Indianapolis Criminal Defense Team
Originally from Osceola, Indiana, Andrew received both his Bachelor's and Law Degrees from Indiana University. While in law school, he served as Editor-in-Chief of The Dictum, the school's student newspaper. He also spent twelve weeks abroad studying international law at Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland and St. Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic. Andrew concentrates his practice in criminal defense in both state and federal courts throughout Indiana as well as the defense of attorney discipline matters.
While in law school, Andrew worked as a law clerk for the Death Penalty Section of the Indiana State Public Defender's Office, where he assisted with post-conviction relief cases for indigent clients on Indiana's Death Row. Committed to protecting the constitutional rights of those charged with, or convicted of, crimes, Andrew remained with the State Public Defender's Office upon graduation from law school, becoming a staff attorney. He left the Public Defender's office in 2000, and has continued in private practice since then, concentrating his practice in the area of criminal defense at the trial, appellate and post-conviction levels in both state and federal court.
Andrew is a member of the Indianapolis Bar Association and is a graduate of The IBA's Bar Leader Series. He has been the three-time Chair of the Legal Services Advisory Committee and has been a contributor to the IBA's annual publication "Commonly Asked Questions about Indiana Law." Andrew has been a speaker on the subject of Criminal Law.
An experienced trial lawyer, Andrew has represented individuals in cases ranging from traffic tickets to week-long murder trials. He has also written numerous Briefs to the Indiana Court of Appeals seeking relief for those convicted in criminal matters. Andrew is admitted to practice by the Supreme Court of Indiana, United States District Court, Northern District of Indiana and the United States District Court, Southern District of Indiana.
A native of Indianapolis and a graduate of North Central High School, Michael received his Bachelor's degree in Political Science from Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio. While in Cincinnati, in addition to earning his undergraduate degree, Michael successfully managed several city-wide political campaigns. Following his undergraduate studies, Michael enrolled at the Wake Forest University School of Law in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
While in law school, Michael participated in the school's clinical program, which allowed him to function as a deputy prosecuting attorney at the Forsyth County (N.C.) District Attorney's office, where he prosecuted misdemeanors and traffic offenses in criminal court. Also through the clinic program, Michael was able to assist indigent clients with civil litigation via the Legal Aid Society of Northwest North Carolina. As a student, Michael qualified to participate as a member of the Student Trial Bar, served as the Vice President of the Environmental Law Society, and as an Officer on the Criminal Law Roundtable. Michael has also worked as a legal intern at the Indiana Civil Liberties Union, wherein he assisted with civil rights litigation, and as a law clerk at Kiefer and McGoff, a litigation firm in Indianapolis that has since merged with the law firm of Bingham and McHale.
After graduating from Wake Forest with his Juris Doctor degree, Michael was hired as an Associate at Kiefer and McGoff. While there, Michael maintained a practice focusing on litigation in both state and federal court at the trial and appellate levels. This work centered on the areas of criminal defense, civil and health care litigation, and the defense of professional licensure cases before various state licensing boards. Michael also conducted several internal criminal corporate investigations into allegations of environmental and health care related criminal activity.
Michael is currently a member of Indianapolis Bar Association (I.B.A), where he is on the Executive Committee of the Criminal Justice Section. He is a graduate the I.B.A's Bar Leader Series Class V in 2007-2008. Michael is also a frequent lecturer in the area of criminal defense to the Indiana Continuing Legal Education Foundation and the Indiana Public Defender Council. He is admitted to practice in Indiana by the state's Supreme Court as well as the United States District Court for the Northern and Southern Districts, as well as the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals.