Deborah Farmer Smith

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Family Law Attorney in Indianapolis, IN

Cohen Garelick & Glazier
 | 8888 Keystone Crossing Boulevard, Suite 800
Indianapolis, IN 46240
Phone: 317-573-8888
Fax: 317-574-3855
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2004 - 2020
Licensed Since: 1983
Practice Areas:
  • Family Law (70%),
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution (30%)
    Attorney Profile

    Attorney Deborah Farmer Smith is a partner at the highly respected law firm of Cohen Garelick & Glazier. Ms. Smith joined the Indianapolis law firm in 2016, bringing with her more than 30 years of legal experience. For the majority of her legal career, Ms. Smith has focused on family law, offering the residents of Indianapolis, nearby Carmel, Fishers, Zionsville, Avon and the surrounding areas in Central Indiana assistance with a wide range of legal challenges, including:

    • Divorce and legal separation
    • Complex property division
    • Post-divorce modifications
    • Spousal support
    • Child custody and support
    • Paternity proceedings
    • Adoptions
    • Guardianships

    Ms. Smith began her legal career in 1983 after earning her law degree from Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law and her approval to practice law in the state of Indiana. Her dedication to the people of Indiana and her focus on family law have resulted in her position as a board-certified attorney according to the Indiana State Bar Association Family Law Certification Board, which she has co-chaired.

    In addition to her state-awarded certification, she is a fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, one of less than 20 in Indiana. She is also a registered mediator in the area of domestic relations, and she has served as a mediator and arbitrator in countless cases over the course of her career.

    Attorney Smith's reputation as a dedicated client advocate has earned her the respect of both her clients and her peers. She has a "Good" rating from Avvo, and she has received an AV Preeminent peer review rating* from Martindale-Hubbell.

    *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
    • 70%Family Law
    • 30%Alternative Dispute Resolution
    Focus Areas

    Adoption, Child Support, Custody & Visitation, Divorce, Paternity


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    Super Lawyers: 2004 - 2020

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    About Deborah Smith

    Admitted: 1983, Indiana

    Professional Webpage:


    • Gale M. Phelps Award, 2010
    • Top 25 Women Attorneys in Indiana
    • Super Lawyer in family law by Indianapolis Monthly magazine
    • ISBA, Three Presidential Citations
    • Listed in Best Lawyers
    • AV® Peer Review Rating in Martindale-Hubbell

    Special Licenses/Certifications:

    • Registered Mediator, Domestic Relations
    • Certified Family Law Specialist, Family Law Certification Board

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • First Counsel to the President of the Indiana Bar Association
    • Indiana Bar Association, Board of Manager
    • Fellow, Indiana Bar Foundation
    • Fellow, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers
    • Indiana State Bar Association, 1983 - Present
    • Co-Chair, Family Law Certification Board for Indiana, 2002 - Present
    • Past Chair, Indiana State Bar Association, Family and Juvenile Law Section
    • President, Indiana Bar Foundation, 1998 - 2000
    • Hamilton County Bar Association
    • U.S. District Court Southern District of Indiana, 1983
    • Indiana, 1983

    Pro bono/Community Service:

    • First United Methodist Church in Noblesville, Pianist 
    • Booth Tarkington Civic Theatre

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

    • Indiana Continuing Legal Education Forum, Speaker, Chaired
    • Numerous ICLEF Seminar Publications
    • "Survey of Recent Developments in Family Law", Indiana Law Review, Vol. 29, November 3, 1991

    Representative Clients:

    • Hinkle Creek Friends Church v. Western Yearly Meeting of Friends Church, 469 N.E.2d 40, Ind. Ct. App. 1984
    • Porter v. Porter, 526 N.E.2d 219, Ind. Ct. App. 1988
    • Vibromatic Co., Inc. v. Xpert Automation Systems Corp., 540 N.E.2d 659, Ind. Ct. App., 1989
    • Harlan v. Harlan, 544 N.E.2d 553, Ind. Ct. App., 1989
    • Harlan v. Harlan, 560 N.E.2d 1246, Ind. Ct. App., 1990
    • JKL Components Corp. v. Insul-Reps, Inc., 596 N.E.2d 945, Ind. Ct. App., 1992
    • Wright v. Clay Tp. Regional Waste Dist., 694 N.E.2d 1192, Ind. Ct. App., 1998
    • Wallace v. Wallace, 829 N.E.2d 629, Ind. Ct. App., 1999

    Educational Background:

    • Butler University, Indianapolis, Indiana, B.S., Cum Laude, 1976
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    Office Location for Deborah Farmer Smith

    8888 Keystone Crossing Boulevard
    Suite 800
    Indianapolis, IN 46240

    Phone: 317-573-8888

    Fax: 317-574-3855

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