Dustin R. DeNeal



Dustin DeNeal advises and advocates for financial institutions and businesses dealing with financial distress. He focuses on bankruptcy, debtor/creditor rights and banking regulation, including payment systems and consumer financial services.

Bankruptcy & Restructuring

Dustin represents debtors, creditors, committees, trustees, contract counterparties and investors in bankruptcy cases throughout the country.

Finance Litigation

Dustin defends financial institution clients from payment mechanism, TCPA, FDCPA, FCRA, commercial contract and other claims in courts across the country. He prosecutes and defends foreclosure, replevin and receivership proceedings and handles bankruptcy adversary proceedings and contested matters for both debtors and creditors.

Banking Regulation

Dustin counsels financial institutions, including credit unions, on regulatory and business matters, including payment systems, consumer finance regulation and claims, governance, data security, privacy, products and collections.

Real Estate

Dustin has represented several of the largest commercial and residential real estate developers in the Midwest in successful reorganizations. He has also represented lenders, including banks, private equity and trusts, in the liquidation of real estate assets, both in and out of court. Dustin has developed a complementary practice counseling real estate investors in general business matters and transactions.


Dustin advises college and university clients on finance, bankruptcy and collection matters unique to higher education.


  • 5 feet 11 inches
  • 185 pounds
  • All-time quarterback in neighborhood flag football games
  • Lifetime 90 percent free throw shooter


Bar Admissions


Court Admissions

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Northern District of Indiana
U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Southern District of Indiana
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Indiana
U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin


Indiana University Maurer School of Law
J.D. (2007)

Wabash College
A.B. summa cum laude, Commencement Speaker (2004)

Insights & Events

Other Perspectives
  • Consumer Protection Litigation: Overview
    Indianapolis Bar Association, 2017
  • Under “Standing” Issues of Standing in Bankruptcy Litigation
    Steven H. Ancel Annual Bankruptcy Institute, 2015
  • Use of Rents in Single Asset Real Estate Cases
    Steven H. Ancel Annual Bankruptcy Institute, 2014
  • Significant Decisions in Recent Ponzi Cases
    Leonard Opperman Chapter 11 Roundtable, Indianapolis Bar Association, 2014
  • Chapter 11 Pre-Filing Considerations
    Indiana Continuing Legal Education Forum, Annual Bankruptcy Institute, 2013

Leadership & Community

Professional Associations

  • Indianapolis Bar Association — Commercial & Bankruptcy Section, Board Member
  • Indiana State Bar Association — Clients Financial Assistance Fund (Past Chair)
  • American Bankruptcy Institute
  • TMA Indiana — Secretary and Board Member

Civic Activities

  • Christamore House — Board of Directors (Past President)
  • Indianapolis Association of Wabash Men — Past President
  • Indiana Leadership Forum — Class of 2015
  • Indianapolis Bar Association — Bar Leader Series IX
  • Indiana Sports Corporation
  • Youth Sports — Volunteer Coach


  • Faegre Drinker — Pro Bono Honor Roll, 2020 
  • National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges — NextGen, Class of 2018
  • Faegre Baker Daniels — Pro Bono Honor Roll, 2015-19
  • Best Lawyers® — Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law, 2019-21
  • Indiana Super Lawyers — Rising Star, Bankruptcy & Creditor/Debtor Rights, 2013-16; Bankruptcy: Business, 2017-19
  • Indiana Lawyer — Up and Coming Lawyer Award, 2013
  • IU Law Merit Award
  • Sherman Minton Moot Court Competition — Octofinalist, Problem Editor
  • Wabash College — David Warner Peck Award for Promise in the Law, 2004; Dean Stephens Award for Moral Character and Leadership Ability, 2003
  • Wabash College Football Team — Ralph Lee Wilson Team Player Award, 2004

Awards Methodology

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