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Deborah Farmer Smith


Deborah has been practicing family law for nearly 40 years, and loves it as much as when she began. Deb does both litigation and alternative dispute resolution, including mediation, arbitration, and collaborative practice. She is a Certified Family Law Specialist and a Registered Domestic Relations Mediator in Indiana, successfully mediating hundreds of family law matters.

Deb is passionate about making a difference in the lives of her clients and their children. She is equally experienced with both complex property division and child custody, parenting time and support. She most enjoys helping clients navigate through one of the most challenging experiences in life by providing both good legal advice and empathy.

Deb is a frequent speaker for the Indiana Continuing Legal Education Forum.

When not practicing law, Deborah enjoys traveling and going to concerts with her husband. She also loves playing the piano, having served as pianist for the Noblesville First United Methodist Church for over 30 years.

  • Family Law (Property Division, Children’s Issues and Post-Decree Modification)
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Domestic Relations Litigation
  • Family Law Arbitration
  • Mediation
  • Indiana University School of Law, JD, magna cum laude, 1983.
  • Butler University, BS, Education, cum laude, 1976.
  • Indiana, 1983
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Indiana, 1983
  • Super Lawyers, Top 25 Indiana Women
  • Best Lawyers
  • Gale M. Phelps Award, Family & Juvenile Law Section of the Indiana State Bar Association, 2010
  • Presidential Citations, Indiana State Bar Association
  • Indiana State Bar Association, Member, 1983-Present
  • Indiana State Bar Association, first Counsel to the President
  • Indiana State Bar Association, past Chair, Family and Juvenile Law Section
  • Indiana Bar Foundation, Past President and Fellow
  • Family Law Certification Board, Co-Chair, 2002-2017
  • Hamilton County Bar Association, Member
  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Fellow