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The Solicitor General is the chief litigation policy advisor to the attorney general, providing comprehensive oversight of state and federal litigation for Indiana. The solicitor general also:
Thomas M. Fisher has served as an Indiana Deputy Attorney General since February 2001, and was named Indiana's first Solicitor General in July, 2005.
Fisher has sucessfully defended Indiana's popular Do Not Call law in both state and federal court and has argued successfully in the Indiana Supreme Court for application of Indiana's auto-dialer law to political campaign calls. A two-time recipient of the National Association of Attorneys General Best Brief Award for excellence in U.S. Supreme Court brief writing, Fisher has argued three times before the High Court, most recently in 2008 when he successfully defended Indiana's Voter ID law in Crawford v. Marion County Election Board, and persuaded the Court to permit states to require mentally ill criminal defendants to have trial counsel in Indiana v. Edwards. He has also argued significant Indiana constitutional law cases involving abortion regulations, same-sex marriage, toll road leasing, educational funding, and attorney general authority over charitable trusts.
Fisher has taught as an adjunct professor at Indiana University Maurer School of Law, is a frequent speaker at a variety of continuing legal education forums, and often addresses civic groups about the mission of the Office of the Attorney General, as well as his work as Solicitor General. In addition, Fisher writes a column on Seventh Circuit practice for the Appellate Advocate, newsletter published quarterly by the Indiana State Bar Association.
Prior to joining the Attorney General’s Office, Fisher worked in private practice in Indianapolis and Washington, D.C., and clerked for Judge Michael S. Kanne of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. Fisher received a bachelor’s degree in 1991 from Wabash College, graduating with honors. He earned a law degree, also with honors, from Indiana University School of Law, Bloomington, in 1994. Originally from Remington, Indiana, Fisher resides in Indianapolis with his wife and their four children.
Heather McVeigh has served as a Deputy Attorney General with the Solicitor General since 2007. In that capacity, she represents the State of Indiana and its officers and agencies in high-profile matters often involving complex or novel constitutional issues. McVeigh also assists in managing the office’s United States Supreme Court docket and participated in two cases before the High Court during its 2008 Term—Crawford v. Marion County Election Board and Indiana v. Edwards. In both cases, McVeigh co-authored the state’s briefs and assisted the Solicitor General in preparing for oral argument.
McVeigh has argued before the Indiana Supreme Court, successfully representing the Indiana Unemployment Insurance Review Board in Indiana State University v. LaFief, where the Court held that a university professor who was employed under a fixed-term contract could receive unemployment benefits upon the non-renewal of that contract. McVeigh has been involved in a number of other significant constitutional law cases dealing with abortion regulations, same-sex marriage, educational funding, and Attorney General authority over charitable trusts.
Prior to joining the Attorney General’s Office in 2006, McVeigh served as a law clerk to Judge Thomas G. Fisher of the Indiana Tax Court. Hagan received a bachelor’s degree in 2001 from St. Joseph’s College, graduating summa cum laude. She earned her law degree from Indiana University School of Law, Bloomington, in 2004.
Ashley Tatman Harwel has served as a Deputy Attorney General with the Solicitor General since 2009. In that capacity, she represents the State of Indiana and its officers and agencies in high-profile matters often involving complex or novel constitutional issues.
Tatman Harwel has co-authored briefs in several significant cases involving the commerce clause, bankruptcy law and Racketeer Influenced Corrupt Organization (RICO), among other topics.
In 2001, Tatman Harwel obtained her undergraduate degree in history, with highest distinction, from Indiana University. She is a 2004 graduate, magna cum laude, of the Indiana University School of Law, Bloomington. Immediately after law school, Tatman Harwel clerked for the Honorable Michael S. Kanne, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit (2004-2005). Before returning to Indiana, she was an associate in the corporate and securities group at Mayer Brown LLP in Chicago.