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Adams, Drew

Supervising Deputy Attorney General

Medicaid Fraud Control Unit

 

Drew Adams is the current Supervisory Deputy Attorney General for the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit in the Northern District of Indiana, investigating Medicare and Medicaid fraud, healthcare fraud, theft and related crimes. He has been with the Office of the Indiana Attorney General since 2004. Prior to joining the Office of the Indiana Attorney General Drew was the Director of a Special Investigations Unit investigating and prosecuting insurance fraud. From 2005 through 2007, Drew served as an investigator with the Attorney General’s Voter Fraud Task Force, a joint effort with the Lake County Prosecutor’s Office, the Indiana Attorney General and the Indiana State Police investigating voter fraud in East Chicago and Lake County, Indiana. The Joint Task Force activities resulted in the successful prosecution of 45 individuals. Drew was also involved in investigating over-prescribers of controlled substances in support of the Attorney General’s Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention Task Force. 

 

Drew graduated from Valporaiso University School of Law in 1987.  Drew also was the recipient of the Law Enforcement Recognition Award from the Assistant US Attorney in Hammond in 2008.  

Alyea, Michelle

Deputy Attorney General

Consumer Litigation

 

Michelle Alyea is a Deputy Attorney General in the Consumer Protection Division of the Indiana Attorney General. She is a graduate of Valparaiso University and Valparaiso University School of Law. She is admitted to practice law in Indiana and Illinois. She joined the Consumer Protection Division after clerking for a federal judge in the Northern District of Indiana, working at the Merrillville office of Indiana Legal Services, and spending time in private practice at a consumer protection law firm in Chicago.

Anderson, Christopher

Deputy Attorney General

Administrative & Regulatory Enforcement Litigation

 

Christopher Anderson is a Deputy Attorney General in the Administrative and Regulatory Enforcement Section of the Litigation Division.  In this role he is responsible for providing legal representation for the State of Indiana and its agencies in the enforcement and defense of administrative regulations and regulatory action.

 

Christopher joined the Office of the Indiana Attorney General as a Deputy in October 2018. Prior to joining the Attorney General’s Office, Christopher served as the Assistant General Counsel for the Office of Governor Mike Pence, and then as the Associate General Counsel for the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute.  Christopher obtained his juris doctor from the Indiana University McKinney School of Law in May 2014.  He obtained his bachelor’s degree in World Politics and Economics from Taylor University in May 2009.

 

During law school, Christopher worked as a law clerk for the Attorney General’s Office in both the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit and the Licensing Enforcement/Homeowner Protection Unit.  He was also a legal intern in the Marion County Prosecutor’s Office, the Office of Governor Mike Pence, and a small general-practice law firm in New Palestine, Indiana.  Christopher was an Articles Editor for the Indiana Health Law Review, and he received the Pro Bono Program Gold Level Volunteer award for giving over 200 hours toward pro bono activities.

 

Christopher is admitted to practice law in Indiana, and in the United States District Courts in the Northern and Southern Districts of Indiana.

Anthony, William

Deputy Attorney General

Advisory

 

William (“Bill”) Anthony joined the Office of Indiana Attorney General in April, 2019, as a Deputy Attorney General within the Advisory Division.  Prior to joining the office, Mr. Anthony held various management and advisory roles at the municipal level concentrating on code enforcement, permitting/licensing, and public works.  Mr. Anthony graduated from the University of Southern Indiana and earned his Juris Doctorate from Indiana University – Robert H. McKinney School of Law.  He is licensed to practice law in the State of Indiana.     

Babbs, Eric

Deputy Attorney General

Medica Fraud Control Unit

 

Eric P. Babbs is a graduate of West Lafayette High School, Yale University, and the University of Notre Dame Law School.  After law school, he completed a two-year judicial clerkship for the Honorable Margret G. Robb of the Court of Appeals of Indiana.  In 2011, Mr. Babbs joined the Office of the Attorney General in the Appeals Division.  Between 2011 and 2017, in addition to authoring numerous appellate briefs on issues of criminal law and procedure, he orally argued 24 cases before the state and federal appellate courts.

 

In 2017, Mr. Babbs joined the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit and was assigned to civil investigations of fraud and abuse in the Indiana Medicaid program.  Starting in 2018, Mr. Babbs was assigned to the United States Attorney’s Office (Southern District of Indiana) as a Special Assistant United States Attorney.  In that role, he has pursued investigations and resulting litigation of matters involving coordinated federal and state enforcement, including drug diversion and civil asset forfeiture.

 

Mr. Babbs enjoys running as a hobby, and lives in Carmel, Indiana with his family.

Banks, Tyler

Supervising Deputy Attorney General

Criminal Appeals

 

Tyler Banks joined Criminal Appeals in March 2015. Since starting, he has not only written briefs in criminal appeals, but also served as co-counsel in three post-conviction cases in which the defendant had received a death sentence. He also works on challenges to state-court convictions in federal habeas corpus cases. He has argued before both the Indiana Court of Appeals and the Indiana Supreme Court numerous times. Before working for OAG, he graduated from Purdue University with a B.S. in economics and earned his J.D. from Emory University School of Law. While at Emory, Tyler was an Executive Managing Editor of Emory International Law Review and published a comment in that journal on corporate liability and international law.

Barnhart, Scott

Deputy Attorney General

Complex Litigation

 

Scott Barnhart began his legal career with the Attorney General's Office in 2003.  He initially started out as a Law Clerk and later served as a Deputy Attorney General in the Appellate Division.  He has authored and appeared as counsel in well over four hundred appellate matters, which includes approximately fifty published decisions.  In 2008, Mr. Barnhart was selected by the Office to participate in an exchange program where he cross-trained as a Deputy Prosecuting Attorney in the Marion County Prosecutor's Office.  He returned to the Attorney General's Office in 2009 and began practicing in the Civil Litigation Division where he represented and defended State agencies and employees in civil rights lawsuits and other civil matters.  Mr. Barnhart left the office in 2012 for private practice and started a law firm, which grew from three lawyers to six over the course of seven years.  As a private practitioner, Mr. Barnhart primarily focused on civil rights litigation in federal court, constitutional law, administrative law, and criminal defense.  Mr. Barnhart returned to the Office in 2019 as Special Counsel of Complex Litigation with a current focus on Opioid-related civil litigation.

Barrow, Frances

Deputy Attorney General

Civil Appeals

 

Frances Barrow is a Deputy Attorney General in the Civil Appeals Section, but joined the OAG in 1994 as a deputy in what was then known as Administrative and Regulatory Litigation.  She has been a deputy in the Civil Appeals Section since 2002.  Before joining the OAG, Ms. Barrow was a deputy prosecuting attorney in the Floyd County Prosecutor’s Office in New Albany, Indiana.  She received a Bachelor of Arts from Lake Forest College, Lake Forest, Illinois, in 1977, a Master of Arts in Religion from Yale Divinity School in 1985, and her law degree from Wake Forest University School of Law in 1989.  Ms. Barrow has been a presenter at CLE seminars on topics including defending class action lawsuits, injunction practice, child support appeals, and administrative law, and has lectured at the McKinney School of Law on child support issues.  She is a volunteer with the Judges and Lawyers Assistance Program, and with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Indiana.  Ms. Barrow is licensed to practice law in Indiana and Louisiana.

Barth, Jennifer

Section Chief

Professional Licensing & Homeowner Protection Unit

 

Jennifer Barth is the Section Chief of the Professional Licensing Enforcement and Homeowner Protection Unit.  Her section investigates and prosecutes complaints against non-medical licensed professionals.  The section also assists consumers with issues related to loan servicers as well as prosecutes violations of the Home Loan Practices Act and Deceptive Consumer Sales Act.  

Jennifer graduated from Purdue University, where she received her Bachelor of Science in Management, with a minor in English.  Jennifer holds a juris doctor from Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law, where she graduated in 2004.
 
Jennifer joined the Office of the Attorney General in late 2015.  Prior to joining the Office, Jennifer worked for Stonegate Mortgage Company, where she assisted with the company’s initial public offering in 2013 and other various business and mortgage matters.  Prior to her tenure at Stonegate, Jennifer worked for a Hamilton County firm, where she focused her work on municipal law.  

Jennifer is admitted to practice law in the State of Indiana.  In addition to her law license, Jennifer holds a mortgage loan originator license (inactive).  

Jennifer is a graduate of the Hamilton County Leadership Academy and an active member of the Junior League of Indianapolis.  

In her spare time, Jennifer enjoys biking, cooking and traveling. 

Blackwell, Joan

General Counsel

 

Joan Blackwell is General Counsel for Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill.  Prior to joining the office, she practiced law with the firm of Barnes & Thornburg and focused her practice on bankruptcy, commercial law, and litigation matters.

 

Ms. Blackwell spent over 25 years as staff attorney to the Honorable Frank J. Otte of the United States Bankruptcy Court, Southern District of Indiana. Ms. Blackwell was a section chief for the Office of the Indiana Attorney General where she oversaw matters relating to bankruptcy, civil prosecution of public corruption cases, and general litigation.

 

Ms. Blackwell is an adjunct professor at the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law where she teaches courses on secured transactions. She has also lectured on bankruptcy matters for seminars for Indiana Continuing Legal Education Forum (“ICLEF”) and the Indianapolis Bar Association. 

 

Ms. Blackwell graduated with a B.A. from Indiana University and earned her J.D. from the Indiana University School of Law – Indianapolis.

Bohm, Clinton

Director of Finance

Economic and Financial Operations

 

Clinton Bohm was born and raised in Cass County Indiana, where his parents Bill Bohm and Deb Wickersham still reside.  His only brother, Josh, resides in the Denver, Colorado.  Originally from Lucerne, Indiana; Clinton now calls the booming town of Whitestown home. He and his wife Anne (Easterday) have four children Ryan, Thomas, James, and Mathias.  

 

Clinton is a 2004 graduate of Pioneer High School in Royal Center, Indiana; a 2008 graduate from the Purdue College of Liberal Arts with a degree in Political Science; and a 2018 graduate from Purdue’s Krannertt School of Management with a Master’s in Business Administration. Clinton is proud of the work that went into obtaining his MBA, as he went through the program while maintaining a full -time leadership position in state government finance, being active in his community, and raising his family as it grew from two children at the beginning of the program to four immediately following graduation.

 

Clinton has served Hoosier’s in a number of roles over his career.  He started working as a Legislative Assistant for the Indiana House of Representatives, where he assisted legislators and their constituents in areas from Elkhart to New Albany and Jasper to Logansport. He gained a broad understanding of Hoosiers from across the state on the issues in their communities and how the decisions in Indianapolis impact their lives.  

 

After several years in the House of Representatives, Clinton transitioned to the Indiana State Budget Agency during the Daniels Administration.  There, he worked on a number of agency budgets including the Indiana Office of Technology, the Department of Child Services, the Indiana Veteran’s Administration, among other agencies and offices. He rose to the level of Senior Budget Analyst by the end of his tenure with the agency.

 

In December of 2014, Clinton was hired by the CFO of the Department of Child Services to work on special projects including increased federal claiming, review of federal reporting internal and external, and other process improvement.  During his time at DCS, his responsibilities grew to include budget development, budget implementation, payment processing, travel, payroll, and many internal functions of the agencies.  He was eventually promoted to the Deputy CFO for Operations, where he worked with several parts of the operational process. He served in this role until he was hired by this office as the Director of Finance in June of 2018.

Bonaventura, Mary Beth

Chief of Staff

 

Mary Beth Bonaventura is currently serving as Chief of Staff to Indiana Attorney General, Curtis Hill. She oversees approximately 400 staff members, which includes attorneys, paralegals, and investigators. Additionally, Bonaventura is directly responsible for the Communications and Outreach, Operations, Unclaimed Property, Constituent Relations, and Medicaid Fraud divisions.

Prior to January 2018, Bonaventura was appointed as Director of the Indiana Department of Child Services (IDCS), by then-Governor Mike Pence, in 2013. Bonaventura led a staff of over 4,000 family case managers, attorneys, and child advocates.

Prior to leading IDCS, Bonaventura served Hoosiers in Lake County for 31 years, most recently as Senior Judge of the Lake County Superior Court, Juvenile Division. Bonaventura was appointed Senior Judge in 1993, by then-Governor Evan Bayh, after having served as Magistrate for eleven years.

Bonaventura has served on several governing boards and committees, including Indiana’s Commission on Improving the Status of Children and Indiana’s Commission to Combat Drug Abuse. She is a member of the Marian University Board of Trustees. Bonaventura has received many awards during her career, including the Sagamore of the Wabash, which was bestowed upon her by former Indiana Governor, Vice President Mike Pence. This award is the highest honor an Indiana Governor can bestow upon a Hoosier.

Bradley, Eliza

Deputy Attorney General

Data Privacy & ID Theft

 

Eliza Bradley joined the Office of the Attorney General as a Deputy Attorney General in the Consumer Protection Division. During her tenure with the OAG, Eliza has investigated, negotiated, and litigated violations of Indiana’s Telephone Privacy laws including Do-Not-Call, Do-Not-Fax, and Auto-Dialer Acts, as well as the Deceptive Consumer Sales Act. From 2014 to 2018, Eliza also handled matters involving charitable trusts and institutional funds under the Office’s supervisory authority pursuant to the Trust Code.

 

Currently, Eliza is a DAG in the Data Privacy and Identity Theft Unit. She investigates complaints regarding telephone and data privacy issues and brings enforcement actions for violations of Indiana's Telephone Privacy laws, Indiana’s Disclosure of Security Breach law, the Heath Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (“HIPAA”), and other applicable data privacy laws. She also works with the team to assist victims of Identity Theft.

 

Prior to joining the Attorney General’s Office, Eliza’s legal practice focused on general civil litigation, corporate law, and commercial transactions for a law firm in Indianapolis, Indiana.

 

Eliza received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Oberlin College and her Juris Doctor from Tulane Law School. She is a member of the Indianapolis Bar Association and the Indiana State Bar Association along with its Women in Law Committee.

Byrley, Taylor

Deputy Attorney General

Real Estate Litigation

 

Taylor C. Byrley is a Deputy Attorney General in the Real Estate Litigation Section. Taylor joined the Office of the Indiana Attorney General in 2016 as a law clerk in the Consumer Litigation Section. He continued as a clerk in this section until graduating law school and passing the bar exam. Following completion of the bar exam, Taylor joined the first class of I-DAGs. As an I-DAG, Taylor worked on assignments from all the divisions of the office. After the successful completion of the program, he joined the Real Estate Litigation Section.

 

Taylor is originally from Southern Indiana. In his hometown of Evansville he operated a lawn care and landscaping business throughout high school and college. He graduated from Indiana University with degrees in English and History. Taylor completed his law degree here in Indianapolis at the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law.

 

During his time at McKinney, Taylor obtained a Corporate and Commercial Graduate Certificate and joined the Indiana International and Comparative Law Review Vol. 27. Taylor was selected for publication for his note on international immigration policies and a proposal for reform of current U.S. policies. The publication won the Best Student Note Award for Vol. 27 of the law review. Taylor then joined the executive board of the Indiana International and Comparative Law Review Vol. 28, as the Executive Note Development Editor. He assisted note candidates with the preparation of their publication submissions, and was selected by his peers to receive a Distinguished Service Award for his efforts.

Carcare II, Lawrence

Deputy Attorney General

Medicaid Fraud Control Unit

 

Lawrence J. Carcare II joined the Office of the Indiana Attorney General in January 2002. A 1975 graduate of Culver Military Academy, Carcare obtained a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the University of Notre Dame in 1979, and was certified as a CPA in 1981. In 1995, Carcare graduated from Indiana University McKinney School of Law.

 

A Deputy Attorney General in the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit (“MFCU”) since August of 2009, Carcare prosecutes civil violations of state and federal False Claims Acts, Anti-Kickback Statutes, the Stark Law, FDA regulations, and State regulations primarily in federal courts. These highly complex cases often involve multiple plaintiffs and defendants. Many of the cases involve as many as 31 states, including Indiana. Carcare has been part of multi-state litigation teams that have secured nearly $1 billion in settlements. In cases where the US and Indiana are the only government entities named, he has obtained almost $25 million in settlements.

 

Prior to moving to the MFCU, from July 2005 to August 2009, Carcare served as Enforcement Counsel – Tobacco and Antitrust, and his duties included monitoring compliance with the payment provisions in the $206 billion Master Settlement Agreement (MSA) with the Tobacco Industry; enforcing restrictions placed upon the Tobacco Industry in the areas of marketing, advertising, promotions, and sponsorship; and defending the MSA against Anti-Trust challenges in federal court.

 

From January 2002 to June 2005, Carcare was a member of the Collections Section, responsible for prosecuting actions referred to the Attorney General by the Indiana State Board of Accounts, the most prominent of which was the groundbreaking Civil RICO action against Ex-East Chicago Mayor Robert Pastrick. The case marked the first time that an attorney general successfully used anti-racketeering statutes to sue a corrupt city administration to recover the damages inflicted on the city. The suit filed by the state in 2004 alleged Pastrick and others ran the city as a "corrupt enterprise" and spent $24 million in public money to court voters in the 1999 Democratic primary – the Sidewalks for Votes Scheme. In March 2010, a federal judge ordered Pastrick and two former aides to pay $108 million in damages.

