Mike Wilkins is the newest member of BKR, having joined the firm in August, 2009. Mike comes to BKR after spending 21 years at Ice Miller, LLP, one of Indiana’s largest law firms and a member of the AmLaw Top 200. Mike has a broad practice that includes not only family law, but many other aspects of litigation and general law as well.
Mike has spent the majority of his legal career in litigation-related activities and has broad experience litigating family law matters. However, Mike’s approach to family law is that resolving disputes in court should be a last resort. Although sometimes necessary, the financial and emotional cost of litigating a family law dispute is very high. Therefore, Mike strives to keep clients focused on their long-term goals and places a high priority on obtaining an amicable solution that emphasizes the best interest of all family members. When resolution of disputes is not possible, Mike relies on his years of courtroom experience to seek to achieve the best results for his clients.
In addition to traditional family law, Mike has many years of experience representing all parties in the adoption process. Mike is the former President of the Board of Directors of Coleman Adoption Services and has represented adoptive parents in more than 100 agency adoptions. Mike has also represented adoptive parents, birth mothers and birth fathers in private placement adoptions. He has experience with interstate and international adoptions and has handled contested adoptions at both the trial court and the appellate court levels, including cases before the Indiana Supreme Court.
Mike has broad experience litigating cases in state and federal courts throughout Indiana. He began his career handling insurance defense cases and has litigated civil cases in numerous substantive areas including product liability, premises liability, automotive and truck collisions, construction accidents, contract disputes, business torts, defamation, invasion of privacy, will contests, and landlord/tenant disputes. Mike has tried several jury trials to verdict in both state and federal courts. He is recognized as an Indiana Super Lawyer in commercial litigation, is named in Best Lawyers in America in commercial litigation and media law and is listed in Chambers USA's Client Guide.
Mike has extensive experience handling appeals in both state and federal courts. Mike has briefed and argued cases before the Indiana Supreme Court, the Indiana Court of Appeals and the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. He is also admitted to practice in the United States Supreme Court. He is the former chair of the Appellate Practice Group of Ice Miller and is an active member of the Indiana State Bar Association Appellate Section, as well as the Seventh Circuit Bar Association.
Mike has represented media clients for more than 20 years. He has handled all types of newsroom issues for television and newspaper clients, including prebroadcast/prepublication review, public records and access issues, newsgathering rights and responsibilities, defamation and invasion of privacy. He has represented media clients in both the trial courts and the appellate courts and in both state and federal courts.
Collegiate and High School Athletics
Mike has represented colleges and universities facing potential sanctions for violations of NCAA rules and by-laws. He has experience investigating and responding to allegations of misconduct and has appeared before both the NCAA Committee on Infractions and the Appellate Review Committee. Mike also has experience representing student-athletes in eligibility disputes before the Indiana High School Athletic Association.
- Indiana Super Lawyer (commercial litigation)
- Best Lawyers in America (commercial litigation and media law)
- Chambers USA Client's Guide (commercial litigation)
- Turning Point Domestic Violence Services Distinguished Service Award
- National Center for Missing and Exploited Children Award of Merit
- Marion County Prosecutor's Office Award (State v. Mike Tyson)
- Indiana State Bar Association, Appellate Practice Group
- Indianapolis Bar Association, Family Law Section
- 7th Circuit Bar Association
- Indiana Lawyers for Life
Mike graduated from Notre Dame Law School in 1988. He received his B.A. in American Studies from Notre Dame in 1985.
Mike has been married for 21 years and is the father of four daughters, ages 17-10. He is active in youth soccer organizations and is a frequent volunteer coach. He is an Elder at Outlook Christian Church in McCordsville. Previously, Mike has served as President of the Board of Directors of Coleman Adoption Services and as Chairman of Midsummer Festival. In his free time, Mike enjoys boating, water skiing and gardening. He loves Notre Dame football, and is a life-long die-hard Cubs fan.