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Mark Kamish

Mark Kamish

Areas of Practice: Criminal Defense at the Trial, Appellate and Post-Conviction Levels..

Education: United States Military Academy, West Point, New York (B.S., Engineering, 1983);  Defense Language Institute, Presidio of Monterey, California (German, 1988); Indiana University School of Law - Indianapolis (J.D., 2000).

Bar Admission: Supreme Court of Indiana, U.S. District Court, Southern District of Indiana.

Bar Association Membership: Board Certified Criminal Trial Advocate by the National by the National Board of Trial Advocacy; Johnson County Bar Association.

Professional: Field Artillery Officer, United States Army (1983-90); Project Engineer, Newell (1990-94); Operations Manager, Harman-Motive, Inc. (1994-96); Supplier Engineer, Harman-Motive, Inc. (1996-2000); Deputy Public Defender, Marion County Public Defender Agency (2000-04); Associate, Kiefer & McGoff (2004-2005); Sole practitioner, Kamish Law Office (2005-2007), Baldwin Adams Knierim & Kamish, P.C. (2007-Present).

Background

Mark received his undergraduate degree in Engineering from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1983.  Following Ranger School and a tour of duty with the 82nd Airborne Division, Mark graduated from the Field Artillery Advanced Course and the Defense Language Institute (German), Presidio of Monterey, California.  He commanded a nuclear weapons unit in Germany from 1988 to 1990.  Following military service, Mark served for 10 years in a variety of managerial and engineering positions with Fortune 1000 companies.  After 3½ years at Newell in Rockford, Illinois, Mark accepted an operations manager position at Harman-Motive, a division of Harman International, located in Martinsville, Indiana.  He also served as a supplier engineer at that company.

After graduating from the Indiana University School of Law - Indianapolis’ evening program, Mark was a full-time public defender at the Marion County Public Defender Agency from 2000 to 2004, a part-time major felony PD from 2005 to 2006, and a conflict D felony PD from 2006 to 2009.  From 2006 to 2008, Mark also accepted court appointments as a conflict public defender in Johnson County and is now appointed as a conflict public defender in Monroe County.

For 13 years now, Mark has concentrated his efforts on defending people accused of committing crime, including charges of murder, felony murder, voluntary manslaughter, attempted murder, reckless homicide, child molesting, rape, criminal deviate conduct, sexual misconduct with a minor, possession and dissemination of child pornography, child exploitation, sexual battery, neglect of a dependent, gun charges, drug offenses, arson, armed robbery, criminal confinement, burglary, forgery, fraud, theft, auto theft, battery, domestic battery, stalking, escape, promoting prostitution, felony driving while intoxicated and felony driving while intoxicated causing death.

In doing so, Mark has tried 48 jury trials, including 41 felony jury trials to verdict.  He also represents clients charged with misdemeanor and traffic offenses.  He continues to limit his practice to criminal defense.  He is a graduate of the National Criminal Defense College (NCDC) in Macon, Georgia and has received hundreds of hours of trial advocacy training.  In 2009, Mark became only the fourth lawyer in the state of Indiana to be a Board Certified Criminal Trial Advocate by the National Board of Trial Advocacy, joining his partner Andy Baldwin, who became the third.  Additionally, Mark has been a frequent faculty member for the Indiana Public Defender Council (IPDC) Trial Practice Institute (a 4-day “boot camp” for lawyers wanting to improve their trial skills), and is a regular speaker on a variety of criminal defense topics for IPDC, Indiana Continuing Legal Education Foundation (ICLEF), the Marion County Public Defender Agency (MCPDA) and the National Business Institute (NBI).

From time to time, Mark enjoys spending his evenings acting in community theater around Indianapolis.  His work at this hobby has earned him recognition and awards (both individual and group) from The Encore Association, an organization that promotes community theater in the Metro Indianapolis area.