Kyli L. Willis is an associate attorney at Wanzer Edwards, P.C., where she focuses her practice in family law, including divorce, child custody, child support, adoptions, guardianship, CHINS/DCS matters, and representation of children as a Guardian ad Litem.
Ms. Willis earned her undergraduate degree from Ball State University, graduating summa cum laudefrom the Honors College with a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice and Criminology and minors in Psychology and Political Science. She later earned her Juris Doctor magna cum laudefrom the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law.
Prior to attending law school, Ms. Willis was a counselor and a social worker for the Department of Correction and the Department of Child Services. During law school, she participated in the Criminal Defense Clinic, working with the Juvenile Division of the Marion County Public Defender Agency representing delinquent children. She also completed an externship with the Marion County Juvenile Court and volunteered as a Guardian ad Litem for delinquent children. Additionally, Ms. Willis was a Note Editor for the Indiana Law Review and has had her work published in the University of California-Davis Journal on Juvenile Law and Policy.
Ms. Willis began her formal legal career with the Department of Child Services, serving as a staff attorney in Marion County. While at DCS, Ms. Willis litigated Child in Need of Services cases, as well as Termination of Parental Rights matters, administrative appeals, and contested adoptions. Since transitioning to private practice, Ms. Willis has focused her practice exclusively on family law matters. She is particularly passionate about using her skills and expertise to help reach positive outcomes for children and to help families in transition navigate complicated legal issues. Ms. Willis promotes effective communication with her clients and works tirelessly to achieve favorable outcomes and solutions for their families.
Ms. Willis also serves as a Guardian ad Litem, representing the interests of children in courts across central Indiana. She currently participates in the Hamilton County Guardian ad Litem program and has previously volunteered as a CASA for Child Advocates. Ms. Willis also volunteers her time for the Pro Bono Hospice program through the Indianapolis Bar Association. Additionally, Ms. Willis collaborates with the Indiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence to address domestic violence issues.
Ms. Willis is admitted to practice in Indiana state courts and the United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana. She is a member of the Indianapolis Bar Association and its Family Law section, the Indiana State Bar Association and its Family and Juvenile Law Section, and the Hamilton County Bar Association and its Family Law section. She was recognized as a Rising Star by SuperLawyers Magazine in 2018 and 2019.
In her free time, Ms. Willis volunteers for the Indiana Bulldog Rescue and is the proud owner of a rescued English Bulldog. She is an avid reader, consumer of all forms of entertainment, and enjoys boxing.