Graduates of the Indiana University Maurer School of Law achieve greatness. Whether practicing law in a small family firm, an international firm with offices around the globe, a start-up tech company, or any number of other settings in and outside the field of law, our graduates make a difference. The graduates listed here are examples of people who have gone the extra mile, not just excelling in their workplace or community, but by leaving their mark on the larger national and international environment.
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Jeanne Michelle Picht was raised in Thailand, Kansas, and Alabama. She is a 1984 graduate of Huntsville Alabama's S. R. Butler High School. After high school she enrolled at the University of Alabama-Huntsville, graduating with a B.S. degree in biology in 1989. Picht remained in Huntsville after graduation, working in the University's Library for two years. In 1991, she enrolled at the Indiana University School of Law, where she received her JD degree, Cum Laude, in 1994.
Jeanne Picht’s legal career began in Louisville, Kentucky, where she became an associate with the Stites & Harbison law firm. In 1996 she joined the LexisNexis team, first as an Applications Consultant and then as an Account Manager. In 2003, she returned to Stites & Harbison as Director of Professional Development & Recruitment. In the position, she advised and consulted with organizations and schools to improve how they select, recruit, develop, and advance their human capital by leveraging and analyzing quantitative and qualitative data sources. In 2015, she became the Director of Attorney Talent Strategy for the Mountain View, California, firm of Fenwick & West, before becoming the Professional Development Manager for the Washington, DC, frim Thompson Hine, in 2018. In 2019, Picht became Director of Professional Development at the DC offices of Fried Frank.
Picht writes and speaks on professional development, leadership, and legal employment recruiting. Since 2007, she has been a member of the Indiana University Maurer School of Law Alumni Board (president in 2017) and since 2016 she has been a member of the school’s Board of Visitors. Jeanne Michelle Picht was named a recipient of an Indiana University Maurer School of Law Distinguished Service Awards in 2018.
June Liebert is the first Asian American woman to hold the role of President of the American Association of Law Libraries (AALL). She received her BS in Management from Case Western Reserve University in 1988, her JD from Indiana University Maurer School of Law in 1993, and her master’s in library science from Indiana University in 1994. Liebert serves as the Director of Information Services at O’Melveny & Myers LLP in Los Angeles, a role she has held since 2019. Previously, Liebert was Firmwide Director of Library and Research Services at Sidley Austin LLP. Liebert also spent 20 years as an academic law librarian at UCLA School of Law, the University of Texas School of Law, and the University of Chicago Law School.
Liebert is a 2021 Fastcase 50 award honoree and has served as a co-chair of the Indiana University Luddy School of Informatics, Computing, and Engineering Alumni Board.
Lisa Carol McKinney was born and raised in Indianapolis, Indiana. Her interest in law arose from visits to her father’s law office, and participating in a special criminal justice program that exposed her to the legal system while in high school. A 1984 graduate of Indianapolis’ Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory School, McKinney attended Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. She received her B.A. in Communication Arts in 1989. McKinney enrolled at the Indiana University School of Law in the fall of 1989 and received her JD in 1992.
McKinney is a partner with the Indianapolis firm of Bose McKinney & Evans LLP, serving as chair of the Hospitality, Alcoholic Beverage and Administrative Law Groups. She is also a partner in the firm’s Environmental Group. McKinney served on the law school’s Alumni Board from 1996 to 2008, serving as President of the Board in 2007. Since 2004, she has been a member of the school’s Board of Visitors. Lisa Carol McKinney was awarded the Maurer School of Law’s Distinguished Service Award in 2009.
Susan Carney Lynch was born in Providence, Rhode Island. She was raised in Fall River, Massachusetts, and graduated as valedictorian from that city’s B.M.C. Durfee High School in 1984. After high school, she enrolled at Dartmouth College where she graduated with a B. A. in history in 1988. Interested in the law, she spent two years after college serving as a paralegal for law firms in New York and Boston. In 1990, she enrolled at the Indiana University School of Law. While in law school, Lynch served as the founding Editor-in-Chief to the Indiana Journal of Global Legal Studies (v.1, 1992/93). Lynch received her JD degree, from IU, in 1993.
