Bio for Patricia L. McKinnon | Indiana Family Law Specialist

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Patricia McKinnon


University of Notre Dame Law School – J.D., 1994

Augustana College, B.A., 1983 – English/History majors


Certified Family Law Specialist – Indiana – 2002


Office of Patricia L. McKinnon, Esq., 1994 – present; family law attorney

Public Defender Agency, Marion County – 1995 – 2000; part-time public defender – civil cases including termination of parental rights and CHINS (Child in Need of Services) cases


2010 – Edmund S. Muskie Pro Bono Award – American Bar Association

2008 – President’s Award – Indiana Bar Foundation

2006 and 2002 – Pro Bono Publico Award – Indiana Bar Foundation

2000 – Board of Manager’s Award – Indianapolis Bar Association

1996 – President’s Award – Indianapolis Bar Association


Indiana State Bar Association: Chair- Talk To A Lawyer Today program – since 2001; Current Chair and Past Vice-Chair – Pro Bono Committee; Past Chair – Articles and Bylaws Committee; Past Vice-Chair – Women in the Law Committee; Past Sub-Committee Chair – Ethics 2000 – Ethics Committee; Planning Committee Member – Small/Solo Conference; Indiana State Bar Association representative – Indiana Legal Services, Inc. Board; Member – Family & Juvenile Law Section. Founding Board Member – “Seeds of Hope”; halfway house for chemically dependent women, Indianapolis, Past Board Member – Neighborhood Christian Legal Clinic, Indianapolis.


Indiana State Bar Association; Indiana Bar Foundation (Fellow); Indianapolis Bar Association, Indianapolis Bar Foundation (Fellow); American Bar Association.


Guardian ad Litem (advocate for children) on family law cases for both Kids’ Voice and Child Advocates, Inc. Pro Bono Attorney : Indianapolis Legal Aid, Inc., the Heartland Pro Bono Council, the Neighborhood Christian Legal Clinic, and Indiana Legal Services, Inc. Volunteer tutor- low income tutoring program. Member – Church Bell Choir.


Married - three children. Hobbies: karate (second degree black belt); collecting interesting stories about court cases.

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