Dawn E. Wellman

Dawn E. Wellman

Greenfield, Indiana

Dawn Wellman was born in Valparaiso, Indiana and practiced law in Lake and Porter Counties at the firm of Cohen & Thiros, LLC now in Merrillville, Indiana from 1976 to 1987. While she was both an associate and a partner in that firm, she practiced in the areas of medical malpractice, personal injury, and criminal defense. In 1987, she joined Free, Brand, Tosick & Allen in Greenfield, Indiana and has remained at that firm ever since.

She has taught many seminars in the area of family law and general litigation for the Indiana Bar Association and she has taught for the National Institute of Trial Advocacy. She is a certified family law mediator and parenting coordinator. She practices in the areas of family law, personal injury and medical malpractice, but also handles civil rights violations and some employment law.


Areas of Practice

  • 65% Family Law
  • 15% Medical Malpractice
  • 10% Personal Injury
  • 10% General Litigation (employment, civil rights)

Litigation Percentage

  • 95% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Certified Legal Specialties

  • Parenting Coordinator, 2009
  • Certified Family Law Mediator, 2005

Bar Admissions

  • Indiana, 1976
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Indiana, 1976
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 7th Circuit, 1976
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Indiana, 1988


  • Valparaiso University School of Law, Valparaiso, Indiana
    • Honors: With High Honors
    • Law Review: Valparaiso Law, Associate Editor, 1974 - 1976
  • Valparaiso University, Valparaiso, Indiana
    • B.A. - 1971
    • Honors: With High Honors
    • Major: History

Honors and Awards

  • AV Rated Martindale/Hubbell, 2007 - 2011

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • American Justice , 1976 - Present
  • Indiana State Bar, 1976 - Present
  • Indiana Bar Association
  • National Institute of Trial Advocacy

Past Employment Positions

  • Cohen & Thiros, LLC, Associate and Partner, 1976 - 1987

Pro Bono Activities

  • Participation in Hancock County Legal Aide


  • Kappa Kappa Gamma