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M. Kent Newton

Attorney/Of Counsel

Newton Becker Bouwkamp Pendoski, PC
3755 East 82nd Street, Suite 220
Indianapolis, IN 46240
Telephone: 317-598-4529, fax: 317-598-4530

Major Areas of Practice

  • Family Law
  • Litigation
  • Corporate Law
  • Not-for-Profit Law
  • Manufactured Housing & Recreational Vehicles
  • Real Estate Law


  • School of Business, Indiana University, Bloomington (Bachelor of Science, 1968)
  • Indiana University School of Law, Indianapolis (Doctor of Jurisprudence, magna cum laude, 1973)
  • Christian Theological Seminary, Indianapolis, Indiana (Master of Theological Studies, 2001)

Professional Involvement

  • Admitted to practice in Indiana (1973) and the District of Columbia (1984); admitted to practice before the United States District Court, Southern and Northern Districts of Indiana (1973); the United States Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit (1976) and the United States Supreme Court (1976)
  • Member, International Network of Boutique Law Firms (INBLF)
  • Coordinator, Grievance Committee, Indianapolis Bar Association
  • Past President and Former Member, Indiana Community Defender Board, United States District Court, Southern District of Indiana

Seminar Presentations

Our attorneys frequently speak to groups of mental health professionals to provide timely and relevant legal in-service training. Among those with whom we work are: Buchanan Pastoral Counseling Center; Center for Family Life Ministries; CenterPoint Counseling; Children’s Bureau, Inc.; Christian Theological Seminary; Community Psychological Consultants; Family Counseling Associates; Family Service of Central Indiana, Inc.; Family Tree Counseling Associates; Groff & Associates; Imagine Hope Counseling Group; Indianapolis Institute for Families, Inc.; Integrative Health Resources; Meridian Psychological Associates; Wellspring Center; Woodview Psychology Group; and Youth Connections.

  • Featured Speaker, Applied Professionalism, Young Lawyers Division, Indianapolis Bar Association, Indianapolis, Indiana, Spring and Fall 2014, and prior years
  • Featured Speaker, Attorney-Client Relationships and If I Knew Then What I Know Now, Applied Professionalism Course, Indianapolis Bar Association, Indianapolis , Indiana , 18 April 2008 and 07 March 2007
  • Faculty Member, Family Law Jeopardy, Indiana Continuing Legal Education Forum, Indianapolis, Indiana, 12 September 2006
  • Trainer and Coach, Public Policy Mediation, Indiana University School of Law, Indianapolis, 9 January 2006
    Delegate, Equal Exchange Program, El Salvador, January 2005

  • Faculty Member, Ethics in Family Law, Applied Professional Course for Newly Admitted Lawyers, Indianapolis Bar Association, October 2004, April 2004, 11 November 2003, 28 May 2003, 19 December 2002, 6 November 2002 and 23 April 2002
  • Invited Participant, Cuban Council of Churches, Havana, Cuba, June 2004 and June 2003
  • Presenter, State of the Art Trends in Domestic Violence: Child Abduction Risk Management, co- sponsored by The Julian Center, IU School of Social Work Alumni Association, IU School of Medicine Alumni Association, IU School of Law – Indianapolis Alumni Association, IU School of Nursing Alumni Association and Indianapolis Police Department, Indianapolis, 3-4 June 2004
  • Featured Speaker, Employment Law and Human Resources Update, Grant County Chapter of Credit Unions, Marion, Indiana, 11 March 2003
  • Presenter, Bankruptcy and Abandoned Homes, Indiana Manufactured Housing Association-Recreational Vehicle Indiana Council, Indianapolis, 27 February 2003
  • Featured Speaker, Integrating Your Professional, Personal & Spiritual Life, Priority Associates, Sao Paulo, Brazil, 17-20 February 2003
  • Featured Speaker, Success Unlimited: Integrating Your Professional, Personal & Spiritual Life, Indianapolis Young Lawyers Forum, Indianapolis, 12 September 2002
  • Presenter, Ethical Issues in the Practice of Law, Heartland Pro Bono Project, Shelbyville, Indiana, 19 July 2002
  • Featured Speaker, Family Law Issues, Neighborhood Christian Legal Clinic, Indianapolis, 15 July 2002
  • Faculty Member, Domestic Law in Indiana, National Business Institute, Indianapolis, 6 March 2002
  • Faculty Member, Family Law Jeopardy, Indianapolis Bar Association and Indiana Continuing Legal Education Forum, Indianapolis, 30 March 2001
  • Faculty Member, Hearsay & Its Exceptions, Indiana Continuing Legal Education Forum, Indianapolis, 24 February 2000
    Presenter, Basic Divorce Law in Indiana: Practice and Procedure, Indianapolis Bar Association, 16 November 2000

  • Faculty Member, How to Avoid Common Complaints to the Disciplinary Commission, Indianapolis Bar Association, Indianapolis, 3 October 2000
  • Faculty Member, Ethical Issues in Family Law, Indianapolis Bar Association, Indianapolis, 14 September 1999
  • Presenter, Family Law Seminar for Therapists: Business Practice Tips, Proposed State Legislation and Safety in the Workforce, Indianapolis, 19 November 1998
  • Presenter, Preparing to Be an Expert Witness, Indiana Association for Play Therapy, 1997 Annual Conference, Indianapolis, 13 June 1997
  • Presenter, Know Your Role: Therapist & Evaluator, Indiana Association of Christian Counselors, Indianapolis, 15 March 1996
  • Presenter, Avoiding Unintentional Grievances, How to Find the Courthouse Seminar, Indianapolis Bar Association, Indianapolis, 6 December 1990 and 26 October 1989

Community Participation

  • Chair, Board of Directors, CRISPAZ (Christians for Peace in El Salvador), San Salvador, El Salvador
  • Member, Board of Trustees, Christian Theological Seminary, Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Manager and Treasurer, Marion County Judicial Election campaigns, Indianapolis, 2008, 2002, 2000, 1996 and 1990
  • Volunteer Guardian Ad Litem/Court Appointed Special Advocate
  • Former President of IAC Arts Foundation, Indianapolis
  • Past President, Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana, Indianapolis
  • Past President, The Dayspring Center (family homeless shelter), Indianapolis
  • Former Chairperson, Coalition for Homelessness Intervention and Prevention, Inc., Indianapolis
  • Past Trustee, Indiana State Museum and Historical Sites Board of Directors
  • Past President and Board Member, Indiana State Museum Foundation

Personal Life

  • Kent has been married to attorney/author Judith Vale Newton since 1968, and the couple has two children and three grandchildren.
  • Kent was a Lieutenant with the United States Navy. He was assigned to sea duty in the Mediterranean Sea and the Arctic Ocean and served at naval bases located in Newport, Rhode Island; Norfolk, Virginia; and Washington, D.C.
  • Immediately prior to founding the predecessor firm to Newton Becker Bouwkamp Pendoski, PC, Kent was a partner in a large law firm in downtown Indianapolis.