Cassidy, Amanda

Deputy Attorney General

Medicaid Fraud Control Unit

 

Amanda joined the office as a graduate law clerk in Medical Licensing in 2012, and was hired as a Deputy Attorney General in that section shortly thereafter, where she litigated administrative complaints in front of professional and medical licensing boards, including the Medical Licensing Board, the Respiratory Care Committee, and the Massage Therapy Board.  In 2014, Amanda moved to the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit investigating consumer complaints, drafting pleadings seeking license discipline against the professional licenses of Medicaid providers, and representing the State in actions before various Boards/Committees of the Indiana Professional Licensing Agency.  Originally from California, Amanda graduated from San Francisco State University with a degree in English Literature in 2002.  After spending a few years travelling and working as an account manager for Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Amanda took the plunge and applied to law school in 2008.  She found herself drawn to a school halfway across the country, in Bloomington, Indiana.  Amanda graduated from Indiana University Maurer School of Law in 2011, falling in love with Indiana during her three years at IU.  Away from work, Amanda loves to cook and experiment with recipes.  She lives with her husband, Kyle, and their two cats, Ziggy and Stardust.  

Chiu, James

Deputy Attorney General

Asset Recovery & Bankruptcy Litigation

 

James is a graduate of the Robert H. McKinney School of Law.  He started his career with a well-respected, Indianapolis, boutique law firm primarily in the areas of commercial law and creditors’ rights law.  Thereafter, James held positions as Corporate Counsel for a large, privately held, national corporation, and an Indianapolis based commercial, real estate development company.   

Ciravolo, Benedict

Deputy Attorney General

Real Estate Litigation

 

Ben Ciravolo joined the Attorney General’s office again in October, 2017 with the Real Estate Litigation Group. Ben was formerly with the Attorney General’s office was from 2005-2011 with the Transportation Practice Group as a trial attorney.

 

As a Deputy Attorney General Ben has successfully litigated scores of eminent domain cases for the Department of Transportation.  These cases have included land acquisition for the Major Moves, Indiana Heartlands, and the current I-69 project in central Indiana.  Ben has extensive litigation experience including bench and jury trials, pre-trial discovery, depositions, mediations, motion practice and arbitrations in real estate, eminent domain and commercial business transactions. 

 

He received his B.A. from Seton Hall University and his J.D. from The John Marshall Law School. Ben is admitted to practice in New Jersey, Indiana and Illinois; the United States District Courts in New Jersey, Indiana and Illinois; the United States Court of Appeals - Third Circuit and the United States Supreme Court.

Clouser, Justin

Deputy Attorney General

Asset Recovery & Bankruptcy Litigation

 

Justin started with the Indiana Attorney General’s Office in February of 2019. Prior to joining the OAG he was an associate attorney at Noel Law in Kokomo, Indiana, where his practice focused around insurance defense litigation, criminal defense litigation, and family law. He served as the Deputy Public Defender in Tipton County for 6 years prior to joining the OAG. He is licensed to practice in the State of Indiana, and the United States Northern and Southern District Courts.

 

Justin is a 2008 graduate of DePauw University where he majored in political science. He went on to attend the University of Dayton School of law where he focused his studies on advocacy and dispute resolution.

 

Justin Grew up in Tipton County, Indiana, and is a graduate of Tipton High School. He was President of the Howard County Bar Association, and was actively involved in Tipton County’s Evidence Based Decision Making Committee. Justin is passionate about litigation and serving the citizens of the State of Indiana.

Cochran, Kelly

Deputy Attorney General

Government Litigation

 

Kelly graduated summa cum laude from Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, where she had the opportunity to extern for the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. She first practiced in Los Angeles, California, specializing in financial services litigation. After returning to Indiana, she worked as a public defender with the Marion County Public Defender Agency. At the Office of the Indiana Attorney General, Kelly works in the Government Litigation section. She defends state agencies in a variety of suits, including claims brought pursuant to 42 U.S.C. §1983, employment law suits, and tort claims.

Comer, Evan

Deputy Attorney General

Criminal Appeals

 

Evan Comer is a Deputy Attorney General Criminal Appeals Section. Evan first joined OAG as a law clerk in the Civil Appeals Section in the summer of 2016. Evan obtained his law degree from the University of Louisville Louis D. Brandeis School of Law in 2017. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Butler University in 2014, where he received highest honors in history and honors in political science with a minor in political science. In law school, Evan was executive editor of the Journal of Animal and Environmental Law. He participated in the law school’s Louis Brandeis Impact Litigation Practicum, while also teaching constitutional law to high school students through the Marshall-Brennan Constitutional Literacy Project. Evan is a lifelong resident of Scottsburg, Indiana. Outside of work, he enjoys reading, tennis, and learning about history, particularly colonial and revolutionary American history.

Cooper, Whitney

Deputy Attorney General

Medicaid Fraud Control Unit

 

Since May 2016, Whitney has been with the Indiana Office of the Attorney General in the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit investigating Consumer Complaints, drafting pleadings seeking discipline against the professional licenses of medical providers, and representing the State in actions before various Boards/Committees of the Indiana Professional Licensing Agency. Prior to joining the Office, Whitney worked as a Lead Attorney at the Indiana Department of Child Services for approximately three years. Whitney also spent some time as a solo practitioner focusing on criminal defense and family law. In 2008, Whitney graduated from Indiana University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and minors in History and Spanish. Whitney graduated from Indiana University McKinney School of Law in 2011 and achieved a life-long dream of becoming an attorney in May 2012.  Away from work, Whitney spends as much time as possible outdoors, including taking frequent camping trips and bicycling, a new-found passion. Whitney has two dogs (Penny and Michael Jordan), loves to color on her front porch with the neighborhood kids, and finds true joy in her work as a public servant.

Corey, David

Deputy Attorney General

Civil Appeals

 

David E. Corey is a Deputy Attorney General in the Civil Appeals Division. David is a magna cum laude graduate of Hope College (1991) where he was also elected into Phi Beta Kappa. He also graduated magna cum laude from Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law in 2000. David is admitted to practice in Indiana and Michigan. David has practiced in the areas transactional real estate for local and national developers, litigation, and appellate litigation.

Cornelius,Katherine

Deputy Attorney General

Civil Appeals

 

Katherine Cornelius has been a Deputy Attorney General in Civil Appeals since July, 2017. She previously worked for the Department of Child Services in Marion and Boone Counties, the Marion County Public Defender agency, was in private practice and was a consumer rights and litigation attorney for UAW Legal Services.  She obtained her law degree from Valparaiso University School of Law where she was both on law review and a teaching assistant. After law school she clerked for Judge Patrick Sullivan on the Indiana Court of Appeals. 

Craft, Aaron

Section Chief

Civil Appeals

 

Aaron T. Craft joined the OAG as a Deputy Attorney General in Civil Appeals in January 2015 and was promoted to Section Chief of Civil Appeals in March 2019. Aaron has a Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) from Purdue University and is a registered pharmacist. After pharmacy school, he attended law school at Indiana University Maurer School of Law in Bloomington, where he served as the Senior Managing Editor of the Indiana Law Journal and as a member of the Sherman Minton Moot Court Board. During law school, he worked as a pharmacist at Walgreens, as a summer intern with the City of Bloomington’s legal department, as a summer associate with Baker & Hostetler, LLP, in Cleveland, Ohio, and as an OAG extern with Solicitor General Tom Fisher. Aaron graduated magna cum laude in 2010 and was elected to the Order of the Coif. Before joining the OAG, Aaron clerked for Justice Frank Sullivan, Jr., on the Indiana Supreme Court and then for Judge John Daniel Tinder on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. At the OAG, Aaron represents the State in state and federal courts in appeals across the spectrum of civil matters and has handled numerous complex appeals presenting questions of constitutional law, administrative law, and statutory interpretation. He also on occasion assists the Solicitor General in cases pending before the U.S. Supreme Court.

Criss, Sam

Deputy Chief of Staff 

Sam Criss currently serves as Deputy Chief of Staff at the Office of the Indiana Attorney General. The Deputy Chief of Staff is a senior staff position responsible for coordinating and advancing the work of the Office of the Indiana Attorney General (OAG) under the direction of the Chief of Staff. The role is critical to ensuring the operational efficiency and effectiveness of the OAG; serves as a trusted adviser to the Chief of Staff and other senior leadership; manages and oversees projects and initiatives to achieve the OAG’s priorities and objectives.

Prior to this role, he served as Deputy Director of the Indiana Department of Child Services, managing portfolios of child welfare services, Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI), agency innovation and federal reporting and compliance. This included a brief appointment by Governor Eric Holcomb as Interim Agency Director, managing a staff of over 4000 and budget of $1.1 Billion. 

His community involvement includes a current role as Board Chair with a local not-for-profit dedicated to reuniting siblings who have become separated in foster care and other out of home care. The organization accomplishes its mission through an association of members who conduct summer camps filled with opportunities for fun, empowerment and sibling connection. Mr. Criss is also the founding CEO and Emeritus Board Member of a local not-for-profit serving teens who “age out” of foster care and that advocates for child welfare reform. He is a native Hoosier, born and raised in New Castle, Indiana and has resided in Indianapolis since 1997. 

Creason, Stephen

Chief Counsel 

Appeals

 

Stephen Creason is the Chief Counsel for the Appeals Division. In this role, Steve leads the appellate practice of the State of Indiana, including over 35 attorneys handling all forms of appellate-related matters in the Court of Appeals of Indiana, Indiana Supreme Court, United States District Courts for the Northern and Southern Districts of Indiana, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. He has served in the Office of the Attorney General since 1999 in various other roles including law clerk, Deputy Attorney General, Section Chief. In that time, he has been involved in thousands of civil and criminal appeals, and personally argued over 60 cases before the Indiana and federal appellate courts. He is also a registered civil mediator in Indiana. Steve was a Supreme Court Fellow at the National Association of Attorneys General during October Term 2005, and was honored with a "Best Brief Award" from NAAG for excellence in brief writing before the U.S. Supreme Court. Steve frequently gives presentations locally and nationally on topics related to civics, constitutional law, governmental practice, appellate practice, habeas corpus, and criminal law and procedure to professional and civic groups. Steve is also active in the legal profession. He is a member of the American, Seventh Circuit, Indiana State, and Indianapolis Bar Associations, and also serves as chair-elect of the ISBA’s Appellate Practice Section. He is a board member and past president of the Association of Government Attorneys in Capital Litigation, the national bar association of prosecutors involved in litigating homicides and violent crimes. Steve is an actively-involved alumnus of Wabash College and the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law, and studied at the University of Oxford. Wabash College recognized him with its Ristine Award for his volunteer efforts supporting the College’s pre-law program, and he has taught a course in governmental law at I.U. McKinney. Steve is an Eagle Scout, and remains an active volunteer with the Boy Scouts of America. 

Crockett, Heather

Section Chief

Asset Recovery & Bankruptcy Litigation

 

Heather Crockett was born in Montana and raised all over the country as her father’s job caused her family to move often.  She attended Georgia College & State University obtaining a Bachelor of Science in History and then attended law school at the Brandeis School of Law, University of Louisville at night while working full time for almost all 4 years.  Heather worked with CitiFinancial initially and then began clerking with the collections firm Mapother & Mapother in Louisville in the litigation section.  After graduation, she began working at the collections firm of Greene and Cooper in Louisville.  In March 2007, Heather became a Deputy Attorney General in the Collections and Bankruptcy section (now known as Asset Recovery and Bankruptcy Section).  During her time in the section, she has worked on bankruptcy cases, general collections, estates, and SBOA cases, as well as specialized cases involving Indiana Grain Buyers and Warehouse Licensing Agency and cross-section and cross-division cases.  Heather became the Section Chief in February of 2017.  She is admitted to the state courts in Indiana, both the Northern and Southern Districts of Indiana, Northern District of Indiana and the Seventh and Second Circuit Court of Appeals.

Dayton, Samuel

Deputy Attorney General

Criminal Appeals

 

Sam Dayton has been a Deputy Attorney General in the Criminal Appeals division since January 2019. Prior to that, he was a Deputy Attorney General in the Licensing Enforcement & Homeowner Protection Unit since 2014, where he primarily focused on professional licensing enforcement before the Indiana Real Estate Commission. He holds a J.D. from IU McKinney and a B.A. with honors in English, mathematics, and economics from IU Bloomington. At McKinney, he was the Managing Editor of the Indiana Health Law Review and on the Order of Barristers and Moot Court board. He also clerked as a student in the Office of the Indiana Attorney General, Judge Tanya Walton Pratt of the Southern District of Indiana, and the Marion County Prosecutor’s Office.

DeNardi, Betsy

Director and Chief Counsel

Consumer Protection Division

 

Betsy M. DeNardi (formerly Betsy Isenberg) currently serves as the Director and Chief Counsel of the Consumer Protection Division. She joined the Office of the Indiana Attorney General in 2003 as a deputy in the Civil Rights and Employment Litigation Section. She was previously the Assistant Section Chief and the Section Chief of the Civil Litigation Section in the Office prior to becoming the Director of Consumer Protection. 

 

She was awarded the U Rock award from the Indiana Attorney General for the successful defense in the jury trial of Stephen Blessing v. Indiana Department of Correction, an employment reverse discrimination case. Betsy was also awarded the Certificate of Excellence in Public Service in 2009 and 2016. 

 

In 2011, Betsy presented during a Continuing Legal Education seminar entitled “Indiana Sex and Violent Offender Registry What You Need to Know.” Betsy has also presented at the Indiana Sheriffs’ Association Registry Coordinator training in 2011 and 2012. She chaired and moderated an ICLEF seminar on Litigating Constitutional Rights held on August 26, 2016. Betsy presented at the Indiana Prosecuting Attorneys Council Summer Conference in 2017 on Identity Theft. She presented at the Battlemind to Home Summit 2018 regarding the Office’s ability to assist veterans. Also in 2018, Betsy moderated a panel at the NAAG Fall Consumer Protection Conference on the Impact of Counterfeit Goods on Consumers and Legitimate Businesses. 

Before joining the OAG, Betsy clerked for the Honorable David Rosenberg, Middlesex County Judge, Family Court in New Brunswick, New Jersey. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois in 1999, graduating summa cum laude. She received her law degree from Rutgers School of Law-Camden in 2002, graduating with honors. 

Devlin, Maureen

Deputy Attorney General

Medicaid Fraud Control Unit

 

Maureen Devlin is a criminal litigation attorney, working in the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit. In her position, Maureen prosecutes Medicaid providers throughout Indiana who are engaged in Medicaid fraud; the theft of drugs; and patient abuse. Maureen has made presentations to numerous groups on behalf of the OAG, including: Nursing Home Administrators; Nurse Practitioners; members of the Dental Association; the Sertoma Club; and the Indiana State Guardianship Association.

 

Prior to joining the Attorney General’s Office in May of 2008, Maureen worked for roughly 11 years as a Deputy Prosecutor in Marion and Hendricks counties. Maureen has extensive criminal court experience, having handled thousands of felony and misdemeanor cases and having taken more than 80 cases to jury trial. As a felony level prosecutor, Maureen handled primarily Sex Crimes, Child Abuse and Homicide cases. During her legal career, Maureen also worked for an employment law firm and as a research associate for a firm specializing in Constitutional law.

 

Maureen is a life-long Hoosier, who grew up with her parents and four brothers in Brownsburg. She graduated from Brebeuf High School and went on to earn her undergraduate degree in biology from the University of Notre Dame.

 

Maureen earned her J.D. from the Indiana University School of Law in Indianapolis.

 

Maureen enjoys playing the piano, kayaking, reading, lifting weights, praying and pursuing justice for victims of crime. 

Dickmeyer, David

Deputy Attorney General

Government Litigation

 

Since 2016, David has served as a Deputy Attorney General in the Litigation Division. He currently works as a DAG in the Correctional Litigation Section, defending lawsuits filed by and on behalf of prisoners confined within the Indiana Department of Correction. Prior to the Office of the Indiana Attorney General, David was an attorney in private practice. From 2013 to 2015, he was a law clerk at the Office of the Indiana Attorney General in Criminal Appeals and Child Services Appeals.

 

David graduated from the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law in 2014. During law school, David volunteered as an intern at the Neighborhood Christian Legal Clinic, participated as an advocate in the ABA moot court competition, and served on the executive board of the Indiana International and Comparative Law Review.

Drum, Jesse

Supervising Deputy Attorney General

Criminal Appeals

 

Jesse Drum studied English Literature at Northern Kentucky University and graduated from Indiana University Maurer School of Law in 2013. He was a Notes and Comments Editor on the Indiana Law Journal, which published his student note. He started working for the Criminal Appeals Division as a clerk during law school and has been there ever since. He is a Supervising Deputy Attorney General who handles criminal appeals, post-conviction appeals, and federal habeas corpus proceedings. He has presented oral arguments in the Indiana Court of Appeals, the Indiana Supreme Court, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.  

Dunn, Harry

Director

Investigations

 

Director of Investigation for the Attorney General Office Harry C. Dunn, III is a third generation homicide detective with Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department (IMPD) bringing decades of experience, and, along with his wife Michelle, is the catalyst behind the HIM By HER Foundation, Inc.  Dunn felt a calling to leave his then successful private sector corporate career to enter the “family business”—being a homicide detective—believing that he could make a difference.  Director Dunn’s immediate family has over 50 years in law enforcement on the Indianapolis police department and Sheriff Department. A native of Indianapolis, Indiana, Dunn is committed to serving the community and improving the life paths of others.  

