Marianne Mitten Owen


Marianne is living her lifelong dream of being an attorney specializing in real estate and business transactions or, as she says, a “dirt lawyer.” She aims to turn obstacles into opportunities and relishes challenging convention when it stands in the way of a goal.

“I frequently am found asking ‘why?’ or ‘why not?’” says Marianne. “As early as high school, I was intrigued by development possibilities presented in decaying urban areas that had been devastated by white flight. Where others saw harbor-side warehouses as eyesores, I saw them as vital waterfront residences and office areas. Through the years, time and again, I have had the privilege of assisting clients with successful projects like these.”

Marianne strives to perpetuate the integrity and dignity of the legal profession with personality and a sense of humor. Through platforms offered to her by the Indiana State Bar Association, where she has served as Treasurer, Chair of the Young Lawyers Section, and as a Member of the Board of Governors, Marianne enthusiastically invites her fellow lawyers to do the same.

“For myself and others, I want the practice of law to be challenging to the mind and rewarding to the soul,” adds Marianne.

As Marianne says, “My goal is to help others achieve their goals.”

Marianne also has earned high regard in the Greater Lafayette community, where she co-founded a nonprofit corporation dedicated to providing visibility and funding to other nonprofits pursuing big dreams.

  • Wellesley College, M.A. – B.A., 1986
  • Indiana University School of Law, Bloomington, J.D., 1991
  • Indiana, 1991
  • U.S. District Courts for Northern and Southern Districts of Indiana, 1991
  • Tippecanoe County Bar Association, member, 1991 to present (Treasurer, 1993-1944)
  • Indiana State Bar Association, member, 1991 to present. (Treasurer, 2004-2005; Board of Governors, 2000-2002, 2004-2005, 2007-2009, 2010-2012). Young Lawyers Section Chair, 2001-2002. House of Delegates (Delegate, 1997 to present; Chair, 2011-2012; Chair-Elect, 2010-2011). Current Committee Appointments:  Membership and Membership Services (1991 to present). Past Committee Appointments:  Budget and Finance (Chair, 2000-2001; Vice-Chair, 1998-2000); Long-Range Planning (Chair, 2002-2004); Nominating; Professionalism; Staff Compensation (Chair, 2006-2008); Written Publications; and Women in the Law. Section Memberships:  Business Law; Environmental Law; Land Use and Zoning; Professional Legal Education Admission and Development; Probate, Trust and Real Property Law; Young Lawyers, 1995-2003 (Chair, 2001-2002; Chair-Elect, 2000-2001; Secretary/Treasurer, 2000; Director, 1995-2000); and Land Use and Zoning.
  • Indiana Continuing Legal Education Forum, Board of Directors, 2001-2002; and Long Range Planning Committee, 1997.
  • Indiana Bar Foundation, Patron Fellow, 2010 to present; and Fellow, 1998-2010
  • American Bar Association, member, 1991 to present. Divisions:  Young Lawyers, 1991 – 2003. Section Memberships:  Business Law (Committees:  Banking Law; Legal Opinions; Secured Transactions; and Uniform Commercial Code; Law Practice Management; and Real Property, Probate and Trust Law.
  • American Bar Association Foundation, Fellow.
  • Higher Education Real Estate Lawyers, member, 2004 to present.
  • National Association of College and University Attorneys, 2004 to present.
  •  Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent, with a peer rating of 4.7 of 5.0
  • Art Museum of Greater Lafayette, Inc., member (Chair, Heart of Art Committee, 2014-2016; Second Century Club, 2015 to present).
  • Art Museum of Greater Lafayette Foundation, Inc., member, 2014 to present (Board of Directors, 2014 to present).
  • Greater Lafayette Commerce, member, 1992 to present. Past Committee Appointments:  Infrastructure; Water; and Environmental/Air Quality.
  • Indiana Youth Institute Board of Directors, member, 2013 to present. Committee Appointments: Budget & Finance, 2013-2015; Governance, 2016 to present.
  • Lafayette Country Club, member, 2014 to present.
  • Lafayette Country Club, Inc., member, 1994-2014 (Legal Counsel, 2010 to 2014) (entity dissolved October 31, 2014).
  • Society of Indiana Pioneers, life member, 1982 to present (Board of Governors, 2004 – 2006).
  • Wellesley College Club of Greater Lafayette, member, 1991 to present (Alumnae Admissions Representative, 1992 to present).
  • Previous involvements:  Shared Enterprise Management, Inc. Board of Directors, 2008-2009 (Secretary, 2008-2009); The Community House Association of Lafayette, Inc. Board of Directors, 2000-2004; The Marquis Foundation, Inc. Board of Directors, 1997-2002 (Co-Founder, 1997; Treasurer, 1998-1999; Secretary/Treasurer, 1999-2000; Secretary, 2000-2002);  NICHES Board of Directors, 1996-1997;  Lyn Treece Boys & Girls Club of Tippecanoe County Board of Directors, 1994-1996 (Second Vice President, 1995-1996);  Visiting Nurse Home Health Services Board of Directors, 1994-1996;  Builders Association of Greater Lafayette, associate member, 1992-1996;  Wellesley College Club of Indianapolis, member, 1991-1999 (Co-President, 1994-1998;  Vice President/Secretary, 1992-1994); March of Dimes of Tippecanoe County, Monte Carlo Night Committee, 1992-1993; and Leadership Lafayette, Class 11 graduate, 1991-1992.