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Our Team

Tim Caress

Founder, Attorney

Lance Worland

Associate Attorney

Mary Wannemuehler

Office Manager/Paralegal

Christen Ryan

Paralegal

Tracey Azbell

Paralegal

Monica Melendez

Paralegal

Megan Ryan

Paralegal

Michelle Stark

Paralegal
Tim Caress

Tim Caress

Founder, Attorney
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have lived and worked my whole life in Indianapolis, and I am extremely proud to be a Hoosier. I care very deeply about my community and the people that live in it.

I have spent my entire legal career representing individuals who have been injured and families who have lost a loved one, and I purposefully chose this area of law because it affords me the opportunity and the privilege to make a real and meaningful difference in the lives of people from all walks of life. I am deeply fulfilled when I am able to help make life a bit better for someone who is in serious need.

I have been married to my incredible wife, Megan, for more than 20 years and we have been blessed with four fabulous children – two girls and two boys. Like most parents, my life consists largely of working and chasing kids from one activity to the next – I must say, I thoroughly enjoy nearly every moment of it.

In addition to focusing on my family, I think it is really important to be fully engaged in my community. I served on the Board of Trustees at The Orchard School for six years, and as Chair for two years. I have been very involved with the Orchard in Bloom garden show, which benefits Holliday Park, and have served as its Chair. I have served as a Board Member of the Indianapolis Racers Travel Hockey Association, and I regularly provide financial support to youth hockey in Indianapolis. I also financially support and coach youth basketball at First Baptist and baseball at Broad Ripple Haverford Little League. I have served as a Board Member of the Junto of Indianapolis, and I have served on the Board of the Indianapolis Bar Association. My family and I regularly support numerous local causes and charities, and we founded the Caress Family Foundation in 2011 in an effort to further help children in need.

More than anything, I really hope and strive to have a positive impact – on my family, on my community, on my clients. As a lawyer, I want nothing more than to be known as fair, honest and tireless advocate, and I simply do my level best to help my clients achieve the fair and right result for their situations.

Lance Worland

Lance Worland

Associate Attorney
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s an attorney at Caress Law Group, Lance Worland dedicates his entire practice to assisting individuals who have been injured by the negligence of others. Lance gained first-hand and invaluable experience advocating for injured persons while clerking throughout law school at an Indianapolis personal injury and medical malpractice law firm. He knew right away that he wanted to shape his career around this area of law, and he has not looked back since. This is the only area of law that Lance has ever practiced – and he dedicates 100% of his focus to helping people who have been injured.

Because he credits much of the opportunity in his life to his high school experience and education at Cathedral High School, Lance takes an active role in his alma mater’s affairs and tries to make a positive impact on young people. He is also a parishioner at Holy Spirit Parish at Geist.

Lance is proud to be a member of the Indiana Trial Lawyer Association’s Young Lawyers Executive Board. Further, his success in assisting personal injury clients has gained recent notoriety, as Lance Worland was named a SuperLawyers Rising Star, which is a distinction given to only 2.5% of lawyers in the State of Indiana.

Outside of work, Lance enjoys spending time with his wife Kelsey and their young daughter Lillian.

Mary Wannemuehler

Mary Wannemuehler

Office Manager
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ary Wannemuehler was born and raised in Indianapolis. Interestingly enough, she has lived, gone to school and worked her entire life within a 3 mile radius of her childhood home. She has been married 23 years to her husband, Randy, and they have one son, Henry, who is 19 years old.

Mary is an active parishioner of Immaculate Heart of Mary church, and has coached many sports at the school over the years. She is also past President of the PTO and has served on many different committees. Mary is also active in the Bishop Chatard community and serves on a number of the school's committees. Mary enjoys anything sports-related, but watching baseball is her guilty pleasure.

Mary graduated from Butler University in 1991, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Public and Corporate Communications. At Butler, she was a 3-year varsity softball player.

Mary works at Caress Law Group as an office manager and paralegal. She has always been a helper, but she finds that there truly is no greater satisfaction than being a part of the process of helping someone through a very difficult time. At Caress Law Group, she gets to help people put their lives back together, one step at a time - and that is especially rewarding for her.

Tracey Azbell

Tracey Azbell

Paralegal
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Tracey was raised in southeastern Indiana and received a Bachelor of Science degree from Ball State University.  Tracey has resided in the Indianapolis area since 1994.  She has 3 children, Evan, Abigail and Madelyn.

