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OVERVIEW

Joshua J. Minkler
Partner

Indianapolis

11 S. Meridian Street
Indianapolis, IN 46204-3535

P 317-231-6446

F 317-231-7433

OVERVIEW

Joshua J. Minkler
Partner

Indianapolis

11 S. Meridian Street
Indianapolis, IN 46204-3535

P 317-231-6446

F 317-231-7433

A skilled and highly accomplished former U.S. Attorney, Josh Minkler effectively counsels and defends his clients in white collar criminal law matters and government investigations. His trial and appeals experience is second only to his stellar reputation as a dedicated, straightforward and meticulous practitioner.

A skilled and highly accomplished former U.S. Attorney, Josh Minkler effectively counsels and defends his clients in white collar criminal law matters and government investigations. His trial and appeals experience is second only to his stellar reputation as a dedicated, straightforward and meticulous practitioner.

OVERVIEW

A skilled and highly accomplished former U.S. Attorney, Josh Minkler effectively counsels and defends his clients in white collar criminal law matters and government investigations. His trial and appeals experience is second only to his stellar reputation as a dedicated, straightforward and meticulous practitioner.

Josh focuses his practice on white collar criminal defense, compliance, internal investigations, and -complex business litigation. He insists on clarity in communication – with his clients and colleagues, as well as with agencies and judicial officials – so that there is unified understanding as to the goal at hand and the direction to achieve that goal.

He represents individuals and corporate entities at virtually every stage of the criminal defense process, handling parallel civil and administrative litigation, grand jury subpoenas, multijurisdictional matters, congressional and agency inquiries. Josh advises clients on cases involving the False Claims Act (FCA), and healthcare fraud, among others, from onset through settlement, trial and appeal. 

Most recently, Josh was the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Indiana, responsible for setting, communicating and implementing federal law enforcement priorities and prosecuting federal crimes. He was with the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) for 26 years, a good deal of those focusing on violations of federal laws involving public corruption and public integrity, such as drug trafficking, money laundering, and firearms offenses. Critically, during this time, Josh led massive federal investigations, where he managed internal groups of attorneys and the entire process.

As a federal prosecutor, Josh tried more than 20 cases before juries in the Southern District of Indiana and prepared and argued dozens of appeals in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit

While with the DOJ, Josh regularly interacted with the heads of federal agencies including, but not limited to, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the Internal Revenue Service – Criminal Investigations Division (IRS-CID), the Department of Health and Human Services – Office of the Inspector General (HHS-OIG), and the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

Josh is a relationship builder who makes it a priority to get to know his clients and then work diligently to understand what is most important to them so he can leverage his extensive knowledge and skills to help them. He strives to alleviate and curtail their criminal exposure by offering practical guidance and counsel when crafting strategies to defend against such proceedings. With an intricate knowledge of federal agencies and the law, Josh brings his passion for justice and the legal process to serving his clients as they face complex investigations and criminal charges. 

Before joining the U.S. Attorney’s office in Indianapolis, Josh was an assistant prosecuting attorney in the Office of the Kent County Prosecuting Attorney in Michigan.

Professional and Community Involvement

Former co-chair, U.S. Department of Justice Domestic Terrorism Executive Committee

Former member, U.S. Department of Justice Domestic Terrorism Working Group

Former member, U.S. Department of Justice Attorney General Advisory Committee

Former co-chair, U.S. Department of Justice Child Exploitation and Obscenity Working Group

Former member, U.S. Department of Justice Terrorism and National Security Subcommittee

Former member, U.S. Department of Justice Violent and Organized Crime Subcommittee

Honors

Honorary Chief of Police Award, Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department, 2015

Patriotic Employer Award, Office of the Secretary of the Department of Defense, 2012

Certificate of Appreciation and Recognition, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Commendation, 2008-2009

Outstanding Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force Case, Great Lakes Region, Department of Justice, 2007

Certificate of Appreciation and Recognition, U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, 2006

Certificate of Appreciation, United States Postal Inspection Service, 2004

Integrity Award, Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General, 2003

Commendation and Recognition, Federal Bureau of Investigation, 2000

Special Achievement Award, U.S. Department of Justice, 1999

Commendation and Recognition, U.S. Customs Service, Office of Investigations, 1999

Certificate of Commendation, Indianapolis Police Department, 1998

Certificate of Appreciation and Recognition, Department of Treasury, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, 1998

EXPERIENCE
EXPERIENCE
  • Led agents of the DEA and officers of the IMPD in an investigation into the illegal distribution of stolen firearms and methamphetamine in the Indianapolis area, after an intensive investigation involving electronic surveillance, a confidential informant, an undercover agent, and the execution of numerous search warrants, both defendants were indicted in December of 2009. After a one-week jury trial involving Spanish interpreters, a jury convicted both defendants of all charges, and the judgments were affirmed on appeal.
  • Led a joint FBI, Indiana State Police, and Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department (IMPD) investigation into public corruption and drug trafficking activities occurring within the Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs Section of the IMPD, which consisted of court-authorized wiretaps, high-risk undercover operations, sophisticated audio and video surveillance and novel witness interview techniques. The investigation revealed IMPD corruption and abuse of positions to divert drugs and drug proceeds to their own use, at times using fictitious search warrants to gain access to private property and at other times breaking into residences and stealing the drugs and money therein. After a two-week trial, the jury returned convictions.
  • Led a team composed of FBI Safe Streets agents, ATF Project Achillies agents, and Indianapolis Police Department officers in conducting a total of 11 court authorized wiretaps over a period of eight months under OCDETF “Operation Westside Story,” which was focused on the Haughville Syndicate, a violent cocaine trafficking organization operating exclusively in that Indianapolis neighborhood. As a result of this investigation a total of 21 defendants were indicted, convicted, and sentenced to federal prison, and most significantly, approximately $67,000 in cash was seized along with 70 illegally possessed firearms, including a machine gun, an Uzi, assault rifles, a 9-millimeter rifle, and several thousand rounds of ammunition. Within the first year of the takedown, violent crime in the IPD West District dropped 67%.
  • Led DEA agents and Indiana State Police investigators in an investigation that involved four court authorized wire intercepts with two extensions under OCDETF “Operation Motley Crew” focusing on RPOT target John Scruggs who was the Akingpin@ of a cocaine trafficking organization operating in Madison, Indiana. As a result, 17 defendants were indicted and 16 were arrested and convicted, and during the investigation, kilograms of cocaine, pounds of marijuana, guns and United States currency were seized, yet more importantly, the elimination of a large drug trafficking organization in a relatively small Indiana tourist town (population 13,000) had a tremendous impact on reducing the availability of illegal drugs, reducing the crime rate and improving the quality of life in that town.
  • Led a team of DEA agents and Indiana State Police investigators in an investigation that involved four court authorized wire intercepts with three extensions under the Department of Justice’s Special Operations Division’s (SOD) “Operation Money Clip,” which was a SOD supported, multi-jurisdictional, multi-agency OCDETF investigation targeting the Henry and Tony Franco-Arrellano poly-drug trafficking organization. As a result, 16 defendants were indicted, arrested, convicted and sentenced in the Southern District of Indiana, and 48 kilograms of cocaine, 875 pounds of marijuana, seven guns, and assets valued at $1,450,000.00 were seized and forfeited. Critically, three Mexican based sources of supply were indicted and convicted in this investigation to include OCDETF priority target.
  • Led an aggressive DEA and Bloomington Police Department investigation that revealed an Indiana University graduate student as the source of supply for 1-2 gram quantities of high purity heroin in the area. Using that student’s cooperation, the investigation moved up the chain to the sources of supply for the heroin involved in the Bloomington overdoses and court authorized wire surveillance, it was determined that the leader of a heroin organization in Indianapolis and its members distributed in excess of three kilograms of heroin that was approximately 80% pure (heroin is typically diluted and ingested at 2-3% purity) over a period of six months. When the seven-month investigation culminated, 150 state, local and federal law enforcement officers executed 17 federal arrest warrants and 15 federal search warrants and large quantities of heroin, currency and firearms were seized; and all 17 defendants were indicted, convicted, and sentenced to prison.
  • Led a joint FBI, DEA, United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Indiana Attorney General, and Jennings County, Indiana, Sheriff’s Department investigation into the fraudulent prescribing, distribution, and billing of OxyContin by an Indianapolis physician and a Jennings County, Indiana, drug dealer – who prescribed more OxyContin to Medicaid recipients in the State of Indiana than any other physician and who received the largest amounts of OxyContin. The five-month investigation employed a variety of law enforcement techniques, including physical surveillance, controlled purchases of OxyContin, a complete financial investigation, court authorized interception of oral communications occurring in the physician’s examination room, and search warrants. In early 2002, both were indicted, convicted and sentenced to prison.
These matters occurred before joining Barnes & Thornburg.
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