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Tim O’Hara is a partner in the Family Law and Litigation Groups. Mr. O’Hara has a vast degree of experience in many areas of litigation, with an emphasis on family law issues.  With more than 30 years in the practice of law, he guides clients through high-profile and complex divorces, including those involving business assets and trust funds.  In addition to assisting with divorce negotiations, proceedings and property settlements, Mr. O’Hara advises clients on child custody issues, including parenting time guidelines, child support guidelines and options for parents when a job relocation takes one parent to another town.  He also assists clients with pre-nuptial agreements and adoptions.  Among Mr. O’Hara’s clients are professional athletes, media professionals, entertainers and business executives.

In addition, Mr. O’Hara assists individual and corporate clients with commercial and personal litigation. He represents clients in administrative proceedings, real estate contractual disputes and employment litigation cases involving harassment or discrimination. He also has represented clients involved in bankruptcy proceedings, shareholder disputes, restaurant/hospitality issues, antitrust allegations, mortgage fraud, foreclosures, and civil and criminal cases. Mr. O’Hara has represented corporations and individuals investigated by state and federal agencies and grand juries for alleged white collar criminal activities. He also has tried and participated in numerous bench trials, as well as civil jury trials involving serious injuries, breach of contract, business matters and criminal jury trials involving major felonies.

He is a member of the Indianapolis, Indiana State and American Bar Associations and is admitted to practice before all courts in Indiana, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals and the United States Supreme Court.

Education

University of Mississippi (J.D.)
John Carroll University (A.B.)

Honors / Awards

Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America; Best Lawyers’® 2017 Indianapolis Family Law Lawyer of the Year; a 10 Best Family Law Attorney by the American Institute of Family Law Attorneys (2017-2019); The Best Lawyers in America® 2007-2020 (Commercial Litigation and Family Law); Indiana Super Lawyers® 2004-2019 (Family Law); Top 50 Indiana Super Lawyers® 2012-2017; AV® Peer Review rated by Martindale-Hubbell

Representative Matters

Rogers v Rogers, 876 N.E.2d 1121
Lighty v Lighty, 879 N.E.2d 637

Appearances / Publications

  • “Impact of Divorce on Business,” (Inside Indiana Business, 2012)
  • “It’s All in the Family: Commonly Faced Discovery & Evidentiary Issues in Family Law Cases,” (Bench/Bar Conference, 2009)
  • “State Court Attorney’s Fees and Collection of Attorney’s Fees by the Assertion of Liens in Indiana,” (Bench/Bar Conference, 2008)’
  • “Collection of Attorney Fees by Assertion of Liens in Indiana,” (Res Gestae, Vol. 51, No.5, 2007). This article was cited in State Farm Mut. Auto. Ins. Co. v. Ken Nunn Law Office, 977 N.E.2d 971 (Ind. Ct. App. 2012)
  • “Inheritance Must Be Considered When Determining Income for Child Support Calculations and Modifications,” (Res Gestae, Vol. 45, No. 2, 2001)
  • “Rules of Evidence and Case Law Update,” (Indianapolis Bar Association Second Annual Seminar on Evidence for Family Law Practitioners, 2001)
  • “The Use of Experts to Prove or Disprove the Wishes of the Child,” (ICLEF Child Custody Seminar, 1999)
  • “Use of a Private Investigator in a Custody or Asset Case, Biological Spouse Versus Non-Biological Spouse, Proof of Disparate Economic Circumstances and/or Future Earning Ability for Purpose of Property Division,” (ICLEF Seminar on Hot Tips from Family Law Experts, 1998)

Appointments / Memberships

Member: Indianapolis (Executive Committee, Family Law Section) and Indiana State (legislative chair, Family Law Section) Bar Associations; Indiana Trial Lawyers Association; Indiana Bar Foundation (fellow); Indianapolis Law Club

Admissions

Indiana, Mississippi, Supreme Court of the United States, United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, United States District Court for the Northern District of Mississippi, United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana