Erin Maybee Durnell


Erin Maybee Durnell focuses her practice on all aspects of family law. Erin’s experience as a family law attorney includes custody proceedings, marital estate divisions, child support matters, and paternity actions. She also represents clients in adoption matters, including stepparent adoptions, and works with clients in securing grandparent visitation, protective orders, prenuptial agreements, and estate planning documents.  Additionally, Erin works with BKR’s Immigration Group on Special Immigrant Juvenile matters, assisting undocumented children who are the victims of abuse, abandonment, or neglect.

Erin endeavors to resolve domestic relations matters through the use of mediation and informal negotiation, but appears frequently in central Indiana courts to advocate her clients’ positions at trial. Erin is a Registered Domestic Relations Mediator, a trained collaborative law professional, and a trained domestic relations arbitrator.  In addition to representing individual clients, she regularly serves in various third party neutral roles: as mediator/arbitrator, as guardian ad litem appointed by the court to represent the best interests of children, and as parenting coordinator for high conflict cases. Prior to joining BKR, Erin worked for the Indianapolis Bar Association; Girls, Inc.; the Association of Fraternity Advisors; and Midwest Reproductive Medicine.

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Professional Associations and Distinctions

  • Registered Domestic Relations Mediator
  • Trained Collaborative Professional
  • Trained Domestic Relations Arbitrator
  • American Bar Association 
    • Family Law Section Member
    • Family Law Section – Ethics Committee Chair, 2018
  •  Indiana State Bar Association
    • Family Law Section Member
  • Indianapolis Bar Association
    • Family Law Section Member
    • Alternative Dispute Resolution Section Member
    • Bench Bar Marketing Committee Chair, 2014
    • Bench Bar Marketing Committee Member, 2013
    • Professionalism Committee Member, 2013-2014
    • Bar Leader Series Steering Committee, 2008-2011
    • Bar Leader Series Class V Graduate, 2008
    • IndyBar Review Director of Marketing & Sales, September 2008-April 2009
    • Law Student Division Executive Committee, 2004-2006
  • Indianapolis Bar Foundation
    • Distinguished Fellow
    • Board of Directors, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
    • Distinguished Fellows Committee Member, 2019
    • Impact Fund Grant Committee Member, 2018
    • Evening Under the Stars Dinner & Silent Auction Co-Chair, 2014 & 2015
    • Evening Under the Stars Dinner & Silent Auction Committee, 2010, 2016
    • Nominating Committee, 2013
  • Hamilton County Bar Association – Member
  • Boone County Bar Association – Member
    • Annual Dinner Committee, 2018
  • Association of Family & Conciliation Courts (AFCC) – Member
  • Indiana Chapter, AFCC – Member
  • Central Indiana Association of Collaborative Professionals – Member
  • Selected for inclusion as a SuperLawyer 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
  • Selected for inclusion as a SuperLawyer Rising Star – 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015

Bar Admissions

  • Indiana
    • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Indiana
    • U.S. Court of Appeals, 7th Circuit


  • Purdue University, B.A., 1996
  • Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law, J.D., 2005

Civic Organizations and Volunteerism

  • Radiant Christian Life
    • Vice President & Chair of the Board: 2019, 2020
  • Hamilton County Guardian Ad Litem Program Volunteer
  • Hamilton County Lawyers Helping Families Program Volunteer
  • Indianapolis Bar Association Legal Line Volunteer
  • Indianapolis Bar Association/Marion County Paternity Court Mediation Day Volunteer
  • Indiana State Bar Association Day Kids’ Election Speakers Bureau, 2008
  • Marion County Modest Means Program Volunteer
  • Hamilton County Mock Trial Competition Volunteer, 2014, 2017, 2018
  • Radiant Christian Life Trustee, 2018-2020
    • Vice President & Chair of the Board, 2019
    • Pastoral Search Committee Member, 2018
  • Crossroads/Radiant Discipleship Walk Board, 2010-2013
  • Big Ten Football Championship Local Organizing Committee, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
  • Super Bowl XLVI Volunteer, 2012
  • NCAA Women’s Final Four Local Organizing Committee, 2011

Seminars & Speaking Events

  • 2019 – Indiana Continuing Legal Education Forum 7th Annual Reality CLE Speaker, “Intro to Family Law”
  • 2018 – Boone County Bar Association CLE Speaker, “Personality Disorders in Family Law”
  • 2017 – Child Advocates CLE Speaker, “Immigration Law 101”
  • 2015 – IndyBar Solo & Small Firm Surviving & Thriving Speaker on Immigration matters
  • 2013 – IU McKinney School of Law Family Law Society Speaker, “Adoption Rights”
  • 2013 – IU McKinney School of Law/IndyBar Law Student Division Panelist on practicing with civility
  • 2012 – IndyBar CLE Speaker, “Family Law Practical Application Series: Preparing Your Family Law Case for Trial”
  • 2012 – IndyBar CLE Speaker, “A Successful Start to Your Domestic Relations Case”
  • 2010 – Indiana Legal Education Conclave Panelist, “Technology in Practice: Friend or Foe for the Indiana Practitioner”
  • 2006-2010 – IndyBar Bar Review Lecturer
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