Arie Lipinski

Top rated criminal defense attorney in Indianapolis, Indiana

Lipinski Law
Arie Lipinski
Lipinski Law

Practice Areas: Criminal defense, Civil litigation, Constitutional law; view more

Licensed in Indiana since: 2012

Education: Valparaiso University School of Law

Selected to Rising Stars: 2023
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Lipinski Law

951 N Delaware St
Suite 100
Indianapolis, IN 46202 Visit website


Arie Lipinski is an attorney at the law firm Lipinski Law, which has its offices in Indianapolis. He mainly focuses his practice on matters involving criminal defense, DUI/DWI, drug charges, sex crime charges, expungements, post-conviction relief and sentence modification in Indiana.

Mr. Lipinski served at the Miami Correctional Facility of God Behind Bars through the Indiana Department of Correction, which motivated him to help individuals who are incarcerated with their cases involving sentence modification, post-conviction relief and so on. He started off his legal career representing government entities in civil law matters and decided to use his skill and experience for the benefit of individual clients instead.

Upholding his clients’ civil and constitutional rights, Mr. Lipinski is licensed to practice in the state of Indiana. He understands the negative impact that being accused of wrongdoing can have on an individual and fights aggressively for his clients’ rights and freedoms. Pursuing justice, he has an unwavering commitment to his clients’ best interests.

With a Bachelor of Arts degree in criminal justice, Mr. Lipinski graduated from Indiana University and was a member of its National Society of Collegiate Scholars. He studied law at the Valparaiso University School of Law, graduating in the top 30% of his class and obtaining his Juris Doctor degree in 2012. While in law school, he served as a bailiff intern at the Vanderburgh Circuit Court assisting a renowned judge.

Additionally, Mr. Lipinski served as the managing editor of the Law Review’s Executive Board and was a Law Review Case Comment Competition Winner. He also actively participated in the Robert F. Wagner National Labor & Employment Law Moot Court Competition. He was a member of the Black Law Student Association and the Hispanic Law Student Association.

Mr. Lipinski then earned his master’s degree in law from Notre Dame Law School. He is a firm believer in giving back to his society and serves as a volunteer attorney at the Hamilton County Bar Association, the Neighborhood Christian Legal Clinic and the Indiana Legal Services, Inc. He holds a “Good” rating on Avvo.

Practice areas

Criminal defense, Civil litigation: plaintiff, Constitutional law, Administrative law, Civil litigation: defense, Civil rights, Criminal defense: DUI/DWI

Focus areas

Arrest & arraignment, Assault & battery, Criminal fraud, Criminal law, Drug & alcohol violations, Expungement, False accusations, Felony, Misdemeanor, Murder, Parole, Probation, Sex offenses, Tax evasion, Theft, Criminal domestic violence, Police misconduct, DUI/DWI

  • 20% Criminal defense
  • 20% Civil litigation: plaintiff
  • 20% Constitutional law
  • 10% Administrative law
  • 10% Civil litigation: defense
  • 10% Civil rights
  • 10% Other

First Admitted: 2012, Indiana

Professional Webpage:

Bar/Professional Activity:
  • Indiana, 2012, License No. 30739-64
Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • This article demonstrates that the Foreign Agents Registration Act (“FARA”), which is the United States law that requires “agents” of “foreign principals” to register with the Department of Justice, is deficient. Thus, I propose an amendment that imposes more severe penalties for violations and eliminates exemptions that have allowed politicians, lobbyists and attorneys to avoid the Act’s registration requirements. Additionally, this article examines the flaws in FARA by highlighting how such flaws opened the door for the events surrounding the investigations into Russian meddling in the 2016 United States election, Author, The Foreign Agents Registration Act Comes to Light Amidst Probe into Russian Election Meddling: An Effort to Crack Down on Foreign Lobbyists or a Sign of Corruption?, 12 INT’L, TRANSNAT’L & COMP. CRIM. L. J. 16, 2018
  • The recent indictments of four NCAA Division I Men's Basketball ("Men's College Basketball") assistant coaches in connection with the FBI's investigation into the corruption surrounding Men's College Basketball. The investigation has allegedly revealed that certain athletic advisors engaged in a scheme to defraud whereby such advisors would pay bribes to Division I coaches in exchange for the coaches' steering players to retain such advisors' services. The investigation has also led to several indictments related to an alleged conspiracy between advisors and a sportswear company to funnel money to families of top recruits in exchange for the recruits' commitments to play for schools that are sponsored by the sportswear company. Some of the defendants are facing a maximum sentence of eighty years' imprisonment as a result of the DOJ's attempt to criminalize violations of the NCAA’s amateurism rules. The activity for which the four assistant coaches were indicted should be addressed by the NCAA’s Committee on Infractions, the independent administrative body with the authority to impose sanctions on players, coaches and schools, as opposed to the DOJ because the assistant coaches' conduct does not warrant federal criminal charges. While Congress has reportedly begun to investigate “recruiting practices at some of the most successful, best-known programs in the country,” it should take action to prohibit the DOJ from prosecuting individuals for violating NCAA rules. Congress should propose legislation declaring that the NCAA is the independent administrative body with exclusive authority to impose penalties on student-athletes, coaches and/or institutions for violations of NCAA rules. The proposed legislation should result in the establishment of a committee dedicated to reforming the NCAA rules so that the focus of the NCAA rules shifts from preserving amateurism to protecting student-athletes’ fundamental rights, which will require the NCAA to sacrifice its control over student-athletes’ ability to receive compensation for the use of their names, images and likenesses, Author, The FBI's Investigation into NCAA Men's Basketball Corruption Facilitates the DOJ's Attempt to Criminalize Violations of NCAA Rules, 2018
  • Corruption in the global, political and economic systems and the exploitation of natural resources account for many of the world’s most extreme cases of environmental injustice and human rights abuses. Corruption can be considered a catalyst for environmental crime because it plays an important role in signing and forging import and export certifications, unlawfully clearing customs, issuing licenses, facilitating fraudulent trade and the transportation of illicit goods and “turning a blind eye.” Environmental crime is one of the most profitable forms of criminal activity, generating profits in the amount of tens of billions of dollars for criminal enterprises each year, and it is vastly expanding. A disproportionately high percentage of environmental crime occurs in disadvantaged communities that lack sufficient resources to prevent the crime or impose penalties on the perpetrator. The FCPA contains an exception for “routine governmental action” — more commonly referred to as the “facilitating payments” or “grease payments” exception — which is a highly debated topic within FCPA law because it is difficult to distinguish an act that is “ordinarily and commonly performed” from an act that would be deemed “part of the decision-making processes.” This loophole has led to a “gray area of corruption” because it has effectively blurred the distinction between acceptable facilitating payments and illegal bribes. Environmental regulation in any country gives rise to opportunities for exchanges between government officials and individuals in the private sector, and each point of contact creates an opportunity to pay a bribe or seek improper influence. Many of the payments made to foreign officials throughout these standard regulatory processes or procedures fall within this “gray area of corruption.” This Article proffers a proposed amendment to the FCPA that repeals and replaces the facilitating payments exception and requires the DOJ’s Attorney General to develop a comprehensive strategy to combat corruption in the context of environmental crime, Author, A Proposed Amendment to the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act to Crack Down on Corruption in the Environmental Crime Scene, 8 ENVTL. JUST. & SUSTAINABILITY J. 24, 2018
Educational Background:
  • Notre Dame Law School, South Bend, Indiana, LL.M., GPA: 3.0 Courses: Federal White Collar Crime (course taught by Tyler C. Murray and Heather McShain, Assistant United States Attorneys; received A), FCPA (Directed Reading article on environmental crime and corruption), FARA (Directed Reading on corruption in foreign lobbying), Constitutional Criminal Procedure – Investigations, Real Estate Transactions, Environmental Law and Remedies, 2018
  • Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana
Pro bono/Community Service:
  • Served the Indiana Department of Correction by facilitating weekend services at Miami Correctional Facility for God Behind Bars on behalf of the Northview Church Prison Ministry, 2019
  • Obtained favorable judgment reducing sentence of former inmate with 132-year prison sentence and releasing him on time served, 2022
  • Obtained favorable judgment in which court declared a city mayor's executive order void, 2020
  • Successfully negotiated settlement for local health department to acknowledge that public health order was invalid and unenforceable, 2021
Industry Groups:
  • Courts
  • Criminal Justice
  • Government
  • Litigation

Office location for Arie Lipinski

951 N Delaware St
Suite 100
Indianapolis, IN 46202

Phone: 317-605-9223


1 Year Rising Stars
  • Rising Stars: 2023

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