Indiana University School of Law- Indianapolis J.D. 1997
Indiana University B.A. 1994
Clarissa Finnell is an attorney in Schultz & Pogue's Family Law Practice Group. Ms. Finnell practices exclusively in the area of family law, representing clients with cases including divorce, legal separation, child support, child custody, paternity, parenting time, modification and contempt issues. She also represents clients in stepparent adoption and guardianship matters.
She has been practicing for twenty (20) years and has extensive litigation experience managing heavy volume caseloads in complex, contested family law matters. Ms. Finnell is also a trained collaborative attorney and registered domestic mediator assisting clients who are seeking to resolve their family law cases without going to court.
Ms. Finnell is a member of the Indianapolis Bar Association, Hamilton County Bar Association, Indiana State Bar Association, American Bar Association and Central Indiana Association of Collaborative Professionals. She also sits as judge pro tempore for the Marion County Circuit Court-Paternity Division, usually hearing cases involving child support enforcement and paternity matters. In 2011 and 2012, Ms. Finnell was named a Rising Star by Super Lawyers magazine, an honor for attorneys under 40 that lists her as one of the top up-and-coming attorneys in Indiana.
In addition to her legal practice, Ms. Finnell volunteers her time to various pro bono and legal services including the IBA's "Legal Line". She also serves as court appointed guardian ad litem acting as an advocate for children in custody and parenting time disputes.