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Scott Barnhart began his career serving as a deputy attorney general for the Office of the Indiana Attorney General. Mr. Barnhart first served in the Appellate Division where he was responsible for representing the State of Indiana in direct and post-conviction appeals. He is an experienced appellate attorney who has authored over three hundred appellate briefs and has argued multiple times before the Supreme Court of Indiana and the Indiana Court of Appeals. He has been lead counsel in over twenty-five published decisions.


 


In 2008, Mr. Barnhart was selected by the Attorney General’s Office to participate in an exchange program where he served as a Deputy Prosecuting Attorney in the Marion County Prosecutor’s Office. After gaining experience trying cases to juries as a deputy prosecutor, Mr. Barnhart returned to the Attorney General’s Office in 2009 and began practicing in the Civil Litigation Division where he represented the State of Indiana, its agencies, and its employees before state and federal courts throughout Indiana. He gained invaluable experience aggressively representing government clients in administrative proceedings, employment lawsuits, and civil rights lawsuits against law enforcement officers, correctional officers, prosecutors, and other state employees. Both as a trial and an appellate litigator, Mr. Barnhart is experienced at handling high profile cases with close media coverage. In addition to practicing law, Mr. Barnhart has also run his own small business, and welcomes the opportunity to work with small business owners and assist with their legal needs.

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Practice areas

Licensed

  1. Civil Rights: 25%
  2. Appeals: 25%
  3. Criminal Defense: 25%
  4. DUI & DWI: 25%

Payment

Fees:

Fixed (sometimes), Free consultation (30 minutes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Joseph P. Villanueva

    I'm a NY lawyer and even I know Mr. Barnhart. He is an honest, straight shooter that is result oriented. When anyone I know needs an attorney in Indiana, he's my go to guy.

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  • Christine Lynn Gertsch

    Scott is an experienced and conscientious attorney who works hard for his clients.

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Contact info

Keffer Barnhart LLP

230 East Ohio Street
Suite 600
Indianapolis, IN, 46204

Resume

License
StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
INActive In Good Standing200507/03/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Awards
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Rising StarSuper Lawyers2015
Woods Dedication Award 2014Indiana High School Mock Trial2014
Top 100 LawyersNational Advocacy for DUI Defense2014
FellowIndiana Bar Foundation2013
Criminal Law Moot Court TeamUniversity of Toledo School of Law2004
Deans Merit Law ScholarshipUniversity of Toledo2003
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Deputy Attorney GeneralAttorney General’s Office Indiana State Government2005 - 2012
Associations
Association namePosition nameDuration
American Association for JusticeMember2013 - Present
National Advocacy for DUI DefenseMember2013 - Present
Indiana Bar FoundationBoard of Directors2013 - Present
Indianapolis Bar AssociationMember2012 - Present
Indiana State Bar AssociationMember2012 - Present
Indiana High School Mock TrialBoard Member2012 - 2014
Indiana Bar Foundation Fundraising CommitteeBoard Member2012 - 2015
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Nicoson v. State, 938 N.E.2d 660 (Ind. 2010)The conviction was affirmed.
Barnard v. Menard, Inc., 25 N.E.3d 750 (Ind. Ct. 2015)Reversed
Freshwater v. State, 853 N.E.2d 941, 942Reversed
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Publications
Publication nameTitleDate
Keffer Barnhart LLP BlogHOW DOES ONE BECOME AN INDIANA SUPREME COURT JUSTICE?2016
Keffer Barnhart LLP BlogHOW DOES ONE BECOME AN INDIANA SUPREME COURT JUSTICE?2016
Keffer Barnhart LLP BlogWhat if I Bring a Taser to a Gun Fight?2016
Keffer Barnhart LLP BlogSelfies in the Ballot Box2016
IndystarCarmel settles with black man in racial profiling case involving traffic stop2016
Keffer Barnhart LLP BlogConstitutional Food2015
Keffer Barnhart LLP BlogFashion Police or First Amendment Police2015
Keffer Barnhart LLP BlogShould Lawyers Be Innovators?2015
Keffer Barnhart LLP BlogRecidivism2015
Indiana LawyerLawyers Question Use of Qualified Immunity2014
Education
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Toledo College of LawLawJD - Juris DoctorN/A
Indiana University School of LawOperations ManagementBS - Bachelor of ScienceN/A
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Indybar New Lawyer RoundtableSpeaker, IndyBar New Lawyer Roundtable,2016
Appellate Writing CLEAppellate Writing2016
ICLEF Master SeriesMaster Series on Constitutional Rights and 19832014
IPAC Summer ConferenceProsecutors Sued: Attorney General’s Representation on Forfeiture, Immigration, and Abortion Suits2011
IAG Seminar EventIndiana Sex and Violent Offender Registry2011
Continuing Legal Education ProgramAppealing to a Higher Power2009