Former U.S. Lawyer Josh Minkler joins Indianapolis agency Barnes & Thornburg

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United States attorney for the Southern District of Indiana Josh Minkler, at the U.S. Department of Justice in downtown Indianapolis, Thursday, April 12, 2018.

Former US attorney Joshua J. Minkler joined Barnes & Thornburg LLP.

Officials announced on Tuesday that the longtime federal attorney is now part of the Barnes & Thornburg employee and investigative practice in Indianapolis.

Minkler, a Muncie-American native and a graduate of Indiana University’s Masons School of Law, served in the Indiana Southern District office for 26 years before announcing his resignation last week.

“Josh is a consummate professional with a passion for justice and legal process that fits easily into the complex employee affairs of our clients,” said Randy Brown, chairman of the firm’s litigation department, in a statement. “Customers will appreciate the tremendous skills and knowledge he brings as part of our robust and talented group of employees.”

Minker joined the US law firm in Indianapolis in 1994 as an associate US attorney. He was then head of the drug and violent crime department and first assistant to then US attorney Joe Hogsett.

Minkler was named acting U.S. attorney in 2014 before officially taking the position in 2017.

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According to a press release from Barnes & Thornburg, Minkler is the fifth former U.S. attorney to join the firm since 2015. In total, the firm has 17 former Justice Department attorneys in its litigation department.

Barnes & Thornburg’s salaried and investigative practice, engaged in the criminal and civil defense of state and internal investigations, has been hired by the US government to manage complex oversight of US and international companies.

Minkler will focus his practice on white collar crime, compliance, internal investigations, and complex business litigation.

As a federal attorney, Minkler has tried more than 20 cases before juries in southern Indiana District and prepared and discussed dozen of appeals in the U.S. 7th Court of Appeals, officials said.

“Josh’s litigation and appeal experience ranks second after his excellent reputation as a dedicated, skilled attorney,” said Brian Burdick, managing partner of the Indianapolis office, in a statement. “With his experience as a federal court and his experience as an agency, he is an excellent addition to our team.”

The first US assistant attorney, John Childress, took over the office of acting US attorney after Minkler’s resignation.

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