Meet Steve


Steve Fillenwarth, CPA, Principal

Steve Fillenwarth knows about high-stakes mediation. He recently returned from his third deployment, this time in support of Operation Resolute Support in Afghanistan. During his deployment, Steve worked with Afghans to negotiate understandings and agreements between different Afghan groups.  

In civilian life, Steve draws on this experience, coupled with his background as a Certified Public Accountant, to support clients with business aspects of family law.

Steve is a principal in Fillenwarth & Associates, practicing law in the greater Indianapolis area.  As a CPA, Steve has extensive experience in business and pension valuation, estate planning techniques, and knowledge of complex tax matters relating to divorce and relationship dissolutions.

Steve is a Registered Family Law Mediator and a Certified Family Law Specialist-Family Law Certification Board. He is also a Fellow in the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. Steve earned his undergraduate degree from Indiana University, and his J.D. from Indiana University School of Law —Indianapolis. He is admitted to practice in Indiana. He is a member of the Indiana Bar Association, American Bar Association, Indiana CPA Society, and the American Institute of CPAs. 

Steve is a retired Lieutenant Colonel in the United States Army Reserve JAG Corps, serving as a JAG officer for 28 years.

Steve is a co-author of Kleinrock Publishing’s Divorce Taxation.  A frequent author and speaker on the complex business aspects of family law, Steve has been recognized as a Distinguished Fellow by the Indianapolis Bar Association. He has also been named to the Indiana Super Lawyers® list, which represents the top 5% of all lawyers in Indiana by peer selection.

A handful of the topics Steve has written or presented on include:

Tax Aspects of Divorce in Indiana

Estate and Tax Planning for Qualified Retirement Plans and IRAs in Indiana

Divorce Valuations

Minimizing the Tax Consequences of Divorce in Indiana

The ABCs of QDROs

Divorce Practice: Problems that Will Trip You Up

The Financial Aspects of Divorce