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Travis A. Van Winkle

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Family Law Attorney in Indianapolis, IN

Law Office of Travis Van Winkle, LLC
101 W. Ohio Street, Suite 2000
Indianapolis, IN 46204
Phone: 317-953-2729
Fax: 855-237-0960
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2021 - 2022
Selected to Rising Stars: 2010
Licensed in Indiana Since: 2003
Practice Areas: Family Law (50%), Elder Law (20%), Estate Planning & Probate (20%), Bankruptcy: Consumer (10%)
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Attorney Profile

The founder of his eponymous law firm, Travis A. Van Winkle has a varied practice that encompasses family law matters, estate planning and elder law, and consumer bankruptcy. Located in Indianapolis, Indiana, he represents clients throughout the greater metropolitan area and other parts of the state. Mr. Van Winkle has been admitted to practice in Indiana since 2003, and he is also admitted to practice before the U.S. District Courts for the Northern and Southern Districts of Indiana.

A large part of Mr. Van Winkle’s family law practice involves divorce and the related issues of parenting time, property division, and spousal and child support. In addition to handling litigation on these matters, his experience in negotiations as well as collaborative divorce allows him to help his clients come to an accord without having to go through a protracted and often divisive courtroom battle. Mr. Van Winkle has also handled cases affecting members of the LGBTQ+ community, and his experience has additionally included adoptions, grandparents’ rights, and paternity establishment and disputes.

Mr. Van Winkle has assisted many people who have become overwhelmed by seemingly insurmountable financial obligations. He has been able to help some of them find some measures of relief through settlement negotiations with creditors, but when that is not possible, he guides his clients through the process of filing for bankruptcy through Chapter 7 or 13 of the Bankruptcy Code.

In his estate planning practice, Mr. Van Winkle prepares and reviews trusts, wills, financial and health care powers of attorney, and advance medical directives. He also assists aging clients and their family members with long-term care planning and Medicaid issues. Highly regarded by his colleagues, Mr. Van Winkle has received a 10.0 “Superb” peer-review rating through Avvo.

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Practice Areas
  • 50%Family Law
  • 20%Elder Law
  • 20%Estate Planning & Probate
  • 10%Bankruptcy: Consumer
Focus Areas

Adoption, Child Support, Custody & Visitation, Divorce, Name Change, Paternity, Prenuptial Agreements, Marital Property, Mediation & Collaborative Law, Same Sex Family Law, Father's Rights, Estate Planning, Guardianships & Conservatorships, Living Wills, Power of Attorney, Probate & Estate Administration, Trusts, Wills, Bankruptcy Law, Credit Repair

Selections

2 Years Super Lawyers
1 Years Rising Stars
  • Super Lawyers: 2021 - 2022
  • Rising Stars: 2010

White Papers

  • LGBTQ+ Bench Guide (2020) - Publication created by Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Committee for statewide distribution to judicial officers.

About Travis A. Van Winkle

First Admitted: 2003, Indiana

Professional Webpage: https://www.vanwinklelegal.com/attorney/van-winkle-travis-a/

Pro bono/Community Service

  • American Cancer Society, Volunteer
  • Ask a Lawyer, Indianapolis Bar Association, Volunteer, 2015 to Present 
  • Cubmaster, Committee Member and Merit Badge Counselor for Boys Scouts of America
  • Make-A-Wish Foundation, Volunteer
  • Habitat for Humanity, Volunteer
  • Kiwanis International, Volunteer
  • United Way, Volunteer
  • Indiana University Alumni Association, Member
  • Purdue University Alumni Association, Member
  • Indiana University School of Law Alumni Association, Member
  • Sexual Orientation & Gender Identity Committee, Chair, 2017 to 2019
  • Bar Review Course, Indianapolis Bar Association, Grading Volunteer
  • Volunteer-Guardian ad Litem for Kids' Voice of Indiana, 2020
  • Member- HEAL Committee for the Indianapolis Bar Association, 2020
  • Westside Preschool Advisory Board (2010-Present), 2020
  • Volunteer- Westside Church, 2020
  • Indianapolis Bar Association Legal Help Line, 2019
  • Volunteer-Guardian ad Litem for Kids' Voice of Indiana, 2019
  • Volunteer-Sheltering Wings Domestic Violence Shelter, 2019
  • Volunteer- Guardian ad Litem for Kids' Voice of Indiana, 2018
  • Volunteer- Guardian ad Litem for Kids' Voice of Indiana, 2017