Dyer, Zanna Claire

Deputy Attorney General

Medical Licensing

 

Zanna Claire Dyer has served as a Deputy Attorney General with the Office of the Indiana Attorney General since October 2015 in the Medical Licensing Section.  Prior to being sworn in as a Deputy Attorney General, Claire joined the Office in August 2013 as a post-graduate law clerk for the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit. 

 

Claire was born and raised in Indianapolis, Indiana.  Prior to joining the Office, Claire received her J.D. from Valparaiso University School of Law in 2012 and her B.A. in History from Indiana University in 2009. 

Eades, Michael

Deputy Attorney General

Data Privacy & ID Theft

 

Michael Eades joined the Office of the Attorney General in March of 2018 as a Deputy AG in the Consumer Protection Division.  Deputy Eades deals with a variety of matters including Data Breaches, Identity Theft complaints, Telephone-Privacy/Do-Not-Call complaints, in addition to HIPAA cases and Abandoned Records. 

 

Prior to joining the office Mike was a consumer attorney focused primarily on representing consumers in Fair Debt Collection Practices Act cases. 

 

Mike received his Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Criminal Justice from Indiana University and his Juris Doctor from the Robert H. McKinney School of Law in Indianapolis. 

 

Outside the office, Mike enjoys traveling with his wife and following the Indiana Pacers, Indianapolis Colts, Indiana Hoosier Men’s Basketball, and the Chicago Cubs. 

Earls, Kelly 

Deputy Attorney General

Administrative & Regulatory Enforcement Litigation

 

Kelly Earls is a Deputy Attorney General in the Administrative Regulatory Enforcement Litigation Section. Kelly graduated with Honors from Indiana University in 2006. At IU she held many positions in various clubs, her favorite was College Bowl Captain (she is still a trivia nerd), and Study Abroad Club President and Speaker at International Graduation - she and her son have a travel blog with their international travels on a budget with small children. She graduated from Indiana University - McKinney School of Law in 2011 with her Doctor of Jurisprudence, where she was an Associate Editor of the Indiana Health Law Review. She graduated from Harvard University in 2019, earning a Master’s of Liberal Arts (ALM) with a concentration in Environmental Management. From Harvard University she also has certification in Corporate Sustainability. She was a law clerk at the Indiana Department of Environmental Management, and at Midcontinent Independent Systems Operator (MISO Energy). She spent her time after law school in private practice focused on energy and environmental law, mostly at the Indianapolis-based law firm, Ice Miller, LLP. She resides near Indianapolis with her son Jack and their dog Peanut. 

Eldridge, Ryan

Deputy Attorney General

Medical Licensing 

 

Ryan comes to Indiana from Crittenden, Kentucky. He obtained his undergraduate degree in International Studies – Development Studies from Centre College in Danville, Kentucky. At Centre College, Ryan was a member of multiple campus organizations and Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity. In addition, Ryan participated in Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity nationally as an Ambassador for the John O. Moseley Leadership School. Ryan graduated from Centre College in May of 2014 with honors.

 

After Centre College, Ryan came to Indianapolis to attend law school at Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law. At McKinney, Ryan participated in Moot Court as a Barrister and the Indiana International and Comparative Law Review as the Executive Managing Editor. Ryan obtained graduate certificates from McKinney in Criminal Law and International and Comparative Law. In addition, Ryan graduated in the top tier of his class at IU McKinney.

 

Ryan joined the Indiana Attorney General’s Office in June 2016 as a law clerk for criminal appeals. After law school, Ryan served as a graduate law clerk for the Advisory Division. Once Ryan was admitted to the Indiana Bar, Ryan joined the office as a Deputy Attorney General for Medical Licensing Section in November of 2017.

Ellis, Benjamin

Deputy Attorney General

Government Litigation 

 

As a Deputy in the Government Litigation Section, Benjamin defends the state and its employees in a variety of civil lawsuits, including employment-related, civil rights, and constitutional claims. Prior to joining the office in October 2017, Benjamin was an Associate with Betz + Blevins, and spent eight years representing individuals in employment and civil rights cases.

 

As a law student, Benjamin spent his summers serving as an administrative law judge with the Indiana Department of Workforce Development, and as a Peggy Browning Fund Summer Fellow with the International Union, UAW, in Detroit. He also had the privilege of spending the Spring 2009 semester as an intern with Magistrate Judge Tim A. Baker in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana.

 

While in law school, Benjamin participated in a number of extracurricular activities. He served as a Managing Editor of the Indiana Journal of Global Legal Studies from 2007 to 2009 (volumes 15 and 16). He also distinguished himself as an advocate. He received brief writing honors in the 2007-2008 Sherman Minton Moot Court Competition, where he was an octofinalist; and he was selected as a member of the 2008-2009 Sherman Minton Moot Court Board and External Team. He participated in the 2008-2009 Philip C. Jessup International Moot Court Competition, and was a quarterfinalist in the Federal Bar Association’s 2009 Thurgood Marshall Memorial Moot Court Competition.

Erdmann, Patricia

Chief Counsel 

Litigation

 

Patricia Orloff Erdmann serves as the Chief Counsel for the Litigation Division of the Office of the Indiana Attorney General.  She is responsible for the management of the Division’s five litigation sections: Administrative and Regulatory Enforcement Litigation Section, Asset Recovery and Bankruptcy Litigation Section, Correctional Law Litigation Section, Government Litigation Section, and Real Estate Litigation Section. In addition to overseeing the division and its litigation practice, Ms. Erdmann has successfully litigated high profile and complex class and collective actions, constitutional challenges, civil rights, employment, RICO and whistleblower cases. Ms. Erdmann previously served as Special Counsel and Section Chief of the Civil Rights & Employment Litigation Section. Ms. Erdmann has served three Attorneys General since 2002 when she joined the office as a Deputy Attorney General.

 

Ms. Erdmann’s deep legal experience spans the public, private and nonprofit sectors. She co-founded a firm that was featured in Law in America’s Crossroad: A History of the Indianapolis Legal Profession. Erdmann previously served as a principal staff attorney for the United States Commission on Civil Rights in Washington, D.C. where she handled high-profile, national civil rights hearings and investigations. She was presented with Special Act and Performance Awards by the United States Commission on Civil Rights. She also served as a legal consultant to the Equal Employment Advisory Council and the National Foundation for the Study of Employment Policy.  As the former Legal Director of the Chicago Bar Association's Legal Clinic for the Disabled, Inc., Ms. Erdmann managed 160 staff and pro bono attorneys.

 

Ms. Erdmann is a seminar chair and speaker at continuing education seminars. She also serves on the Practical Law Public Sector Advisory Board for Thomson Reuters. In 2011, she received the Dr. John Morton Finney Award for Excellence in Legal Education in recognition of joint efforts in presenting the first Women and the Law Division Symposium. Professional and Community Involvement: Member, Southern District of Indiana Local Rules Committee, Member, Indianapolis Bar Association – Helping Enrich Attorneys Lives (HEAL) Committee, Member and Past chair, Litigation Section Executive Committee, Past Member, Women and the Law Division Executive Committee, Past Member, Indiana State Bar Association – Federal Judiciary Committee, Committee on Improvements in the Judicial System, Program Volunteer, Dress for Success Indianapolis, Past Member, Commission on Rehabilitation Services, Past Member, Meridian Street Preservation Commission, Past President and Member, Meridian Street Foundation. Illinois Bar, 1987; Indiana Bar, 1994; U.S. Supreme Court, Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Indiana. University of Iowa, B.A. 1984; DePaul University, J.D. 1987.

Faust, R. Daniel

Deputy Attorney General

Real EstateLitigation

 

Dan has served as a Deputy Attorney General since June, 2019. Prior to joining the Office of the Indiana Attorney General, he worked in private practice where he concentrated in civil litigation. Dan is proud to bring this experience to public service for the people of Indiana. 

 

Dan grew up in Noblesville, Indiana. He received his J.D., cum laude, from the Indiana Maurer School of Law in 2009 and his B.A., magna cum laude, from Wabash College in 2005.

Findley, Bryan

Deputy Attorney General

Government Litigation

 

An Indiana native, Bryan grew up outside of Indianapolis and graduated from Butler University with a degree in Sociology, Criminology, and Philosophy.  Bryan then moved to Florida where he graduated from Ave Maria School of Law in Naples, Florida and proceeded to focus his litigation heavy practice in the areas of Real Estate / Property Law, Business Litigation, and Employment Law.  While in Southwest Florida, Bryan represented both commercial and individual clients litigating in multiple counties throughout Florida.  Bryan routinely rendered favorable outcomes for his clients in state and federal courts.

 

Bryan joined the Office of the Indiana Attorney General in February 2017 where he represents the State of Indiana, its agencies, and employees, in all manner of issues revolving around litigation.  As a member of the Government Litigation section, Bryan routinely appears before state courts all over Indiana and in each of its federal Districts. 

Fiorini, Amanda

Deputy Attorney General

Government Litigation

 

Amanda Fiorini has been a Deputy Attorney General in the Litigation Division since March 2016.  Prior to becoming a DAG, Amanda was a law clerk in the Civil Appeals Section and the Civil Litigation Section from May 2013 to March 2016. 

 

Amanda graduated from Indiana University – Bloomington with a Bachelor of Arts in May 2012.  While attending IU, she was a proud member of the Alpha Gamma Delta Sorority and Phi Alpha Delta Pre-Law Fraternity.  Amanda graduated from Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law with a Doctor of Jurisprudence in May 2015.  While in law school, Amanda was an Editorial Board Member for the Indiana International & Comparative Law Review. 

 

Amanda was admitted to the Indiana Bar in September 2015.  She is also admitted to practice in the U.S. District Court for the Northern and Southern Districts of Indiana.   

Fisher, Thomas

Solicitor General

Thomas M. Fisher began his service as a Deputy Attorney General in 2001 and was named Indiana’s first Solicitor General in July 2005. A two-time recipient of the National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG) Best Brief Award, and a Fellow of the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers, Fisher is a prominent member of the U.S. Supreme Court Bar, having argued four times before the high court in Timbs v. Indiana, 139 S. Ct. 682 (2019); Indiana v. Edwards, 554 U.S. 164 (2008); Crawford v. Marion County Election Board, 553 U.S. 181 (2008); and Hammon v. Indiana, 547 U.S. 813 (2006).

In addition, Fisher has been counsel of record in dozens of Supreme Court multi-state amicus curiae briefs at the cert- and merits-stages. Fisher has also argued dozens of cases in both the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals and the Indiana Supreme Court, where he frequently represents the State in high profile matters. 

A frequent speaker at CLE events and other conferences, Fisher serves as an adjunct professor at Indiana University Maurer School of Law, where he teaches Representing the State, State Constitutional Law, and Appellate Practice and Procedure (with Greg Castanias of Jones Day). For those efforts, in 2015 he received the law school’s Adjunct Faculty Teaching Award. 

Prior to joining Office of the Indiana Attorney General, Fisher worked at Baker & Daniels (now Faegre Baker Daniels) in Indianapolis and Jones Day in Washington, D.C. He also clerked for Seventh Circuit Judge Michael S. Kanne. Fisher earned his bachelor’s degree with honors from Wabash College and his law degree with honors from the Indiana University Maurer School of Law.  

Gallagher, Amanda

Deputy Attorney General

Complex Litigation

 

Amanda Gallagher first joined the Office in 2015 in Consumer Litigation. She previously worked for the US Dept. of State, both houses of Congress, and the Oklahoma Court of Appeals. Her prior work also includes field reporting for the United Nation's Human Rights Council on the status of indigenous peoples' rights in Central and South America. Amanda is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma. Before law school, she was a member of the AmeriCorps VISTA program. She lives in Irvington with her husband and their three cats.

Garn, Jefferson

Section Chief

Administrative & Regulatory Enforcement Litigation

 

Jefferson Garn is the Section Chief of the Administrative and Regulatory Enforcement Litigation Section. Since joining the Attorney General’s Office, he has handled a wide range of litigation matters, including election law, administrative law, and constitutional challenges. He has handled several jury trials, bench trials, and argued in the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals.

 

Mr. Garn previously worked at a large Indianapolis law firm, exclusively handling business immigration matters. Before moving to Indianapolis, he assisted in the management of a Foreign Corrupt Practices Act investigation in Washington, D.C. He previously clerked for four judges in the District of Columbia Superior Court, primarily assisting with matters on the criminal docket.

 

Mr. Garn received his juris doctor from the Washington College of Law, American University, in Washington, D.C. He received his bachelor of arts degree from Seattle Pacific University.

 

Mr. Garn has led several continuing legal education courses, on topics including administrative law and Section 1983 litigation.

 

After living in Washington, D.C.; Seattle, Washington; Wheaton, Illinois; Okinawa, Japan; Annapolis, Maryland; Richmond, Virginia; San Antonio, Texas; Charleston, South Carolina; Bethesda, Maryland; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; New Jersey; and other places; Mr. Garn, whose father was a Navy officer, now calls Indianapolis home.

Gibson, Patricia

Deputy Attorney General

Medical Licensing 

 

Patricia Gibson graduated from Purdue University in 1979, and Indiana University School of Law at Indianapolis, now McKinney School of Law, in 1985. From 1986-1990, Patricia worked for the OAG in what was known as the Departments section, primarily defending the Indiana Department of Welfare, now FSSA, in judicial reviews.

 

In approximately 2005, Patricia returned to the OAG part-time, in Medical Licensing and in 2010, switched to full time employment. Patricia presents cases before the medical, nursing, veterinary, and athletic trainer boards.

Gilchrist, Corinne

Deputy Director

Consumer Protection Division

 

Corinne Gilchrist is the Deputy Director for the Consumer Protection Division.  She is a registered mediator, and her responsibilities as Deputy Director include working with the Consumer Mediators, the Consumer Protection Intake Unit and Consumer Litigation Section. Corinne began working for the Indiana OAG as a clerk for the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit, and became a Deputy Attorney General in the Litigation Division of the Office in 2008, where she defended a variety of civil rights, employment, and other claims against the State of Indiana and its employees, and worked on qui tam enforcement matters. Corinne also spent three years working for the Indiana Department of Child Services, on internal affairs and legal matters and as the Deputy Director of Placement Support and Compliance. She has been with the Consumer Protection Division since fall of 2017. Corinne earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Michigan, and her law degree at Indiana University Maurer School of Law. She was awarded a Certificate of Excellence in Public Service by Indiana Attorney General Gregory F. Zoeller in 2009.

Gordon, Lesley

Director 

Strategic Affairs

 

Lesley Gordon is an Indianapolis native with a career focused on effectively engaging with the community locally and statewide in the public sector. Her communications background has been a resource for crisis communication, promotion, and grassroots awareness. Gordon most recently has worked as deputy director of external affairs for the Indiana Civil Rights Commission. Previously, she has served in communications and community relations roles for the Indiana State Fair Commission; the Indianapolis Department of Parks and Recreation; and the Indianapolis Department of Public Works. She is a graduate of Indiana University.

Gordon, Philip

Deputy Attorney General

Advisory

 

Philip has served as an Advisory DAG since early 2019.  Philip’s practice focuses on contract review, analysis, and approval, licensing board advice and oversight, public records requests and open door law issues, serving as administrative law judge by designation, general research, and drafting of OAG advisory opinions.  Prior to his current role, Philip served as a civil litigation DAG from 2015-2016 during which he represented numerous state agencies in all facets of litigation. 

 

Some of his past professional experiences include a stint in private practice focusing on business startup, transactional work, and litigation, as well as work as an assistant attorney in the Office of General Counsel at Indiana State University where he worked closely with various departments including the Office of the President, and assisted in overseeing all legal and compliance matters for the University.  Philip’s legal experiences both prior and during law school were shaped from over eleven years’ experience working with the United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana, in which he served three judges in various capacities including case administrator, courtroom deputy, and law clerk. 

 

Philip is a graduate of Butler University (B.A. 2004) and the Robert H. McKinney School of Law (J.D. 2012). He is admitted to practice in the State of Indiana and has been admitted to the U.S. District Courts for the Northern and Southern District of Indiana.

 

When not representing his clients, Philip enjoys supporting his alma mater, the Butler Bulldogs, is an avid runner, and enjoys traveling, playing guitar, and spending time with his wife and two daughters.  Philip is actively engaged in his local community in Whitestown, Indiana.

Gore, Luba

Deputy Attorney General

Government Litigation

 

Lyubov Gore joined the office as a law clerk in the criminal appeals section in January of 2013. After law school, she remained in the section as a graduate law clerk until May of 2014, when she was promoted to Deputy Attorney General. In January of 2019, she moved to the correctional law litigation section. Prior to working here, Luba was a Law Project Associate for Advocates for Justice in New York City, working in the areas of employment law and education law. She worked as a Legal Intern at Krause and Associates, P.C. in New York City, working in the areas of personal injury, commercial leasing, immigration, and family law. While in law school, Luba was a Legal Research Assistant for Indiana University Maurer School of Law Professor Robert Heidt, researching on issues related to tort litigation and post-conviction relief. She also studied abroad in ESADE Law School in Barcelona, concentrating on law related to international diplomacy, intellectual property, and trade in the European Union. Luba attended Fordham University at Lincoln Center in NYC for my undergraduate degree, with majors in Philosophy and English and a minor in Russian Literature. She is admitted to practice in Indiana and the Northern and Southern Districts of Indiana.