Lynch’s legal career began (1993-1996) as Litigation Associate the Washington, D.C., firm of Bayh Connaughton & Malone, PC. She then spent several years with the firm Brand, Lowell & Ryan, PC, before joining the U.S. Department of Justice. She currently holds the title of Senior Trial Counsel for Elder Justice, Civil Fraud Section, Civil Division, where she leads national investigations and civilly prosecutes long-term care facilities that fail to adequately care for their residents. In 2000, she received a Master of Laws in Litigation and the Judicial Process from Georgetown University and in 2016 she was awarded a Doctorate of Public Health in Health Leadership and Management Public Health from Johns Hopkins. She has been an adjunct professor of law at Georgetown since 2000.
Lynch has been presented numerous awards from the Department of Justice, including: the 2002 Special Achievement Award for obtaining the largest civil fraud damage award in the state of Montana's history, the 2007 Attorney General’s Special Commendation Award for civil fraud settlement, the 2014 Civil Division Award for Elder Justice Policy work, and the 2018 Deputy Attorney General Award for Elder Abuse Prevention and Prosecution Act Implementation. Lynch has served on the law school’s Alumni Board since 2008, and served as President in 2017/18. Susan Carney Lynch is a recipient of a 2019 Indiana University Maurer School of Law Distinguished Service Award.
Gregory Andrew Castanias was born and raised in Indianapolis, Indiana. A 1983 graduate of North Central High School in Indianapolis, Castanias enrolled at Wabash College (IN) in the fall of 1983. He graduated, summa cum laude, with a B.A. in philosophy in 1987 and then enrolled at the Indiana University School of Law. Castanias served on the student editorial board of the Indiana Law Journal during the 1988/89 (v.64) and 1989/90 (v.65) academic years. He graduated, summa cum laude, with a JD in 1990.
After law school, Castanias spent 1991 clerking in the United States Court of Appeals, Second Circuit, before joining the firm of Jones Day, in Washington D.C. Now a partner at Jones Day, he specializes in intellectual property issues. From 2004 to 2015, Castanias coordinated the firm’s global library operations. He is the author of Federal Appellate Practice and Procedure in a Nutshell (2nd, West Academic, 2017) and is an Adjunct Professor at the Maurer School of Law, teaching courses in appellate practice and procedure.
Castanias served on the law school’s Alumni Board from 2003 to 2010, and was President of the board in 2009. Additionally, he has served on the law school’s Board of Visitors since 2009. Castanias was awarded Wabash College’s Richard O. Ristine Law Award, in recognition of contributions to Wabash and the practice of the law, in 2008. He was awarded the Maurer School of Law’s Distinguished Service Award in 2010.
Mark Kenneth Dudley was born in Ohio, but grew up in Greencastle and Carmel, Indiana. He graduated from Carmel High School in 1983, before enrolling at Indiana University. Dudley majored in History and Political Science at IU and received his A.B. degree in 1987. He then enrolled at the Indiana University School of Law and received his JD degree, Cum Laude, in 1990.
Dudley began his professional career, in Anderson, Indiana, with attorney Max Howard in 1991. He maintained an active civil practice with Mr. Howard until 1997. He then formed a law partnership with William Riley in Indianapolis and practiced civil litigation with a special emphasis on asbestos cases until 2004. Dudley then returned to Anderson and his mentor Max Howard, practicing with the firm Howard DeLey & Dudley. In 2015 he was appointed to the Madison Superior Court bench by Governor Pence. He was elected to a full term in 2016.
Soon after Feisal Amin Rasoul al-Istrabadi was born in Arlington, Virginia, his family returned to their ancestral home in Iraq. In 1970, the family returned to the United States and settled in Indiana. Istrabadi graduated from Bloomington High School South in 1980, and then enrolled at the University of Rochester (NY) that fall. He returned to Bloomington in 1981 to attend Indiana University, receiving his B.A. in chemistry in 1985. Istrabadi enrolled at the Indiana University School of Law in the fall of 1985 and received his JD in the spring of 1988. Additionally, Istrabadi received his LL.M. (2005) and his S.J.D. (2009) from Northwestern University.
After law school, Istrabadi spent six years in private practice, in Northern Indiana. During his time in prvate practice, he become increasinly involved in Iraqi opposition politics. After 33 years, Istrabadi finally returned to Iraq in 2003, where he would help draft the Transitional Administrative Law. He also served as legal advisor to the Iraqi Minister for Foreign Affairs during the negotiations for U.N. Security Council resolution 1546, which recognized the reassertion by Iraq of its sovereignty. In 2004, Istrabadi was appointed Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, Deputy Permanent Representative of Iraq to the United Nations.
