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The ideal Indiana criminal defense lawyer should have significant experience practicing criminal law, be at their career peak, keep you informed and involved by explaining proceedings and strategies clearly and simply, and have access to a wealth of legal resources and similarly experienced attorneys for support. In Indiana, that attorney is Bradley Keffer, a leading Indianapolis criminal defense attorney and litigator who fights for his clients’ rights and guides them through an often complex legal system.
With depth of experience drawn from more than a decade in criminal defense and significant training from and insight into how prosecutors operate, Bradley’s knowledge, skill, and drive to be a leading litigator place him in high demand in criminal defense and appeals, OWI/DUI defense, and Title IX matters. Bradley is also a prominent Indianapolis gun rights attorney, providing counsel and representation to clients at risk of losing or trying to retain their Indiana gun rights.
Bradley Keffer: A Robust Start to a Strong Legal Career as an Indiana Criminal Defense Lawyer
Bradley Keffer realized he wanted to be an attorney in high school. Knowing that dreams take hard work and determination, Bradley started his legal education as an undergraduate in the Richard T. Farmer School of Business at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. He sought out and crushed the opposition in mock trial competitions, where his abilities were recognized by receipt of the Miami University Mock Trial Award and as the only three-time recipient of the All-American Mock Trial Award from the American Mock Trial Association.
After receiving his bachelor of science degree with honors, Bradley continued his success story at the IU Robert H. McKinney School of Law in Indianapolis. As a law student, he continued to hone his skills by representing the school on McKinney’s National Moot Court Team and trial advocacy team in the National Trial Competition. Somehow, he also found time to do significant volunteer legal work, earning him The Norman Lefstein Award of Excellence, a legal service award. Bradley also sought out practical experience through significant student externships in several government offices and courts:
- Marion County Superior Court
- Court of Appeals of Indiana
- Marion County Prosecutor’s Office (Death Penalty Division)
- Hamilton County Prosecutor’s Office
- US Attorney’s Office in the Southern District of Indiana
- Office of the Governor of the State of Indiana
Ultimately, Bradley’s drive earned him a juris doctorate from the IU Robert H. McKinney School of Law, from which he graduated cum laude.
The Path to Success as an Indiana Criminal Defense Lawyer
Knowing that work as a deputy prosecutor would be integral to becoming an effective Indiana criminal defense lawyer, Bradley joined the Marion County Prosecutor’s Office as a deputy prosecuting attorney after law school before relocating to work as a deputy prosecutor in the Tippecanoe County Prosecutor’s Office. Over four years, his initiative and skill were recognized as he continued to achieve, taking on several significant roles:
- Leader of the Fatal Alcohol Crash Team (FACT)
- Lead prosecutor in Tippecanoe County’s Title 9 (BMV) Court
- Counsel for major felony prosecutions for offenses ranging from forgery to homicide to narcotics manufacturing and dealing
Bradley then returned to the MCPO, where he continued to climb and gain trial experience as a deputy prosecutor. He led the MCPO’s Fatal Alcohol Crash Team (FACT) and was responsible for investigating and prosecuting DUI and OVWI/OWI cases involving death or serious bodily injury. His exposure in this area is particularly helpful in his current work as an Indiana DUI defense attorney, because he knows how these cases are pursued from the prosecution’s side. Although Bradley prosecuted a broad range of misdemeanors and felonies, his work focused on fatality and serious bodily injury hit and run cases as well as white collar crimes.
Having acquired significant trial experience and impressive litigation skills, Bradley moved to private practice. Working from downtown Indianapolis, he now uses his years of skill and professional development to benefit clients around the state. Maintaining a practice solely focused on litigation, Bradley has tried dozens of jury trials and more than 100 bench trials around the state, appearing in courts in nearly every county in Indiana.
Bradley is especially drawn to—and sought out for—high stakes cases involving complicated analyses, and he has repeatedly demonstrated success in cases with multiple moving parts that require the sharpest of legal approaches. As an Indiana criminal defense lawyer at Keffer Hirschauer LLP, he regularly handles trial and appellate level cases involving:
- Drug Crimes
- Gun crimes
- Habitual offender allegations
- Post-conviction relief
- Probation violations
- Sex crimes
- Suspended driver’s license
- Traffic tickets
- Violent crimes
- White collar crimes
Bradley’s years as leader of Fatal Alcohol Crash Teams make him especially capable as an Indiana DUI defense attorney, but he is in demand in all areas, from first time offender cases to complex habitual offender cases. He also defends against misdemeanor and felony charges and helps clients clear their records and get their lives back on track through expungements, sentence modification, and pardons and clemency petitions.
An expungement allows someone with a criminal record to clean the slate, so to speak, and make a fresh start without the baggage or public record from his or her criminal past. However, an expungement requires court approval and involves a law-defined process with strict requirements. Bradley Keffer’s intricate knowledge of criminal law and courtroom procedure make expungement law, as well as petitions for sentence modifications, pardons, and clemency, a natural part of his practice.
An Indiana Title IX Attorney Serving Clients in Changing Times
The skills Bradley has cultivated over the years as an Indiana criminal defense lawyer also translate into effective counsel and representation when he serves as your Indiana Title IX attorney or conducts Title IX investigations and defense. As an ATIXA-certified Title IX investigator, administrator, and coordinator who keeps up with changes in Title IX law, Bradley is highly qualified to investigate, advise, and defend clients in Title IX cases, and his experience handling Title IX investigations for more than a dozen universities as well as many K-12 programs further demonstrates his qualifications.