Gould, Vanessa Voigt

Deputy Attorney General

Consumer Litigation

 

Vanessa originally joined the office in January of 2011 as a DAG in Civil Litigation. She worked in Civil Litigation until October of 2017 when she transferred to the Consumer Protection Division. Prior to that she worked as a Marion County Prosecutor, Public Defender in Indianapolis, and represented various financial institutions at the firm of McCarthy & Holthus, LLP, in San Diego California.  Vanessa attended Indiana University School of Law in Indianapolis, Indiana from 2003-2006.  During law school she served as a certified legal intern at the Marion County Prosecutor’s Office in the Major Felony Division and clerked for Parr, Richey, Obremskey & Morton dealing in complex civil litigation.  During her time at IU, Vanessa was a scholarship recipient and member of the National Moot Court Team.  She was a semi-finalist in the 14th annual National Health Law Moot Court Competition held at Southern Illinois University Carbondale in 2005, and won a coveted scholarship during that competition for being selected as best oral advocate. Similarly, Vanessa was a finalist and won best oral advocate in the Kime Stork Intramural Moot Court Competition that same year.  She graduated with distinction from San Diego State University in 2002 and was awarded a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice.  While attending SDSU, Vanessa worked at the San Diego Police Department as an intern, the San Diego Public Defender’s Agency as a victim advocate, and at Seaworld as a community educator.  Vanessa is a native of Indianapolis and spends nearly all of her time away from the office with her two boys – Grayson and Elias. She is an avid supporter and frequent volunteer the children’s bureau, various child welfare organizations, and outreach programs.  Vanessa is admitted to the Indiana State Bar and both the Southern and Northern Federal Districts for Indiana.

 

 

Gross, Marlin

Director 

Information Technology

 

 

Hancock, Marley

Deputy Attorney General

Government Litigation

 

Marley graduated from Indiana State University in 2012 with a degree in Political Science-Legal Studies. Following graduation, Marley began working for the State of Indiana, first at the Division of Aging and later at the Indiana Worker’s Compensation Board.

 

Marley graduated from the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law in 2017. Prior to graduation, Marley clerked for the Office of the Indiana Attorney General. She transitioned into the role of Deputy Attorney General in October of 2017.

 

Marley currently works in the Correctional Law Litigation section which primarily handles civil rights cases brought by offenders housed within the Indiana Department of Correction. She regularly handles litigation brought pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 1983, challenges to the sex offender registration requirement and cases brought in small claims courts throughout Indiana.

 

Marley is licensed in the State of Indiana, Northern District of Indiana and Southern District of Indiana.

Hannah, Donald

Deputy Attorney General

Advisory

 

Donald Hannah has served as a Deputy Attorney General in the Advisory Division since April 2014.  In addition to his general duties, he has written a wide array of published opinions and memoranda of legal guidance.

 

Prior to joining the office, Donald worked for two years as a staff attorney for the Indiana Department of Child Services in Madison County.  From 2010 to 2012 he held a number of positions in the Madison County Courts, including judicial clerk, family court coordinator, and mortgage foreclosure facilitator.  His first job following law school was as an associate in a small civil law firm.

 

Donald graduated from Ball State University, summa cum laude, and Ohio Northern University College of Law, where he received a Barristers Scholarship. 

Hazlett, Justin

Section Chief

Consumer Litigation

 

Justin Hazlett joined the Office of Attorney General as a Deputy Attorney General in the Consumer Protection Division in 2000. Justin is currently Section Chief of Consumer Litigation within the Consumer Protection Division. Justin has investigated and litigated numerous cases involving deceptive business practices under Indiana’s Deceptive Consumer Sales Act and other laws, appearing before both state and federal trial courts and the Indiana Court of Appeals. Justin has also been tasked to enforce Indiana’s nonprofit and charitable trust laws under the Attorney General’s authority. His practice in this area has included investigations and civil prosecutions of nonprofit corporations, directors, and officers accused of violating Indiana’s Nonprofit Corporations Act, investigations of trustee violations of duties under Indiana’s Trusts and Fiduciaries statutes, and investigations of enterprises operating as nonprofit “fronts” to deceive charitable donors in violation of Indiana’s Deceptive Consumer Sales Act.

 

A selection of Justin’s accomplishments in civil actions for which he has served as lead counsel for the Attorney General’s Office includes:

 

Civil action alleging securities fraud involving structured finance securities ratings. Member of joint State and U.S. Department of Justice negotiating team securing $1.375 billion settlement for DOJ and 19 states and the District of Columbia. The State of Indiana received more than $21.5 million as its settlement allocation. State v. McGraw Hill Financial Services, et al., 49D03-1306-PL-025757.

 

Civil action alleging consumer lending usury against multiple pay-day-lender defendants. Secured consent judgment providing more than $10 million in loan forgiveness, $1 million restitution award for refunds to affected consumers, $25,000 costs, and a two-year ban on the defendants’ consumer lending in Indiana. State of Indiana v. Western Sky Financial, LLC, et al., 49D01-1407-PL-024699.

 

Civil action alleging violations of Indiana’s Nonprofit Corporations Act against a volunteer fire department and its former director. Negotiated a mediated settlement, recovering a building for continued use as a fire station by a neighboring fire department. Zoeller v. Fayette Township V.F.D. Sandford, Inc., 84D02-1307-PL-005954.

 

Civil action alleging violations of Indiana’s Nonprofit Corporations Act recovering more than $7,000,000 of illegally transferred assets and imposing a receivership over the nonprofit corporation transferring the assets. Brembeck, et al. v. Wurster, et al., 43D01-0609-MI-000692.

 

Brief and oral argument before the Indiana Court of Appeals successfully defending against a challenge to the Attorney General’s civil investigative authority under Ind. Code chapter 4-6-3. Everdry Marketing & Management, Inc. v. Carter, 885 N.E.2d 6 (Ind. Ct. App. 2008).

 

Civil action involving more than 600 consumer complainants alleging deceptive practices against a telemarketing enterprise and its principals in U.S. district and bankruptcy courts. Negotiated a mediated settlement securing a permanent injunction as well as the payment of $20,000 costs and more than $40,000 restitution. State v. Foxfire, LLC, et al., 3:04- cv-00001 (S.D. Ind.); In re Foxfire, LLC, et al., 3:03-bk-72310 (Bankr. S.D. Ind.).

 

Justin graduated from the Indiana University Maurer School of Law in 1999. Justin’s undergraduate degree is from Indiana University.

 

Justin is admitted in the Indiana State Courts, as well as the Northern and Southern District Indiana Federal Courts.

Hendrix, Amy

Director 

Unclaimed Property

 

Amy Hendrix is the Director of Unclaimed Property for the Indiana Attorney General. Amy and her team return an average of ONE MILLION DOLLARS per week to Hoosier residents and their heirs.  Amy previously served in an administrative leadership capacity as a Principal of an adult and alternative school and also as the Director of a Child Advocacy Center.  Most recently, she served as the Director of Financial Empowerment for an Indiana-based not-for-profit where she taught foster youth financial literacy and managed a credit building microloan program.  In that role, she was also a trainer of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s Your Money, Your Goals toolkit, a set of financial empowerment materials for organizations that help people meet their financial goals by increasing their knowledge, skills, and resources. Amy’s favorite part of administration is helping her staff grow professionally.  Mentoring staff and providing servant leadership are her top two managerial goals. Amy received her BS in Social Studies (focus on US History, Government and Psychology) from Ball State University, her MS in Educational Psychology from Indiana University Bloomington, and her Education Specialist Degree from Saginaw Valley State University. 

Henke, Robert

Assistant Section Chief

Civil Appeals

 

Robert Henke is Assistant Section Chief of Civil Appeals.  He has served in the OAG since July 2013.  Prior to this, beginning in February 2007, he worked with the DCS as trial counsel, and later Deputy General Counsel overseeing both trial and appellate practice statewide.  While practicing law in the private sector, he litigated in diverse legal cases including, among others, those involving admiralty, commercial-corporate, eminent domain, shareholder derivative suits, and tort law.  He worked as a law clerk in both Federal and State courts.  He served as contributing writer for 10 years with Matthew Bender publications, working on Bender Forms of Discovery, The New York Trial Guide, and The Illinois Trial Guide.  He earned his law license in Indiana and Illinois State and Federal courts.  He graduated from Valparaiso University School of Law with high distinction (Magna Cum Laude).  His prior graduate and undergraduate education focused on theology and business management, and he graduated with honors from Trinity University.  He is currently on the faculty of the National Attorneys General Training and Research Institute (NAGTRI), teaching both basic and advanced trial advocacy.

HIlton, Roxanne

Deputy Attorney General

Medicaid Fraud Control Unit

 

Roxanne has been with the Indiana Office of the Attorney General since 2016 when she began a law clerkship with the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit. In 2013, she graduated from Indiana University-Bloomington with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Art Management, and a minor in Psychology.  She attended Indiana University-Maurer School of Law, where she served as the Executive Production Editor for the Indiana Journal of Global Legal Studies before graduating in 2017. She returned to the Office of the Indiana Attorney General as a medical licensing attorney in the Consumer Protection Division before finding her way back to the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit in 2018. Roxanne has one cat—Wallace—who enjoys the finer things in life.  During her off-hours, Roxanne enjoys diving, traveling, and volunteering in her local community.

Hollingsworth, Joshua

Deputy Attorney General

Real Estate Litigation

 

Josh Hollingsworth joined the OAG in January 2016 as a clerk. In March of 2017 he was promoted to Deputy Attorney General in Real Estate Litigation.

 

Prior to OAG, Hollingsworth clerked for Judge Horn in Wayne County Superior Court II and with a small personal injury firm in Indianapolis.

 

Josh is from Richmond, Indiana and received his BA in History from Indiana University in 2013 and J.D. from Robert H. McKinney School of Law in 2016.

 

In his personal time, Josh enjoys traveling, reading, and trying new restaurants with his wife Lauren.

Hollman, Christopher

Deputy Attorney General

Real Estate Litigation

 

Mr. Hollman practices in the areas of real estate litigation, eminent domain, and real estate transactions. Mr. Hollman began his legal career at a major financial institution, followed by working in private practice for a statewide Florida law firm. Mr. Hollman attended the University of Florida for both undergraduate and law school, and lived in Florida for over 30 years prior to relocating to Indiana and joining the Office of the Indiana Attorney General.

Hudson, Kian

Deputy Solicitor General

 

Kian Hudson began serving in the Attorney General's Office in April 2018, and prior to joining the 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 is a native Hoosier and grew up in Harlan, Indiana, a small town in the northeast corner of the State. After graduating high school, he departed Harlan to attend Northwestern University, where he received his undergraduate degree summa cum laude. He then proceeded to Yale Law School, from which he received his J.D. in 2015. Hudson is happy to be back in Indiana and is a proud member of the Indiana bar.

Iosue, Laura

Section Chief 

Medical Licensing 

 

Laura grew up in Schaumburg, Illinois, and graduated with a BA in Speech Communication from the University of Illinois, Urbana in 1989.  She graduated from DePaul University College of Law in Chicago in 1992.  Upon graduation, Laura served as a Wisconsin State Public Defender in Racine, Wisconsin representing the indigent accused at the trial level.  In 1994, she moved to Indiana, and continued to serve as a public defender with the Marion County Public Defender Agency.  There, she represented indigent criminal defendants in both low level felony matters, as well as major felonies and murder.  In 2000, Laura joined the Indiana Supreme Court Disciplinary Commission as a Staff Attorney investigating and prosecuting allegations of misconduct against attorneys.  Laura also traveled the state speaking at seminars and legal training relating to legal ethics.  In 2013, Laura joined the OAG as Section Chief of Medical Licensing where she supervises and manages the division that investigates and prosecutes allegations of misconduct against medical professionals.  Laura has volunteered extensively in her community, having served as the PTO President of her son’s elementary school for two years from 2007 to 2010.  Laura also served as a religious school teacher for elementary and high school students, as well as adults, at her former temple, Indianapolis Hebrew Congregation, for seven years, where she also served as the Religious School Committee Chair. Laura lives in Fishers with her husband, Mike, and her 90 pound “puppy”, Pam.  She is the proud mother of Jon, a musician, who lives in Bloomington, Indiana.

Jacobsen, Lauren

Deputy Attorney General

Criminal Appeals

 

Lauren joined the Office of the Attorney General in 2016 as a law clerk in the Appeals Division. She worked in Appeals as a clerk until graduating law school and passing the bar exam. After passing the bar, she became a member of the first IDAG class. As an IDAG, Lauren worked in every division of the office for six months before ultimately returning to Criminal Appeals in March 2019. Lauren grew up in Northwest Indiana. She graduated from Valparaiso University in 2015 where she was an active member of Kappa Delta sorority and College Mentors for Kids. She graduated from Indiana University Maurer School of Law in 2018. During law school she served as a domestic relations mediator in the Viola J. Taliaferro Family & Children Mediation Clinic and worked as a research assistant for the clinic director. She also served as an articles editor for the Indiana Journal of Law and Social Equality and was a member of the Sherman Minton moot court competition board. She currently serves on the board of directors for Camp to Belong Indiana, and is a member of the summer 2019 provisional class for the Junior League of Indianapolis.

Johnson, David

Chief Counsel 

Advisory

 

David Johnson joined the Office in 2019 and serves as Chief Counsel for the Advisory Division. The Advisory Division serves various functions within the Office of the Attorney General such as crafting advisory opinions, serving as ALJs, reviewing all State contracts, and advising State boards and commissions. Prior to joining the Office of Attorney General, David served as corporation counsel for a mid-sized city. In that role, he advised the mayor, department heads, the municipally owned utility, and city boards and commissions on various legal matters such as public works projects, redevelopment, contracting, and economic development.  Previously, David worked for the State of Indiana in different roles – including as deputy general counsel and policy director for Governor Pence, Executive Director of the Office of State-Based Initiatives, and as a staff attorney for the Indiana Gaming Commission.
 
David received his AB from Wabash College and his JD from the IU McKinney School of Law.

Johnson, Leif

Assistant Section Chief

Professional Licensing & Homeowner Protection Unit

 

Deputy Attorney General Leif Johnson has worked for the Office of the Indiana Attorney General since 2011, starting as a summer law clerk in what was then the Civil Litigation division. He has worked for Licensing Enforcement since 2012, being sworn in as a DAG in 2014. He argues cases both in civil court and before numerous governing boards, including but not limited to the Indiana Real Estate Commission, the State Board of Funeral and Cemetery Service, and the Indiana Board of Accountancy. He previously worked as a judicial intern under the Honorable Judge Frank Nardi in the Owen County Circuit Court in 2010. Mr. Johnson is a graduate of the Indiana University Maurer School of Law, and completed his undergraduate education at Washington State University.

Johnston, John

Deputy Attorney General

Real Estate Litigation

 

John R. Johnston has served as an Indiana Deputy Attorney General since October, 2018, working with the Indiana Department of Transportation on real estate condemnation litigation, the Indiana Department of Natural Resources on riparian rights, and the Indiana Department of Revenue and Indiana Department of Workforce Development on tax warrant enforcement.  

Johnston graduated from Indiana State University with a major in business and minor in mathematics.  Before being admitted to the bar, Johnston was employed in industrial engineering, cost accounting and administration of government aerospace contracts, and as assistant librarian for the Indiana Supreme Court.  

Johnston received his Juris Doctor from Indiana University, is admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court, Indiana Supreme Court, United States 7th & 11th Circuit Courts of Appeals, and the United States Courts for the Northern & Southern Districts of Indiana, and has been engaged in the general law practice in north central Indiana for over 50 years.  His practice has involved litigation, including mediation, arbitration, discovery, pre-trial, trial, and appeals.  He has served as general counsel on public bond issues, and provided legal advice to individuals, corporations, and public boards and commissions on real estate, land titles, corporate governance, contract negotiations and drafting, leases, ordinances, statutes, and administrative rules and regulations.  Johnston has served as a deputy prosecuting attorney, and as general counsel for several public boards and commissions, including a school corporation, public airport, planning commission, and board of zoning appeals.  He also taught Indiana Real Estate Licensing courses for brokers and salespersons for Indiana University.  

Jones, Benjamin 

Deputy Attorney General

Civil Litigation

 

Ben graduated from DePauw University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 2007. He went on to attend the Indiana University Maurer School of Law where he graduated in 2011. He is admitted to practice in Indiana and the Northern and Southern Districts of Indiana.

 

Upon graduation from law school, Ben began his legal career at an insurance defense firm in Fort Wayne, Indiana. After moving to Indianapolis in 2015, Ben joined the Office of the Attorney General as a deputy in the Civil Litigation section. Now a member of the Government Litigation section, Ben represents the State of Indiana and its officials, agencies, and employees in civil matters across the state and in the federal courts.

Kao, Grainne

Deputy Attorney General

Medicaid Fraud Control Unit

 

Grainne has served as a Deputy Attorney General in the Medicaid Fraud and Control Unit since May 2019. Prior to joining the Attorney General’s Office, she worked on full time active duty orders for her National Guard unit in Kokomo as they deployed forward in support of Operation Inherent Resolve. She served in this role for around a year and a half, beginning immediately after taking the bar exam. During this time, Grainne served as Adjutant General for the Brigade Rear and the Commander of the HHC rear detachment. Grainne was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal for her achievements while serving in this role. Prior to that, Grainne worked as an intern in the Marion County Prosecutor’s Office throughout all three years of law school.

