Michael J. Hebenstreit
Mike Hebenstreit is an attorney who has represented individuals, families and small businesses in connection with whatever problems that arise. He is a true general practitioner. Having begun his practice with a financial institution, he has always practiced in the areas of business contracts and disputes and as well as bankruptcy matters. As a Chapter 7 Panel Trustee, Mike has been involved in all forms of individual and business bankruptcy matters. Mike also represents clients in family law and real estate matters as well as preparation of wills and handling probate proceedings.
Mike is a lifelong resident of Indianapolis having graduated from Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory School. He is a graduate of Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio and earned his J.D. from the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law.
Giving back to the community has always been important to Mike. Having been a long time member of the Indianapolis Bar Association, he served in a number of leadership positions including serving as its President in 2011. Mike has been very involved with the 500 Festival and the Crossroads Council of the Boy Scouts holding a number of leadership positions including a member of the Executive Board.
Few people really want to deal with an attorney, but when the situation arises, it is important to hire an attorney who will provide an honest assessment of the situation. Mike has always strived to be a trusted counselor and strong advocate for his clients.
In addition to the practice of law, Mike enjoys spending time with family, traveling, hiking, distance bicycle trips and all outdoor activities.
State – Indiana - Trial, Appellate, Supreme Court
Federal – U.S. District Court, Northern and Southern Districts
Federal – U.S. Supreme Court
Chapter 7 Bankruptcy Panel Trustee (2002-present)
Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law, J.D. (1977)
Xavier University, B.A. (1974)
AV® rated, Martindale Hubbell (1997-present)
Indiana Super Lawyers (2004, 2005, 2006, 2018, 2019, 2020)
Top 100 Lawyers (2017)
Distinguished Barrister Leadership in Law Award, Indiana Lawyer (2015)
Who’s Who, Leadership in Law, Indianapolis Business Journal (2011)
Boy Scouts of America, Silver Beaver Award (2006)
Indianapolis Bar Association Pro Bono Recognition Award (2005)
Indiana State Bar Association Solo and General Practice Award (2005)
Brebeuf Jesuit Alumni Association’s Father Paul O’Brien, S.J. Service Award (2003)
Indianapolis Bar Association President’s Award for Pro Bono Service (2003)
Who’ Who in America (2002 Edition)
Affiliations & Community Involvement
Indiana State Bar Association, Member, (1988-present); Chair - Attorney Fee Dispute Committee (2009-2010); Chair - Affiliates Committee (2016-2017); Delegate to House of Delegates (1990-present)
Indiana Bar Foundation, Member (1997-present)
Indianapolis Bar Association, Member (1977-present); President (2011); Counsel to Board (2007); Bar Leader Series Chair (2015-2016); Board Member (2001-2014); Family Law Executive Committee (1990-2004); Nominating Committee Chair (2019)
National Association of Bankruptcy Trustees (2003-present)
Bankruptcy Advisory Panel (2004-present)
Indianapolis Lawyer’s Club, Member (2006-present)
Transition Team 2017, Curtis Hill, Indiana Attorney General
Robert H. McKinney School of Law Alumni Board (2017-present)
Boy Scouts of America, Vice President - Endowment (2011-present); Vice President -Western Section; Chancellor, University of Scouting (2009-2010); District Chairman
Girls, Incorporated, Board Member; Chair, Touchstone Luncheon
500 Festival Associates, Parade Co-Chair (1996-2010)
Speeches & Publications
Mike is a frequent presenter and author on the topics of bankruptcy, family law, ethics and litigation.
Presenter: Advanced Consumer Bankruptcy Roundtable, IBA (2017, 2019, 2020)
Presenter: Commercial and Bankruptcy, IBA (2014)
Presenter: Master Series Advanced Bankruptcy, ICLEF (2014)
Presenter: Master Series Advanced Family Law, ICLEF (2014)
Presenter: Advanced Bankruptcy Roundtable, ICLEF (2014, 2016, 2019)
Presenter: Bankruptcy and Family Law Issues, Indiana Judicial College (2010)
Presenter: Pro Bono Training, Julian Center (2009)
Author: “Spendthrift Trusts – Assets or Not” published in American Bankruptcy Trustee Journal (2019)
Author: Strategies for Consumer Bankruptcy Trustees”, published by Aspatore Books, Thomson Reuters
Author: “Acute Need for Guardian Ad Litem”
Author: “Medical Expenses – How the Doctrine of Necessities Affects Dissolution Proceeding”