Michael G. Ruppert

Top rated Family Law attorney in Indianapolis, Indiana

Ruppert & Schaefer, P.C.
Michael G. Ruppert
Ruppert & Schaefer, P.C.

Practice Areas: Family Law; view more

Licensed in Indiana since: 1978

Education: Cleveland State University Cleveland-Marshall College of Law

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2005 - 2023

Ruppert & Schaefer, P.C.

2910 East 96th Street
Suite D
Indianapolis, IN 46240 Visit website


Michael G. Ruppert is the president of Ruppert & Schaefer, P.C., located in Indianapolis, Indiana. He, and all of the attorneys in the firm, devote their law practices solely to advising and representing people throughout Indiana who are confronted with legal matters involving practically any aspect of family law. He practices before all Indiana trial and appellate courts; is board certified as a family law specialist by the Family Law Certification Board of the Indiana State Bar Association; and, possesses a wealth of legal knowledge gained prior to specializing in family law by performing a wide variety of legal services for individuals and businesses.  

Although a tenacious courtroom advocate, Mr. Ruppert is just as skillful at the resolution of family law disputes--whether the division of marital property, the determination of child custody and support or the need for spousal maintenance--through negotiation, mediation and arbitration. He has received training to serve as a family law Mediator and Arbitrator. In addition to preparing property settlement agreements, parenting time agreements and Qualified Domestic Relations Orders ("QDROs") in dissolution of marriage (divorce) cases, he has counselled many clients about protection of their assets before marriage and prepared prenuptial (i.e., premarital) agreements to suit their particular needs. The full range of services provided by Mr. Ruppert and his firm includes handling appeals of trial court decisions in family law cases. He has represented family law litigants in the Indiana Courts of Appeal and Supreme Court, resulting in favorable published and unpublished decisions.

In addition to delivering numerous oral and written presentations on family law topics for Continuing Legal Education courses, he is a graduate of the National Institute of Trial Lawyers, wrote the family law materials and taught for the IBA Bar Examination Review Course and has authored a number of articles concerning family law topics published in the Indiana Law Review.

Mr. Ruppert received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Indiana University at Bloomington; and, was awarded a Juris Doctorate degree from Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, where he was the editor-in-chief of the law school's newspaper, The Gavel. Mr. Ruppert is an active participant in the Indianapolis Bar Association, Hamilton County Bar Association and other legal organizations.

Practice areas

Family Law

Focus areas

Alimony & Spousal Support, Child Support, Custody & Visitation, Dissolution, Divorce, Marital Property, Paternity, Prenuptial Agreements, Same Sex Family Law