 

Grainne grew up in Farmersburg, Indiana. She attended Purdue University where she received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Law and Society with Minors in History and Military Science in 2014. She earned her Jurisprudence Doctorate from Robert H. McKinney School of Law in 2017, and is a member of the Indiana bar.

Kobe, Andrew

Section Chief

Criminal Appeals

 

Andrew Kobe rejoined the OAG in October 2010 as a Deputy Attorney General and Section Chief for Criminal Appeals. He previously worked for the OAG from 2002 until 2006 as a deputy in the Appeals Division handling criminal appeals, federal habeas corpus litigation, and capital litigation. He has authored hundreds of briefs in state and federal courts and presented over 50 oral arguments to the Indiana Supreme Court, Indiana Court of Appeals, and 7th Circuit. From 2006-2010, Kobe served as a Deputy Prosecuting Attorney in Huntington County, Ind. While a deputy prosecutor, Kobe handled numerous jury and bench trials, including those of defendants charged with Class A felonies. He began his legal career by clerking for Justice Brent Dickson. Kobe has taught legal writing to law students and law related classes to undergraduates. He is frequently a presenter on many criminal law topics.

Koressel, Matthew

Deputy Attorney General

Government Litigation

 

Matthew is a Deputy Attorney General in the Correctional Law Litigation Section. He started at the Office of the Indiana Attorney General in 2017 as a law clerk in the Government Litigation Section. After taking the bar exam in July of 2018, Matthew returned to the office as a member of the IDAG program. Throughout his time in the IDAG program, Matthew handled cases from several divisions of the OAG, including Appeals, Litigation, Medical Licensing, and Consumer Protection. Matthew’s current role as a DAG in the Correctional Law Section primarily involves representing the Indiana Department of Correction in civil rights lawsuits and post-conviction relief matters.

 

Matthew was born and raised in Evansville, Indiana. He graduated from Indiana University in 2015 with a B.A. in History. From there, Matthew attended the Indiana University McKinney School of Law, graduating in 2018. In law school, he participated in the Staton Moot Court Competition and served on the Indiana Law Review.

Kossmann, Michelle

Section Chief 

Real Estate Litigation

 

Michelle Kossmann joined the Office of the Indiana Attorney General in August 2009 as a Deputy Attorney General.   She currently serves as Section Chief of the Real Estate Litigation Section of the Litigation Division.

 

Prior to the OAG, Kossmann was with Barnes & Thornburg LLP, Indianapolis, Indiana where she was Of Counsel, Business Tax & Real Estate Department, January 2007 – June 2009; an Associate, Business Tax & Real Estate Department, 2001 – 2006; and Summer Associate, Summer of 2000.  She has also worked as a Paralegal with the Real Estate and Public Utilities Departments, 1999 – 2001.

 

Kossmann attended Indiana University School of Law – Indianapolis.  She obtained her J.D. in May 2001.  Kossmann was an Articles Editor for the Indiana Law Review, and was awarded the Bronze Level Pro Bono Volunteer  Award in recognition of pro bono work for Community Organizations Legal Assistance Project, Inc.

 

Kossmann obtained her undergraduate degree in 1990 at Kentucky Wesleyan College in Owensboro, Kentucky, with a B.A. in English with an emphasis in Technical and Business Writing.

 

Kossmann has the following bar admissions:  Indiana- 2001, Supreme Court of Indiana-2001, United States District Court- Northern District of Indiana-2001, United States District Court- Southern District of Indiana-2001.

 

Kossmann was a Presenter on Eminent Domain Law at the Municipal Law Seminar sponsored by AIM (Accelerate Indiana Municipalities) on June 22, 2018.  She was a Presenter for Condemnation Seminar – New Legislation; presented by the International Right of Way Association, September 2012; and also a Presenter on Acquisition and Disposition of State Property, presented to the Indiana Department of Transportation and the Office of the Indiana Attorney General, March 2012.  Kossmann was also a Presenter on Condemnation Law, specifically, the Indiana Survey Statute and the Uniform Act; presented by Indiana Continuing Legal Education Forum (ICLEF), February 2010; and also a Presenter for Beyond the Basics: Landlord-Tenant Law in Indiana, presented by Sterling Education Services, September 2008.   She also was a Presenter on Drafting and Negotiation of Indiana Commercial Real Estate Leases; presented by National Business Institute, October 2003, and a Co-Author for the Real Estate Portion of CLE Seminar on Estate Specialization Training in November 2006.

Krug, Jessica 

Deputy Director

Medicaid Fraud Control Unit

 

Jessica Krug joined the Office of the Indiana Attorney General in January 2012 and is currently the Deputy Director of the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit.  She has served in both the Licensing Enforcement and Homeowner Protection Unit and the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit.  Jessica is assigned to criminal, civil, and administrative matters including cases regarding allegations of violations in the different healthcare professions.  Prior to the OAG, Jessica worked as a Staff Attorney at the Indiana Department of Child Services.  She is a graduate of Indiana University-Bloomington and Northeastern University School of Law.  The Indianapolis native resides in her hometown with her husband and two children, Jack and Nora.

Lester, Amanda

Deputy Attorney General

Asset Recovery & Bankruptcy Litigation

 

Amanda graduated from Purdue University in 2009 with a B.A. in Psychology and a double minor in Political Science and History. Amanda spent a year in Lansing Michigan attending Thomas Cooley School of Law where she completed her first year of law school. Amanda then transferred to Indiana University – Indianapolis where she obtained her JD in 2012. Amanda interned for the Marion County Prosecutor’s Office and Marion County Public Defender’s Office while in law school. After law school, Amanda spent 5 years at a private firm working in commercial bankruptcy. Amanda began working for the Indiana Attorney General Office as a Deputy Attorney General for the Asset Recovery and Bankruptcy Section in the Litigation Division in August of 2017. As a part of the Asset Recovery and Bankruptcy team, Amanda focuses mainly on Medicaid Recovery.

Lin, Winston

Assistant Section Chief

Government Litigation

 

Winston joined the Office of the Indiana Attorney General as a clerk for Solicitor General Tom Fisher.  He later became a Deputy Attorney General in the Tax Litigation section and was awarded a Certificate of Appreciation from the Department of Revenue for “tireless advocacy.”  He is currently a Deputy Attorney General in the Administrative and Regulatory Enforcement Litigation section.  He was chosen to be a Supreme Court Fellow with the National Association of Attorneys General in 2018.  He is presently pursuing a Certificate in State and Local Taxation at Georgetown Law.

 

Winston received a J.D. from Indiana University Maurer School of Law and a B.S. in Biological Sciences from Stanford University.

Lovett, Travis

Deputy Attorney General

Advisory

 

Travis Lovett obtained his Juris Doctorate from the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University. Following law school, Travis completed an LL.M-Thesis at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Canada, where he studied how private-market contracts can reconcile Indigenous peoples with natural resource development. After he completed his LL.M program, Travis served as a tribal-attorney for First Nation governments. He negotiated with administrative agencies to explain how natural resource projects might impact Aboriginal lands and advised chief and councils on tribal governance and litigation matters. After the birth of his daughter, Travis and his wife moved to Indiana to be near family. Travis joined the Office of the Indiana Attorney General in the fall of 2018 and works in the Advisory Division.

Lowry, Joshua

Deputy Attorney General

Government Litigation

 

Originally from Martinsville, Josh studied exercise science and nutrition at Indiana University - Bloomington. Before going to law school, Josh spent time attempting the normal prerequisite for a law career – pursuing a career in professional wrestling. Josh also spent time as a personal trainer. While attending Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law, Josh began clerking at the Office of the Indiana Attorney General. Upon graduation he joined the Civil Litigation section for a few years. After a six month journey into the private sector, Josh returned to join the Government Litigation section in 2018.

 

While at IU, Josh met his wife Alexis, and they married in 2007. Since 2012, Callie the Dog filled out the family. In 2018, Josh and Alexis became foster parents. And they became first-time parents on March 1, 2019, when they adopted Eryn and Dominic.

 

Josh and Alexis stay very active with their foster family, keeping all the kids enrolled in sports and activities. They have coached both boys’ and girls’ little league sports, and also play in a recreational soccer league. They are active members of Northview Christian Church.

MacKenzie, Matthew

Deputy Attorney General

Criminal Appeals

 

Matthew MacKenzie is a Deputy Attorney General with the Criminal Appeals Division. He is a 2012 graduate of the IU McKinney School of Law, and he completed his undergraduate studies in history and psychology at Cedarville University, where he graduated with a B.A. cum laude.

Matthew has focused his career on governmental work, having interned with the Indiana Department of Homeland Security, and the Prosecutor’s Offices in Johnson and Marion Counties while he was a law student. Prior to joining the Attorney General’s Office in the summer of 2016, Matthew served as a Deputy Prosecuting Attorney in Tippecanoe County.

Mader, Mark

Deputy Attorney General

Medicaid Fraud Control Unit

 

Mark was raised in Richmond, Indiana, the son of John and Louise Mader.  He graduated from Wabash College (BA) and University of Louisville School of Law (JD).  Between Kentucky and Indiana, Mark has a combined 46 years of government service in a variety of different positions. Mark has been a Wayne County, Indiana deputy prosecutor,  a staff attorney for the Indiana  Securities  Commission, Prosecution Assistance Unit, a Deputy Attorney General, Health Care licensing, Prosecutor for the Indiana Alcohol and Tobacco Commission, and Deputy Attorney General, Medicaid Fraud Control Unit.  Mark and his wife Deborah live in Fishers, Indiana and are members of the St. Louis De Montfort Catholic Church.  They have 3 sons, Matthew, Joshua and Zachary and 2 grandsons, Jon Sterling and Colin Thomas.  Mark enjoys playing golf and yard work.  

Mann, Tina

Deputy Attorney General

Medical Licensing

 

Tina has worked for the Consumer Protection Division in the Medical Licensing Section since January of 2019.  Prior to becoming a Deputy Attorney General, she was in private practice.  Tina is a graduate of Indiana University McKinney Law School. 

Martin, Jack

Case Coordinator & Administrative Official

Medicaid Fraud Control Unit

 

Jack is the case coordinator and administrative officer of the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit and have served in this position since January 2014.  As case coordinator, Jack reviews complaints of abuse and neglect on long term care residents and group home clients received from a major state agency which licenses health care providers and health care professionals.  The complaints are reviewed for sufficient reasonable suspicion of criminal conduct or licensure violations which need additional investigation by investigators of the unit.  He also performs administrative tasks as assigned by the division director or the division deputy director.

 

Jack served as a full time supervisor of both fraud and abuse and neglect investigators from 2010 until 2014.  He also served as the executive officer to the division director, and supervisor of the administrative staff, and supervisor of fraud and abuse and neglect investigators when the unit had supervisory vacancies from 2003 to 2010.  Jack also served as the interim director of the division for eighteen months in 2001 and 2002.

 

Jack served as an Indiana State police officer for twenty-six years from 1974 until January 2001.  During the twenty-six years he held several ranks and positions from trooper to lieutenant colonel.  As the deputy superintendent of support, he commanded five divisions and was the chief legal counsel for the department.  Jack served as legal counsel for fourteen years of his twenty-six years with the department and was chief legal counsel for eight of those fourteen years.

 

Jack graduated from IUPUI in 1974 with a BS in criminal justice, University of Indianapolis in 1978 with a MA in public management, and IU School of Law-Indianapolis in 1982 with a JD in law.  He was admitted to practice by the Indiana Supreme Court and the Indiana Southern District Court in 1983.

 

Jack graduated from the Indiana State Police Academy in 1974 as a licensed law enforcement officer by the Indiana Law Enforcement Training Board and graduated from the FBI’s National Law Institute course in 1985.  The FBI’s National Law Institute course was only attended by legal advisors and attorneys representing major state, county, and city law enforcement agencies.

 

Jack was an adjunct professor at the University of Indianapolis, IU at Kokomo, and IUPUI at Indianapolis instructing in criminal law, criminal procedure, criminal investigations, and police administration from 1985 to 1993.

McClain, Rebecca

Deputy Attorney General

Administrative & Regulatory Enforcement Litigation

 

Rebecca works in the Administrative and Regulatory Enforcement Litigation Section on a variety of subjects including constitutional, environmental, health, and intellectual property law.  She began her legal career working in trademark and copyright law for solo practitioners and small firms based in San Francisco.  She attended the University of San Francisco School of Law and graduated with a Certificate in Intellectual Property Law cum laude.  During law school, she served as Articles Editor of the Intellectual Property and Technology Law Journal and President of the Intellectual Property and Cyber Law Association.  Rebecca volunteers for the IndyBar Review as a mentor for students retaking the bar exam and also as a StART Young Professionals Board Member for Arts for Learning, a nonprofit focusing on art as a means to support education and learning in various curricular areas.  Rebecca received her Bachelor of Arts in Art History from Tulane University and still professes her love of New Orleans food and music.  She enjoys traveling, swimming with her Chesapeake Bay Retriever, and gardening in her spare time.

McCoy, Tiffany

Deputy Attorney General

Criminal Appeals

 

Tiffany McCoy was born and raised in McHenry, Illinois and joined the great Hoosier State to attend school. Tiffany is a graduate of Saint Joseph's College Indiana (BS Criminal Justice) and a magna cum laude graduate of Valparaiso University Law School. At SJC, Tiffany was a jumper on the track team and a member of the dance team. At Valparaiso, Tiffany was a national trial advocacy team competitor and served as the team’s president, she was also a member of the Student Animal Legal Defense Fund. After clerking in the government litigation section of the Office of the Indiana Attorney General in the summer of 2017, Tiffany re-joined the Office of the Indiana Attorney General in August 2018, as part of the first class of the Intensive Deputy Attorney General (I-DAG) Program. In March 2019, after successfully completing the I-DAG program, Tiffany was placed in Criminal Appeals as a Deputy Attorney General.

McCutcheon, Meredith

Deputy Attorney General

Administrative & Regulatory Enforcement Litigation

 

Meredith has served as a Deputy Attorney General in the Administrative and Regulatory Enforcement Litigation Section since July 2018. She received a B.A. in English from Lawrence University in 2007 and a J.D. from Pace University Law School in 2010. While in law school, she completed internships at the United Nations; the National Association of Clean Water Agencies; the Office of the New York State Attorney General; Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP; and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. After law school, and prior to joining the Attorney General’s Office, she served as a law and policy fellow at a non-profit organization, the Center for Ocean Solutions, and clerked for the Honorable Rudolph R. Pyle III and the Honorable Patricia A. Riley of the Indiana Court of Appeals. 

McLean, Ian

Deputy Attorney General

Criminal Appeals

 

Ian McLean is a Supervising Deputy Attorney general in the Criminal Appeals Section and has been a Deputy Attorney General since 2007. Before joining the Office of the Indiana Attorney General, Ian was a Chief Deputy Prosecuting Attorney in Union County and in private practice in Montgomery County handling civil and criminal cases. He has prepared and filed over 600 briefs for the Office of the Indiana Attorney General in the Court of Appeals and Supreme Court, and argued 28 cases in the Supreme Court and 26 cases in the Court of Appeals.  Ian is also presently head of the Section’s Practice Resource Group. He was successful lead counsel for the State in prosecuting an Indiana city councilman on multiple counts of receiving a ballot.  He also prosecuted several tax cases for OAG and was a Section Chief of the Office of the Indiana Attorney General’s tax prosecution section.

McMath, Patricia

Assistant Chief Deputy Attorney General

 

Patricia “Tricia” McMath joined the Office of the Attorney General in January, 2017, as Section Chief of the Civil Appeals Division.  In February 2019 she was promoted to Assistant Chief Deputy.  Prior to joining the office, Tricia was an appellate public defender for several years. She also taught legal writing and appellate advocacy for many years as an adjunct professor at the IU Robert H. McKinney School of Law, receiving the Teaching Excellence Recognition Award. Before that, Tricia clerked on the Indiana Court of Appeals for the Honorable Robert Staton and the Honorable Betty Barteau. Tricia is a Distinguished Life Fellow of the Indianapolis Bar Foundation, currently serves on the Foundation Board, and is a past Board member of the Indianapolis Bar Association.  Tricia received her B.S. from the Indiana University Kelley School of Business and her J.D. from Indiana University Maurer School of Law. She is admitted to practice law in Indiana, the Seventh Circuit, the District Court for the Northern District of Indiana, and the District Court for the Southern District of Indiana.

Meilaender, Ellen

Deputy Attorney General

Criminal Appeals

 

Ellen H. Meilaender is a Supervising Deputy Attorney General in the Criminal Appeals Section.  After receiving her J.D. from the Indiana University Maurer School of Law – Bloomington, where she graduated magna cum laude and served as an Articles Editor on the Indiana Law Journal, she joined the Attorney General’s Office in 2000 and has been a supervising attorney since 2004.  One of the State’s most experienced appellate advocates, she has authored over 1000 briefs in the state appellate courts and has presented over 80 oral arguments in the state appellate courts, including over 50 arguments before the Indiana Supreme Court.  She has also co-authored several briefs filed in the United States Supreme Court and has presented on criminal law topics at Indiana Prosecuting Attorneys Council conferences.

