Austin A. Shadle

Austin’s legal career began early, during law school, when Austin worked for Hon. Kenneth H. Johnson, a superior court judge in Marion County. Later, Austin clerked for a well-known mid-sized law firm in Indianapolis where he then became an associate attorney. Austin then managed his own solo law practice for several years before joining the Marion County Prosecutor’s Office as a Deputy Prosecutor.

Austin’s prosecutorial career started in the Special Victims Unit, focusing on domestic violence crimes. Later, Austin joined a Community Prosecution taskforce of sorts, targeting violent crime and drug crime within public housing. During this time, Austin also prosecuted housing welfare fraud as well as assisted with vertical criminal prosecution of cases investigated by the Indianapolis Housing Agency – Office of Special Investigations and/or U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development – Office of Inspector General (HUD-OIG). These prosecutions typically involved welfare fraud, but sometimes also involved forgery, corrupt business influence, theft, identity deception and mortgage fraud charges. In 2014, Austin began working as a public defender in Wayne County, handling felony matters, including murder cases. Austin joined BBKCC January 2019.

In total, Austin has both prosecuted and defended over a thousand criminal cases to conclusion, including dismissals, plea agreements, bench trials (trials by judge) and jury trials. Now, Austin focuses his legal practice on criminal defense, driving offenses, expungements, specialized driving privileges, restoration of gun rights, civil litigation (including personal injury), third-party insurance defense, prisoner litigation, family law, business disputes, and municipal law.

Austin has completed the ICLEF Trial Advocacy Skills College. Austin is admitted to (and is an attorney in ‘good standing’ with) the Indiana Supreme Court, United States District Court for the Northern District of Indiana, the United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. Austin is active in his church and in the community, particularly as a volunteer Director on the United Way of Whitewater Valley Board of Directors.

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Practice Areas: Civil Litigation, Criminal Defense, Family Law, Municipal Law, Personal Injury, Business Law, Real Estate Transactions

Admitted: Indiana Supreme Court (2004), U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Indiana (2004), U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana (2004), and U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit (2005)

Law School: Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law

College: Purdue University (West Lafayette, IN)

Member: Wayne County, Indiana State Bar Associations.


Assistant: Diane Sharpe, email –