Indiana University, B.A., 1971
Indiana University School of Law, J.D., 1974
In Linda’s opinion, there is no higher calling for a lawyer than to represent companies and persons in court who are facing life-changing events and need guidance, advice and someone to speak up on their behalf. Linda Pence is a practicing trial attorney, beginning her legal career with the U.S. Department of Justice in 1974. Over the last 45 years she has gained extensive experience in the investigation, prosecution and defense of corporations and individuals in white collar criminal matters including mortgage and consumer fraud, environmental offenses, Medicare/Medicaid and health care fraud, kickback schemes, antitrust violations, bribery, bid-rigging, embezzlement, official misconduct, RICO, insurance fraud, bank fraud, customs and currency violations, securities fraud, and other financial and business improprieties.
As a trial attorney with the United States Department of Justice, Washington, D.C. for nine years (1974-1983), Linda handled complex civil and regulatory issues (price and allocation controls on petroleum, defense contract audits, housing discrimination claims) and white collar and criminal investigations and prosecutions. She was Chief, Special Projects Branch, and Deputy Chief, Government Fraud Section. She was responsible for supervising criminal investigative task forces in Florida and Puerto Rico probing mortgage fraud, boiler-rooms (telephone solicitation fraud schemes scamming investors), and health care fraud. While at the Justice Department, she received the Attorney General’s Special Commendation Award and Attorney’s Award from the Association of Federal Investigators (resulting from her supervision over a task force on mortgage fraud).
In addition to criminal litigation, she has handled a variety of complex civil and regulatory matters, including cases involving civil RICO, civil fraud, environmental clean-ups, antitrust claims, insurance, banking, discrimination, intellectual property, patents, SEC enforcement proceedings, franchises, and business disputes.
In 2008, Linda was the Democratic candidate for Indiana attorney general. She is a former instructor at the FBI Academy, Federal Law Enforcement Training Center, Offices of Inspector General and Legal Education Institute and Department of Justice. She is past president, 2003-2009, of the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Merit Board and its predecessor Marion County Sheriff’s Merit Board, a founding member and past president of the board of the Indiana Federal Community Defenders Inc., and co-secretary and member of the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Motorcycle Drill Team.
- 2013 Indiana University McKinney School of Law Alumna of the Year
- Received the Indiana Civil Liberties Union Richard S. Zweig Corporate Attorney Award (1997)
- Selected to The Best Lawyers in America© in White Collar Criminal Defense: 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021
- Selected to The Best Lawyers in America© in Commercial Litigation: 2020, 2021
- Selected to Indiana Super Lawyers list: 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021
- Selected for inclusion in Chambers USA: Indiana, Litigation: General Commercial, Band 3
- Martindale-Hubbell AV® Preeminent™ rated
Memberships & Involvement
- Co-Chair: American Bar Association Complex Crimes Committee, Litigation Section; member of the Litigation and Criminal Justice Sections
- Co-Secretary: Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Motorcycle Drill Team
- Board of Visitors: Indiana University Law School - Indianapolis
- Member: Indiana State Bar Association, Seventh Circuit Bar Association, Federal Bar Association, Indianapolis Chapter, Indianapolis Bar Association, District of Columbia Bar Association, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
- Retained to conduct the investigation into the 1999 White River Fish Kill. Represented client in federal court in the civil enforcement action against violators of federal and state environmental laws, obtaining a record settlement of approximately $15 million, which was used to fund multiple improvement projects along White River.
- Successfully represented group of gas/oil businessmen against claims of unlawful price discrimination, violation of the Indiana Deceptive Franchise Practices Act, breach of contract, and fraud.
- Represented a Midwestern government agency in conducting an investigation into nursing home practices.
- Co-counsel with the Indiana Civil Liberties Union in representing class action plaintiffs seeking relief against a municipality for stopping cars illegally without probable cause on the improper basis of race or age. Obtained a Consent Order prohibiting the municipality from engaging in illegal practices.
- Successfully represented entities against banks for fraud arising out of improper investment activities.
- Represented seven plaintiffs (a national association and six insurance companies) in their lawsuit against 49 defendants in one of the largest workers compensation insurance fraud schemes uncovered in the State of Indiana.
News & Press Releases
- SmithAmundsen, February 25, 2021
- August 20, 2020
- SmithAmundsen, February 14, 2020
- August 15, 2019
- January 31, 2019
- The Bei Bei Documentary : A Story of an Immigrant Woman and Her Attorney's, Linda Pence, Uphill Battle for JusticeNovember 13, 2018
- August 15, 2018
- SmithAmundsen, February 20, 2018
- February 16, 2018
- December 4, 2017