Patricia Peyton Truitt

Patricia Peyton Truitt

Founding Partner
Of Counsel
Lafayette, Indiana

For more than 25 years, the law firm of Truitt, Ray, Sharvelle & Eberhardt LLP has been providing legal services to individuals and businesses in the Lafayette, Indiana, area. With a reputation for providing quality legal solutions, we have earned the respect of our clients, the legal community and civic organizations.

Meeting Your Needs For Legal Advice And Services

Truitt, Ray, Sharvelle & Eberhardt LLP provides services and representation in matters involving:

  • Estate law - Including wills, trusts, estate planning, elder law concerns, business succession planning and probate administration.
  • Family law - Divorce, child custody and visitation, property division, child support, adoptions and other matters.
  • Business law - Formation of corporations, partnerships and LLCs, contracts, business growth counseling, financing, general counsel services and litigation.
  • Personal injury - Obtaining compensation in cases involving car accidents, slip-and-fall accidents, medical malpractice, nursing home neglect and other types of negligence.

Our lawyers have the experience and resources needed to address complex legal problems as well as more routine matters. As a small law firm, we take a hands-on approach, working closely with our clients to understand their needs and concerns, and responding with creative solutions. Whether it involves estate planning, a proposed business transaction or another legal problem, Truitt, Ray, Sharvelle & Eberhardt LLP can help.

For an initial phone consultation about your legal matter with an experienced and committed attorney, call Truitt, Ray, Sharvelle & Eberhardt LLP at 765-742-7040.

Areas of Practice

  • Adoption
  • Business & Commercial Law
  • Business Organizations
  • Child Support
  • Construction Law
  • Contracts
  • Custody & Visitation
  • Debtor/Creditor
  • Divorce
  • Elder Law
  • Estate Planning
  • Family Law
  • Landlord/Tenant
  • Lemon Law
  • Motor Vehicle Accidents -- Plaintiff
  • Natural Resources Law
  • Personal Injury -- Plaintiff
  • Probate & Estate Administration
  • Real Estate Law
  • Trusts
  • Wills
  • Business & Corporate Law

Litigation Percentage

  • 15% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • Indiana, 1979
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Indiana, 1979
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Indiana, 1979
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 7th Circuit, 1984
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1983


  • Indiana University School of Law, Indianapolis, Indiana
    • Doctor of Jurisprudence - with Honors - 1979
    • Honors: Phi Delta Phi
    • Honors: National Finalist, ABA's National Appellate Advocacy Competition
    • Law Review: Indiana Law Review, Note and Development Editor
  • Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana
    • Master of Arts, Government - 1963
  • Duke University, Durham, North Carolina
    • Bachelor of Arts, Political Science - 1961

Published Works

  • Beal v. Doe Leads the Retreat from Roe v. Wade, Indiana Law Review, Publishable Recent Developments, 1978
  • The Evaluation and Importance of the General Committee of the United Nations General Assembly, Master's Thesis, Purdue University, 1963
  • City of Indianapolis v. Wright: The Indiana Supreme Court Looks at Massage Parlor Ordinances, Indiana Law Review, Publishable Recent Developments, 1978


  • Choice of Entity, ICLEF Speaker, FYF Law Office, 1999

Honors and Awards

  • Who's Who in Law, 1988
  • Who's Who in American Colleges & Universities, 1979
  • Award for Outstanding Community Service, Women's Caucus, Lafayette, 1975
  • Outstanding Young Women of America, 1973
  • Who's Who in American Colleges & Universities, 1961

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Indiana Bar Foundation, Member, Board of Directors, Treasurer, Executive Committee, 1995 - Present
  • Indiana Bar Foundation, Member, Board of Governors, 1999 - 2001
  • Indiana Bar Foundation, Chair, General Practice, Solo and Small Firm Section, 1999 - 2001
  • Indiana Bar Foundation, House of Delegates, Honors Committee, 1999 - 2001
  • Tippecanoe Bar Association, Past Treasurer
  • American Bar Association, Sections on Real Estate and Probate, General Practice
  • Lafayette Symphony Foundation, Inc., Member, Board of Directors/Secretary
  • Covenant Presbyterian Church, Elder, Young Life Metro Committee
  • Lafayette Symphony Orchestra, Member
  • Greater Lafayette Museum of Art, Member
  • Tippecanoe Historical Association, Life Member
  • Purdue Alumni Association, Life Member
  • John Purdue Club, MVP
  • The Monday Club, Member
  • Drama Club, Member
  • Tippecanoe Arts Federation, Member
  • Friends of Convocations, Member
  • Greater Lafayette Chamber of Commerce, Member
  • Association of Women Business Owners, Member

Past Employment Positions

  • Truitt & Ray LLP, Partner
  • Truitt & Herr Law Firm, Partner, 1991 - Present
  • Truitt Law Firm, Sole Practitioner, 1988 - 1990
  • Ball, Eggleston, Bumbleburg & McBride, Associate, 1983 - 1988
  • Stuart & Branigin, Associate, 1979 - 1983
  • West Lafayette, Indiana Public Schools, Secondary School Teacher, 1968 - 1969
  • Lexington, Massachusetts Public Schools, Secondary School Teacher, 1965 - 1967
  • Cudahy, Wisconsin Public Schools, Secondary School Teacher, 1963 - 1964
  • World Affairs Council, Boston, Massachusetts, 1964
  • United Nations, New York, New York, Guide, 1963