Istrabadi returned to United States and the Indiana University School of Law in 2007, becoming a visiting professor and also teaching at the School of Public and Environmental Affairs. Additionally, Istrabadi serves as an Associate Director of the Center for Constitutional Democracy at the Law School and is the founding director of Indiana University's Center for the Study of the Middle East.
In 2005, Feisal Amin Rasoul al-Istrabadi was a recipient of the Indiana University Foundation President's Award and received the law school's Distinguished Service Award in 2006. In 2015, he was elected as a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
Geoffrey G. Slaughter was born in Gary, Indiana. He grew up in Crown Point and graduated from Crown Point High School (1981). He then attended Indiana University where he received his B.A., with high honors, in economics. His education continued at IU when he enrolled in the J.D./M.B.A. dual degree program of the Indiana University School of Law and School of Business. He graduated with both degrees in 1989.
After graduation, Slaughter served as a law clerk for Chief Judge Allen Sharp of the United States District Court of the Northern District of Indiana (1989-1991). He then entered private practice with the Chicago firm of Kirkand & Ellis, specializing in antitrust and bankruptcy (1991-1995). From 1995 to 2001, he served as Special Counsel to the Attorney General of Indiana, and then returned to private practice as a partner with the Indianapolis firm of Taft Stettinius & Hollister.
In May of 2016, Governor Mike Pence appointed Slaughter to the Indiana Supreme Court. On June 13, 2016, he took the oath of office.
Mark Edward Holcomb was born in Gary, Indiana, and graduated (1980) from Andrean High School in Merrillville, Indiana. He then enrolled at Wabash College, Crawfordsville, Indiana, where he received his B.A. in psychology in 1984. In the fall of 1984, Holcomb began his graduate studies at the Indiana University School of Law. He received his JD degree in 1987.
After law school, Holcomb headed to the Pacific Northwest where he accepted a position with Morton McGoldrich in Tacoma, Washington. He has remained with the firm ever since. As a partner in the firm, Holcomb specializes in real estate law involving commercial and residential properties. A tireless advocate for the community of Tacoma, Holcomb has contributed an estimated 500 hours yearly to organizations that serve the well-being of families and children, including establishing three HOPE centers for the Boys and Girls Clubs of South Puget Sound. He has served on numerous community boards including the Tacoma-Pierce County Habitat for Humanity, the Children’s Museum of Tacoma, and the Tacoma Art Museum Activities Council.
Holcomb received the City of Tacoma’s City of Destiny Award in 1991, the Boys and Girls Clubs of South Puget Sound’s Stan Naccarato Community Service Award in 2014, and the Indiana University Maurer School of Law Distinguished Service Award in 2012.
Andrew Brian Buroker was born in Marion, Indiana. Upon graduating from Wayne High School (1980) in Fort Wayne, Indiana, Buroker enrolled at DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana. Buroker received his B.A. degree from DePauw in literature in 1984. Accepted into the Indiana University School of Law in 1984, Buroker initially postponed his legal education to work for Indiana Senator Dan Quale, first as a Senate Field Representative and then as Deputy Finance Director. Buroker ultimately enrolled at the law school in the summer of 1987, receiving his JD degree, cum laude, in December of 1989. While in law school, Buroker participated in the school’s London program studying and working as an intern for Sir Fergus Montgomery in the British House of Commons.
Buroker spent 14 years as the Town Attorney of Zionsville, Indiana. He then entered private practice and is currently a Partner in the Indianapolis offices of Faegre Baker Daniels. Buroker’s practice focuses on the intersection of commercial and real estate finance, real estate transactions, and municipal government. Buroker has been active in multiple civic and educational organizations, serving on the national board of the American Heart Association, the Indiana Leukemia and Lymphoma Society board, and the Indiana University Maurer School of Law’s Board of Visitors (2012-14). Additionally, Buroker served on the law school’s Alumni Board from 2006 to 2015 (serving as President in 2014).
Andrew Brian Buroker has received multiple honors for his service to his community, including 2002 Indianapolis Mayor’s Community Service Award, the 2006 DePauw University Alumni Achievement Award, and the 2007 American Heart Association’s National Volunteer Leadership Award. In 2004, Buroker was a recipient of the Indiana University School of Law’s Distinguished Service Award.
Born and raised in Monroe County, Indiana, Jane Alford Henegar graduated from Bloomington High School South in 1979. She then attend Bryn Mawr College in Pennsylvania, graduating with a B.A in Political Science in 1984. Henegar enrolled at the Indiana University School of Law in 1985, receiving her JD degree in 1988. After law school, Henegar clerked for the Honorable Thomas Reavley of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.