  • 100% Family Law

First Admitted: 1978, Indiana

Professional Webpage: https://nebula.wsimg.com/c78c787ab33df65ff5bb376f95c0cef0

Bar/Professional Activity:
  • American Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Hamilton County Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Indianapolis Bar Association, Family Law Section; Past-Chairperson & Member of IBA Family Law Section, Executive Committee.
  • Indiana State Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Indiana
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 7th Circuit
  • Recognized in Indiana Super Lawyers, 2005 - 2020.
  • Author and Lecturer, Dr. John Morton-Finney Excellence in Legal Education Award, Indianapolis Bar Association, 2002
Educational Background:
  • Indiana University, B.A., 1974
  • National Institute of Trial Advocacy, Midwest Regional Institute, 1983
Pro bono/Community Service:
  • ISBA Hague Convention International Child Abduction Case Referral Volunteer
  • Volunteer Judge, Hamilton County Bar Association Mock Trial Competition, periodically 2009-2019., 2019
  • Volunteer, Indianapolis Bar Foundation's Ask A Lawyer Program, October, 2009
  • Volunteer Judge, Hamilton County Bar Association Mock Trial Competition, 2010
  • Indianapolis Athletic Club
  • Sponsor, Indiana University School of Law - Indianapolis's Equal Justice Works Dinner, 2009
  • Sponsor, Carmel Dads' Club sports teams
  • Member, Immaculate Heart of Mary Church
  • Sponsor, Broad Ripple-Haverford Little League, 2009
  • Sponsor, Indianapolis Bar Foundation's Ask A Lawyer Program
Special Licenses/Certifications:
  • Admitted to practice law: Indiana-1978 (Active); Ohio-1978 (Inactive)
  • Board Certified Indiana Family Law Specialist, by the Indiana Family Law Certification Board of the Indiana State Bar Association., 2002
  • Indiana Family Law Specialist re-certifications by the Indiana Family Law Specialty Certification Board, current through the present.
Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • Recent Development: Indiana Family Law, Indiana Law Review, Volume 28, No. 4, Co-author, 2005
  • Recent Developments: Indiana Family Law, Indiana Law Review, Volume 39, No. 4, Co-author, 2006
  • Lecturer, Family Law, PEC Bar Review for Indiana, 1998, 1999
  • Recent Developments: Indiana Family Law, Indiana Law Review, Vol. 41, No. 4, Co-author, 2008
  • "Comparative Analysis of Child Custody Relocation Laws In The Midwest," delivered at The Inaugural Annual Midwest Family Law Conference, Indiana University School of Law-Indianapolis, June 13, 2008, Speaker, 2008
  • Lecturer, Family Law, Indiana Bar Review, 2000-2009
  • Matrimonial Law -- Military Retirement Benefits In Or Out Of The Pot?, The Indiana Fellows of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, 1990
  • The Gavel, Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, Editor-in-Chief
  • Family Law An Analysis of Current Issues of Interest to the Practitioner -- The Impact of Relocation On Custody Litigation: A Look at the Law, Case Evaluation, Negotiation and Trial, ICLEF, 1989
  • Matrimonial Law -- Military Retirement Benefits In Or Out Of The Pot?, ICLEF, 1990
  • Child Custody and Visitation in Indiana: Discovery Techniques, Experts, Modification, Ethical Considerations, National Business Institute, Inc., Co-author, 1991
  • Divorce Drafting -- Notice of Intent to Leave Jurisdiction, ICLEF, 1991
  • Family Law Continuing Legal Education -- Worksheet Oriented Summary of Amendments to Child Support Guidelines With Cases to Watch, Indianapolis Bar Association, Co-author, 1993
  • Family Law Continuing Legal Education -- Legislative Amendments to Indiana's Child Custody Statutes, Indianapolis Bar Association, 1994
  • Equitable Distribution in Divorce Settlements in Indiana, National Business Institute, 1996
  • Hot Tips From Family Law Experts, ICLEF, 1998
  • Statewide Visitation Guidelines, Grandparent Visitation, Relocation and Paternity, Indianapolis Bar Association, 2001
  • Planning Your First Divorce Case, ICLEF, 2001
  • Family Law, Case Law and Ethics Update, Indianapolis Bar Association, 2001
  • Tax Issues for Family Law Practitioners, Indianapolis Bar Association, 2001
  • Developments in Social Security Law, Indiana Law Review, Vol. 22, No.4, Author, 1989
  • Survey of Recent Developments in Family Law, Indiana Law Review, Vol. 23, No. 4, Author, 1990
  • Developments in Social Security Law, Indiana Law Review, Vol. 24, No.4, Co-author, 1991
  • The Continuing Evolution of Indiana's Family Law, Indiana Law Review, Vol. 25, No. 4, Co-author, 1992
  • The Progression of Indiana's Family Law in 1992, Indiana Law Review, Vol. 26, No. 4, Co-author, 1993
  • 1995 Survey of Indiana Family Law, Indiana Law Review, Vol. 29, No. 4, Co-author, 1996
  • Survey of Indiana Family Law in 1996, Indiana Law Review, Vol. 30, No. 4, Co-author, 1997
  • Survey of Developments in Indiana Family Law, Indiana Law Review, Volume 37, No. 4, Co-author, 2004
  • Johnson vs. Johnson, 999 N.E.2d 56 (Ind. 2013)., 2013
  • Hammes v. Brumley, 659 N.E.2d 1021 (Ind. 1995), 1995
Industry Groups:
  • American Bar Association
  • Hamilton County Bar Association
  • Indiana State Bar Association
  • Indianapolis Bar Association

These comments were made by fellow attorneys during the annual nomination process.

“Michael is one of the sharpest legal minds I have ever met. He is extremely talented at issue spotting and creative problem solving. He is very involved in the local bar community and frequently lectures about family law issues. He has been recognized as a Super Lawyer for many years and it is a well deserved honor for him.”

Office location for Michael G. Ruppert

2910 East 96th Street
Suite D
Indianapolis, IN 46240

Phone: 317-660-8150


19 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2005 - 2023

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