Travis A. Van Winkle

Top rated Family Law attorney in Indianapolis, Indiana

Law Office of Travis Van Winkle, LLC
Travis A. Van Winkle
Law Office of Travis Van Winkle, LLC

Practice Areas: Family Law, Bankruptcy, Estate Planning & Probate; view more

Licensed in Indiana since: 2003

Education: Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2021 - 2024 Selected to Rising Stars: 2010
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Law Office of Travis Van Winkle, LLC

101 W. Ohio Street
Suite 2000
Indianapolis, IN 46204 Visit website

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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

Family Law, Bankruptcy: Consumer, Estate Planning & Probate, Elder Law

Focus areas

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

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

First Admitted: 2003, Indiana

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

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
Verdicts/Settlements (Case Results):
  • 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
Other Outstanding Achievements:
  • Awarded "Top 10 Indiana Family Law Practitioner" by National Academy of Family Law Attorneys, 2019
  • Graduate- Leadership Development Academy of the ISBA, 2017
  • Awarded "Top 10 Indiana Attorneys Under the Age of 40" by National Academy of Family Law Attorneys, 2014
White Papers:
  • Publication created by Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Committee for statewide distribution to judicial officers., LGBTQ+ Bench Guide, State Of Indiana Judiciary, 2020
Special Licenses/Certifications:
  • Parenting Coordinator with Association of Family and Conciliation Court.   , 2021
  • Collaborative Law Professional with Central Indiana Association of Collaborative Professionals, 2019
  • Certificate of Completion- Leadership Development Academy of ISBA, 2017
Honors/Awards:
  • Travis was again honored to be included in the annual SuperLawyers list., Super Lawyer, Law and Politics Magazine, 2023
  • Travis was recognized for the fourth year in a row as a Super Lawyer.  An honor only bestowed upon 5% of the lawyers in the State of Indiana. , Super Lawyer, Law and Politics Magazine, 2024
  • Travis was again recognized as a Super Lawyer in the field of family law. , Super Lawyer, Law and Politics Magazine, 2022
  • Travis was honored as a Distinguished Fellow with the Indianapolis Bar Association for his commitment to the legal community.  , Distinguished Fellow, Indianapolis Bar Association, 2022
  • 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   , Rising Star, Law and Politics Magazine, 2009
  • Outstanding contribution and leadership to scouting, Guiding Light Award, Boy Scouts of America, 2018
  • 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
Pro bono/Community Service:
  • Pro Bono Services to LBGTQ+ community regarding name change and gender marker change cases.  , 2024
  • Volunteer/Pro Bono Guardian ad Litem services with Kids' Voice of Indiana, 2024
  • Pro Bono Services via membership in Hendricks County Bar Association, 2024
  • 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
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • Vice-President of the Indianapolis Bar Association overseeing Business Development, 2024
  • Vice Chair of the Family Law Executive Committee for the Indianapolis Bar Association, 2024
  • Member, Association of Family and Conciliation Court, 2024
  • Member, Central Indiana Association of Collaborative Professionals , 2024
  • Distinguished Fellow of the Indianapolis Bar Association, 2024
  • Member, Hendricks County Bar Association , 2024
  • Immediate Past-Chair and Member of the HEAL (Helping Enrich Attorney's Lives) Committee with the Indianapolis Bar Association , 2024
  • Member of the Solo and Small Firm Conference Planning Committee of the Indiana State Bar Association, 2024
  • Member of the Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Committee for the Indiana State Bar Association, 2024
  • Member of the Indiana State Bar Association Family Law Council, 2024
  • Vice-President of the Indianapolis Bar Association, 2023
  • Distinguished Fellow of the Indianapolis Bar Association, 2023
  • Member of the Solo and Small Firm Conference Planning Committee of the Indiana State Bar Association., 2023
  • Member of the Family Law Executive Council for the Indiana State Bar Association., 2023
  • Member of the House of Delegates for the Indiana State Bar Association., 2023
  • Member of the Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Committee of the Indiana State Bar Association., 2023
  • Secretary of the Executive Committee for the Indianapolis Bar Association's Family Law Council., 2023
  • Chair of the HEAL (Helping Enrich Attorney's Lives) Committee with the Indianapolis Bar Association , 2023
  • Vice-President of the Indianapolis Bar Association Board of Directors, 2022
  • Member of the Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Committee of the Indiana State Bar Association, 2022
  • Member of the Family Law Executive Committee for the Indianapolis Bar Association, 2022
  • Member of the House of Delegates for the Indiana State Bar Association, 2022
  • Member of the Indiana State Bar Association Family Law Executive Council, 2022
  • Member of the Indiana State Bar Association Solo and Small Firm Committee, 2022
  • Distinguished Fellow of the Indianapolis Bar Association, 2022
  • Vice-Chair of the HEAL Committee with the Indianapolis Bar Association, 2022
  • Member of Indiana State Bar Association Family Law Council.   , 2021
  • 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
  • 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
  • Presenter at ISBA Annual Meeting regarding LGBTQ+ Deskbook., 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

Office location for Travis A. Van Winkle

101 W. Ohio Street
Suite 2000
Indianapolis, IN 46204

Phone: 317-953-2729

Selections

4 Years Super Lawyers
1 Year Rising Stars
  • Super Lawyers: 2021 - 2024
  • Rising Stars: 2010

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