Henegar has held numerous positions in Indiana government: Deputy Commissioner and General Counsel in the Indiana Department of Administration, executive posts at the Family and Social Services Administration, and Director of the state office of U.S. Senator Evan Bayh. From 2000 to 2006, she served as deputy Mayor of Indianapolis. Henegar has taught political science at Butler University as well as led the Indiana Bar Foundation’s Project Citizen program. Since 2012, Henegar has served as the Executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana.
Jane Alford Henegar was presented an Indiana University Maurer School of Law Distinguished Service Award in 2018.
Scott M. Bassett was born and raised in Bloomington, Indiana, where he graduated from Bloomington High School North in 1979. Bassett then enrolled at Indiana University, receiving his B.S. in Accounting in 1983. Upon reciving his undergraduate degree, Bassett attended the Indiana University School of Law, receiving his JD in 1983.
After law school, Bassett began his career with the multinational accounting and professional services firm of Ernst & Young, LLP. After almost 20 years with the firm, where he focused on human capital and outsourcing services, Bassett became an executive with ExcellerateHRO in Plano, Texas. In 2007, he became a principal with Deloitte Consulting, LLP. He retired from Deloitte in 2017 and a year later founded the information technology and services firm, General Ledgers Company.
Bassett has served on the Law School’s Alumni Board for more than 10 years, serving as president in 2015. Bassett was the receipient of 2016's law school Distinguished Service Award.
Jeffrey Robert Pankratz was raised in Midland, Michigan, where he graduated (1978) from Herbert Henry Dow High School. After high school, Pankratz enrolled at Albion College in Albion, Michigan, before transferring to California Polytechnic State University, in San Luis Obispo, California in 1980. He received his B.S. in Business Administration from Cal Poly in 1983. A football and wrestler at Albion, he continued to wrestle at Cal Poly where he competing on a Division I team that placed seventh in the nation. After receiving his undergraduate degree, he accepted a position as a Marketing Coordinator with Parker Hannifin Corporation, a company that specializes in the manufacture of custom seals. He rose to the position of Product Engineer, before deciding to attend law school.
Pankratz enrolled at the Indiana University School of Law in 1987, and received his JD degree in 1991. As a law student, he authored the Indiana Law Journal comment, “Neutral Principles and the Right to Neutral Access to the Courts” (see below). After law school, Pankratz began a career devoted to assisting the poor. He began (1992-1999) by founding the Community Development Law Center in Indianapolis. In 1999, he became the Director of the Management and Organizational Development Division of The Enterprise Foundation, which provides low-income people with affordable housing, safer streets, and access to jobs and childcare.
In 2000, he became Of Counsel with Venable LLP, focusing on outsourcing transactions and international development finance practice, primarily in India. In 2003, he took a leave of absence from Venable to live and work in southern India, where he served with the International Justice Mission to develop and implement strategies for securing the release of India’s bonded laborers. He has continued to work and live in India ever since. In 2007, he became the President of Justice Ventures International, whose purpose is to secure freedom, justice and restoration for the poor and oppressed by strengthening ventures that protect human rights and promote development. He currently holds to position of President and CEO of JVI. In addition, he is the Managing Director of Development Sourcing Advisers Group, which “provides business and legal services to entrepreneurs, investors, businesses, nonprofit organizations, and associations regarding business development and expansion, housing and economic development, offshore sourcing, corporate social responsibility, and other matters.”
Jeffrey R. Pankratz was presented the Indiana University Maurer School of Law Distinguished Service Award in 2004.
Indiana native Kellye Yvonne Testy was born and raised in Monroe County, just a few miles from Indiana University. Testy graduated from Edgewood High School (1978) in Ellettsville, Indiana. She then enrolled at Indiana University and received her B.A. in journalism in 1982. After college, Testy ventured to the west coast where she worked in the Sacramento, California, business community, while also becoming active in local and regional political campaigns. In 1988, she returned to Bloomington and enrolled at the Indiana University School of Law. While in law school, Testy won multiple awards for academic achievement, including being first in her class, and was Editor-in-Chief of the Indiana Law Journal (v. 66.) Testy received her J.D., Summa Cum Laude and Order of the Coif, in 1991.