Tracey has been actively involved with her children’s school, sports, and activities through the years, and she is a member of Castleton United Methodist Church. Tracey has also been involved with several charities, including Making Strides Against Breast Cancer, Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, Theodora House, United Christmas Service Adopt-a- Family, and Operation Christmas Child.

Tracey has worked in the legal community for 23 years, with the exception of a 3 year break to stay home with her children when they were born. Earlier in her career, she worked for 3 years in corporate law and the remainder of her career has been dedicated to plaintiff medical malpractice and personal injury work. Tracey has worked with Tim Caress as his paralegal for 15 years, and she finds deep personal gratification in standing up for and helping victims of negligence.

Tracey has worked in the legal community for 19 years, with the exception of a 3 year break to stay home with her children when they were born. Earlier in her career, she worked for 3 years in corporate law and the remainder of her career has been dedicated to plaintiff medical malpractice and personal injury work. Tracey works as a paralegal at Caress Law Group, and she finds deep personal gratification in standing up for and helping victims of negligence.

 Christen Ryan

Christen Ryan

Paralegal
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hristen Ryan was born in Southern Florida and moved to Indianapolis as a young child, where she has lived ever since. She attended Bishop Chatard High School and then went on to Marion College to study Elementary Education.

Christen lives in the neighborhood with her husband, Kevin, and their three children, Jackson (9), Miles (4), and Reese (1). She is a legal assistant at Caress Law Group, which enables her to pursue her passion of helping people during their time of need.

Monica Melendez

Monica Melendez

Paralegal
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onica Melendez came to work at Caress Law Group very recently. She is a California native but came to the Hoosier State to “find a slower lifestyle”. She is a graduate of the Ohio State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting, but found that career unrewarding. She felt it was time to make a change and a difference. Having always loved the law, she decided to study under the tutelage of several attorneys and take online courses. She has worked as a Paralegal for 5 years in medical malpractice and personal injury.

Monica has four adult children; Gustavo, Kayla, Anissa, and Shelby, and three grandchildren; Kaylee, Gavin, and Michael. She enjoys spending time with family and friends, doing yardwork, and restoring antique furniture.

Megan Ryan

Megan Ryan

Paralegal
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egan Ryan was born and raised in Indianapolis. She has been married to her college sweetheart for over 20 years. They have 4 children. Megan is a graduate from the University of Indianapolis with a BS in Nursing. Megan worked in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at Riley Hospital for over 10 years before having the opportunity to stay home and raise her children. She has recently returned to the work force. Although this is a new role for Megan, she continues with her passion- helping others recover. Megan works as a legal nurse consultant and legal assistant with Tim Caress.

Michelle (McDermott) Stark

Michelle (McDermott) Stark

Paralegal
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ichelle (McDermott) Stark was born and raised on the north side of Indianapolis and grew up in Saint Luke Parish where she rode her bike to school and was a competitive CYO kickball player.  Michelle graduated from Purdue University with a Bachelor of Science degree in marketing and fashion merchandising. After working in the fashion industry and traveling as a sales rep for many years, Michelle had the opportunity to stay at home to be a full time mother and raise her children. She has been married to her husband Tim for 27 years, a proud graduate of Indiana University. They like to say they have a mixed marriage. They have been extremely blessed with three beautiful children Mackenzie, Steven and Collin, all graduates of Cathedral High School in Indianapolis.

Although the entire Stark family were very active members at St Simon at Geist Parish and School for many years, after recently moving back to the near Northside, they are currently members of Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish and feel like they are back home. Michelle has been very active as a volunteer in the community over the last 20 years serving as President of the Faith Formation Commission, Coordinator for Ministry of Mother Sharing, Lay Director for Central Indiana Women's Cursillo, Spiritual Director for CRHP, Social Chairman for Cathedral Mothers Club, and adult leader for Cathedral senior retreat.  She has also been involved with various service projects at Wheeler Mission, Cathedral Soup Kitchen, and Anna's House. Michelle Currently serves on the executive committee for Irish Young Life at Cathedral High School and is very passionate about helping young adults grow in their faith. Michelle enjoys hanging out with family and friends, playing golf, and traveling.                         

Before coming to Caress Law Group, Michelle also worked several years for Community Health Network and Holy Name Catholic Church. She believes all of these opportunities have prepared her for this position. Michelle currently works as Lance Worland's assistant and part-time paralegal and enjoys working with the clients during their time of need. She is very excited and honored to be a part of the team at Caress Law group to continue to support its mission of helping others.