MEET DAKOTA R. VANLEEUWEN

Dakota VanLeeuwen (formerly Scheu) is a local attorney to Martinsville, Indiana.

 

Dakota is originally from Chicago, Illinois and came to the Hoosier state ten years ago. She is a double Indiana University alumni, graduating from IU with high honors and a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice and Psychology later graduating Indiana University Maurer School of Law with distinction.

Dakota was a police officer at Indiana University Police Department for five and a half years based out of Bloomington, Indiana.  While in law school, she clerked at Greene County Prosecutor’s Office and the Indiana Attorney General’s Office within the DCS and Criminal Appellate Division. She became a certified domestics relations mediator and handled over 25 divorces, custody disputes, and parenting time arrangements through the Viola J. Taliaferro Mediation Clinic.

Prior to opening her own firm, Dakota worked in private law practice for three years at a small sized firm and at Marion County Prosecutor’s Office where she was a deputy prosecutor handling juvenile and adult cases from misdemeanor to major felony drug cases.

Dakota focuses her practice in the areas of Criminal Defense, Business Law, Municipal Law, and General Civil Litigation. She plays a large roll within local politics and the city municipal law.

 

Dakota has a passion for providing legal services to Police, Military, Fire, and EMS. Dakota is also trained as a Domestic Relations Mediator.

BAR & COURT ADMISSIONS:

  • Indiana

  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Indiana

  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Indiana

 

PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES:

  • Indianapolis Bar Association

  • Morgan County Bar Association

 

EDUCATION:

  • Indiana University Maurer School of Law, J.D. 2015

  • Indiana University BA Criminal Justice and Psychology, 2008

 

PAST EMPLOYMENT POSITIONS:

  • The Nice Law Firm, LLP 2018-2020

  • Marion County Prosecutor’s Office 2015-2018

  • Indiana University Police Department 2010-2015

 

CIVIC INVOLVEMENT:

  • Martinsville Chamber of Commerce

  • Indybar Leadership Class 17

  • Morgan County Election Board

  • Retired Racehorse Project

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