Michaloski, Matthew

Deputy Attorney General

Consumer Litigation

 

Matthew Michaloski has been a Deputy Attorney General since being admitted to the Indiana bar in 2018. He first worked through the Office’s IDAG program, gaining exposure to matters in every division of the office, and subsequently joined the Consumer Litigation Section where he now focuses on consumer protection and antitrust issues. Matt is from Evansville, and he studied at Wabash College and IU McKinney.

Moers, Diana

Section Chief

Government Litigation

 

Diana Moers serves as Section Chief for the Government Litigation Section. In this role she oversees the attorneys in the Government Litigation Section and handles a range of federal and state litigation cases. In addition, Moers assists the Solicitor General as needed.

 

Before joining the OAG, Diana served as Executive Director of the Indiana Board for depositories under State Treasurer Kelly Mitchell. In her role as Executive Director, Moers worked with the Board (which includes the Governor’s Office, the State Auditor, Treasurer, Director of the State Board of Accounts, Director of the Indiana Department of Finance, as well as Bank and Credit Union CEOs), to ensure the safety of Indiana’s public funds in the event of bank fraud or failure.

 

Prior to her work with the Treasurer, Moers served at the Secretary of State’s Office at the Prosecution Assistance Unit – an arm of the Indiana Securities Division which aids prosecutors around Indiana in the prosecution of violations of the Indiana Securities and Loan Broker Acts.  Additionally, Moers was an enforcement attorney for the division – a branch of the Indiana Secretary of State’s office charged with overseeing the state’s investment and financial protection industry. Upon consultation with local prosecutor’s offices, Moers was sworn-in as a special prosecutor within multiple jurisdictions to handle cases developed by the Indiana Securities Division.

 

Before returning to her home-state of Indiana, Moers, who is licensed in Illinois, served as an assistant state’s attorney in the Will County State’s Attorney’s office in Joliet, IL where she handled a range of misdemeanor and felony criminal cases and discovered her passion for trial work.  Prior to her position as an assistant state’s attorney, Moers worked for two Illinois law firms as an associate attorney and assistant prosecutor.  Prior to her work in the Chicagoland area, Moers also worked as an assistant public defender to the Chief Deputy Felony Defender in Washtenaw County, Michigan.

 

Moers is an Evansville native and is happy to live in Indianapolis since her return from Chicago. Moers lives in Broad Ripple, enjoys laughing, and thinks you can never rescue too many dogs.

Mullaney, Stephanie

Deputy Attorney General

Advisory

 

Stephanie Mullaney began working as a Deputy Attorney General in the Advisory Section in August 2017. Before coming to the Office of the Attorney General, she worked for three years as a staff attorney and compliance officer at the Indiana Office of Inspector General.

 

Stephanie is originally from South Bend, Indiana, and graduated summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Notre Dame. She graduated from the Indiana University Maurer School of Law in Bloomington in May 2013, where she worked as a Managing Editor of the Indiana Law Journal and as a Certified Legal Intern at Indiana University Student Legal Services. After law school, she spent one year clerking for the trial court judges in Montgomery County, Indiana.  She is admitted to the Indiana State Bar.

Murray, Jacob

Deputy Attorney General

Consumer Litigation

 

Jacob Murray joined the Office as a Deputy Attorney General in the Consumer Litigation Section in May of 2017.  Jacob previously worked as a law clerk in Consumer Litigation from 2014 through his hire as a Deputy Attorney General in 2017.  He earned his J.D from I.U. McKinney School of Law in 2016.

 

Jacob graduated from Marian University with a B.S. in both Business Management and Finance in 2009.  Prior to attending law school, Jacob worked as a golf professional at multiple golf courses around Indiana.  A lifelong Hoosier, Jacob graduated from Logansport High School in 2005.

 

Jacob is admitted to practice in the State of Indiana and both the Northern and Southern U.S. District Courts in Indiana.

 

He currently resides in Zionsville with his wife and two children.

Murray, Sierra

Deputy Attorney General

Criminal Appeals

 

Sierra Murray joined the OAG in November 2018 as a member of the Intensive Deputy Attorney General (I-DAG) training program inaugural class. After completing the I-DAG program in March of 2018, she was promoted to Deputy Attorney General in the Criminal Appeals Section. Sierra was born and raised in the Hoosier State. She received her B.A. in Communication and Culture from Indiana University-Bloomington and J.D. from Indiana University McKinney School of Law-Indianapolis. During law school, she was a member of the Order of the Barristers, competed in the ABA Moot Court Competition, and served as the student graduation speaker.

Negangard, Aaron

Chief Deputy Attorney General

 

Aaron Negangard was appointed by Attorney General Curtis Hill to be his Chief Deputy on January 9, 2017. In this role he oversees many day-to-day operations of the Attorney General’s office. He also spearheads many of the Attorney General’s initiatives involving public safety and consumer protection issues.

 

A native of Dearborn County, Indiana. Negangard was born into a family with a deep passion for public service. His grandfather served as Dearborn County Sheriff from 1946 until 1959, and his father worked as an educator and principal at Greendale Middle School and Lawrenceburg High School. Negangard graduated with honors from Ohio University in 1992 and with honors from Indiana University School of Law – Bloomington in 1995. He then returned to Dearborn County to continue his family’s record of service. In 1997, he began work as a Deputy Prosecutor during the tenure of then-Prosecutor Sally McLaughlin.  Eventually he was promoted to Chief Deputy, and when McLaughlin was appointed as Judge to the newly created Superior Court in Dearborn County, he was nominated to serve out the remainder of her term. He was reelected to two terms.

 

During his tenure with the Dearborn and Ohio County Prosecutor’s Office, Negangard helped lead many changes at the county and state level. Negangard worked to encourage efficient county-wide coordination of investigations through the creation of the Dearborn County Special Crimes Unit. The Special Crimes Unit enabled him to aggressively pursue the most heinous and violent crimes while also bringing to justice major drug dealers and complex white-collar crimes. Negangard and local law enforcement were the feature of numerous specials including programs by 20/20 and Deadly Women. He earned the reputation of a tough-on-crime prosecutor who was featured in an article in The New York Times titled: “This small Indiana County sends more people to prison than San Francisco and Durham, N.C., combined. Why?”

 

In 2008, Negangard led efforts to establish the Children’s Advocacy Center of Southeastern Indiana (CAC) Indiana’s first regional CAC.  The CAC, which serves multiple counties in the region, provides specialized forensic interviews that enable alleged child victims of abuse to give their accounts of events in their own words. It is a valuable tool in the investigation of child sexual abuse. Negangard also spearheaded a substance abuse prevention program in the community, designed to combat drug experimentation and peer pressure starting at a young age. The program, called “Protect Your Family,” held events at local churches, schools and civic organizations.

 

As prosecutor, Negangard was recognized by his colleagues throughout the state by being elected as the Chairman of the Indiana Prosecuting Attorneys’ Council and President of the Indiana Association of Prosecuting Attorneys. He was appointed by Governor Mitch Daniels to the Juvenile Justice State Advisory Group and to the Board of Directors of the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute.

Nijjar, Parvinder

Deputy Attorney General

Administrative & Regulatory Enforcement Litigation

 

Parvinder Nijjar is a Deputy Attorney General in the Administrative and Regulatory Enforcement Litigation section. She has worked in various sections within the Office of the Indiana Attorney General including the Tax Litigation, Investigations and Government Litigation. In her role in the Investigations section, she worked on Human Trafficking issues around the State of Indiana, serving on various committees including serving as the Co-Chair of the Adult Victim Services Committee, as a member of the Labor Trafficking Committee, Law Enforcement Committee and Outreach Committee of the Indiana Protection of Abused and Trafficked Humans. She also served on the Commission on Improving the Status of Children in Indiana sub-committee established by the Indiana Supreme Court. Ms. Nijjar worked on developing and delivering training for industries through the State of Indiana on human trafficking.

 

Ms. Nijjar joined the Office of the Indiana Attorney General in January 2017. Prior to joining the Office of the Indiana Attorney General, Ms. Nijjar practiced immigration law specializing in immigration and civil law. Ms. Nijjar handled humanitarian and family based immigration, including asylum, VAWA, SIJS and naturalization among others. Ms. Nijjar obtained her juris doctorate from the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law in May 2015 and a bachelors’ degree in Psychology from Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis in May 2012.

 

During law school Ms. Nijjar received a Certificate in International and Comparative law and participated in the Program in International Human Rights through which she interned overseas for human rights organizations in Thailand and India. During law school Ms. Nijjar also interned with the Indiana Civil Rights Commission, completed an externship with Judge Lance Hamner in Johnson County and participated in the Immigration Law Clinic.

Ochoa-Martinez, Rosa

Deputy Attorney General

Medicaid Fraud Control Unit

 

Rosa Ochoa-Martinez attended the University of Chicago and received a B.A. in Political Science in 1994. She studied in Paris her junior year, attending the Sorbonne and Nanterre universities. She attended the University of Illinois College of Law and graduated in 1997. Rosa was admitted to the Indiana Bar in 1998. Rosa worked in the Marion County Prosecutor’s Office as deputy prosecuting attorney for thirteen years before joining the Office of the Attorney General in March 2017. Rosa is a DAG in the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit.

Oliver, Stacy

Deputy Attorney General

Medical Licensing

 

Stacy Oliver obtained her law degree from the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law in May of 2016.  She was barred in the State of Indiana in October of 2016.  Shortly after obtaining her license to practice, she joined the OAG as a Deputy Attorney General in the Medical Licensing Section.  Stacy has been with the OAG for over 4 years.    

 

Prior to working as a DAG, Stacy graduated from Purdue University in May of 2013, with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology.  Stacy then attended the IU Robert H. McKinney School of Law, where she was active in the Student Bar Association.  During law school, Stacy clerked for a Henry County, Indiana judge, worked for a small personal injury/medical malpractice law firm, and eventually became a law clerk at the OAG in May of 2015.  While she was a law clerk at the OAG, Stacy worked in the Criminal Appeals division.

Owen, Andrew 

Deputy Attorney General

Medicaid Fraud Control Unit

 

Andrew Lloyd Owen has been a Deputy Attorney General and served on the Indiana Medicaid Fraud Control Unit since July 2017. In his role, Andrew litigates and negotiates claims against health care providers throughout the country in the name of the State of Indiana to recoup over-payment amounts paid by the Indiana Medicaid program. These claims arise from a number of federal or state violations such as Stark and Anti-Kickback Violations, Off-label marketing schemes, improper or up-coding medical coding, or any other material state or federal law and regulation violation.

Park, Brian

Deputy Attorney General

Advisory

 

Brian began his legal career in the litigation section of the OAG, where he defended the State, its agencies, and employees in civil litigation.  He spent several years in private practice with the firm Stephenson Morow & Semler, where he maintained a caseload focusing on municipal government defense.  He has defended cases involving police action shootings, wrongful death, false arrest, excessive force, judicial review of agency decisions, contract disputes, employment matters, premises liability, defamation, copyright infringement, and constitutionality of Indiana statutes, among other things.  In addition to being licensed in Indiana and its federal district courts, he is a licensed patent attorney with the United States Patent and Trademark Office. 

 

Brian is a lifelong Hoosier who has devoted his legal career to working for state and local government.  He lives in Washington Township with his beautiful wife, two children, and their dog, Pamn.    

Payne, Julia 

Deputy Solicitor General 

 

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.

Pickett, Melinda

Deputy Attorney General

Medical Licensing 

 

Mindy has served as a Deputy Attorney General with the Consumer Protection Division Medical Licensing Section since September 2018.

 

Prior to joining the Attorney General’s office, she worked as a Chief Counsel and Staff Attorney for the Indiana Department of Child Services.

 

Mindy grew up in Avon, Indiana.  She attended Indiana University Bloomington where she received her undergraduate degree and earned her J.D. from the University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law.

Pratt, Aleksandrina

Deputy Attorney General

Administrative & Regulatory Enforcement Litigation

 

Aleksandrina has been with the office since 2016 and has served as Deputy Attorney General since 2017. A native of Bulgaria, she earned her Bachelor of Arts degree magna cum laude from Agnes Scott College and her Juris Doctor from Indiana University Maurer School of Law.

 

Aleksandrina has dedicated her legal career to public service. Prior to joining the Office of the Indiana Attorney General, she interned for Indiana University Student Legal Services, the only law firm for students on campus, where she assisted IU students with their legal issues. She has also served Indiana’s immigration population as an intern for the Neighborhood Christian Legal Clinic and Indiana’s low-income residents as a volunteer for Indiana Legal Services.

Price, Zachary

Deputy Attorney General

Administrative & Regulatory Enforcement Litigation

 

Zach is from Bloomington, Indiana and attended Indiana University for his undergraduate degree. For law school, Zach attended Vermont Law School where he was a production editor for the Vermont Journal of Environmental Law. He also captained the ultimate frisbee team, Ultimate Justice.

 

Zach is a fan of the Colts, Pacers, and Hoosiers. He likes to garden, run long distances, and tour local breweries. He lives in Indianapolis with his wife, son, and dog.

Quick, Amanda 

Deputy Attorney General

Asset Recovery & Bankruptcy Litigation 

 

Amanda focuses her practice primarily in representing the State of Indiana and its departments and agencies in bankruptcy litigation. Since being admitted to the Indiana bar in June of 2009, Amanda has practiced bankruptcy law in the Indianapolis area. She has represented consumers, businesses and creditors at all stages of bankruptcy litigation. Over the years, Amanda has authored numerous articles on bankruptcy law which have been published in the Indiana State Bar Association’s Res Gestae. She has also authored numerous Continuing Legal Education materials for bankruptcy seminars. Amanda is admitted to practice law in Indiana, the Southern District of Indiana, the Northern District of Indiana and the District of Colorado. She is a graduate of Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law and Butler University.

Rahman, Andrea

Deputy Attorney General

Administrative & Regulatory Enforcement Litigation

 

Andrea Rahman is a Deputy Attorney General in the Administrative and Regulatory Enforcement Section of the Litigation Division. She previously worked as a DAG in the Civil Appeals Section of the Appeals Division and served as co-counsel on the landmark cases, Esserman v. Indiana Dep’t of Envtl. Mgmt., 84 N.E.3d 1185 (Ind. 2017), and Gunderson v. State, Indiana Dep’t of Nat. Res., 90 N.E.3d 1171 (Ind. 2018).

 

Ms. Rahman obtained her juris doctorate from the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law in May 2015. She obtained a bachelors’ degree in English from Indiana Wesleyan University in May 2010. Prior to law school, Ms. Rahman worked in human resources for an international government sub-contractor.

 

During law school, Ms. Rahman was an Articles Editor for the Indiana Law Review and volunteered with the Neighborhood Christian Legal Clinic. She served as a legal intern for the Indiana Secretary of State’s Office, the Indiana Department of Insurance, and the Marion Superior Courts. She also served as a law clerk in the Appeals Division of the Office and was subsequently promoted to Deputy Attorney General in September 2015.

 

In her spare time, Ms. Rahman serves as the board chair for a local innovation school and is actively involved in her local community.

Recker, Abigail 

Deputy Attorney General

Civil Appeals

 

Abigail R. Recker is a Deputy Attorney General in Civil Appeals. She was previously a deputy in Child Services beginning in December 2014 until it was merged with Civil Appeals in January 2017.  She joined the office in May 2013 as a law clerk in Civil Appeals.  In 2011, she graduated from Indiana State University with a double major in political science and legal studies, and a minor in civil leadership.  In 2014, she graduated from Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law.  During law school, she clerked for Judge Paul Felix of the Hamilton Circuit Court, and interned at the Indiana Civil Rights Commission.  She has also served as a guardian ad litem in Marion County with Kids’ Voice of Indiana.

Riedle, Marielle

Deputy Attorney General

Asset Recovery & Bankruptcy Litigation

 

Ms. Riedle completed her undergraduate degree from Barnard College, Columbia University and received her Juris Doctor from the Mauer School of Law at Indiana University Bloomington.

Rizzo, Philip 

Deputy Attorney General

Consumer Litigation

 

Phil Rizzo has served as a Deputy Attorney General with the Consumer Protection Litigation section since April 2019. Prior to joining the Office of Attorney General, he was a Deputy Prosecuting Attorney at the Marion County Prosecutor’s Office where he specialized in narcotics dealing cases. Over Rizzo’s time as a Deputy Prosecuting Attorney, he conducted over a dozen jury trials and worked closely with law enforcement in the investigation and ultimate prosecution of narcotics traffickers.  

 

Rizzo grew up in Evergreen Park, Illinois. He attended University of St. Francis in Joliet, Illinois, where he earned his B.A. in History and Political Science in 2013. He earned his J.D. from Indiana University Maurer School of Law in 2016.

Roebel, Justin

Deputy Attorney General

Criminal Appeals

 

Justin F. Roebel is a Supervising Deputy Attorney General in the Criminal Appeals Section.  Justin joined the office in June 2012, but previously served as a Deputy Attorney General from 2002-2008. In the interim, Justin served as Assistant Corporation Counsel to the City of Indianapolis, representing officials in a variety of causes including civil rights, election law, land use, and wrongful death.  Justin has represented the City and State in hundreds of appeals, including two cases in the Supreme Court of the United States where he authored or co-authored the winning briefs in Edwards v. Indiana and Armour v. City of Indianapolis.  Justin graduated from Yale University in 1999 and graduated cum laude from Indiana University-Robert H. McKinney School of Law in 2002, where he served as Associate Editor on the Indiana Law Review.  Justin is from Fort Wayne and now lives in Indianapolis with his wife and daughter.

