Contact Information


300 N. Meridian Street, Suite 2700

Indianapolis, Indiana 46204

D: +1 317 237 8252
F: +1 317 237 8582

311 S. Wacker Drive, Suite 4300

Chicago, Illinois 60606

D: +1 312 212 6596
F: +1 312 212 6501


Valparaiso University School of Law
J.D., magna cum laude (1996)
DePauw University
B.A. (1992)

Bar Admissions

Indiana Illinois

Court Admissions

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Indiana U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana

J.P. Hanlon


J.P. Hanlon is co-chair of the firm’s white collar defense and investigations practice. A former federal prosecutor, he represents clients in government investigations, enforcement proceedings and related civil litigation. J.P. also leads corporate internal investigations and helps clients resolve complex compliance issues. In addition to his service with the U.S. Department of Justice, J.P. previously served as a federal judicial law clerk and adjunct law school faculty member teaching courses on white collar crime. He is a published author in the field of white collar crime and has been selected by peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America every year since 2013. J.P. is an experienced courtroom advocate, having tried criminal and civil cases to verdict in U.S. District Court as both a prosecutor and defense lawyer, and having argued numerous cases before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.

J.P. has represented individuals and businesses in criminal investigations conducted by the U.S. Department of Justice involving allegations of fraud, antitrust violations, corruption and bribery, environmental crimes, accounting fraud, campaign finance laws and the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. He has represented clients in proceedings before various government agencies, such as the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Office of Foreign Assets Control and the Bureau of Industry and Security. He has conducted internal investigations involving a wide range of issues, including export control and economic sanctions laws, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, fraud, bribery and corruption, and internal codes of business conduct and ethics, and has represented clients in high-stakes civil litigation involving allegations of fraud and other misconduct.  

Faculty Positions

  • Indiana University McKinney School of Law, Indianapolis — Adjunct Faculty Member (Courses Taught — White Collar Crime), 2010-11

Pro Bono

  • Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals — Criminal Justice Act Panel Attorney
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana — Criminal Justice Act Panel Attorney
  • Indiana University School of Law, Indianapolis — Wrongful Conviction Clinic Advisory Committee
  • Represented asylum applicants in removal proceedings
  • Represented victims of domestic violence in obtaining orders of protection


  • The Best Lawyers in America — White Collar Criminal Defense, 2013-18 (Indianapolis White Collar Criminal Defense Lawyer of the Year, 2015-16)
  • Indianapolis Business Journal — Forty Under 40 Award, 2010
  • Indiana Super Lawyers — Rising Star, Criminal Defense: White Collar, 2009-10
  • Indy's Best and Brightest — Recipient, Law Category, 2008

Professional Associations

  • American Bar Association — Criminal Justice Section (Chair, White Collar Crime Midwest Indianapolis Regional Subcommittee; Past Co-Chair, White Collar Crime Committee Sentencing Subcommittee)
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Seventh Circuit Bar Association
  • Indianapolis Bar Association
  • Law360 — White Collar Editorial Advisory Board, 2015

Civic Activities

  • Providence Cristo Rey High School, Indianapolis — Board of Directors, 2007-10 and 2012-present
  • Greater Indianapolis Progress Committee — Board of Directors, 2011-present
  • Union League Club of Chicago — Member
  • Hussey-Mayfield Memorial Public Library Foundation, Inc. — Board of Directors, 2015-present


  • Interview of the New U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Indiana
    Program Developer and Interviewer, American Bar Association Criminal Justice Section Town Hall Meeting, November 14, 2017
  • DOJ Enforcement Priorities Under the Trump Administration
    Panelist, Seventh Circuit Bar Association Annual Meeting, May 1, 2017
  • The Latest at DOJ and OSHA
    Guest, Notice & Comment: Faegre Baker Daniels Environmental Podcast, August 2017
  • Crisis Management and the Legal Responses to a Government Investigation
    Program Developer and Panelist, Associate of Corporate Counsel and Faegre Baker Daniels CLE, Indianapolis, June 9, 2016
  • Cyberattacks, Data Breaches and Malicious Insiders: Know the Threats, Prepare to Respond
    Program Developer and Coordinator, Faegre Baker Daniels and the American Bar Association's Criminal Justice Section, Indianapolis, May 2016
  • How the DOJ's Yates Memo Impacts Corporate Liability and Internal Investigations
    Panel Chair and Moderator, American Bar Association Criminal Justice Section Roundtable, December 3, 2015
  • Controlling Access to Proprietary Information
    Panel Chair and Moderator, 7th Annual White Collar Crime/Corporate Governance Conference, Chicago, April 17, 2014
  • Discovery and Motions Strategy and Tactics
    Co-presenter, Indiana Continuing Legal Education Forum, White Collar Defense & Investigation, Indianapolis, June 6, 2013
  • A White Collar Crime Re-enactment
    Co-presenter, Illinois CPA Society 2010 Fraud Conference, Chicago, November 11, 2010
  • Lessons Learned From Representing the Government and the Industry
    Co-presenter, Health Care Fraud & Abuse CLE, Federal Bar Association, Indianapolis, August 25, 2010
  • Immigration Law for Business and Employers: ICE Raids and Enforcement
    Indiana Continuing Legal Education Foundation, June 26, 2009
  • White Collar Law Defense Strategies
    West LegalEdcenter Webcast, Quinlan Publishing, December 30, 2008
  • I-9s, No Match Letter and Raids: How to Avoid Making the News
    Indiana Manufacturers Association Seminar, Indianapolis, February 2008
  • How to Conduct an Effective Internal Investigation
    Institute of Internal Auditors, Cincinnati, January 2008
  • The Thompson Memorandum: Why You Should Know What It Is and How It May Impact Your Business' Potential Future Criminal Liability
    Indiana Manufacturers Association Human Resources Memo, November 2006
  • Managing Information in Government Investigations: A Primer on Compliance and Consequences
    Indiana Medical Device Manufacturers Council, 2006
  • Hot Topics in White Collar Investigations and Prosecutions
    Indiana Medical Device Manufacturers Council, 2006

Published Articles

  • Keeping a Watchful Eye: The FBI's Crackdown on Insider Trading
    InCOMPLIANCE, Spring 2013
  • Expanding the Zones: A Modest Proposal to Increase the Use of Alternatives to Incarceration in Federal Sentencing
    Criminal Justice, Vol. 24, No. 4, Winter 2010
  • Punishing Corporate Crime: Legal Penalties for Criminal and Regulatory Violations
    Co-author with James T. O'Reilly, Ralph F. Hall, Steven L. Jackson and Erin Reilly Lewis, Oxford University Press, August 2009
  • Rethinking How to Respond to Government Investigations
    Co-author with Erin Reilly Lewis and Ralph Hall, Update Magazine, Food and Drug Law Institute, Issue 6, November/December 2008
  • Meeting with a New Client: The Initial Stages of Defense
    White Collar Law Defense Strategies: Leading Lawyers on Preparing for Trial, Offering Evidence and Overcoming the Challenges of a White Collar Crime Case, June 2007
  • Columnist
    Indiana Lawyer, Labor and Employment Law Update, 2002-05
  • States as Defendants in Employment Litigation: Beyond Alden v. Maine
    Co-author, 88 Illinois Bar Journal 280, 2000


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