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Curtis E. Shirley - Carmel, IN

1905 South New Market StreetSuite 200 Carmel, IN 46032

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Updated: 11/16/2022

Carmel Will Contests Lawyer

Overview

Mr. Shirley graduated from the University of Evansville (BME '83), Indiana University at Bloomington (MM '85), and received his law degree from the Indiana University at Indianapolis (JD '91), summa cum laude...

Mr. Shirley graduated from the University of Evansville (BME '83), Indiana University at Bloomington (MM '85), and received his law degree from the Indiana University at Indianapolis (JD '91), summa cum laude. While at Indiana University, Mr. Shirley was a Cale J. Holder Fellow (1991), Alumni Scholar (1990), Harold R. Woodward Fellow, Lloyd Balfour International Scholar (1989), President of Phi Delta Phi International Legal Fraternity (1989-91), Associate Editor of the Indiana Law Review, and Chief Justice of the Indiana University Court of Appeals. After law school, Mr. Shirley clerked for the Honorable James E. Noland of the United States District Court (1991-92), the Honorable Daniel A. Manion of the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit (1992-93), and was a partner at Cremer, Miller & Burroughs, 1993-2000. He is Chairman of the Board of the Indianapolis Legal Aid Society (member 1993-present), a Director of the Indianapolis Legal Aid Foundation, Chairman of the Board of Extended Hand Prison Ministries, and a former director of the Sinfonia Foundation.

Mr. Shirley teaches Probate Litigation and Trusts & Estates as an Adjunct Professor of Law at Indiana University. Mr. Shirley has been an author and presenter for numerous ICLEF seminars and Res Gestae articles on estate, trust and tax litigation. He is a member of the Seventh Circuit, Indiana State and Indianapolis Bar Associations, the Indiana Trial Lawyers Association, the Estate Planning Council of Indianapolis, the Hoosier Hills Estate Planning Council, and admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court, Seventh Circuit, and all federal and state courts in Indiana. Martindale Hubbell rated him "AV" after four years in private practice, one of only a handful in the United States to accomplish this, and he is named in the Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers. Mr. Shirley travels throughout the United States, representing clients in will contests, trust contests, and complex business litigation. His clients include many of the foremost attorneys, judges, law professors, and law firms throughout Indiana, and he has testified as an expert witness on estate, trust, income tax, estate and gift tax, business law, and attorney fee disputes.

About Curtis E. Shirley

Practice Areas

  • Will Contests
  • Trust Contests
  • Guardianship Disputes
  • Complex Business Litigation

Representative Cases

  • Keith v. Dooley, 802 N.E.2d 54 (Ind.App. 2004)

Qualifications

Bar Admissions

  • Indiana
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Indiana
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Indiana
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court Northern District of Indiana
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court Southern District of Indiana
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 7th Circuit
  • United States Supreme Court
  • U.S. Tax Court

Specialties and Certifications

  • Certified Civil Mediator

Other Affiliations

  • Indianapolis Legal Aid Society (Chairman of the Board)
  • Indianapolis Legal Aid Society, 1993 - Present (Member)
  • Indianapolis Legal Aid Foundation (Director)
  • Extended Hand Prison Ministries (Chairman of the Board)
  • Sinfonia Foundation (Former Director)
  • Seventh Circuit (Member)
  • Indiana State Bar Association (Member)
  • Indianapolis Bar Association (Member)
  • Indiana Trial Lawyers Association (Member)
  • Estate Planning Council of Indianapolis (Member)

Classes and Seminars

  • Adjunct Professor of Law, Advanced Probate Litigation, and Trusts & Estates, Indiana University in Indianapolis
  • “The Merits and Challenges of Pro Bono Representation”, Res Gestae, Vl.63 No.11 (2020)
  • “Significant History of the United States Constitution and Bill of Rights in England, 1600-1700”, Indianapolis Law Club (2009)
  • “A Report on the Costs of Justice”, Indianapolis Law Club (2008)
  • “Estate Planning Under the Guardianship Code”, ICLEF (2006)
  • “Will Contests”, ICLEF (2006)
  • “The Legacy of Lawrence W. Inlow”, ICLEF (2004)
  • "Evidentiary Matters in Estate, Trust and Tax Litigation", ICLEF (2002)
  • "Taxation in Contested Estates", ICLEF (2001)
  • "Trust Litigation", ICLEF (1999)
  • "Tortious Interference with an Expectancy", Res Gestae, Vl.41 No.4 (1997)

Pro Bono Activities

  • Patron Fellow of the Indiana State Bar Foundation
  • Distinguished Fellow of the Indianapolis Bar Foundation
  • Board of the Indianapolis Legal Aid Society
  • Board of Indianapolis Legal Aid Foundation
  • Board of Indianapolis Childrens’ Dyslexia Center
  • Chairman of the Board of Extended Hand Prison Ministries

Past Positions

  • Honorable James E. Noland, United States District Court, Clerk, 1991 - 1992
  • Honorable Daniel A. Manion, United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, Clerk, 1992 - 1993
  • Cremer, Miller & Burroughs, Partner, 1993 - 2000

Education

  • Indiana University School of Law, Indianapolis, Indiana, 1991
    J.D.
    Honors: summa cum laude
    Honors: Cale J. Holder Fellow, 1991
    Honors: Alumni Scholar, 1990
    Honors: Harold R. Woodward Fellow, Lloyd Balfour International Scholar, 1989
    Honors: President, Phi Delta Phi International Legal Fraternity, 1989-1991
    Honors: Chief Justice of the Indiana University Court of Appeals
    Law Review: Indiana Law Review, Associate Editor
  • Indiana University, Bloomington, 1985
    M.M.
  • University of Evansville, 1983
    B.M.E.

Fees

Accepts Credit Cards

Office Information

Address

1905 South New Market StreetSuite 200 Carmel, IN 46032

Fax

  • 317-685-6505

Achievements

Other Sources of Feedback About Curtis E. Shirley

Included on the 2024 Indiana list


Past Lists

  • 2023 Indiana Super Lawyers list
  • 2022 Indiana Super Lawyers list
  • 2009 Indiana Super Lawyers list
  • 2008 Indiana Super Lawyers list
  • 2007 Indiana Super Lawyers list
  • 2006 Indiana Super Lawyers list
  • 2005 Indiana Super Lawyers list

View the profile for Curtis E. Shirley on Super Lawyers

Honors

  • Martindale Hubbell rated him "AV"
  • Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers
  • Indiana Super Lawyers
  • IBA’s Dr. John Mortin-Finney Excellence in Legal Education Award
  • ISBA’s Pro Bono Publico Award

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