- McKinney School of Law Distinguished Alumni Award (1994)
- IUPUI Spirit of Philanthropy Award (1989)
- IUPUI Maynard K. Hine Medal (1982)
Lante K. Earnest earned a B.S. in 1969, and a J.D. in 1973 from Indiana University-Purdue University in Indianapolis. He currently is a counsel for Hackman Hulett & Cracraft LLP in Indianapolis.
Earnest primarily focuses on the areas of business law (both transactions and organization), employment and commercial law, housing, government/administrative law, estate planning and administration, and real estate law. He received the highest rating for legal ability by Martindale Hubbell, and has been selected for inclusion in the listing of Indiana Super Lawyers for the years 2004 through 2011. In addition, he is a fellow of the Indianapolis Bar Association and the Indiana Bar Foundation. He has been a member of the board of directors for Heritage Trust, Indiana Natural Resources Foundation, and the Indianapolis Bar Foundation. Indiana Bar Foundation.