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Meet Dane Starbuck: Joining DeFur Voran with a Wealth of Experience

DeFur Voran Attorney Dane Starbuck

DeFur Voran LLP is pleased to announce that  Dane Starbuck. has joined the firm as a Senior Attorney. Dane was raised in Winchester, Indiana, in the 1960s and 1970s and returned to Winchester to practice law in 1993 after being gone for 18 years. He had previously worked as a legislative assistant to former U.S. Senator Dan Coats on the U.S. Senate Labor and Human Resources Committee and clerked for U.S. federal district court judge William C. Lee of Indiana’s U.S. Northern District.

In 1999, Dane married his wife Bev Welke and relocated to Carmel, Indiana, where he became president and CEO of the Wishard Memorial Foundation, Inc. for six years before returning to the practice of law in 2005. Dane still has several clients in the Randolph County area in addition to clients from other Central and East Central Indiana communities. He has practiced primarily in the areas of estates and trusts, business law, real estate, and family law.

“I am excited to have the opportunity to join DeFur Voran,” says Dane. “I first became familiar with the firm through Scott Shockley when I practiced in Winchester and later, in 2013, when I had the opportunity to work with former partner Jon Moll on writing a biography and history of Muncie businessman and philanthropist Hamer Shafer and Muncie Power Products, Inc.”

Dane holds an undergraduate degree from Huntington College and master degrees in English language and literature from Indiana University and the University of Melbourne, Australia, where he studied on a Rotary Foundation Ambassadorial Fellowship. He also earned a B.A. and M.A. in jurisprudence from Oxford University and a J.D. from the Georgetown University Law Center where he was an associate editor of the Georgetown Law Journal. He has been a member of the Indiana State Bar Association since 1992 and the Randolph County Bar Association since 1993.

Over the years, Dane has held several leadership positions with local organizations, serving as president of the Randolph County Bar Association, Art Association of Randolph County, The Winchester Rotary Club, and a trustee of Huntington College and president of the Huntington College Alumni Association. He is currently a trustee of The Winchester Foundation and a director of Liberty Fund, Inc.

Dane and his wife Bev have three children and eight grandchildren. He enjoys writing, being the author of four books and numerous articles published in Midwest newspapers and magazines. Dane will be primarily working out of DeFur Voran’s Fishers’ office.