…dedicated to her clients’ well-being and future.
Anna K. Christodoulakis
Attorney Anna K. Christodoulakis, serving the Northwest Indiana area, is ready to advise, represent, and advocate on your behalf in the areas of Family Law and Estate Planning. This focus will enable you to move forward knowing that your family will be well taken care of. She will handle your matter with sensitivity and compassion and will strive to make you feel at ease and comfortable with all aspects of your case. Her goal will always be to minimize any negative impact on you and your family.
Attorney Anna K. Christodoulakis also takes great pride in providing her clients with individualized attention. She will always take the time to listen in order to fully understand every situation and to provide honest and trustworthy assessments, opinions, and advice every step of the way. She will keep you up-to-date on all new developments and all phone calls and e-mails are responded to within twenty-four hours.
Melissa Gearlds, legal assistant, grew up Dyer, Indiana. After graduating from Lake Central High School in 2003, Melissa served in the Army Reserves until 2012. Melissa dabbled in the medical field for years. She went to school in Washington state and was certified as an EMT, but missed home and moved back to the Region. After becoming certified as a nurse’s assistant, phlebotomist, and electrocardiogram technician, she worked in Northwest Indiana as a patient care technician. Melissa found helping people was what she wanted to do. As the hours in a healthcare facility did not line up with Melissa’s family life, she earned an Associates Degree at Purdue Global in Legal Support and Services. She started her new career as a paralegal in May 2021 with Attorney Anna K. Christodoulakis. Her hard work and dedication to our firm has been immeasurable.
Attorney Anna K. Christodoulakis
Anna K. Christodoulakis was born and raised in Valparaiso, Indiana. After graduating with honors from Chesterton High School in 2004, Anna chose to attend Valparaiso University where she earned a major in Political Science concentrating in both International Relations and Legal Studies, and a minor in Art History. At Valparaiso University, Anna was active in various Honor’s Societies including Phi Beta Kappa, Pi Gamma Mu Academic Honor Society, Pi Gamma Mu International Honor Society in Social Sciences, Pi Sigma Alpha Political Science Honor Society, and Alpha Lambda Delta Freshman Honor Society. At Valparaiso University, Anna also had her first experience in a judicial setting as first a representative of the University Judicial Board and then later as the University Judicial Board Coordinator. Anna graduated from Valparaiso University summa cum laude in 2008.
In the fall of 2008, Anna began her legal studies at DePaul University College of Law in Chicago Illinois. While at DePaul, Anna was very active in various law student organizations such as the Student Bar Association and Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity. Anna also served as the treasurer of the Hellenic Law Student Association and as secretary of the Business and Corporate Law Society. Anna graduated from DePaul University College of Law in May of 2011 with a Juris Doctor degree. Anna took the Indiana Bar Exam in July of 2011 and was admitted to practice law in the state of Indiana on October 14, 2011. She is also admitted to practice in the United States District Courts in both the Northern and Southern Districts of Indiana.
In addition to her education, Anna has also garnered legal experience working in various courts in Northwest Indiana as either a court intern or a clerk. In 2007, Anna served as the Civil Court Intern for the Merrillville Town Court of Judge George C. Paras in the Small Claims Division. In 2008, Anna rejoined the Merrillville Town Court as a Criminal Misdemeanor and Traffic Court Intern. In 2009, Anna served as a Civil Court Intern in the Lake County Clerk’s Office under Clerk Thomas Philpot where she assisted parties in filing protective orders, prepared complaints for service, and generally maintained the court case filing system. In 2010, Anna served as a clerk in the Lake County Circuit Court in which she conducted research and drafted memos for Judge Lorenzo Arredondo, Magistrate Richard F. McDevitt, and Magistrate Cheryl Williamson.
After Anna received her law license from the Indiana Supreme Court on October 14, 2011 she was hired as an Associate Attorney at the prominent Valparaiso law firm of Gordon A. Etzler & Associates, LLP. While employed as an Associate Attorney at the firm, she practiced primarily in the areas of Estate Planning and Family Law and built long lasting relationships with many of her clients.
In May of 2014, Anna took the leap and began her own practice again focusing in Family Law and Estate Planning in the Northwest Indiana area. She primarily serves Porter County, Indiana.