When You Need an Indianapolis Gun Rights Attorney, Call Bradley Keffer
Another natural adjunct to Bradley’s criminal law practice is handling various matters related to the retention or restoration of firearm rights. Suspension or revocation of gun rights can be consequences of criminal proceedings. The Second Amendment to the United States Constitution promises the right to bear arms to every citizen. However, courts have also found just cause to deny a person this right in certain cases. If you have been stripped of firearm rights as the result of criminal proceedings, or if you are at risk of losing your gun rights in Indiana, you need an Indianapolis gun rights attorney with the skill and experience Bradley Keffer brings to your defense.
Your Committed, Determined Indiana Criminal Appeals Lawyer
Every stage of a criminal case is extremely important to the person being prosecuted. However, if you find yourself in the position of needing an Indiana criminal appeals lawyer, you have reached a truly critical, now-or-never point in the criminal justice process. Having quality representation by an experienced Indiana criminal defense lawyer for the appeal of the outcome of your criminal case can make a big difference in the final outcome.
Appeals cases have unique features and require quick, proactive management, but they also require patience and determination through what can be an extensive, lengthy process. To his work as an Indiana criminal appeals lawyer, Bradley Keffer brings his years of experience in criminal investigations and defense as well as his tenacity and resolve to protect the rights and future of every client.
Professional Commitments Enhance Bradley Keffer’s Practice and Skills while Giving Back
Bradley’s dedication to the practice of law extends to his choice of professional and community activities outside the office. His membership in the Indiana State Bar Association, the Indianapolis Bar Association, and many other local bar associations and professional legal organizations help him further hone his craft and offer leadership and guidance to his peers in his areas of proficiency. His efforts, both in practice and in the wider legal community, have earned him numerous recognitions, including his selection as a Distinguished Fellow by the Indianapolis Bar Foundation in 2019 for his efforts in creating positive change through education, philanthropy, and service.
Dedication by Indiana Criminal Defense Lawyer Bradley Keffer Pays Off for Criminal Clients and More
In sum, Bradley Keffer is the complete package:
- Experienced in his chosen practice areas
- At the peak of his career
- Able to communicate with clients simply and clearly to explain the law, legal proceedings, and legal strategy
- Has the support of an esteemed group of similarly dedicated attorneys and staff members
Those who meet Bradley Keffer quickly come to realize he’s the real deal: an attorney whose sole object is to use his talent, skills, and experience to help his clients. Whether you need an Indiana criminal defense lawyer, help with a Title IX case, or counsel in any of his related practice areas, Bradley has the experience and determination to see you through—in and around Indianapolis and across the state—via practical, no-nonsense representation. If you would like to learn more about Bradley and his legal team at Keffer Hirschauer LLP can help you, schedule a consultation by calling (317) 648-9560 or by completing this online contact form.
Areas of Practice:
- 100% Litigation Practice
- Indiana Supreme Court, 2007
- US District Court for the Northern District of Indiana, 2012
- US District Court for the Southern District of Indiana, 2007
- US Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit, 2014
- IU Robert H. McKinney School of Law, Indianapolis, Indiana
- J.D., cum laude
- The Norman Lefstein Award of Excellence (Legal Service Award)
- National Moot Court Team
- Christopher Lloyd Award (Best Advocate)
- Trial Advocacy Team
- Miami University (Richard T. Farmer School of Business), Oxford, Ohio
- Dean’s List
- With Honors
- Honor Society
- Miami University Mock Trial Award
- American Mock Trial Association
- All-American Attorney Award (Record-Setting Three-Time Recipient)
- Indiana Traffic Law School, Indiana Continuing Legal Education Forum, 2012 (Chair)
- Indiana Traffic Law School, Indiana Continuing Legal Education Forum, 2013 (Chair)
Honors and Awards:
- Indianapolis Bar Foundation Distinguished Fellow, 2019
- Indianapolis Bar Association Board of Directors Award, 2013
- Indianapolis Bar Association Board of Directors Award, 2012
Professional Associations and Memberships:
- American Bar Foundation, Fellow
- Indianapolis Bar Foundation, Fellow
- Indiana State Bar Association, Member
- Indianapolis Bar Association, Member
- Criminal Defense Section, Member
- Hamilton County Bar Association, Member
- Hendricks County Bar Association, Member
- American Bar Association, Member
- National Academy of Criminal Defense Attorneys, Member
- National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Member
- The National College for DUI Defense, Member
- American Association of Legal Advocates, Member
- Professionalism Committee of the Indianapolis Bar Association, Former Member
- Legal Services Advisory Committee of the Indianapolis Bar Association, Former Member
- Indiana Historical Society, Member
- National District Attorneys Association, Former Member
- American Inns of Court, Former Member
- Indiana University Alumni Association, Member
- Marion County Prosecutor’s Office, Deputy Prosecuting Attorney, 2011 to 2012
- Tippecanoe County Prosecutor’s Office, Deputy Prosecuting Attorney, 2009 to 2011
- Marion County Prosecutor’s Office, Deputy Prosecuting Attorney, 2007 to 2008