members of the section, who passed away in 2003. Factors considered in the selection of the recipient reflect Gale’s contributions to the family law legal community and include: Exceptional service to the profession: unsolicited mentoring to new attorneys, reaching out to other lawyers, and working with attorneys on an individualized basis; Highest level of competence/ improving the profession: reviewing legislation and shaping family law policies, contributing to educational seminars, serving in leadership positions for legal and nonlegal organizations; Raising the level of professionalism and civility in domestic relations matters: going beyond the client’s basic needs, maintaining respect for the court system and its participants; and High moral character and ethical standards, Gale M. Phelps Award, Indiana State Bar Association, 2006
    • Forty Under 40, Forty Under 40, Indianapolis Business Journal, 1998

    Special Licenses/Certifications:

    • Family Law Certification - Board-Certified Family Law Specialist in Indiana, 2002
    • State of Indiana Registered Family Law Mediator, 1995

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • Indianapolis Bar Foundation — Distinguished Senior Fellow
    • Indiana Bar Foundation — Patron Life Fellow
    • Indiana Continuing Legal Education Forum — Past President
    • Family Law Independent Certification Organization (Indiana) — Board Member 
    • National Family Law Trial Institute — Faculty Member
    • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers — Board of Governors, Member; Journal Editorial Board, Member; Institute for Family Law Associates Faculty, Member; Newsletter and Social Media, Committee Vice Chair
    • American Bar Association — Family Law and Litigation Sections
    • Colorado Bar Association — Member
    • Minnesota State Bar Association — Member
    • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Indiana
    • Indianapolis Bar Association — Board of Directors, Past Member; Family Law Section, Past Chair
    • Indiana State Bar Association — Board of Governors, Past Member; CLE Committee Chair, 2016-18; Family & Juvenile Law Section, Past Chair and Council Member
    • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana
    • New York, 2020
    • Colorado, 2018
    • Minnesota, 2018
    • Indiana, 1988

    Pro bono/Community Service:

    • Faegre Baker Daniels - Baker-Benson Pro Bono Award, 2019
    • Faegre Baker Daniels - Pro Bono Honor Roll, 2019
    • Faegre Drinker - Pro Bono Honor Roll, 2020
    • Indiana University Borns Jewish Studies Program — Advisory Board (Vice President)
    • Indianapolis Public Library Foundation — Board of Directors Member (Chair)
    • AIPAC — Central Indiana Council Past President
    • Fraternity of Phi Gamma Delta — Phi Chapter Educational Foundation, President
    • Northwestern University Club of Indianapolis
    • Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law — Law Board Member
    • Northwestern University Alumni Association — Alumni Regent Emeritus
    • Faegre Baker Daniels — Pro Bono Honor Roll, 2018
    • Faegre Baker Daniels — Pro Bono Honor Roll, 2017
    • Faegre Baker Daniels — Pro Bono Honor Roll, 2016
    • Faegre Baker Daniels — Pro Bono Honor Roll, 2015
    • Faegre Baker Daniels — Pro Bono Honor Roll, 2014
    • Faegre Baker Daniels — Pro Bono Honor Roll, 2013
    • Faegre Baker Daniels — Charles L. Whistler Pro Bono Award, 2009

