Headshot of attorney Paula J. Schaefer

Paula J. Schaefer is a partner in the law firm of Ruppert & Schaefer P.C., where she practices almost exclusively in the area of family law. Paula is a Certified Family Law Specialist, as certified by the Family Law Certification Board. Prior to her admission to the practice of law in 1994, Ms. Schaefer was employed for nearly 7 years as a paralegal and law clerk.

She received her Juris Doctorate from the Indiana University Law School - Indianapolis and has a Bachelor of Science degree from Ball State University in Legal Administration. She is trained as a Collaborative Law professional and is able to handle family law matters using the collaborative method.  Paula is also a trained and registered domestic relations mediator and mediates divorce and post-decree cases.   Ms. Schaefer is a member of the Indianapolis and Indiana Bar Associations.

  • Family Law 99%
  • Wills and Estate Planning 1%
  • Miroff, Cross, Ruppert & Klineman, Associate to Michael G. Ruppert, Of Counsel, 1993-1996
  • Price & Barker, Law Clerk, 1992-1993
  • Beasley, Gilkison, Retherford, Buckles & Clark, Paralegal and Student Clerk, 1989-1991
  • Gary D. Hohl, Attorney at Law, Paralegal, 1989
  • Indiana University School of Law, Indianapolis, Indiana
    • J.D. - 1994
  • Ball State University, Muncie, Indiana
    • B.S. - 1991
    • Major: Legal Administration
  • Vincennes University, Vincennes, Indiana
    • A.S. - 1989
    • Major: Paralegal/Legal Assistant
  • Indiana Bar Review - Family Law, Indianapolis Bar Association, 2000 to 2020
  • Lecturer, How to Handle Your First Divorce, IBA Young Lawyer's Division, 2000
  • Lecturer, PEC Bar Review, Indiana Family Law, 1998 to 1999
  • Lecturer, Rainmaking Seminar, IBA Young Lawyer's Division, 1998
  • Association of Family & Conciliation Courts
  • Indiana State Bar Association, 1994
  • Indianapolis Bar Association, 1994
  • Hamilton County Bar Association
  • Indiana State Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Indianapolis Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church, Member
  • Family Law Mediation Certification, 1998
  • Certified Family Law Specialist by the Family Law Certification Board
  • Collaborative Law Professional
  • Indiana, 1994
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Indiana, 1994
  • Dr. John Morton-Finney Excellence in Legal Education Award
  • President's Award from Indianapolis Bar Association
  • Included in Indiana Super Lawyers
  • Top 25 Women Indiana Super Lawyers
  • Survey of Indiana Family Law in 1995, Indiana Law Review, Vol. 29, No. 4, 1996
  • Survey of Indiana Family Law in 1996, Indiana Law Review, Vol. 30, No. 4, 1997
  • Hubbard v. Hubbard, 690 N.E.2d 1219, 1998, Ind. App., 1998041395