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • Same-Sex Marriage Post Obergefell, ISBA, 2019 to 2019
  • Planning Committee of the Indiana State Bar Association's Solo and Small Firm Conference
  • Same-Sex Issues in Indiana, 2017 to 2017 
  • Same-Sex Adoption, ISBA, 2019 to 2019
  • Presentation of parenting issues faced by same-sex families, Author/Presenter, Parentage Issues for Same-Sex Families, State Of Indiana Legal Community, 2018

Educational Background

  • Purdue University- B.A. Psychology, 2000

Other Outstanding Achievements

  • Graduate- Leadership Development Academy of the ISBA, 2017
  • Awarded "Top 10 Indiana Family Law Practitioner" by National Academy of Family Law Attorneys, 2019
  • Awarded "Top 10 Indiana Attorneys Under the Age of 40" by National Academy of Family Law Attorneys, 2014

Honors/Awards

  • Outstanding contribution and leadership to scouting, Guiding Light Award, Boy Scouts of America, 2018
  • Travis was recognized as a Super Lawyer in the field of family law in the State of Indiana.  This distinction is only given to 5% of the lawyers in the State of Indiana.  , Super Lawyer, Law and Politics Magazine, 2021
  • Super Lawyer/Rising Star by Law and Politics Magazine   
  • Hall of Fame Member, Indianapolis Bar Association, 2009
  • , Hall of Fame Member, Indianapolis Bar Association, 2007
  • Hall of Fame Member, Indianapolis State Bar Association, 2005

Verdicts/Settlements

  • First known case in the State of Indiana for second-parent same-sex adoption between Mother and Grandmother whereby Mother's rights were not divested via adoption, 2019
  • First successful gender marker and identity marker change case for a minor in State of Indiana. First successful sealing of records for gender marker change case in State of Indiana. , 2015

Special Licenses/Certifications

  • Collaborative Law Professional with Central Indiana Association of Collaborative Professionals, 2019
  • Parenting Coordinator with Association of Family and Conciliation Court.   , 2021
  • Certificate of Completion- Leadership Development Academy of ISBA, 2017

Bar/Professional Activity

  • Slated as a Vice-President of the Indianapolis Bar Association Board of Directors., 2021
  • Member of ISBA Solo and Small Firm Conference Planning Committee., 2021
  • Presenter at ISBA Annual Meeting regarding LGBTQ+ Deskbook., 2020
  • Member of ISBA Estate Planning and Elder Law Section., 2021
  • Member of Family Law Executive Commitee for the Indianapolis Bar Association., 2021
  • Member of the ISBA House of Delegates., 2021
  • Member of ISBA Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Committee.  , 2021
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Indiana, 2003 , 2021
  • Indianapolis Bar Association, Member, 2003 to Present, 2021
  • Indiana, 2003 to present, 2021
  • Central Indiana Assoc. of Collaborative Profession, Member, 2019 to Present , 2021
  • Indiana State Bar Association, Member, 2003 to Present, 2021
  • Indianapolis Bar Association – Family Law Section; Consumer and Bankruptcy Section; Estate Planning Section, 2021
  • Member- House of Delegates for ISBA, 2021
  • Indiana State Bar Association – Family Law Section; Consumer and Bankruptcy Section; Estate Planning Section, 2021
  • Executive Committee for Family Law Section of the Indianapolis Bar Association, 2019 to present, 2021
  • Member- Estate Planning, Family Law and Bankruptcy Sections of the ISBA, 2020
  • Immediate Past Chair- Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Committee of the ISBA, 2020
  • Member- Solo Small Firm Conference Planning Committee for the ISBA, 2020
  • Member- Hendricks County Bar Association, 2020
  • Executive Committee for the Family Law Section of the Indianapolis Bar Association, 2019
  • Chair- Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Committee of the ISBA, 2019
  • Member- House of Delegates for the ISBA, 2019
  • Chair- Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Committee of the ISBA, 2018
  • Member- House of Delegates for the ISBA, 2018
  • Chair- Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Committee for the ISBA, 2017
  • Member- Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Committee of the ISBA, 2016
  • Member- Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Committee of the ISBA, 2015
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Office Location for Travis A. Van Winkle

101 W. Ohio Street
Suite 2000
Indianapolis, IN 46204

Phone: 317-953-2729

Fax: 855-237-0960

Last Updated: 9/15/2021

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