David J. Hensel

David J. Hensel

Indianapolis, Indiana
David Hensel has been litigating cases since 1988 and has been recognized as a Super Lawyer, Best Lawyers in America, and named a “Litigation Star” by Benchmark Litigation, the definitive guide to America’s leading business litigators. He is very familiar with both state and federal courts as he served as a Superior Court Judge in Marion County, Indiana and as a law clerk to a federal district court judge. Mr. Hensel also served as the Deputy Commissioner and Chief Counsel for the Indiana Department of Environmental Management and was responsible for all legal and enforcement matters.

Mr. Hensel routinely practices in the areas of complex criminal and civil litigation, in both state and federal courts, and represents clients involved in a variety of environmental, professional, and other regulatory matters. Mr. Hensel represents corporations and individuals in white collar criminal prosecutions and investigations and other regulatory matters including environmental, securities fraud, false claims actions, HUD, tax, health care abuse, kick-back schemes, commercial bribery, embezzlement, RICO, insurance fraud, and bank fraud. He has also successfully represented clients in a variety of business disputes, including patent and probate matters.

Mr. Hensel regularly represents attorneys, doctors, and other professionals in disciplinary and ethical matters, including proceedings before the Indiana Supreme Court Disciplinary Commission, the Indiana State Licensing Board, and the Indiana State Ethics Commission.


Areas of Practice

  • Criminal Litigation
  • Civil Litigation
  • State and Federal Courts
  • Environmental
  • Professional
  • Regulatory Matters

Bar Admissions

  • Illinois, 1986
  • Indiana, 1990
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Indiana, 1988
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Indiana, 1988
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 7th Circuit, 1996
  • District of Columbia, 1989


  • Indiana University Maurer School of Law, Bloomington, Indiana
    • J.D. cum laude - 1986
    • Honors: Commencement Speaker
    • Honors: Articles Editor, Indiana Law Journal
    • Honors: Best Exams Awards in Criminal Procedure and Federal Jurisdiction
  • Wabash College
    • B.A. - 1979

Representative Clients

  • Successfully represented pharmaceutical scientist in federal criminal prosecution for allegedly stealing trade secrets; all charges were voluntarily dismissed by government
  • Successfully represented state official facing criminal charges for official misconduct; all charges were dismissed, State v. Hardy, 7 N.E.3d 396 (Ind. Ct. App. 2014)
  • Successfully represented former CFO of Fortune 100 company in a complex financial and securities criminal investigation resulting in no charges being filed
  • Successfully completed one-week trial in complicated probate matter involving ownership and control of multi-million dollar family business
  • Represented owner of several large apartment complexes in HUD fraud investigation resulting in no personal charges
  • Successfully represented small health-care device company in patent infringement matter, Roche v. HDI, 455 F. Supp. 2d 840 and 374 F. Supp. 2d 673 (S.D. Ind. 2005)

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • President and Board Member, Indiana Community Federal Defenders, Inc. (2013 to present)
  • Vice President and Member, Indiana Public Defender Commission (2007 to present)
  • Illinois Bar Association
  • Indiana Star Bar Association
  • Indianapolis Bar Association
  • Seventh Circuit Bar Association

Past Employment Positions

  • State of Indiana, Marion County Superior Court, Judge
  • Indiana Department of Environmental Management, Department Commissioner & Chief Counsel
  • Law Clerk for Judge James T. Moody, United States District Court, Northern District of Indiana


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