Claire E. Lewis
Lewis was called upon by the State of Indiana to provide the initial review of the exams to be given to attorneys seeking the CELA (Certified Elder Law Attorney) certification. As a member of the Advisory Panel on Attorney Specialization for the Indiana Commission for Continuing Legal Education, she was involved in the initial approval of the elder law certification in the state of Indiana.
As former Director of the Senior Law Project of the Legal Services Organization of Indiana, Lewis headed the Indiana sub-state Ombudsman Program for Central Indiana, promoting quality of care and nursing home residents’ rights for Indiana’s most vulnerable citizens.
Editor of the Indiana State Bar Association’s popular book, the Laws of Aging (formerly the Legal Reference for Older Hoosiers), Lewis has authored or co-authored numerous papers and booklets on elder law issues including Medicaid in Indiana, Advance Directives, Medicaid for the Aging and Disabled in Indiana, Guardianship and Alternatives, The Legal Rights of Indiana Nursing Home Residents, and Housing Alternatives for the Older Person.
Lewis is a regular faculty member and program chair for the Indiana Continuing Legal Education Forum (ICLEF). For the past couple of decades, she has chaired ICLEF’S Elder Law Institute, Advanced Medicaid Forum, and Advanced Elder Law Forum. Lewis is also a regular faculty member for educational seminars presented by the Indianapolis Bar Association (IBA). She has chaired seminars for the IBA covering such topics as Medicaid Estate Recovery, the effect of the Deficit Reduction Act on Medicaid eligibility issues, and Special Needs Trusts. She has been a guest professor at the McKinney School of Law in Indianapolis, focusing primarily on topics that relate to elder law. Lewis has served in an advisory capacity to Medicaid workers throughout the state and trained caseworkers, attorneys, and elder care professionals on Medicaid rules and regulations and other issues impacting older adults. She also volunteers for the IBA’s Hospice Program, assisting those with terminal illnesses on estate planning and planning for incapacity.
Lewis was named a Super Attorney in Elder Law by her peers as published by Indianapolis Monthly magazine for 2005 through 2021. Lewis has also twice been named one of the Top 25 Women Lawyers in Indiana by her peers in Indianapolis Monthly and was named a Five Star Wealth Manager by Indianapolis Monthly as well. She was selected by her peers as one of the “Best Lawyers in America” in the area of elder law for more than fifteen years as announced by “Best Lawyers” and U.S. News Media Group, the publisher of U.S. News and World Reports and the nation’s leading source of rankings and service journalism, and she is the female lawyer of the year in elder law for 2017. She also has the highest rating possible – 10 – through Avvo, a legal services rating service. Lewis was awarded the Indiana State Bar Foundation’s Law Related Education Award in October of 2005 and received the Indiana State Bar Association’s GP and Solo Practice Hall of Fame Award for 2009. Lewis has also been named most valuable attorney of the year by the Indiana Chapter of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys.
Lewis was named as a Fellow of Indiana State Bar Foundation in 2010 and a Master Fellow in 2014. Established in 1979, the Fellows are an elite group of Indiana attorneys who demonstrate commitment to the ideals of the Foundation in advancing justice, promoting public understanding of the law, and enhancing the legal professions’ performance of its ethical responsibilities. Only 1,000 Indiana attorneys are currently members of this select group. In 2012, she was also inducted as a Fellow of the Indianapolis Bar Foundation.