The Solicitor General is the chief litigation policy advisor to the attorney general, providing comprehensive oversight of state and federal litigation for Indiana. The solicitor general also:
- Handles specific cases involving constitutional challenges
- Pursues cases with issues of vital interest to state government
- Makes recommendations to the attorney general on the state’s participation in filing amicus curiae briefs (friend of the court briefs)
- Consults with the Appellate Division to determine which civil cases the state should appeal and the appropriate legal position to pursue
Solicitor General Thomas M. Fisher
Thomas M. Fisher has served as an Indiana Deputy Attorney General since February 2001, and was named Indiana's first Solicitor General in July, 2005.
Fisher has successfully defended Indiana's popular Do Not Call law in both state and federal court and has argued successfully in the Indiana Supreme Court for application of Indiana's auto-dialer law to political campaign calls. A two-time recipient of the National Association of Attorneys General Best Brief Award for excellence in U.S. Supreme Court brief writing, Fisher has argued three times before the High Court, most recently in 2008 when he successfully defended Indiana's Voter ID law in Crawford v. Marion County Election Board, and persuaded the Court to permit states to require mentally ill criminal defendants to have trial counsel in Indiana v. Edwards. He has also argued significant Indiana constitutional law cases involving abortion regulations, same-sex marriage, toll road leasing, educational funding, and attorney general authority over charitable trusts.
Fisher has taught as an adjunct professor at Indiana University Maurer School of Law, is a frequent speaker at a variety of continuing legal education forums, and often addresses civic groups about the mission of the Office of the Attorney General, as well as his work as Solicitor General. In addition, Fisher writes a column on Seventh Circuit practice for the Appellate Advocate, newsletter published quarterly by the Indiana State Bar Association.
Prior to joining the Attorney General’s Office, Fisher worked in private practice in Indianapolis and Washington, D.C., and clerked for Judge Michael S. Kanne of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. Fisher received a bachelor’s degree in 1991 from Wabash College, graduating with honors. He earned a law degree, also with honors, from Indiana University School of Law, Bloomington, in 1994. Originally from Remington, Indiana, Fisher resides in Indianapolis with his wife and their four children.
Deputy Solicitor General Kian Hudson
Kian Hudson has served as a Deputy Attorney General with the Solicitor General since April 2018. Prior to joining the Attorney General's Office, he worked in private practice in Washington, D.C., and clerked for Judge Diane Sykes of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.
Hudson grew up in Harlan, Indiana. He attended Northwestern University, where he received his undergraduate degree summa cum laude. He earned his J.D. from Yale Law School in 2015, and he is a proud member of the Indiana bar.
Deputy Attorney General Julia C. Payne
Julia has served as a Deputy Attorney General with the Solicitor General since October 2017.
Payne received her Juris Doctor from the Indiana University Maurer School of Law in 2017 and her B.A. in History and B.A. in Spanish from Western Kentucky University in 2014.
Prior to becoming a Deputy Attorney General, Payne worked as a clerk for the Solicitor General and was named a 2015 Blackstone Fellow.