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Marianne Mitten Owen


Marianne has been making things happen – in real estate, the legal profession, and philanthropy throughout Greater Lafayette, the State of Indiana, and the United States for more than 25 years.

A self-described “dirt lawyer,” Marianne’s true passion is counseling clients on complex real estate transactions. Give Marianne what looks to be a complex real estate transaction, and she will devote herself to identifying the critical elements of each project and working efficiently to negotiate terms, conduct due diligence, facilitate financing arrangements, secure zoning and land use approvals, and assist in management and leasing operations.

Marianne has been making things happen – in real estate, the legal profession, and philanthropy throughout Greater Lafayette, the State of Indiana, and the United States for more than 25 years.

Marianne has significant experience with a wide range of transactions, which is why leaders in the business, higher education, legal, and nonprofit communities rely on Marianne to help turn obstacles into opportunities. For more than 20 years, Marianne has served as outside real estate counsel to Purdue University and Purdue Research Foundation, for whom she has handled numerous complex multi-phase projects including large-scale expansion of campus facilities and development of state-certified technology research parks. Marianne also works with utility cooperatives and municipal entities, helping to establish and expand operations, secure facilities, and coordinate approvals and funding with state and federal government agencies.

Being a lawyer for Marianne means not only caring for her individual clients but working within the bar association to improve how the legal community cares for others. Marianne has been appointed to more than 20 leadership roles with national, state, and local bar associations. Marianne currently serves on the Indiana State Bar Association House of Delegates and is an active member of the Higher Education Real Estate Lawyers organization, comprised of the top “dirt lawyers” for colleges and universities throughout the country. Marianne has also served on the Board of Directors of more than ten community nonprofit agencies, including her current role for the Art Museum of Greater Lafayette Foundation.

  • Indiana University School of Law, J.D.
  • Wellesley College, B.A.
  • Indiana
  • U.S. District Court – Northern and Southern Districts of Indiana
  • Indiana State Bar Association, member
  • House of Delegates: chair (2011-2012), chair-elect (2010-2011), member (1997-present)
  • Membership and Membership Services Committees (1991-present)
  • Board of Governors (2000-2002, 2004-2005, 2007-2009, 2010-2012)
  • Chair, Staff Compensation Committee (2006-2008)
  • Treasurer (2004-2005)
  • Chair, Long-Range Planning Committee (2002-2004)
  • Young Lawyers Section: chair (2001-2002), chair-elect (2000-2001), secretary/treasurer (2000), director (1995-2000)
  • Budget and Finance Committee: chair (2000-2001), vice chair (1998-2000)
  • Current/prior membership of the following committees:  Nominating; Professionalism; Written Publications; Women in the Law
  • Current/prior member of the following sections: Business Law; Environmental Law; Land Use and Zoning; Professional Legal Education Admission and Development; Probate, Trust and Real Property Law; Young Lawyers
  • American Bar Association
  • Business Law Section member; current/prior involvement with Banking Law; Legal Opinions; Secured Transactions; Uniform Commercial Code; Law Practice Management; Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Committees
  • Young Lawyers Section member (1991-2003)
  • Indiana Continuing Legal Education Forum
  • Board of Directors (2001-2002)
  • Long Range Planning Committee (1997)
  • Treasurer, Tippecanoe County Bar Association (1993-1994)
  • Patron Fellow, Indiana Bar Foundation (2010-present)
  • Fellow, Indiana Bar Foundation (1998-2010)
  • Fellow, American Bar Association Foundation
  • Rated  as AV “Preeminent” and endorsed for “High Ethical Standing”  in Martindale-Hubbell, a leading peer review survey
  • Indiana State Bar Association
  • Tippecanoe County Bar Association
  • Greater Lafayette Commerce
  • American Bar Association
  • Higher Education Real Estate Lawyers
  • National Association of College and University Attorneys
  • Society of Indiana Pioneers
  • Wellesley College Club of Greater Lafayette

In addition to her service to the legal profession, Marianne has a long track record of engagement with other nonprofit organizations.  She is currently involved with the following:

  • Art Museum of Greater Lafayette
    • Board of Directors, Art Museum of Greater Lafayette Foundation (2014-present)
    • Chair, Heart of Art Committee (2014-2016)
  • Greater Lafayette Commerce
    • Member (1992-present)
    • Former roles with Infrastructure; Water; and Environmental/Air Quality Committees
  • Indiana Youth Institute
    • Board of Directors (2013-2018)
    • Governance Committee (2016-2018)
    • Budget & Finance Committee (2013-2015)
  • Alumnae Admissions Representative, Wellesley College Club of Greater Lafayette (1992-present)

Her prior community leadership involvement includes the following:

  • Legal counsel, Lafayette Country Club (2010-2014)
  • Shared Enterprise Management, Inc. (2008-2009)
    • Board of Directors
    • Secretary
  • Board of governors, Society of Indiana Pioneers (2004-2006)
  • Board of Directors, The Community House Association of Lafayette, Inc. (2000-2004)
  • The Marquis Foundation, Inc. (1997-2002)
    • Co-founder
    • Board of Directors
    • Treasurer
    • Secretary
  • Wellesley College Club of Indianapolis (1994-1998)
    • Co-president
    • Vice president/secretary
  • Board of Directors, NICHES Land Trust (1996-1997)
  • Lyn Treece Boys & Girls Club of Tippecanoe County (1994-1996)
    • Second vice president
    • Board of Directors
  • Board of Directors, Visiting Nurse Home Health Services (1994-1996)
  • Monte Carlo Night Committee Member, March of Dimes of Tippecanoe County (1992-1993)
  • Class 11 graduate, Leadership Lafayette (1991-1992)