Mark Stuaan focuses his practice on white collar criminal investigations and litigation defense in state and federal courts. Having served as a prosecutor himself, Mark understands the prosecution’s perspective, what drives the prosecution, and how they view a case. Mark draws on this experience when advocating his client’s position.
Before joining Barnes & Thornburg, Mark served as an assistant United States attorney for the Southern District of Indiana for almost a decade. He was assigned to the criminal division in the United States attorney’s office in Indianapolis and handled a number of prosecutions and appeals. Prior to joining the U.S. attorney’s office in Indianapolis, Mark served as an assistant United States attorney for the Central District of Illinois, where he handled civil, criminal and appellate matters for approximately five years.
Currently, Mark was part of the attorney team assisting Barnes & Thornburg partner Larry Mackey, the independent corporate compliance monitor for a large U.S. medical device manufacturer and distributor, pursuant to the company’s deferred prosecution agreements with the U.S. government. Mark is also part of the attorney team assigned to a monitorship pursuant to a U.S. Department of Commerce deferred prosecution agreement.
In addition to his monitorship team experience and his trial experience as a federal prosecutor, Mark has represented clients in federal criminal matters in a number of district courts and has tried federal criminal cases as defense counsel in several district courts around the country.
Regardless of the difficulty or stakes involved, Mark remains dedicated to helping his clients understand the investigation and prosecution process while guiding them through that difficult terrain. Mark focuses on identifying the drivers of the prosecution’s case, a skill that is supported by many years of federal and state level experience and problem-solving abilities in both prosecutorial and defense roles.
Professional and Community Involvement
Member, Indiana State Bar Association
Member, Indianapolis Bar Association
Member, Seventh Circuit Bar Association
Board member, Indianapolis Shakespeare Company (formerly Heartland Actors' Repertory Theatre)
Board of governors member, Seventh Circuit Bar Association
Former chair, Seventh Circuit Bar Association's Committee on Criminal Law and Procedure
Former Indiana chair, Seventh Circuit Bar Association's Committee on Criminal Law and Procedure
Board of trustees member, Indiana Criminal Justice Institute (appointed by former Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels),
Chair, Victim Services Sub-Committee, Indiana Criminal Justice Institute
Member, Indiana Environmental Crimes Task Force (appointed by former Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels)
Adjunct faculty, Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law-Indianapolis, white collar crime, 2012 to present
Seventh Circuit Bar Association Pro Bono and Public Service Award, 2013
Indiana Bar Foundation Pro Bono Publico Award, 2012
Barnes & Thornburg Joseph A. Maley Pro Bono Award