A lifelong Hoosier, Brandyce Sallee chose to play collegiate softball as an undergraduate at Butler University, and the competitive drive necessary to excel as a Division I athlete serves her well today in her work with Kendall Wood Lowry & Kessinger (KWLK). Ms. Sallee sees competing on the softball field as an environment similar to the adversarial system of law. She understands the necessity of preparing strategy and positioning her clients for the best outcome in court just as on the diamond. And, most importantly, she is accustomed to performing under pressure with confidence.
As part of her preparation to become an attorney, Ms. Sallee worked for a plaintiffs and defense firm on medical malpractice cases, and also became familiar with child-related cases. Not only does she see that work as good experience, but those experiences fostered an interest in family law that persists today.
“I think that family law is most intriguing,” she said, explaining that an important role of an attorney in family law cases is to take a step back and provide advice that removes the anger, hostility, and emotions inherent in such a time of crisis. “Clients arrive in distress during an emotional and difficult time in their lives. I have learned that I am good at diffusing those situations, and can provide some good answers and strategies that give them comfort.”
Ms. Sallee joined KWLK as an associate with Christopher Parker in 2021, after graduating from Indiana University’s Robert H. McKinney School of Law. She accepted the position because she saw the firm as one that focuses on meeting client needs—communicating clearly and directly with clients, and advocating for them fiercely. “It has a small, family feel where the values are clear: it is important to be a good lawyer and to be a good person.”
Working as a public defender and trial attorney, Ms. Sallee primarily represents clients in Hendricks County and surrounding areas. Besides the opportunity to ply her competitive nature, Ms. Sallee derives great satisfaction and motivation from knowing she’s making a difference in the lives of her clients. “When they are feeling stress,” she says, “there is nothing better than hearing that what you have done for them mattered.”
Professionally, Ms. Sallee is a member of the Indiana Bar Association as well as the Hendricks County Bar Association, where she currently serves as treasurer. Personally, she sees being active mentoring and teaching young athletes as the best way for her to give back to her community. She and her husband reside locally.