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LEADERSHIP IN LAW 2016: Elizabeth A. Eichholtz

Associate, Cohen & Malad LLP, Indianapolis; Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law, 2011

May 4, 2016

Elizabeth Eichholtz has quickly established herself as a leader in the Indianapolis legal community through her work and her volunteerism. Her advocacy has been exemplary, especially given her age and short time in practice. She has a passion for family law, often working with high- net-worth individuals, and serves as a guardian ad litem in Hamilton County. She sees her role not just as her client’s lawyer but as an advocate for justice. Elizabeth is an active participant in the Indianapolis Bar Association and Foundation, and she regularly volunteers on Election Day and provides pro bono legal representation.

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What issues arise in cases with high-net-worth individuals as compared to other family law cases?

Several issues which arise in cases involving high-income earners and/or high-net-worth individuals include determining a parent’s “gross weekly income” for child support purposes; determining the appropriate weekly child support obligation for high-income earners and whether a deviation from the recommended Guideline obligation is warranted; and complex valuation issues associated with marital assets, such as business or investment interests.

What excites you about family law?

I feel as though I make a difference for each client. No day or case is the same. While it is not always easy to practice family law, I do enjoy the work because I feel that I am able to assist clients through a difficult transition in life.

What will the legal profession look like in 15 years? 

It is tough to say. I think the legal profession will be very different in 15 years given that technological innovations have changed the profession so much already since I began practicing law. I am also hopeful that during this time, more women will enter the legal profession and continue to diversify the workplace.

Your father is a judge. How much did that influence your decision to become an attorney?

A lot. I am very close with my Dad. He is my mentor and role model. I was in and around politics and the legal profession at an early age because of him. This greatly shaped my decision to enter the legal profession.

If you couldn’t be a lawyer, what would you do for a living?

A cast member on “SNL” or a judge on “The Voice.”

What was the most memorable job you had prior to becoming an attorney?

I served as the courier to the Indiana Court of Appeals after my freshman year at Purdue University. This was a memorable opportunity because I was able to personally interact with the appellate court judges and their law clerks.

What is the most important lesson you learned from your mentor?

The importance of listening. You can learn a great deal by listening.

Where do you see yourself in 20 years?

I see my husband, Aaron Walker, and I with a growing family, while I continue to practice law in Indianapolis. I also hope to mentor younger attorneys as so many wonderful attorneys have done for me.

What civic cause is the most important to you?

I serve as a guardian ad litem in Hamilton County. I find this to be very rewarding work, as I am appointed to represent children in a family law action and serve to represent their best interest. It is a wonderful opportunity to help families in transition and to give of your time to be the “eyes and ears” for the courts.

Why is it important to be active within legal and community organizations?

I believe it is important to be active within legal community to motivate younger generations of attorneys to continue to do the same and maintain the quality of our profession. I believe it is important to be active within my hometown to help our city continue to grow and develop.

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