Jackie M. Bennett, Jr.

Jackie M. Bennett, Jr. (Cincinnati, Ohio)

Jackie M. Bennett, Jr.

Attorney in Cincinnati, OH
JACKIE M. BENNETT represents individuals and corporations in cases expected to go to trial. His practice concentrates in the areas of commercial, civil and white-collar criminal litigation, as well as regulatory investigations by state and federal agencies. Jackie has experience and expertise in matters involving internal corporate investigations, corporate governance, securities regulation, foreign corrupt practices, patent infringement, environmental crimes and an array of contract and business tort actions. Many of these matters have involved requests for expedited injunctive relief.

Prior to entering private practice in Indianapolis, Jackie was a federal prosecutor for 14 years. He served in the Office of Independent Counsel Kenneth W. Starr from 1995 to 1999, the last two years as the Principal Deputy in charge of the OIC's Washington, D.C. operations. Jackie supervised the day-to-day operations of that office and was involved in a number of high profile investigations and prosecutions. He served as senior advisor to Judge Starr on investigative and prosecutorial aspects of several matters, including the Impeachment Referral of William Jefferson Clinton. In that regard, he was one of three prosecutors selected by Judge Starr to conduct the grand jury questioning of President Clinton. Jackie also played a principal role in several trials during the Arkansas phase of the Whitewater Investigation, including the 1996 fraud and conspiracy trial resulting in the convictions of then-sitting Arkansas Governor Jim Guy Tucker and former Madison Guaranty Savings & Loan owners Jim and Susan McDougal.

From 1988 to 1995, he served as Trial Attorney and Senior Trial Attorney in the elite Public Integrity Section of the Justice Department's Criminal Division in Washington, D.C. During his time in that office, he prosecuted numerous public corruption cases nationwide, including some of the most challenging corruption cases in the United States in recent years:
U.S. v. Albert Bustamante (1993, M.D. Texas) - bribery and racketeering trial of U.S. Congressman from Texas.
U.S. v. Thomas McGill, et al (1990, E.D. Pa.) - bribery, case-fixing and tax evasion trial of prominent Philadelphia judge and criminal defense lawyer.
U.S. v. Joseph Gieniec, (1991, C.D. Cal.) - Hobbs Act extortion and illegal gratuities case against Deputy U.S. Marshal.
U.S. v. Darrell Tomblin (1993, M.D. Texas) - prosecution of PAC director in connection with the S&L crisis and efforts to bribe a U.S. Senator.
U.S. v. David Durenberger (1994, D.D.C.) - prosecution of a former U.S. Senator from Minnesota for false claims.

Jackie also served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Indiana from 1985 to 1988. Before that he was a judicial law clerk in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana for the Honorable Sarah Evans Barker and her predecessor, the Honorable Cale J. Holder.

Jackie was highly-decorated as a federal prosecutor, having received numerous awards from the Justice Department. In 1994, Attorney General Janet Reno presented Jackie with the prestigious John Marshall Award, presented annually “For Outstanding Legal Achievement,” in recognition of his work in prosecuting corruption matters.

Since 2005, Jackie has been honored in editions of Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business in the area of Litigation. The Best Lawyers in America, the oldest and most respected peer-review publication in the legal profession, named Jackie as the “Indianapolis Litigation - Environmental Lawyer of the Year” for 2012. He has also been recognized by Best Lawyers for both Commercial and Environmental Litigation and White Collar Criminal Law. Jackie has also been honored by Benchmark Litigation for Commercial Litigation and White-Collar Crime. For several years he also has been recognized in peer rankings-based Indiana Super Lawyers and in 2015, Jackie was named a Top 50 Indiana Super Lawyer.

In October 2011, Jackie was honored by the Indiana Bar Foundation for law-related education and pro bono services at the 2011 Randall T. Shepard Celebration.

News Releases

One Hundred Sixty-One Taft Attorneys Selected for Inclusion in Best Lawyers in America 2016

Taft's Indiana Corporate/M&A Practice and Eight Taft Attorneys Ranked in Band 1 by Chambers USA 2015

Taft Privacy and Data Security Partners to Speak at Technology First Ohio Information Security Conference

Twenty-Eight Taft Attorneys Selected for Inclusion in Indiana Super Lawyers 2015

Bennett and Wagner to Present at Ohio Information Security Conference

Benchmark 2015 Names Taft a “Highly Recommended Firm” and Honors Attorneys in Ohio and Indiana

One Hundred Thirty-Nine Taft Attorneys Selected for Inclusion in Best Lawyers in America 2015

Seven Taft Attorneys “Top Ranked” by Chambers USA 2014

Twenty-Eight Taft Attorneys Selected for Inclusion in Indiana Super Lawyers 2014

Benchmark 2014 Names Taft a “Highly Recommended Firm” and Honors 19 Litigation Attorneys in Ohio, Indiana and Kentucky

In the News

Jackie M. Bennett Jr. Published in Midwest Law360

Law Updates

The Yates Memo: Corporate Officers Under the Gun

Breach Alert: Anthem Customers Take Note

SEC and Department of Justice Issue Long-awaited FCPA Guidance

Past Events

Ohio Information Security Conference

Expert Witness Training Seminar

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Peer Rating 5.0 of 5

Areas of Law

Areas of Law
  • Corporate Compliance & White Collar Criminal Defense
  • Litigation
  • Crisis Management
  • Securities - Litigation
  • Intellectual Property Litigation
  • First Amendment & Media Law
  • Environmental
  • Campaign & Election Law
  • FCPA and International Anti-Corruption
  • Privacy and Data Security
  • Environmental Transactional Services

Peer Rating

Peer Rating

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Experience & Credentials

Firm Details
Admission Details
Admitted in 1983, Indiana
Northern District of Indiana
Southern District of Indiana
Law School Attended
Indiana University - Robert H. McKinney School of Law
Class of 1983
University Attended
Hanover College
Class of 1980
Associations & Memberships

Professional Affiliations/Recognitions

AV Peer Review Rating (LexisNexis/Martindale-Hubbell), Benchmark Litigation Star (Honoree), Best Lawyers in America (Honoree), Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business (Honoree 2005-current), Indiana State Bar Association (Member), Indiana Super Lawyers (Honoree), Indianapolis Bar Association (Member), Indianapolis Legal Aid Society (Board of Directors), Seventh Circuit Bar Association (Member)

Community Involvement

Cale J. Holder Memorial Scholarship Committee (Board of Directors)

Community Contributions

Community Contributions
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Contact Information

Contact Information
Firm Address
Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP
425 Walnut Street, Suite 1800,
Cincinnati, OH 45202-3957
(317) 713-3444
(317) 713-3699
Office Information
Office Information
Jackie M. Bennett, Jr.
Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP
425 Walnut Street, Suite 1800,
Cincinnati, OH 45202-3957

Maintains an office in multiple locations
Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP (Cincinnati, Ohio)