Casandra Ringlespaugh is an attorney at Emswiller, Williams, Noland & Clarke, LLC, where she focuses her practice on family law matters, education law, and appellate work. She represents clients throughout Indiana in divorce, child custody/parenting time, child support, guardianships, paternity actions, contempt, post-decree-modifications, relocations, working as a Court appointed Guardian Ad Litem, protective orders, grandparent rights, adoptions, appeals, and many other family law issues.
Casandra also represents families in education law matters under Article 7 (IDEA), where she assists children K-12th grade in receiving a fair and appropriate education (FAPE), in actions regarding child find; Individualized Education Program (IEP) disputes; Behavioral Intervention Plan (BIP) disputes, Due Process and section 504 hearings under state and federal law, wrongful discipline of a child with special needs, wrongful expulsions, and other education matters. Casandra’s background in teaching children with special needs and her work with children with emotional and behavioral disabilities has equipped her with a unique understanding of the special education system, as well as the interpersonal skills to understand and patiently communicate with the family law clients.
Casandra has routinely assisted families in crisis though her work in family and education law. Casandra is one of very few attorneys in the state of Indiana that assists families and children with disabilities against school districts in advocating for their education. Casandra routinely speaks at Continuing Legal Education for attorneys and to school staff alike. Casandra also had to honor to present as a speaker at a special event to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Individual with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) hosted by the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law on Monday, November 16, 2015 presented by Justice Sullivan.
She has also established a strong appellate practice. Casandra recently won an appeal for a same -sex family in a step-parent adoption where she helped confront addiction matters and the ability to consent, helping pave the way for other families in Indiana.
When not practicing law, Casandra spends her free time volunteering as a Guardian Ad Litem assisting children as a Court appointed special advocate un Hamilton and Marion County; as well as on the board of Brooke’s Place, which supports children and families with the death of immediate family members through peer support groups and therapy services (individual/family counseling,) to help children learn they are not alone and how to cope with the loss of their loved one. In addition to her work on the board with Brooke’s Place, Casandra will works as a volunteer facilitator for the children’s peer support group nights on alternating weeks.
Casandra has also had the distinction of being recognized as a 2019 “Rising Star” through Indiana Super Lawyers published in the Indianapolis Monthly Magazine for attorneys 40 or younger. The awards were announced in the magazine’s February 2019 issue, capping a process of peer nominations, peer evaluations, and third-party research into professional achievements.
Areas Of Practice
- Family Law
- Child Support
- Custody & Visitation
- Education Law
- Litigation & Appeals
- Indiana, 2013
- U.S. District Court Southern District of Indiana, 2013
- Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law, Indianapolis, Indiana
- Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana
- Major: Special Education and General Education
Professional Associations and Memberships
- Indianapolis Bar Association
- Hamilton County Bar Association