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The Law Is Complicated. Working With Us Is Not.


Mariellen “DeeDee” Katzman

  • Senior Partner


Indianapolis, IN





I love what I do! Over the past 40 years I have been fortunate to be able to incorporate into my legal career the knowledge and skills I mastered when I attained  my Bachelor of Science Degree from the "Indiana University of Medicine" (1973) and experience I gained as a hands-on provider of rehabilitation services to those suffering from acute disabilities (spinal cord injuries, auto accident and burn victims, stroke and other neurological disorders, amputations, surgical complications). I graduated with honors (Cum Laude) from Indiana University School of Law at Indianapolis in May, 1978 and I was able to jump into law almost immediately, having taken and passed the bar exam before I graduated from law school. Although I received top honors (American Jurisprudence Award) in criminal procedure, I have always focused my practice on dealing with people who are seeking legal advice due to their personal struggles - whether it be from the emotional stress and mental anguish connected with divorce and post divorce issues or the physical and emotional pain that results from traumatic injuries.

My husband and other senior partner Alvin Katzman and I are honored to work with six other outstanding lawyers in our firm. Our love of assisting people with their legal issues, is well-reflected by the fact that our daughters both chose to become lawyers. We are blessed to work side-by-side with them in and out of the courtroom. 

We have also been privileged and personally gratified to participate alongside with the members of our firm in many philanthropic endeavors that are dear to our hearts. We have assisted in preparing and serving meals to families staying at the Ronald McDonald House, raised money for and walked in fundraisers for the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, the Walk to End Alzheimer's, and other worthy causes.

Areas of Practice

  • Family Law
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Child Support Modification
  • Child Custody
  • Divorce
  • Emancipation
  • Adoption
  • Personal Injury & Wrongful Death

Bar Admissions

  • Indiana, 1978
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Indiana, 1978
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Indiana, 1978


  • Indiana University School of Law, Indianapolis, Indiana
    • J.D. - 1978
    • Honors: cum laude
  • Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, Indiana
    • B.S. - 1973

Honors and Awards

  • American Jurisprudence, Criminal Procedure

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Indianapolis Bar Foundation, Distinguished Fellow, 1989 to Present
  • Indianapolis Bar Association, Member; Board of Managers - 2 Terms, 1978 to Present
  • Indiana Bar Association, 1978 to 2016
  • American Association for Justice, 1985 to 2015
  • Indiana Trial Lawyers Association, 1985 to 2016

Pro Bono Activities

  • Alzheimer's Association for the State of Indiana, (Past President 2014-2016; Board Member 2009-2016), 2009 - 2016


  • English
  • French
  • Hebrew