Daniel E. Pulliam



Daniel Pulliam represents clients in federal and state investigations. He also advises clients in internal investigations and responding to and making whistleblower complaints. In litigation, his areas of focus include defending and prosecuting tort and fraud claims and disputes involving nonprofits. He also advises institutions on constitutional issues, including matters involving the rights provided under the First Amendment and circumstances implicating rights provided under the Fourth Amendment and Fifth Amendment.

White Collar Defense and Investigations

Daniel has successfully represented:

  • Individuals and entities facing Department of Justice public corruption investigations 
  • Individuals facing Department of Justice, Securities and Exchange Commission and State Attorneys General investigations
  • Victims responding to and seeking redress against fraud and related civil and criminal conduct impacting their lives and businesses
  • National financial institutions in Department of Justice, Internal Revenue Service, and Securities and Exchange Commission investigations
  • Companies in Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) investigations
  • Clients during investigations by the U.S. State Department's Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC) and the U.S. Department of Commerce regulations involving transactions with embargoed countries and registration requirements of the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR)
  • Nonprofit organizations defending against member-derivative claims

Daniel represents victims of state and federal corporate crimes, including intellectual property theft victims in criminal prosecutions to maintain brand integrity and obtain restitution. He has regularly handled responses to Rule 17(c) trial subpoenas under the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure as well as other third-party discovery matters.

Appellate Advocacy and Litigation

Daniel has argued before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit on multiple occasions. He has also participated in drafting multiple briefs for the Seventh Circuit, the Indiana Court of Appeals, the Indiana Supreme Court and the U.S. Supreme Court. He has experience with appellate motions practice and drafting amicus curiae briefs. As part of his pro bono practice, he regularly represents individuals in appeals before the Seventh Circuit.

He defends premises owners and product manufacturers in asbestos and related personal injury cases, and has experience litigating toxic tort claims and trademark disputes.


Daniel has successfully represented senior executives in various Justice Department criminal investigations related to the automobile industry. He has also successfully defended companies in state law-based antitrust action.

Environmental Law

Daniel has successfully represented multiple individuals in Justice Department and Environmental Protection Agency investigations related to diesel emissions. He has also litigated civil environmental claims in state and federal courts.

Past Experience

Before turning to law, Daniel was a journalist, reporting on federal agency management issues for Government Executive magazine and its website.


Bar Admissions


Court Admissions

U.S. Supreme Court
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Indiana
U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana


U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, Hon. John D. Tinder, 2010-2012


Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law
J.D. magna cum laude, Indiana Law Review (editor-in-chief) (2010)

Butler University
B.A. in Journalism, cum laude (2004)

Insights & Events

Leadership & Community

Pro Bono

  • Daniel maintains an active pro bono practice and has participated in the Indianapolis Bar Association's "Ask a Lawyer" program and the Homeless Legal Aid Project. He also has experience with expungement of criminal records under Indiana law and has represented multiple individuals in appeals in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit and the U.S. Supreme Court.

Professional Associations

  • American Bar Association White Collar Crime Division, Indianapolis Region Sub-committee Chair, 2019-present
  • Indianapolis Bar Association, 2007-present
  • Indiana State Bar Association, 2010-present
  • Seventh Circuit Bar Association, 2012-present
  • American Bar Association, 2007-present

Civic Activities

  • Central Indiana Land Trust — Board of Directors, 2020-present
  • Indianapolis Ballet — Board of Directors, 2019-present; Vice President, 2020-present
  • United Way of Central Indiana — Faegre Baker Daniels Annual Campaign Co-Chair, 2016-17
  • Redeemer Presbyterian Church, Indianapolis — Member, 2008-present; Sunday school teacher, 2015-20
  • Historical Society of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana — Steering Committee, 2016-present; Secretary, 2017-present
  • The Supreme Court Historical Society, 2009-present


  • 2019 Indianapolis Bar Foundation Distinguished Fellow 
  • Indiana Super Lawyers — Rising Stars, Criminal Defense: White Collar, 2017-20
  • Faegre Drinker — Pro Bono Honor Roll, 2020
  • Faegre Baker Daniels — Baker Benson Pro Bono Award, 2015; Pro Bono Honor Roll, 2012-19
  • Honorable Robert H. Staton Intramural Moot Court Competition — Order of the Barristers, 2008
  • American Bar Association National Appellate Advocacy Competition — Advocate, 2009
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