Joan E. Champagne
Top Rated Family Law Attorney in Indianapolis, IN
Attorney Joan E. Champagne is a partner with White and Champagne LLC located in Indianapolis, Indiana. A highly rated attorney with nearly 23 years of legal experience, Ms. Champagne focuses her practice on family law.
Dedicated to protecting the rights and best interests of those she serves, Ms. Champagne fights hard on behalf of her clients during all aspects of the divorce process to help them reach viable agreements with matters involving child custody and support, property division, and more. She also represents clients and helps them establish parental rights through paternity.
Ms. Champagne works hard to help her clients protect themselves and their loved ones for the future while assisting them with any estate plan modifications needed as the result of divorce.
A 1990 graduate of the Indiana University Kelley School of Business, Ms. Champagne attended Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law, where she obtained her Juris Doctor in 1998. While in law school, she served as president for the women's caucus and received the Women's Caucus Scholarship award. In 1998 Ms. Champagne was admitted to practice law, and she is admitted to practice in Indiana, and before the U.S. District Courts for the Northern and Southern Districts of Indiana. She also volunteers as a guardian ad litem for Marion County and as a court-appointed special advocate for Montgomery County. Additionally, Ms. Champagne is a registered Domestic Relations Mediator, and a Parenting Coordinator and a trained Collaborative Law Professional.
Upon receiving her license to practice, Ms. Champagne joined the Marion County Prosecutor's Office, where she advocated on behalf of domestic violence victims and their children, and she served as a deputy prosecuting attorney for Jefferson and Switzerland counties, focusing primarily on child support and juvenile law.
Ms. Champagne also served as counsel with the United Auto Workers union, assisting members with their important legal needs involving family law, divorce, estate planning and bankruptcy. Before helping to establish White and Champagne LLC, she litigated personal injury cases for Liberty Mutual Insurance.
Active in her legal community, she is a member of the Indianapolis Bar Association, the Indiana State Bar Association and the Hamilton County Bar Association.
- 80%Family Law
- 10%Alternative Dispute Resolution
- 10%Estate Planning & Probate
Child Support, Custody & Visitation, Dissolution, Divorce, Name Change, Paternity, Same Sex Family Law, Father's Rights, Mediation, Estate Planning, Power of Attorney, Wills
- Super Lawyers: 2018 - 2022
About Joan E. Champagne
First Admitted: 1998, Indiana
Professional Webpage: https://www.whiteandchampagne.com/attorneys/joan-champagne/
- Conference nameTitleDate Speaker, Applied Professionalism Seminar Attorney Civility: Perspectives from the Benches and the Trenches 2015 Professional Responsibility in Action: Ethical Considerations when Handling Email and Social Media as Attorneys Ask an Attorney Panel 2015 Judge, Marion County Prosecutor's Office Trial Advocacy Training Trial Advocacy 2013 Speaker, Why Lincoln Was a Lawyer Why Lincoln Was a Lawyer 2012 Speaker, Indiana Kids Election Day Indiana Kids Election 2012 Judge, Client Counseling Competition, Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law Client Counseling 2012 Panelist, Law Practice Management Program, Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law Client Intake and Contracts 2011; Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law and Indiana State Bar Association Women in the Law Division Lady Justice Program, 2016.
- Registered Domestic Relations Mediator
- Collaborative Law Professional training, 2020
- Parenting Coordinator, 2018
- Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law Law JD - Juris Doctor 1998 Indiana University-Bloomington Business BS - Bachelor of Science 1990
- Women's Caucus Scholarship award
- , Areas of Practice, Family Law Clients, 2016
Pro bono/Community Service
- Volunteer, 317 Run, 2018
- Participant, Fabulous Night Out, Benefitting Trinity Haven, 2022
- Volunteer, 4th Annual Jeff Deeter Memorial Classic Golf Tournament, 2018
- Volunteer, 5th Annual Jeff Deeter Memorial Classic Golf Tournament, 2019
- Volunteer, KidsVoice Monday Night Madness, 2018
- Volunteer, Taste of Hancock County, 2015
- Volunteer, Inspiring Abilities Expo, 2015
- Volunteer, Inspiring Abilities Expo, 2016
- Montgomery County Youth Services Bureau, Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA)
- FUSE (Families United For Support and Encouragement), Greenfield, IN Board Member 2014 - 2016
- KidsVoice, Guardian Ad Litem (GAL)
- Mock Trial Judge, Hamilton County, 2018
- Judge, 2021 Hamilton County Mock Trial Competition, 2021
- Guardian Ad Litem, KidsVoice., 2022
- Guardian Ad Litem, KidsVoice., 2021
- Judge, 2022 Hamilton County Mock Trial Competition., 2022
- Indianapolis Bar Association Professionalism Committee , 2022
- Chair, Indianapolis Bar Association Alternative Dispute Resolution Executive Committee , 2021
- Judge, Hamilton County Mock Trial Competition, 2020
- Indianapolis Bar Association Fall Mediation Day, Volunteer Mediator, 2018
- Pro Bono Mediator, 2018
- Judge, Indiana High School Mock Trial Semifinals and State Finals, 2019
- Mediator, Modest Means Mediation Program, 2022
- Indianapolis Bar Association Spring Mediation Day, Volunteer Mediator, 2019
- Indianapolis Bar Association Alternative Dispute Resolution Executive Committee member, 2018-; Indianapolis Bar Association Mentor Match Program, committee member and participant, 2016 to present; Indiana State Bar Association Indiana Kids Election Committee member, 2014 to present; Indiana State Bar Association Solo and Small Firm Planning Committee Member, 2014 to present; Hamilton County Bar Association, member 2015 - Present; Indianapolis Bar Association, Women and the Law Division member, 2016 to present; Indianapolis Bar Association Professionalism Committee, member 2015 - Present; Indiana State Bar Association Chair, Public Relations Committee 2014 - 2017; Indiana State Bar Association Court House Art Committee member, 2012 - Present; Indianapolis Bar Association Publicity Committee member 2010 - 2014; Sagamore Inn of Court Barrister 2010 - 2015; Indiana State Bar Association Public Relations Committee member, 2010 - Present; Hancock County Bar Association Member 2010 - 2012; Indiana State Bar Association Family & Juvenile Law section member 1998 - Present; Indianapolis Bar Association Family Law Section member 1998 - Present.
Last Updated: 7/30/2022