Scott Barnhart began his career serving as a deputy attorney general for the Office of the Indiana Attorney General. Mr. Barnhart first served in the Appellate Division where he was responsible for representing the State of Indiana in direct and post-conviction appeals. He is an experienced appellate attorney who has authored over three hundred appellate briefs and has argued multiple times before the Supreme Court of Indiana and the Indiana Court of Appeals. He has been lead counsel in over twenty-five published decisions.
In 2008, Mr. Barnhart was selected by the Attorney Generalâs Office to participate in an exchange program where he served as a Deputy Prosecuting Attorney in the Marion County Prosecutorâs Office. After gaining experience trying cases to juries as a deputy prosecutor, Mr. Barnhart returned to the Attorney Generalâs Office in 2009 and began practicing in the Civil Litigation Division where he represented the State of Indiana, its agencies, and its employees before state and federal courts throughout Indiana. He gained invaluable experience aggressively representing government clients in administrative proceedings, employment lawsuits, and civil rights lawsuits against law enforcement officers, correctional officers, prosecutors, and other state employees. Both as a trial and an appellate litigator, Mr. Barnhart is experienced at handling high profile cases with close media coverage. In addition to practicing law, Mr. Barnhart also runs his own small business, and welcomes the opportunity to work with small business owners and assist with their legal needs.
University of Toledo College of Law
Juris Doctor, Cum Laude
Honors: Deanâs Merit Law Scholarship; Criminal Law Moot Court Team
Indiana University, Bloomington, Kelley School of Business
Bachelor of Science in Operations Management and Management
Speaker for the Indiana Sex and Violent Offender Registry Seminar presented by the Indiana Attorney Generalâs Office on August 30, 2011.
Speaker for the 2011 IPAC Summer Conference, âProsecutors Sued: Attorney Generalâs Representation on Forfeiture, Immigration, and Abortion Suits.â
Speaker for the Marion County Prosecutorâs Office Continuing Legal Education Program, âAppealing to a Higher Powerâ presented on January 13, 2009.
Gutermuth v. State, 868 N.E.2d 420 (Ind. 2007) â in its 2006-2007 Annual Report, the Supreme Court stated that Gutermuth was the âleading caseâ that addressed a Blakely issue
Hayes v. State, 906 N.E.2d 819 (Ind. 2009)
Nicoson v. State, 998 N.E.2d 660 (Ind. 2010)
State of Indiana, Northern and Southern Districts of Indiana (Federal)
Judge, volunteer, and committee member for We the People Civic Education Program. Board member, judge, and volunteer for the Indiana High School Mock Trial Program.