Maria Bulkley is a partner at Kahn, Dees, Donovan & Kahn, LLP where she has practiced business and real estate law for over 25 years. Maria also practices in the areas of land use planning and zoning, land development, mediation, and family law. She assists clients with agreements essential to all aspects of business law and real estate development. Maria is a registered mediator for domestic relations and general civil matters. In addition, she represents clients in family law matters with an emphasis on dissolutions of marriage involving complex marital estates. Maria is also trained and experienced in Collaborative Family Practice.

  • 1994: University of Evansville, Evansville, Ind., B.A. Spanish, B.S. Finance / Economics  /International Business
  • 1997: Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law, Indianapolis, Ind., J.D.
Bar Admissions
  • State of Indiana
Court Admissions
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Indiana
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Indiana
  • Selected, The Best Lawyers in America©, Land Use and Zoning Law
Additional Languages
  • Spanish
  • Industries Commonly Served: Business, Auto Dealers, Manufacturing, Construction, Real Estate
  • Representation of businesses in land use planning and development of real estate including rezoning, variances, site permits, street vacations, and economic development incentives.
  • Business and real estate contract drafting and negotiation and mergers and acquisitions documentation.
  • Corporate recordkeeping and documentation and formation of business entities.
  • Representation of individuals and businesses in condemnation/property rights cases; negotiation with government agencies in takings cases for redesign of construction plans more favorable to landowner and monetary damages payments.
  • Dissolution of marriage for complex marital estates.
  • Indiana Registered Mediator in domestic relations, general civil mediations and mortgage foreclosure mediation.
  • Collaborative law: Formal training and practical experience in handling collaborative dissolution of marriage as an alternative to litigated dissolution and custody.


Maria has been involved in transactions including the following:

  • Sale of Mulzer Crushed Stone, Inc.
  • Sale of The Matrixx Group, Inc.
  • Purchase of Seibert-Oxidermo, Inc.
  • Sale of Keller Crescent, Inc.
  • Sale of 104.1 FM – WIKY
  • Sale of 96.1FM – WSTO
  • Sale of 107.5 FM – WABX
  • Sale of 93.5 FM – WLFW
  • Sale of 92.9 FM – WJXA
  • Sale of 96.3 FM – WCJK
  • Sale of 97.5 FM- WJXB
  • Sale of 95.7 FM – WVRX
  • Sale of 103.5 FM – WIMZ
Professional Affiliations
  • Evansville Bar Association: Board Member (2008 – 2009); Former Family Law Section Chair and Real Estate Law Section Member; Continuing Legal Education Committee (2001-2004), Former Chair; Long-Range Planning Task Force (2003); Former Producer of Young Lawyers Boot Camp
  • Indiana State Bar Association: Family Law Section, Land Use Planning Section
  • Collaborative Family Practice Attorney: Interdisciplinary Training in Collaborative Family Practice, Central Indiana Association of Collaborative Professionals (2013 – Present)
  • Indiana Registered Domestic Relations Mediator (2005 – Present)
  • Indiana Registered Civil Mediator (2006 – Present)
  • Indiana Registered Mortgage Foreclosure Mediator (2009 – Present)
  • Indiana Licensed Real Estate Instructor
  • Brooks American Inn of Court
Civic Affiliations
  • Judges and Lawyers Assistance Program (JLAP): Volunteer (2019 – present)
  • City of Evansville Code Enforcement Hearing Authority Board: Pro Tem Hearing Officer (2004 – 2011)
  • Southwest Indiana Chamber: Diverse Business Alliance Propel Program, Mentor (Former)
  • City Attorney for Evansville (1999 – 2003)
  • Marian Educational Outreach (MEO): Board of Directors (2013 – 2015)
  • Vanderburgh Humane Society, Inc.: Board of Directors (2000 – 2006), President (2006), Vice President (2005)
  • Reitz Home Preservation Society, Inc.: Board of Trustees (2000 – 2004)
  • A Network of Evansville Women (ANEW): Member
  • Leadership Evansville: Program Alumnus
  • Community Volunteer: Magic Shoe (Shoes for Kids) Volunteer; Volunteer Lawyer Program; Talk to a Lawyer Program; Albion Fellows Bacon Center Domestic Violence Assistance Program; Red Mass Committee; University of Southern Indiana E-business Curriculum Committee; University of Evansville Mentor Net; Arts Council of Southwestern Indiana (past membership drive committee chair); Reitz Home Preservation Society, Inc.-Mystery Event, Victorian Gala, Bylaws Chair/Editor and Education Committee (co-author of children’s workbook for use in the EVSC); Operation City Beautiful Annual Fund Drive; YMCA Annual Fund Drive; Judge-University of Evansville student oral arguments