Rothenberg, Daniel 

Deputy Attorney General

Government Litigation

 

Daniel is a Deputy Attorney General in the Correctional Law Litigation section.  The section represents the State of Indiana, its officials and employees in State and Federal Court in civil litigation cases filed by inmates.  Daniel was born and raised in Indianapolis, Indiana and earned his undergraduate degree from Indiana University.  He earned his J.D. from South Texas College of law in Houston, Texas.  Prior to working for the Office of the Attorney General Daniel worked in the Energy field in Houston, Texas in Huntington, West Virginia, and then as a Deputy Prosecutor for the Marion County Prosecutor’s Office in Indianapolis.  Daniel Rothenberg is a member of the Indiana and Texas State Bar.

Rowlett, Robert

Deputy Attorney General

Administrative & Regulatory Enforcement Litigation

 

Robert is a Deputy Attorney General with the Administrative and Regulatory Enforcement Litigation section and represents the State of Indiana and its various agencies in cases involving judicial review of agency actions, enforcement of agency actions, and complaints for declaratory and injunctive relief against agencies, among many others.

 

Prior to joining the Office as a Deputy Attorney General, Robert completed the I-DAG Program as a member of its first cohort.  The I-DAG Program is a rigorous six-month training initiative developed by the Office to quickly inculcate newly-admitted Indiana attorneys with the litigation skills necessary to succeed in their careers with the Office.  Upon successful completion of the I-DAG Program, Robert applied for and was accepted into the Administrative and Regulatory Enforcement Litigation section.

 

In 2017, Robert was named a Blackstone Fellow, a prestigious designation bestowed by the Blackstone Legal Fellowship on law students who complete Blackstone’s rigorous summer training program and who apply for and are accepted as Fellows.

 

Robert received his B.A. in Political Science (Biology minor), magna cum laude, from Anderson University (Anderson, IN) in 2011 and his J.D., cum laude, from the Indiana University Maurer School of Law (Bloomington, IN) in 2018.  While in law school, Robert served as one of two Senior Managing Editors for the Indiana Journal of Global Legal Studies.  He also served as Magister of Maurer’s Phi Delta Phi legal honor society chapter, the Foster Inn.

 

In 2011, Robert was awarded the Congressional Gold Award.  Robert’s interests include apologetics, public speaking, science, and golf.

 

Sanchez, Angela

Assistant Section Chief

Criminal Appeals

 

Angela N. Sanchez is Assistant Section Chief in the Criminal Appeals Section. She joined the OAG in the litigation division’s government practice group at the beginning of 2008 before transferring to appeals. Angela graduated magna cum laude from Indiana University McKinney School of Law in 2007, where she was a member of the Order of Barristers and the Indiana International & Comparative Law Review. Angela is originally from Danville, Indiana but currently resides in Indianapolis with her husband and two sons.

Schilling, Paul

Section Chief

Medicaid Fraud Control Unit

 

Paul is currently assigned as a Section Chief for licensing enforcement in the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit since March of 2019.  Paul joined MFCU licensing in March of 2017, where he litigates administrative cases against medical professionals and supervises the litigation team. 

 

Paul joined the Office as a Deputy Attorney General in Licensing Enforcement / Home Owner Protection in 2011.  Paul litigated real estate licensing, mortgage fraud and appraiser cases in administrative hearings and civil court.  Paul transferred to the Real Estate Litigation Section (formerly TPG) in 2014, where he litigated INDOT real estate cases as well as real estate based litigation for other state agencies.  Paul participated in several mediations, court hearings and trials on behalf of the State.

 

Paul served with the OAG as a paralegal from 2006 – 2010 in the Complex Litigation and ID Theft Unit.  Paul attended IU-McKinney School of Law (2010) and majored in Political Science at Ball State (2002).  Prior to the OAG and law school, Paul worked as a paralegal at the US Attorney’s Office for the District of Maryland.  Paul also served as a military policeman in the US Army for 5 years on active duty and spent 10 years in the National Guard in both Indiana and Maryland.  He is a combat veteran of Afghanistan.  Paul is active in the Indiana State Bar Association and graduated from the ISBA Leadership Development Academy in 2017.  Paul and his wife Angela have two young daughters.

Schmidt, James 

Deputy Attorney General

Advisory

 

Jim Schmidt has been a Deputy Attorney General for over forty years during the tenure of eight different Indiana attorneys general.  A native of Lafayette, he is a graduate of Purdue University and the Valparaiso University School of Law.  He has lived in the Indianapolis area since joining the Attorney General’s Office with the last twenty years in Avon.

 

Schmidt has been a member of the Advisory Division for its quarter century existence and previously worked in a section that had many of the same duties that Advisory has today.  Among his duties are advising state boards and commissions in meetings and reviewing contracts.  However, a particularly important activity is in the Attorney General’s role in reviewing administrative rules and rulemakings and providing advice to agencies on rules and rulemaking.  He has spoken on the topic in continuing legal education seminars.

Schuster, Nicole

Deputy Attorney General

Advisory

 

Nicole Schuster joined the Office of the Indiana Attorney General in 2001 as a Deputy Attorney General in Appeals.  As part of her duties, Schuster has briefed both criminal and civil cases for the State in the Indiana appellate courts. She has argued in front of the Indiana Supreme Court and Court of Appeals numerous times. As well, Schuster has participated in Unites States Supreme Court litigation while working with the Indiana Solicitor General.

 

In 2012, Schuster joined the Advisory section of the office, where she has appeared in front of the Indiana Board of Safety Review.  She now focuses her practice on providing counsel to the professional licensing boards, especially the health profession boards, including doing extensive research on substantive legal issues of general applicability to the boards.  Her research in the area of intersection between the requirements of public transparency statutes and the use of technology by the members of governmental boards in the course of board work have result in her being invited to speak to nationwide groups, as well as having published on the subject.  She has also taught for the National Attorneys General Training and Research Institute on the legal aspects of working with professional licensing boards.  Schuster also provides general counsel and administrative law judge services to state agencies as part of her practice. 

 

A native of South Bend, Indiana, Schuster received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Notre Dame in 1996.  Prior to law school, Schuster pursued a career in trust banking.  She obtained her law degree from the Indiana University School of Law in 2001.  She is admitted to practice in Indiana, the Northern and Southern Districts of Indiana, and the United States Supreme Court.  Schuster resides in Indianapolis with her husband and two children. 

Sembroski, Donna

Deputy Attorney General

Advisory

 

Donna Sembroski joined the Office of the Attorney General in February, 2006.  Her duties include serving as advisory counsel to the Unclaimed Property Division.  She is advisory counsel to the Behavioral Health and Human Services Licensing Board, the Board of Registration for Architects and Landscape Architects, the Hearing Aid Dealers Committee of the Medical Licensing Board, the Board of Safety Review, and the Occupational Safety Standards Commission.  She has served as an administrative law judge for the Indiana Department of Administration, Indiana Department of Transportation, Indiana Grain Buyers & Warehouse Licensing Agency, the Indiana Department of Education, and the Indiana Gaming Commission.  She reviews contracts and administrative rules, and researches and drafts advisory opinions.

 

Before joining the Office of the Attorney General, Donna was a staff attorney and Deputy General Counsel for the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration.  She provided legal advice to the Office of Medicaid Policy and Planning and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP).  She advised the agency on legal aspects of all areas of the Medicaid and CHIP programs, including provider reimbursement, HIPAA privacy requirements, covered services, eligibility, and federal funding, as well as general legal issues.

 

Donna graduated magna cum laude from the Maurer School of Law at Indiana University in Bloomington in December 1991.  She was admitted to the Indiana bar in 1992.

Sherman, George

Supervising Deputy Attorney General

Criminal Appeals

 

George Sherman is a Supervising Deputy Attorney General in the Appeals Division. He has represented the State of Indiana in over 1,100 criminal prosecutions on appeal and has argued before the Indiana Court of Appeals, the Indiana Supreme Court, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. He earned his law degree from the Indiana University Maurer School of Law-Bloomington in 2002. During law school, George became interested in a career in criminal law while volunteering with the Protective Order Project where he assisted victims of domestic violence. He also clerked at the Office of the Indiana Attorney General in the General Litigation and Appeals Divisions. After completing a post-doctoral fellowship with the dean of the law school, George joined the Office of Attorney General as a Deputy Attorney General in 2002.  When not in the office, George enjoys spending time with his family as well as hiking, biking, and Indianapolis Colts games. 

Shields, Sarah

Deputy Attorney General

Administrative & Regulatory Enforcement Litigation

 

Sarah Shields is a Deputy Attorney General in the Administrative and Regulatory Enforcement division. Prior to joining the Office of the Indiana Attorney General, Sarah was an associate at an Indianapolis law firm, where her practice focused on insurance defense litigation and appellate representation.

 

Sarah received her law degree from the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law with a concentration in Advocacy Skills. As a law student, she gained valuable experience working in the law school’s Appellate Clinic, and as a judicial extern to Justice Steven David in the Indiana Supreme Court, and Judge Timothy Oakes and Judge Heather Welch in Marion Superior Court. Additionally, Sarah served as the Chief Justice of the Robert H. Staton Intramural Moot Court Competition and the Executive Technology Editor of the Indiana Law Review.

 

Sarah is admitted to practice in Indiana state and federal courts, and the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals. She is an active member of several legal and professional organizations in Indianapolis.

Shoptaw, Benjamin

Deputy Attorney General

Criminal Appeals

 

Benjamin J. Shoptaw is a Deputy Attorney General in the Criminal Appeals Section. He started at the Office of the Attorney General in 2017 as a law clerk in the Litigation Division and later continued to clerk in the Correctional Law Section. After passing the bar exam in 2018, he returned as a member of the IDAG program where he worked in every division of the office before being assigned to Criminal Appeals. Ben is originally from East Central Indiana. He graduated from Indiana University with degrees in History and Political Science. He earned his law degree from the Indiana University Maurer School of Law. During law school, he won the Sherman Minton Moot Court competition and served on the Sherman Minton Moot court board. Additionally, Ben was selected as a member of the Order of Barristers and was runner-up overall, and won best brief honors, at the Indiana State Bar Association moot court competition. He also externed with the Madison County Prosecutor’s Office. He currently serves as the Chancellor for the Indiana Society of the War of 1812 and as the Extradition Officer for the Attorney General’s Office.

Simnick, Jeffrey

Senior Deputy Attorney General

Real Estate Litigation 

 

Jeffrey L. Simnick joined the Office of the Attorney General in June 1982 as a Deputy Attorney General in the Departments Section. He transferred to the Condemnation Section as a Senior Trial Deputy in October 1984 where he represented the Department of Transportation and the Department of Natural Resources in real estate, construction, and eminent domain matters. Mr. Simnick is active in all phases of litigation, including first chair jury trials, mediations, and appellate proceedings in State and Federal Courts.

 

In March 2011, Mr. Simnick moved to the Real Estate Litigation Section where he represents the Indiana Department of Transportation and Department of Natural Resources in the litigation and mediation of real estate and eminent domain matters.

 

Between 1998 and 2000, Mr. Simnick was the Section Chief of the Acquisition Assistance Section of the Division of Land Acquisition for the Indiana Department of Transportation where he was responsible for the management of staff, construction project schedules, sale and lease of excess property, and relocation of commercial and residential property. He was also the mediation representative for INDOT mediations to resolve condemnation cases up to $1.5 million.

 

In February 2000, Mr. Simnick became an Assistant Corporation Counsel for the City of Indianapolis and represented the Departments of Public Works, Metropolitan Development, and Parks and Recreation in eminent domain, environmental, construction, litigation, and mediation on behalf of the City of Indianapolis.

 

Mr. Simnick was in private practice as a Senior Associate with Easter and Cavosie from 2004 to 2009 and as Senior Counsel in the Government Services Group with Drewy Simmons Vornehm, LLP, from 2009 to 2011. Both law firms are located in Indianapolis, Indiana. He represented public and private clients in eminent domain, construction, real estate, litigation, environmental, zoning, collections, contracts, utility, mediation, and related matters.

 

Mr. Simnick graduated from the National Institute of Trial Advocacy in 1985 and the Certified Mediation Training in 1994. Mr. Simnick is an ICLEF Civil Mediation Trainer and became a Registered Mediator in the State of Indiana in 2009. He has been on the Faculty for Eminent Domain Seminars in 2005 and 2008 and has authored and presented Condemnation in the City-Eminent Domain for the City of Indianapolis-Department of Public Works for the ICLEF Seminar on Eminent Domain and The Basics to Beginning a Public Works Project: Land Acquisition for the 2008 Municipal Lawyers Association Municipal Law XXV Seminar.

Mr. Simnick graduated from the Indiana University School of Law in Bloomington in 1981 and the University of Notre Dame in 1978. Mr. Simnick was admitted to the Indiana Bar and the Supreme Court of Indiana in 1982. He was admitted to the United States District Court, Northern District of Indiana in 1997 and the United States District Court, Southern District of Indiana in 1982.

Skates, Brandon

Deputy Attorney General

Government Litigation

 

Brandon Skates began working for the Indiana Attorney General’s Office in March of 2019. A first generation college student, he is a graduate of Indiana State University in Terre Haute and was the class speaker during his graduation ceremony.  Later, he earned his Master’s in Social Work from Indiana University as well as his Doctorate of Jurisprudence from the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law. 

At Indiana University - McKinney, Brandon was a member of the Moot Court Society and competed in a national moot court competition where he was named “Best Oral Advocate”.  Additionally, he served as a summer law clerk for the Indiana Court of Appeals and interned at multiple non-profit agencies in addition to being involved in several on-campus organizations. 

Before joining this office, he worked for the Marion County Prosecutor's Office for just over 6 years.  He most recently headed the Prosecutor's Office's Fatal Crash Team. There, he investigated, screened, and prosecuted several high-profile prosecutions as lead counsel. Brandon’s passion for civil rights and civil service brings him to the Office of the Attorney General where he hopes to continue serving both the interests of justice and the public.

When Brandon isn't working, you can find him on Instagram showing off his rescue dog, Luna; or cycling on the Monon trail. 

Slinker, Mollie 

Deputy Attorney General

Government Litigation

 

Mollie is a Deputy Attorney General in the Government Litigation Section. In this role, Mollie represents the State of Indiana and its officials, agencies, and employees in a wide variety of civil cases.

 

Prior to joining the Office of the Indiana Attorney General, Mollie attended Purdue University where she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science in 2014. Mollie continued her education at the University of Notre Dame Law School. While in law school, Mollie served as a law clerk for the Office of the Indiana Attorney General.

 

Mollie is licensed in the State of Indiana, Northern District of Indiana and Southern District of Indiana.

Smith, Megan

Deputy Attorney General

Criminal Appeals

 

Ms. Smith has been a Deputy Attorney General since April 2019. Prior to joining OAG, she spent over five years as a Deputy Prosecuting Attorney with the Marion County Prosecutor’s Office, Child Support Division. Ms. Smith is a 2013 graduate of Indiana University, Robert H. McKinney School of Law where she was a member of the Indiana Health Law Review and her student note was selected for publication. While in law school, she completed a one year internship in-house with Firestone Building Products Company, LLC. Prior to graduating from law school, Ms. Smith spent two years as a social worker and eight years overseeing the small claims judgment collections for a property management company.

Snodgrass, Mark 

Deputy Attorney General

Consumer Litigation

 

Mark Snodgrass has been a Deputy Attorney General with the OAG since 2010. Mark has investigated and litigated hundreds of consumer protection matters involving a variety of subject matters, including motor vehicle sales, home improvement transactions, and senior consumer protection issues. Mark’s primary area of practice currently centers on consumer issues within the motor vehicle industry.  Such practice consists of investigations and prosecutions of Indiana motor vehicle dealers in state court for issues such as deceptive advertising, failure to deliver titles, odometer fraud and excessive document fees, as well as actions as part of coalitions of Attorneys General from other states against motor vehicle manufacturers such as General Motors, VW, and Fiat Chrysler for various deceptive practices.

 

Mark is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Parkside and Indiana University McKinney School of Law.

Staton, Courtney

Deputy Attorney General

Criminal Appeals

 

Courtney Staton has been a Deputy Attorney General in the Criminal Appeals division since March 2019. She earned her juris doctorate from Ohio Northern University in 2015, where she was the Chief Justice of the Moot Court Program, an associate editor of the Ohio Northern University Law Review, and a member of the Order of Barristers. Courtney graduated from law school magna cum laude, in the top 10% of her class, and was admitted into the Willis Society. After law school, Courtney worked as a major felony trial deputy prosecuting attorney for Madison County, Indiana. 

Stein, Jodi

Deputy Attorney General

Advisory

 

Jodi Stein is a native of Michigan and graduated in 1988 from Michigan State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology.  She moved to Indianapolis in 1989 and graduated from the Indiana University School of Law, Indianapolis, in 1992, becoming a member of the Indiana bar that October.  Stein joined the Office of the Indiana Attorney General in 1993 as a Deputy Attorney General in Criminal Appeals, where she worked until 1997.  Stein left the office for civil practice in both Indianapolis and Greenfield before returning to State employment in 2000 with the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration.

