A former attorney with U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) and federal judicial clerk, Alissa Wetzel helps clients facing litigation or government investigations prepare for trial or determine the best path for resolution. She knows how to get to the root of the matter and help craft persuasive arguments for her clients.
Alissa focuses her practice in the area of commercial litigation and government investigations. She represents clients in trial, as well as in settlement negotiations, mediations and related hearings.
Having learned about small businesses from her parents, who owned and operated a local grocery store, and about how the courts and federal agencies work from first-hand experience, Alissa brings legal and practical knowledge to her clients. Her goal is to help clients navigate the intricacies of the litigation process and work with all the parties involved.
Most recently, she held a two-year clerkship with Chief Judge Jane Magnus-Stinson in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana.
Before that, Alissa spent seven years working for the U.S. Department of Defense as a senior assistant counsel and assist counsel in the Defense Finance and Accounting Service’s Office of General Counsel at Fort Benjamin Harrison in Indianapolis. In those roles, Alissa represented the Department in Chapter 7 and Chapter 11 commercial bankruptcies and advised the Department of Justice’s Commercial Litigation Branch, assistant U.S. Attorneys, and senior counsel from the Army, Navy, Air Force, Army Corps of Engineers, and other defense agencies on corporate debt collection, insolvency, and bankruptcy. In connection to internal investigations, she researched and drafted liability determinations arising out of theft, fraud, embezzlement, and negligence by service members and DOD employees.
While earning her bachelor’s, master’s and law degrees, Alissa served as an intern for U.S. Senator Evan Bayh of Indiana, as an extern in the Office of the General Counsel in the Procurement Section of the U.S. Small Business Administration in Washington, D.C., and as an intern in the Walt Disney World College Program, where she enhanced her knowledge of how large businesses work and make decisions, which she uses even now in practice.
Professional and Community Involvement
Board member, Butler University Central Indiana Chapter Steering Committee
Participant, The Verdict!, Children’s Museum of Indianapolis annual mock trial event
Graduate, Women’s Fund OPTIONS Class, 2016
Member, Society of Indiana Pioneers
Former member, Junior League of Indianapolis
Former volunteer immigration attorney , Neighborhood Christian Legal Clinic
Former reading tutor, United Way of Central Indiana
Former associate council member, Indianapolis Zoological Society
Participant, Indiana Democratic Party Emerging Leaders Program, 2014