Gordon D. Wishard

Civil Mediator


The focus of Gordon’s mediation practice is litigation involving the multitude of issues arising in the settlement of complex decedents’ estates, trust administrations, guardianship proceedings and related matters. These often include will contests, other disputes between beneficiaries, actions seeking the interpretation of wills and trusts, and claims against fiduciaries in estate and trust proceedings.

Gordon was in private law practice from 1971 until 2013, having been a partner first with Smith Morgan & Ryan, and later with Ice Miller, LLP, both in Indianapolis. He began in general practice and was trained in a variety of areas, including probate and real estate law, commercial litigation and corporate law, before beginning to specialize in the trusts and estates field. He graduated from Williams College and the Indiana University School of Law in Bloomington.

He has served as counsel to the President of the Indianapolis Bar Association, Chair of the Indiana and Indianapolis Bar Associations’ estate and trust sections, as a member of the Indiana Probate Code Study Commission, and as Indiana Chair of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel. He has been regularly recognized as an Indiana Super Lawyer and included in The Best Lawyers of America.

This background enables him to bring to mediations a deep understanding of the attitudes and issues involved in this area of the law, and enables him to offer seasoned perspectives on resolving them.

Gordon is a Director Emeritus of the Methodist Health Foundation, Inc., Trustee Emeritus of the University of Indianapolis, a member of the Board of Directors of Crown Hill Cemetery and Crown Hill Heritage Foundation, Inc., and he attends St. Francis in the Fields Episcopal Church in Zionsville.

He and his wife, Anne Emison, enjoy history, traveling, photography, and volunteering for the causes they support.