David Shircliff


Of Counsel Attorney David Shircliff

David has been fighting for his clients against the system for close to 30 years. He has represented thousands of clients in cases from misdemeanor to murder, and as lead counsel, has represented clients in more than 120 jury trials and hundreds of bench trials.

Look him up, he zealously fights for his clients even when their cases seem hopeless.

High Profile Cases:

  • State v. Evan Schaffer, Murder (2018)
  • State V. Mark Leonard: LWOP, Murder, Arson, Richmond Hills Explosion (2015)
  • State V. Ronald Davis: Death Penalty, Murder: received a term of years.
  • State V. Brian Reese: Attempted murder of police officer Jason Fishburn

He has won countless jury trials and freed his clients after they were found innocent of charges of:

  • Murder
  • Child Molest
  • Burglary
  • Rape
  • Robbery
  • OWI
  • Theft
  • Battery
  • Confinement
  • Criminal Recklessness
  • Etc. . .

He is client-focused, highly skilled and protects his clients at every stage. He has served to supervise and train other criminal defense lawyers to do the same.

  • He was the Acting Training Director for the Marion County Public Defender Agency where he implemented a case review process and coaching programs for 150 lawyers. He created and developed a hands on trial skills training program.
  • He is a nationally recognized trainer, teacher and coach in the area of criminal defense and trial skills.

He teaches Trial Practice at the Mckinney School of Law in Indianapolis. He is a faculty member of the National Criminal Defense College in Bristol, Rhode Island, the Trial Practice Institute in Indiana, and has been trained by Gerry Spence at the Trial Lawyers College in Dubois, Wyoming.

David started his career as a Death Penalty post-conviction relief lawyer at the Indiana State Public Defender. In 1996 he became a trial public defender at the Marion County Public Defender Agency in Indianapolis. In late 2015, he was hired to become the Chief Public Defender of Lawrence County in Bedford, Indiana and resigned recently to pursue a private criminal defense practice.

David serves on the Indiana Public Defender Council Board, where he is constantly fighting for a more just and fair system for those charged with crimes.

To contact attorney David Shircliff directly, please call him at 317-565-7039 or email him at shirclifflaw@gmail.com.