Tom F. Hirschauer III

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Tom F. Hirschauer III was born and raised in the Indianapolis, Indiana, area. Tom comes from a family of legal practitioners who have practices in the State of Indiana since 1943. Tom is a graduate of Carmel High School, Xavier University, and the Ave Maria School of Law in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Tom began his legal career in Marion County (Indianapolis) at the Marion County Prosecutor’s Office. As a deputy prosecutor, Tom worked on cases ranging from misdemeanors and low level felonies or major felony offenses. In 2011, Tom was appointed to lead the Fatal Alcohol Crash Team (FACT) within the Marion County Prosecutor’s Office. As part of this position, he was trained in Crash/Accident Reconstruction through Northwestern University as well as Forensic Toxicology through Indiana University. During this time, Tom was involved in some of the most complex cases in the State of Indiana, and has tried in excess of twenty jury trials and countless bench trials.

In 2014, Tom was tasked with supervising the Marion County Prosecutor’s Office Asset Forfeiture Division. In that position, he oversaw hundreds of civil forfeiture proceedings while simultaneously handling forfeiture cases in excess of $100,000.00; with some cases in excess of $1,000,000.00. Tom has taught both attorneys and law enforcement officers in the areas of DUI enforcement and investigation, traffic laws and the investigation of traffic-related matters, and while collar crime and the subsequent civil forfeiture. During his time with the Marion County Prosecutor’s Office, Tom went through his own divorce which gave him a new appreciation for the struggles and real life concerns that anyone is going through during a divorce. Currently, Tom focuses his practice on select Criminal and Family Law matters.

Areas of Practice

  • 35% Criminal Law (primarily DUI and Driving Offenses)
  • 65% Family Law

Litigation Percentage

  • 100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • Indiana, 2008
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Indiana, 2008
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Indiana, 2008
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, 2015

Education

  • Ave Maria School of Law, Ann Arbor, Michigan
    • J.D.
  • Xavier University, Cincinnati, Ohio
    • B.S.

Classes/Seminars

  • Indiana Traffic Law School, Indiana Continuing Legal Education Forum, 2014 (presenter)
  • Indiana Traffic Law School, Indiana Continuing Legal Education Forum, 2013 (presenter)
  • Indiana University, Borkenstein Course on Forensic Toxicology (attended)
  • Indiana Prosecuting Attorneys Council, Trial Practice, DUI Advanced Trial Skills, and Forfeiture (presenter)

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Indiana Bar Association, Member
  • Indianapolis Bar Association, Member
    • Family Law Section, Member
    • New Membership Committee Member
  • Hamilton County Bar Association, Member
  • American Bar Association, Member
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Member
  • National College for DUI Defense, Member
  • American Institute of Family Law Attorneys, Member
  • St. Thomas Moore Society, Member

Past Employment Positions

  • Marion County Prosecutor's Office, Misdemeanor and D Felony Division, 2008-2012
  • Marion County Prosecutor’s Office, Fatal Alcohol Crash Team, 2012-2014
  • Marion County Prosecutor’s Office, Forfeiture Unit, 2014-2015

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