After graduation, Testy clerked for Judge Jesse E. Eschbach, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. When the clerkship ended in 1992, she began an academic career, joining the faculty of Seattle University Law School. In 2005, she became the first female Dean of the school, before moving to the University of Washington in 2009, where she became the first woman to serve as Dean of that law school. In 2017, Testy stepped down as Dean and accepted a position as the President and CEO of the Law School Admission Council.
A prolific scholar, outstanding teacher, and experience administrator, Testy is one of the most influential leaders in legal education in America. Additionally, she served as the President of the American Association of Law School in 2016. In 2022, the ABA Journal named Testy one of their 2022 Legal Rebels.
Denice Marie Torres was born in Gary, Indiana. She grew up in the Gary-Merrillville-Crown Point region of northern Indiana and graduated from Merrillville’s Andrean High School in 1977. Later that fall she enrolled at St. Joseph’s College in Rensselaer, Indiana, where she received a basketball scholarship. When she hurt her knee at the end of her freshman year, she decided to transfer to Ball State University, where she received her B.S. in Psychology in 1981. She then enrolled at the Indiana University School of Law and received her JD in 1984.
After law school, Torres joined a Michigan firm that specialized in worker’s compensation and medical malpractice, before deciding that she wanted to work in a more team-oriented environment. She spent the next few years as an Account Executive for a marketing and advertising agency before deciding to enroll at the University of Michigan Business School. She graduated with her MBA in 1990.
After business school, Torres was hired by the Eli Lilly Company and spent the next 14 years with the pharmaceutical company in a variety of positions of increasing responsibilities. In 2007 she became the Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Johnson & Johnson’s (J&J) biosurgery division. Two years later she became President of J&J’s Jannsen Pharmaceuticals, followed by five years as President of J&J’s McNeil Consumer Healthcare. In 2015 she became J&J’s Chief Strategy and Business Transformation Officers.
Since 2017, Torres has served as the CEO of The Ignited Company, a management consulting firm that specialized in identifying and igniting strengths and opportunities of individuals and companies. Additionally, Torres serves on the board of directors of Wyeli, a company specializing in artificial intelligence, and the Midland Foundation, a nonprofit that serves the needs of children and adults with special needs.
Torres is a nationally known speaker who has received many honors and awards, including being named Woman of the Year by the Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association in 2015. Denice M. Torres was inducted into the Indiana University Maurer School of Law Academy of Law Alumni Fellows in 2018.
John Mark Hamilton was born in Bloomington, Indiana. His family moved to Indianapolis when he was in grade school and he ultimately graduated from that city’s North Central High School (1977). Hamilton attended Harvard University, where he graduated (1981) Cum Laude, with an A.B. degree in philosophy. After college, he spent two years working as a conference reservationist and waiter in Colorado. Hamilton entered the Indiana University School of Law in 1983, receiving his JD, Summa Cum Laude, Order of the Coif, in 1986.
Hamilton has had a distinguished career, primarily in the public and nonprofit sectors, focused on increasing economic justice and opportunity, social and health services, civil rights, and environmental stewardship. In 1993, he began the process of organizing the nonprofit City First Bank of D.C. (City First), a certified Community Development Financial Institution dedicated to strengthening low-to-moderate-income communities. Within ten years, City First had sparked over $1billion in investments and has become a nationally regarded community development finance organization supporting innovation and economic opportunity. Hamilton led two Indiana state agencies and served as an elected official. As the Secretary of the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration, he oversaw Indiana's social safety net and a staff of 10,000 with an annual budget of $6 billion. He also worked to protect air, water and land as Commissioner of the Indiana Department of Environmental Management. He has also served as an elected member of the Board of Trustees for the Monroe County Community School Corporation. Since 2016, Hamilton has served as the mayor of Bloomington.
Hamilton has taught as an adjunct faculty member in the IU School of Public and Environmental Affairs, teaching high-performance government and administrative law. He has served on the law school's Environmental Law Advisory Board since 2009 and received the school's Distinguished Service Award in 1997.
A native of Evansville Indiana, Lisa Powell (JD 1984) graduated from that city's Harrison High School. She received her B.A. in Political Science and English from Indiana University in 1981. She then enrolled at the Indiana University School of Law, receiving her JD degree, Cum Laude, in 1984. Powell served as a managing editor of the Indiana Law Journal (v.59) and is a second generation graduate of the law school, her father having graduated in 1952.
