Indianapolis, IN

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Ilisha D. Dowell concentrates her practice in civil litigation. Prior to joining Kopka Pinkus Dolin, Ilisha was a Deputy Prosecutor with the Hendricks County Prosecutor’s Office in Danville, Indiana. As a Deputy Prosecutor, Ilisha sat first-chair on numerous bench trials. In addition, she argued in a variety of contested hearings including suppression, bond review, and probation revocation hearings. She also served as a key member of the Indiana Supreme Court’s Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative (JDAI) task force for Hendricks County.

Early in her career, Ilisha was a Staff Attorney for the Indiana Department of Child Services in Marion and Tippecanoe counties where she participated in various hearings and mediations for child abuse and neglect cases. In addition, Ilisha also negotiated contracts for clinical research and related activities with a local pharmaceutical company.

In law school, Ilisha was a member of the Moot Court Society, and became the first woman of color to lead the group as its Chief Justice in 2009. She competed in the annual Luther M. Swygert Memorial Moot Court Competition as a finalist in 2008. Ilisha also competed in the William McGee National Civil Rights Moot Court Competition at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis in 2009 and the Herbert Wechsler National Criminal Law Moot Court Competition at the University of Buffalo in New York in 2010.

Outside of the office, Ilisha remains active in her local community through her church and sorority. She also serves on the Board of Directors for the Indianapolis-based youth organization, Reach for Youth, Inc. The organization boasts a nationally-recognized Teen Court program, which serves as an available alternative to probation for first time and low-level juvenile offenders. If the juvenile offenders are successful, they can avoid obtaining a juvenile record.


U.S. District Courts for the Northern and Southern Districts of Indiana

Valparaiso University School of Law, J.D.
Butler University, B.A.


  • Indiana State Bar Association
  • Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.
  • Butler University – Dr. John Morton-Finney Scholar
  • Valparaiso University School of Law – Moot Court Society