Dakota VanLeeuwen is a Managing Partner at VanLeeuwen Law, LLC. Dakota is from Chicago, Illinois and came to the Hoosier state ten years ago. She is a double Indiana University alumni graduating from IU with high honors and Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice and Psychology and then graduating IU Maurer School of Law with distinction.
Dakota was a police officer at Indiana University Police Department for five and a half years based out of Bloomington Indiana. While in law school, she participated in Trial Advocacy and the Sherman Minton Moot Court Competition, clerked at Greene County Prosecutor’s Office and the Indiana Attorney General’s Office within the DCS and Criminal Appellate Division. She became a certified domestic relations mediator and handled over 25 divorces, custody disputes, and parenting time arrangements.
Prior to opening the firm, Dakota completed three years private practice with The Nice Law Firm. Dakota worked at Marion County Prosecutor’s Office for two and a half years where she was a deputy prosecutor handling juvenile and adult cases from misdemeanor to major felony drug cases.
Dakota focuses her practice in the areas of Criminal Defense, Business Law, and General Civil Litigation. Dakota has a passion for providing legal services to Police, Military, Fire, and EMS. Dakota is also trained as a Domestic Relations Mediator.