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Wellman, Dawn E.

Dawn E. Wellman


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.


Practice Areas

  • Family Law 65%
  • Medical Malpractice 15%
  • Personal Injury 10%
  • General Litigation (employment, civil rights) 10%
Current Employment Positions
  • Partner
Past Positions
  • Cohen & Thiros, LLC, Associate and Partner, 1976 to 1987
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
Professional Associations
  • American Justice , 1976 to Present
  • Indiana State Bar, 1976 to Present
  • Indiana Bar Association
  • National Institute of Trial Advocacy
  • Valparaiso University School of Law, Valparaiso, Indiana
    • Honors: With High Honors
  • Valparaiso University, Valparaiso, Indiana
    • B.A. - 1971
    • Honors: With High Honors
    • Major: History
  • AV Rated Martindale/Hubbell
Pro-Bono Activities
  • Participation in Hancock County Legal Aide
Fraternities or Sororities
  • Kappa Kappa Gamma
Certified Legal Specialties
  • Parenting Coordinator, 2009
  • Certified Family Law Mediator, 2005