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

    • Drew Soshnick authored an article for The Indiana Lawyer highlighting the struggle of valuing S corporations in divorce cases.  , Author, Debunking Fiction? Tax Affecting S Corporation Valuation in Divorce Cases, The Indiana Lawyer, Family Law, 2019
    • Business litigation and family law partner Drew Soshnick authored an article for the Indiana Lawyer titled, “The income conundrum in Indiana divorce law,” that addresses the confusion around whether payments are considered income or property in Indiana divorce cases. In the article, Soshnick provides background about the dispute on how payments are classified in divorce cases in Indiana. He outlines the following points of unclarity that arise around payments: are they passive earnings or earned income, are payments accrued and paid prior to a divorce filing, or are payments partially accrued and paid after a divorce filing? According to Soshnick, the determination of these questions ultimately affects the division of marital property. He adds that the conflict over inclusion of income in marital estates is expanded by the fact that Indiana does not have classic alimony, as other states do, nor provides for spousal maintenance except in very limited circumstances. Soshnick references cases that indicate it has been the law in Indiana that future earnings are not considered marital property to be divided in the division of marital estates. He then highlights examples of how confusion arises: for example, a small business owner who signs a contract prior to a divorce filing but must perform work and services after filing in order to fulfill contractual obligations and the payments are then made after the filing. As a solution to the conundrum, Soshnick suggests amending the Indiana Code to speak directly to “income” and what categories, if any, fall under the statutory definition of “property.” He also notes that the Indiana General Assembly could revisit the Indiana Dissolution of Marriage Act and how and when spousal maintenance applies., Author, The Income Conundrum in Indiana DivorceLaw, The Indiana Lawyer, Family Law, 2021
    • Presentation, Family Law Institute, Indiana Continuing Legal Education Forum (ICLEF), 2018
    • Published Article, Challenging Expert Valuation Opinions in Divorce Cases: An Oasis or Mirage in the Trial Desert?, 30 Journal of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers 455, 2018
    • Presentation, Indiana Family Law Update, Judicial Conference of Indiana, 2018
    • Published Article, 'Fair" Meaning in Business, Professional Practice Valuations, The Indiana Lawyer, 2018
    • Published Article, The Real Nuts and Bolts of Challenging or Defending the Admissibility of an Expert's Opinion in States With and Without Daubert, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, 2018
    • Presentation, Family Law Appellate Practice, Indiana State Bar Association (ISBA), 2018
    • Presentation, What You Need to Know About Income-Producing Properties in Divorce, Indiana State Bar Association (ISBA), 2017
    • Presentation, Advanced Family Law, Indiana Continuing Legal Education Forum (ICLEF), 2017
    • Presentation, Family Law Year in Review, Indiana Continuing Legal Education Forum (ICLEF), 2017
    • Presentation, Family Law Institute, Indiana Continuing Legal Education Forum (ICLEF), 2017
    • Presentation, Indiana Family Law Update, Judicial Conference of Indiana, 2017
    • Presentation, It Can Be Taxing: How to Read Personal and Business Tax Returns and Avoid Common Tax Traps, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML), 2016
    • Presentation at Bench-Bar Conference, Family Law, Indianapolis Bar Association (IBA), 2016
    • Presentation at Annual Meeting, QDROs and Divorce, Indiana State Bar Association (ISBA), 2016
    • Presentation, Advanced Family Law, Indiana Continuing Legal Education Forum (ICLEF), 2016
    • Presentation, Family Law Year in Review, Indiana Continuing Legal Education Forum (ICLEF), 2016
    • Presentation, Family Law Institute, Indiana Continuing Legal Education Forum (ICLEF), 2016
    • Presentation, Indiana Family Law Update, Judicial Conference of Indiana, 2016
    • Presentation, Same-Sex Marriage: Emerging Issues Following the Obergefell Decision, Indiana State Bar Association (ISBA), 2015
    • Presentation, Advanced Family Law, Indiana Continuing Legal Education Forum (ICLEF), 2015
    • Presentation, Family Law Year in Review, Indiana Continuing Legal Education Forum (ICLEF), 2015
    • Presentation, Family Law Institute, Indiana Continuing Legal Education Forum (ICLEF), 2015
    • Published Chapter Ronald L. Brown, Editor, "Valuing Professional Practices and Licenses," Chapter 2, "Distinguishing Personal Goodwill from Enterprise Goodwill in Marital Dissolution Actions", Aspen Publishers, 4th ed. 2015, 2015
    • Presentation, Advanced Family Law, Indiana Continuing Legal Education Forum (ICLEF), 2014
    • Presentation, Family Law Year in Review, Indiana Continuing Legal Education Forum (ICLEF), 2014
    • Presentation, Family Law Institute, Indiana Continuing Legal Education Forum (ICLEF), 2014
    • Presentation, Indiana Family Law Update, Judicial Conference of Indiana, 2014
    • Presentation, Advanced Family Law, Indiana Continuing Legal Education Forum (ICLEF), 2013
    • Presentation, CME for Family Mediators, Indiana Continuing Legal Education Forum (ICLEF), 2013
    • Presentation, Family Law Institute, Indiana Continuing Legal Education Forum (ICLEF), 2013
    • Presentation, Family Law Year in Review, Indiana Continuing Legal Education Forum (ICLEF), 2013
    • Presentation, Indiana Family Law Update, Judicial Conference of Indiana, 2013

    Verdicts/Settlements:

    • In order to preserve client confidentiality, verdicts and settlements are not listed.  See reported opinions as a representative sample.

    Transactions:

    • In addition to preparing both prenuptial agreements and postnuptial agreements for countless clients over many years, Mr. Soshnick has also published many articles and presented many seminars regarding prenuptial agreements and postnuptial agreements.

    Representative Clients:

    • Mr. Soshnick concentrates his practice in family law cases involving complex economic issues. Additionally, he represents clients in child custody support proceedings. In order to preserve client confidentiality, individual names are not listed.  Mr. Soshnick has represented many business owners, professionals, athletes, celebrities, and other high net worth individuals or their spouses in myriad family law matters.

    Other Outstanding Achievements:

    • The Best Lawyers in America — Family Law, 2018
    • The Best Lawyers in America — Family Law, 2021
    • The Best Lawyers in America — Family Law, 2020
    • The Best Lawyers in America — Family Law, 2019
    • The Best Lawyers in America — Family Law, 2017
    • The Best Lawyers in America — Family Law, 2016
    • The Best Lawyers in America — Family Law, 2015
    • The Best Lawyers in America — Family Law, 2014
    • The Best Lawyers in America — Family Law, 2013

    Educational Background:

    • Northwestern University, B.A. with distinction, 1985
    • Northwestern University, M.A., 1985

    Industry Groups

    • Family Law
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    300 N. Meridian Street
    Suite 2500
    Indianapolis, IN 46204

    Phone: 317-237-1243

    Fax: 317-237-1000

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