Michael J. Cheerva

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Location:
Indianapolis, Indiana
Phone:
317-643-5848
800-731-7889
Fax:
317-257-9042
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Michael Cheerva is an Indiana Certified Family Law Specialist (per the Family Law Certification Board) and a Registered Indiana Family Law Mediator. In addition to mediation, he offers arbitration, Guardian ad Litem, and Parenting Coordination services. Mr. Cheerva has been named an Indiana Super Lawyer every year since 2005 by Law and Politics Magazine. He has also earned Martindale-Hubbell's coveted AV-Preeminent rating demonstrating the highest possible peer review rating in legal ability and ethical standards.

Mr. Cheerva has extensive trial, litigation, and appellate experience in all aspects of matrimonial law, including asset division, custody and parenting time, paternity, and jurisdictional disputes. His appellate practice began in 1987 and includes presentation of oral argument before the Indiana Supreme Court and Court of Appeals.

He is a member of the ABA Sections of Family Law, Alternate Dispute Resolution, and Law Practice Management, and the Family Law and Appellate Practice Sections of the Indiana State Bar Association. He is a past Chairman of the Family Law Section of the Indianapolis Bar Association. He is a frequent presenter of Continuing Legal Education for local organizations and the Indiana Bar. He participates in pro bono activities by providing family law services to low income clients.

Mr. Cheerva was born in Chicago, Illinois in 1960. He received his Bachelor of Arts Degree from Wabash College in 1982 and his Juris Doctorate from Indiana University-Robert H. McKinney School of Law in 1985.

Areas of Practice

  • Family Law
  • Trial
  • Litigation
  • Matrimonial Law
  • Asset Division
  • Custody and Parenting Time
  • Paternity
  • Jurisdictional Disputes

Certified Legal Specialties

  • Certified Family Law Specialist, Family Law Certification Board, 2007

Bar Admissions

  • Indiana, 1985
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Indiana, 1985
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Indiana, 1985

Education

  • Indiana University School of Law, Indianapolis, Indiana
    • J.D. - 1985
  • Wabash College, Crawfordsville, Indiana
    • B.A. - 1982
    • Honors: Dean's List
    • Major: Political Science

Classes/Seminars

  • Preventing Critical Financial Mistakes in Divorce, NBI, 2007
  • Hot Topics in Custody and Parenting Time, Indianapolis Bar Association, 2007
  • Shared Parenting in Indiana, NBI, 2004

Honors and Awards

  • Indiana Super Lawyer, 2005 - 2011
  • Martindale-Hubbell's Coveted AV-Preeminent Rating

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Indianapolis Bar Association, Family Law Section, Executive Committee, 1993 - 2000
  • Indianapolis Bar Association, Family Law Section, Past Chairman, 1997
  • Indiana State Bar Association, Member, 1985 - Present
  • Indiana State Bar Association, Family Law Section, Member, 1985 - Present
  • Indiana State Bar Association, Member, Law Practice Management Committee, 2003 - 2005
  • Indiana State Bar Association, Member, State Legislation Committee, 2003 - 2005
  • Indiana Bar Foundation, Fellow, 2007 - Present
  • Indiana State Bar Association, ABA Sections of Family Law, Member
  • Indiana State Bar Association, Alternate Dispute Resolution, Member
  • Indiana State Bar Association, Appellate Practice Section, Member

Past Employment Positions

  • Marion County Prosecutor, Deputy Prosecutor, 1985 - 1987
  • Rucker & Cheerva, 1987 - 1990
  • Phelps & Fara, 1990 - 2003

Fraternities/Sororities

  • Tau Kappa Epsilon