 

Stein returned to the OAG in 2001 as a deputy in Criminal Appeals where she was a supervisor from 2003-2011.  Stein remained in the Criminal Appeals division for sixteen years before transferring to the Advisory Division in 2017.  

Stover, Jordan

Deputy Attorney General

Government Litigation

 

As a Deputy Attorney General in the Correctional Law Litigation unit, Jordan Stover helps defend state agencies and employees from suits filed by offenders who are, or have been, incarcerated in Indiana. These suits range from offenders who wish to have their sex offender registration requirements removed to offenders who allege civil rights violations while in prison.

 

Previously, Jordan worked with the Marion County Prosecutor’s Office prosecuting high-level drug dealers and firearm offenders, frequently handling complex cases involving wiretaps, interstate drug trafficking, and violent offenders. He trained and consulted with all levels of law enforcement statewide, including the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department, Indiana State Police, FBI, DEA, DHS, U.S. Marshal’s Office, and several local agencies. Jordan holds a bachelor’s degree from Ferris State University in Computer Networks and Systems and a law degree from the Indiana University McKinney School of Law. 

Stover, Parvonay

Director

Government Affairs & Legislative Policy

 

 

Strachan, Patricia Huber

Senior Deputy Attorney General

Administrative & Regulatory Enforcement Litigation

 

Patricia Huber Strachan was admitted to the practice of law in Indiana on January 23, 1987.  She began her tenure in the Office of the Attorney General in January 1999 as a Deputy Attorney General in the Administrative and Regulatory Litigation Section, later transitioning to the combined Government Litigation Section.  She currently serves as Senior Deputy Attorney General in the Administrative and Regulatory Litigation Section of the Litigation Division.

 

Her primary duties in that role include representing the State of Indiana in mental health commitment proceedings, as well as other general administrative and regulatory litigation matters.  As Senior Deputy Attorney General, she serves as a mentor and supervising attorney assisting and overseeing new Deputies.  Prior to her employment with the Office of the Indiana Attorney General, from 1991 through 1999, Pat Strachan was a Commissioner in Marion County Superior Court, Probate Division, presiding over contested and uncontested probate matters.  She was also engaged in the general private practice of law from 1987 through 1999.

Sullivan, Erica

Deputy Attorney General

Consumer Litigation

 

Erica was born and raised in Indianapolis, Indiana.  She attended Indiana University Maurer School of Law.  She began her legal career as Deputy Attorney General, litigating on behalf of State employees, officials, and agencies. She has worked in private practice, two State agencies, and completed a clerkship with the Indiana Court of Appeals. She returned to the office in 2019 as Deputy Attorney General in Consumer Litigation.

Sumcad, Samantha 

Deputy Attorney General

Criminal Appeals

 

Samantha joined the Office of the Indiana Attorney General in December of 2018. Prior to joining the office, Samantha was a deputy prosecutor in Marion County where she worked in the juvenile, Level 6 Felony/misdemeanor, and DUI divisions. Prior to that, she was in-house counsel to a corporation. She is a graduate of IU McKinney Law and IUPUI from where she received bachelor degrees with honors in both psychology from Purdue and philosophy from IU.

Swetnam, Douglas

Section Chief 

Data Privacy & ID Theft

 

Doug Swetnam currently leads the Data Privacy & Identity Theft Unit which includes information privacy, data security, data breaches and telephone privacy, including Do Not Call and Robo-call enforcement.  The Identity Theft Unit provides assistance to victims of identity theft, and cooperates with federal, state and local law enforcement agencies in the investigation and prosecution of identity theft, fraud and related crimes.  Doug also supervises the safeguarding of Abandoned Records, and leads the office’s enforcement of the Health Insurance Portability and Protection Act (HIPAA).  He currently serves as acting co-chair of the Indiana Executive Cybersecurity Council Legal and Insurance working group. At the beginning of his career, Mr. Swetnam spent seven years with a private firm as a litigator. During that time, he served on the City of Indianapolis Regulatory Study Commission under Mayor Stephen Goldsmith and was a fellow of the Indiana Policy Review Foundation during the time Vice-President Mike Pence served as its President, earning the Foundation’s inaugural Golden Pen Award.  He was also invited to participate in a Liberty Fund Conference. In the late 1990s, he was recruited as an IT executive for a Fortune 200 Company, leading global web technologies, including the integration of web technologies into the global IT architecture standards, and the transformation of Shared Services, Corporate Marketing, Public Relations, Investor Relations and Government Relations through the integration of internet and web technologies. He subsequently worked for two additional Fortune 500 companies in similar roles. He was a frequent presenter for Washington, D.C.-based Political Affairs Group on communications, technology and e-Business.  He received the Certified Information Privacy Professional credential from the International Association of Privacy Professionals.  He has been a featured presenter for the American Health Lawyers Association, a moderator for the Midwest Cybersecurity Conference, and participates in the AG Tech Forum at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard.  He graduated from Wabash College, where he was a Goodrich Scholar, received the Theodore H. Gronert Award in American History and was the first recipient of the James E. Bingham Award for students entering the field of law.  He graduated from Indiana University School of Law, where he received the Dean’s Scholarship, and was a member of the Moot Court Society, Order of Barristers and a member of the ABA Moot Court competition team.  Doug and his wife, Annette, have been long-time participants and supporters of Cure SMA, the Make-A-Wish Foundation, and Give Kids the World in memory of their daughters Betsy and Katie, who suffered from the disease.  They reside in Fishers.

Swinney, Josiah

Deputy Attorney General

Criminal Appeals

 

Josiah Swinney grew up in the Indianapolis area and graduated from Indiana University (Bloomington) with an English degree. He earned a law degree from Robert H. McKinney School of Law, where he graduated with honors. He joined the OAG as a law clerk for Solicitor General Tom Fisher in 2017. He was a member of the first I-DAG class. He is now a Deputy Attorney General in Criminal Appeals. Josiah volunteers for Camp to Belong Indiana Inc., a charity reuniting separated siblings in the foster system for a week of excitement.

Szyper, Caryn

Deputy Attorney General

Criminal Appeals

 

Caryn N. Szyper joined the Criminal Appeals Section in June 2016 after serving as a DAG in the Civil Litigation Section for 3 years. Prior to joining the OAG, Caryn was a Presidential Management Fellow with the United States Government where she served in details as a Special Assistant U.S. Attorney in Louisville, Kentucky, and as a Special Assistant to the Director of the Department of Homeland Security’s Center for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships. She also worked as an associate at Clark, Quinn, Moses, Scott & Grahn, LLP in Indianapolis. Caryn is a magna cum laude graduate of both the University of Kentucky School of Law and the University of Indianapolis. While at UK, she was an editor on the Kentucky Law Journal and a member of the moot court board.

Talbot, Monika Prekopa

Deputy Attorney General

Civil Appeals

 

Monika Prekopa Talbot is a Deputy Attorney General and has been an employee of the OAG since February 2000. A native of Budapest, Hungary, Monika completed her high school and college education there, majoring in English and French language and literature. After moving to the United States, Monika completed a Master's Degree in English Language and Literature at Rutgers University in New Jersey, and subsequently moved to Los Angeles, California, where she taught English as second language to students from all over the world. Monika then moved to Indiana, where she attended law school, and after practicing mostly in civil areas at two different Indianapolis law firms, she began working in the appellate division of the OAG. Monika spent the first nineteen years of her career with the OAG as a DAG in the criminal appeals section, where she was a supervisor from the spring of 2004 through the spring of 2019. In 2019, she moved to the civil appeals section.

Templeton, Caroline

Deputy Attorney General

Criminal Appeals

 

Caroline Templeton is a graduate of Hanover College in southern Indiana and returned to her hometown of Indianapolis for law school at Indiana University Robert H. McKinney. After graduating from law school, Ms. Templeton served as local office counsel for the Indiana Department of Child Services in Wayne County until joining the Attorney General’s Office. Ms. Templeton has served as Deputy Attorney General in the Criminal Appeals Section Since October 2017. Ms. Templeton is additionally a member of the section’s Practice Resource Group, which supports the professional development of the deputies in the appellate section.

Tesnar, Shana

Deputy Attorney General

Asset Recovery & Bankruptcy Litigation

 

Shana D. Tesnar obtained her undergraduate degree from Indiana University, Bloomington, with a double major in English and political science. She received her law degree from the John Marshall Law School in Chicago, Illinois.

 

In 2007, Ms. Tesnar was admitted to practice law in Indiana and began her legal career at a boutique general practice firm formally known as Adler Tesnar & Whalin.  In 2014, Ms. Tesnar was selected to the Indiana Rising Stars list, and her firm was voted the 2017 Reader’s Choice Winner for Favorite Attorney by The Times, a Hamilton County, Indiana publication. She was also an adjunct professor of business law for Indiana Wesleyan University from 2016 to 2018.    

 

In 2019, Ms. Tesnar joined the litigation department as a deputy attorney general in the asset recovery and bankruptcy section of the Office of the Indiana Attorney General.  She comes to the Office of the Indiana Attorney General with more than a decade of experience in civil litigation.

 

Ms. Tesnar is proud to regularly volunteer at the self-sufficiency resource event at Prevail, which is a non-profit organization advocating for victims of crime and abuse. She currently serves on the board at her church and spends her free time with her husband and children and coaching youth sports.

 

Ms. Tesnar is excited to join the team at the Office of the Indiana Attorney General and to serve this great state of Indiana.  

Voight, Cory

Deputy Attorney General

Complex Litigation

 

Cory C. Voight was admitted to the Indiana Bar in 2001.  He is licensed to practice in Indiana, Kentucky, and the U.S. District Courts for the Northern and Southern Districts of Indiana.  He graduated from Indiana University in 1997 and Indiana University McKinney School of Law in 2001.  Cory began his legal carrier as a deputy prosecutor in Marion County.  He joined the Attorney General's Office in 2006 and practiced in the Litigation Division with a focus on defense of agencies, officials, and employees in Section 1983, employment, and tort related matters.  In 2012, Cory left the office to enter private practice with Coots Henke and Wheeler PC in Carmel, Indiana.  There he continued his representation of governmental entities, officials and employees, albeit at county and local levels.  Cory also represented employers and individuals in a variety of non-governmental matters.   Recently, Cory served as a member of the U.S. District Court, Southern District of Indiana Local Rules Committee and has presented at CLEs and to local governmental entities on topics related to civil rights, law enforcement, and the employer/employee relationship.  Cory is originally from Evansville, Indiana.  He currently resides in Noblesville, Indiana with his wife, Shannon, and their two sons.

Walls, John

Director

Human Resources

 

John D. Walls has over 20 years of experience in Human Resources and law including operating his own law firm in Carmel for 7 years. In addition, he has served Director of Human Resources and Counsel for ITT Educational Services and Senior Director of Organizational Development and General Counsel for USIC, LLC, both in Carmel, IN.

 

He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and English Literature from Indiana University and a Juris Doctorate from Ohio Northern University’s Claude W. Pettit College of Law. He is a Six Sigma Greenbelt and a member of the Indiana State Bar Association.

 

In his spare time he can be seen in local theater productions. Guys & Dolls, Fiddler on the Roof and A Christmas story are among his credits. He serves on the Alumni Counsel for the Indiana University Singing Hoosiers.

Watson, Zachary

Deputy Attorney General

Asset Recovery & Bankruptcy Litigation

 

Zachary E. Watson has been with the Office of the Indiana Attorney General since November of 2013.  In his time with the office, he has worked in the Unclaimed Property Division, Civil Rights Litigation Division, and is currently a member of the Asset Recovery and Bankruptcy Litigation Division focusing exclusively on damages recovery for the Indiana Department of Transportation.

 

Prior to joining the Office of the Indiana Attorney General, Zachary worked as a staff attorney for Jacksonville Area Legal Aid in Jacksonville, Florida providing civil legal services for the poor and vulnerable in the community.

 

Zachary graduated from Florida Coastal School of Law, with a research, writing, and drafting certification.  He received his undergraduate degree from Indiana University Purdue University of Indianapolis.

Weaver, Tamara

Deputy Attorney General

Consumer Litigation

 

Tamara is a native Hoosier, born and raised in Chesterton, Indiana. She obtained her B.A. in Political Science from Valparaiso University and earned her law degree from the Valparaiso University School of Law.  Tamara has been with the Office of the Indiana Attorney General since 2010 in a variety of capacities, including most recently, as a Deputy Attorney General in the Consumer Protection Division.  Tamara works on a variety of cases including charitable trusts and institutional funds, nonprofits, educational institutions, and other matters involving enforcement of the State’s consumer protection laws.

Weber, Timothy

Assistant Section Chief

Medical Licensing

 

Tim Weber has been with the Office of the Indiana Attorney General since July of 2010. Prior to becoming a licensing attorney in 2013, he worked as a Case Analyst. Now, as a Deputy Attorney General, Tim Weber represents the State of Indiana in front of the Medical Licensing Board, Nursing Board, State Board of Dentistry, Board of Chiropractic Examiners, State Board of Health Facility Administrators, and the Board of Pharmacy.

Weiss, Natalie

Deputy Attorney General

Civil Appeals

 

Natalie Weiss has been a Deputy Attorney General in Civil Appeals since September 2018. She is a graduate of Muhlenberg College (B.A. in History), Marian University (M.A.T.) and Loyola University Chicago School of Law.  Natalie received a certificate in Family law and a certificate in Advocacy from Loyola University Chicago School of Law.  In law school, Natalie was a member of the Children’s Legal Rights Journal.  She competed in the Child Welfare and Adoption National Moot Court Competition and the National Moot Court Competition. Before joining the Office of the Attorney General, Natalie was as an associate attorney at a law firm in Noblesville, Indiana. From 2012-2014, Natalie served as a Teach for America corps member in Indianapolis.

 

Wells, Destiny Scott

Deputy Attorney General

Government Litigation

 

As a member of the Correctional Law Litigation section, Destiny primarily focuses on § 1983 civil rights lawsuits filed by offenders housed within the Indiana Department of Correction.  She handles all phases of litigation, including research and preparation of pleadings, motions and briefs; consultation with clients; investigation of facts; appearance in court for all hearings and conferences; negotiation of settlements; bench and jury trials in state and federal court.

 

Prior to joining the Office of the Indiana Attorney General, Destiny was a solo practitioner in Morgan County where she primarily focused on civil law, to include family, contract, probate, and employment law. In this position, Destiny first fostered a love for litigation, practicing before multiple state trial courts on weekly basis. Additionally, she owned a legal technology startup, Indiana eLawyering, that offered cloud-based legal services to small businesses and startups.

 

Destiny holds a bachelor of arts from Indiana University and a juris doctor from The University of Texas School of Law.  She has sixteen years of military service, most recently serving a combat tour in Afghanistan under U.S. Army Intelligence and Security Command, conducting oversight of the Department of Defense’s linguist services contract.  She also enjoys staying involved in the Indianapolis community as a board member of Indianapolis Downtown Rotary.

Whitehead, James 

Deputy Attorney General

Criminal Appeals

 

James (J.T.) Whitehead began work with the Office of the Attorney General in 1998, and has been a state government attorney since.  J.T. earned bachelors of arts degrees from Wabash College in English and Philosophy with a minor in political science in 1987, his masters of arts in Philosophy from Purdue University in 1993, and his JD from Indiana University, Bloomington, in 1997.  During a brief interlude at the Department of Labor Whitehead helped draft Indiana’s amicus brief in Steele v. St. Vincent, and with the OAG Whitehead has worked on Kenner v. State, Brewington v. State, and a number of significant cases involving the Sex Offender Registration Act (SORA), including Jensen v. State, and the oral argument for Wallace v. State.  In his free time, Whitehead writes creatively; he is a six-time Pushcart Prize-nominated poet, a one-time Pushcart Prize-nominated short story author, winner of the Margaret Randall Prize, and was nominated for the National Book Award for his first full-length collection, “The Table of the Elements” (Broadkill River Press, 2015).  Whitehead lives in Indianapolis with his two sons, Daniel and Joseph.

Whitmire, Matthew

Director

Medicaid Fraud Control Unit

 

Matthew Whitmire serves as the Director of the Indiana Medicaid Fraud Control Unit (MFCU) at the direction of the Indiana Attorney General Curtis T. Hill, Jr.  Matthew coordinates the efforts of attorneys and investigators in civil, criminal, and licensing actions involving fraud by providers in the Medicaid program and the abuse and neglect of Medicaid patients in long term care facilities. The unit and his area of supervision are comprised of over sixty individuals.  The MFCU works with many state and federal agencies in combating fraud in the Medicaid program including the Family Social Services Agency, Health and Human Service – Office of the Inspector General, and the Drug Enforcement Agency.  MFCU cases can involve violations of state criminal law, state false claim law, federal criminal and civil violations, or administrative law violations. 


Prior to joining the Attorney General’s Office in 2011, Matthew worked for 3 sessions as a legislative assistant for the Indiana House of Representatives and as a Deputy Prosecuting Attorney in Marion County.  Matthew received a bachelor’s degree in 2000 from Wabash College and a Juris Doctorate from the University Of Dayton School of Law, graduating with honors, in 2005.