Powell is a partner at Fisher Broyles in Houston. She is an experienced trial lawyer who represents clients in disputes in all types of settings: state and federal courts; bankruptcy courts; and arbitral tribunals, both domestic and international. She also helps clients mitigate and avoid risk before formal disputes arise. Prior to joining Fisher Broyles, she spent many years with the firm Jackson Walker. Lisa is very involved with the Texas and Houston Bar Foundations and is currently co-chair of the Houston Network of Women. At the Law School, Lisa is the immediate past president of the Law School’s Alumni Board, and now serves on its executive committee, where we continue to benefit from her counsel. During her twelve years on the Alumni Board, we have always been able to count on Lisa to give thoughtful counsel and guidance to students and to provide steady and measured analysis to our board and its activities.
In 2020, Powell was a receipient of an Indiana University Maurer School of Law Distinguished Service Award.
Pamela LeDeyce (Jones) Harbour was born in Queens, New York and raised in the Albany, New York, area. She is a 1997 graduate of Guilderland Central High School. She then enrolled at the Indiana University School of Music, where she received her B. A. degree in voice in 1981. As an undergraduate, Harbour performed in music school opera productions, worked summers performing at Opryland in Nashville, Tennessee, and even performed (2 times) for President Ronald Regan. An injury to her throat, caused by overexertion, made her reconsider her future as a performer. Instead, she decided she would go to law school., enrolling at the Indiana University School of Law in 1981. She received her JD degree from Indiana in 1984.
Harbour spent 11 years working in the office of the New York Attorney General, rising to become Deputy Attorney General of the Public Advocacy Division. After working as an antitrust partner at Kaye Scholer LLP, Harbour was sworn in as a Commissioner of the Federal Trade Commission on August 4, 2003. She left the FTC in 2010, to become a partner at Fulbright & Jaworski and in 2013 became a partner at Baker & Hostetler, specializing in antitrust matters. In October 2014, Harbour became the Senior Vice President, Global Member Compliance & Privacy for the Herbalife, a global nutrition company.
In 2020, Harbour was inducted into the Indiana University Maurer School of Law Academy of Law Alumni Fellows.
Thomas Yunlong Man received his JD from the Indiana University Maurer School of Law in 1997. Prior to his law degree, Man received a B.A. from Shandong Normal University (1981), a M.A. from Peking University (1984), and a Ph.D. in American History from Johns Hopkins University (1994).
Man’s legal career has been a combination of practicing law and teaching law. He has held academic positions at Peking University (1984-85; 2014- ) and Harvard University (1985-86) as well as practicing law with the firms of Baker and McKenzie (1999-2007), Hogan Lovells (2008-2011), and Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe (2011-12). During his years practicing law, he participated and led numerous cross-border transactions, including several projects that were named “Deal of the Year” in the China market by leading law publications. In 2015, he was appointed to the Council for the International Association of Evidence Science.
In 2014, Man returned the University of Peking where he is Associate Dean of the School of Transnational Law and Distinguished Professor from Practice. Additionally, he teaches as an adjunct professor at China University of Political Science and Law. Thomas Y. Man received a Distinguished Service Award from the Indiana University Maurer School of Law in 2018.
Timothy John Riffle was born in Van Wert, Ohio, where he graduated (1976) from Van Wert High School. After high school, Riffle spent a year in the nation’s capital as a U. S. House of Representatives Page, before enrolling at the Indiana University in 1977. Riffle received his B.A. in economics from IU in 1980. He then enrolled at the Indiana University School of Law, where he received his JD degree, Manga Cum Laude, Order of the Coif, in 1983.
Riffle joined the Indianapolis office of Barnes & Thornburg after graduation. He has remained with the firm for more than thirty-five years, rising to be a partner in 1991 and specializing in federal tax law. Riffle’s business clients range from Fortune 500 companies to startup ventures. He also represents individuals and families in the areas of charitable giving, as well as universities, hospitals, museums, and other non-profit organizations. He serves as the chair of the Tax Section of the firm’s Corporate Department.
Long a supporter of Indiana University, Riffle has served on the boards of multiple alumni organizations and fundraising efforts. He served as a member of the law school’s Alumni Board from 2008 until 2013 and served as the school's Barnes & Thornburg alumni co-solicitor. Riffle is co-author of the Indiana Limited Liability Company Forms and Practice Manual and has taught real estate tax course at the law school. Timothy John Riffle was presented an Indiana University Maurer School of Law Distinguished Service Award in 2018.