Jonathan Harwell

Top rated criminal defense attorney in Indianapolis, Indiana

Harwell Legal Counsel
Jonathan Harwell
Harwell Legal Counsel

Practice Areas: Criminal defense, Appellate, Family law; view more

Licensed in Indiana since: 2014

Education: Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law

Languages Spoken: English, Spanish

Selected to Rising Stars: 2021 - 2023
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Harwell Legal Counsel

156 E Market St
Suite 300
Indianapolis, IN 46204 Visit website


Jonathan Harwell is the founder of Harwell Legal Counsel LLC. With a varied practice that is divided between criminal defense matters and family law cases, he represents clients throughout the state of Indiana from the firm’s offices in Indianapolis. Majoring in legal studies, Mr. Harwell attended Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana, and in 2010, he received a Bachelor of Arts. He then obtained his legal education at the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law, and he served several internships before being awarded his Juris Doctor in 2013.

Mr. Harwell’s criminal defense experience encompasses trials and appeals of state and federal charges. The cases that he has worked on have included drug possession and trafficking, driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol, assault, domestic violence, weapons violations, kidnapping and murder. Throughout his distinguished career, Mr. Harwell has been able to obtain positive outcomes for his clients, including dismissals, acquittals, reversals on appeal and the negotiation of favorable plea agreements with prosecutors.

Mr. Harwell’s family law practice primarily entails his assisting divorcing clients with such issues as property division, parenting time, and child and spousal support. He also has experience in paternity disputes and establishment, and he has prepared and reviewed prenuptial and post-marital agreements. Mr. Harwell’s successful track record in both of his practice areas has led to his receipt of a “Superb” peer review rating through Avvo, and he has also been named as one of the Top 10 Criminal Defense Attorneys Under Age 40 by the National Academy of Criminal Defense Attorneys. He is admitted to practice in Indiana as well as before the U.S. District Courts for the Northern and Southern Districts of Indiana and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit.

Practice areas

Criminal defense, Appellate, Family law

Focus areas

Criminal law, Appeals, Custody & visitation

  • 50% Criminal defense
  • 40% Appellate
  • 10% Family law

First Admitted: 2014, Indiana

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Pro bono/Community Service:
  • ABA Death Penalty Representation Project
  • Kid's Voice
  • IndyBar Ask a Lawyer and Legal Line
  • Neighborhood Christian Legal Clinic
Educational Background:
  • Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law, 2013
  • Ball State University, 2010
  • , Rising Stars, Super Lawyers, 2021
  • , Rising Stars, Super Lawyers, 2022
  • , Rising Stars, Super Lawyers, 2022
  • , Gold Level Pro Bono Recognition, Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law, 2013
  • , Excellence for the Future Aware, CALI, 2014
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • IndyBar Pro Bono Committee, 2022
  • IndyBar Pro Bono Committee, 2021
  • IndyBar Law Practice Management Committee, 2021
  • IndyBar Professionalism Committee, 2016
  • IndyBar Professionalism Committee, 2015
  • Indiana State Bar Association Professionalism Committee, 2015
  • IndyBar Professionalism Committee, 2014
  • State v. Phipps - Not Guilty of Murder, Guilty of Lesser included offense, 2022
  • Webb v. State - Appeal - Conviction Reversed, 2020
  • Smith v. Smith - Appeal - Decree Overturned, 2020
  • State v. Earls - Not Guilty, 2019
  • State v. Pulliam - Not Guilty, 2019
  • Richardson v. State - Appeal Remanded for New Sentencing Order, 2018
  • State v. Barber - Not Guilty, 2016
  • State v. Trice - Not Guilty, 2016
  • State v. Meadows - Not Guilty, 2016
  • State v. Clark - Not Guilty, 2016
  • State v. Newson - Not Guilty, 2015

Office location for Jonathan Harwell

156 E Market St
Suite 300
Indianapolis, IN 46204

Phone: 317-500-4435


3 Years Rising Stars
  • Rising Stars: 2021 - 2023

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