Overview

Josh Tatum focuses much of his practice on appeals and nonprofit organizations. He has participated in more than fifty appeals as an advocate in Indiana appellate courts, the U.S. Supreme Court, and lower federal appellate courts for the Sixth, Seventh, and Eleventh circuits. Before entering private practice, he spent two years working closely with the Chief Justice of Indiana.

Josh advises religious organizations and other nonprofits on a variety of legal issues including employment issues, taxes, zoning, landlord-tenant, and corporate governance. He began a weekly podcast in 2016 covering legal issues for faith communities called Law Meets Gospel, which is also the name of his blog.

In addition, Josh represents clients in employment matters, complex litigation cases often involving environmental issues, insurance coverage, and commercial law.

Awards

  • 2012, Harrison Legal Writing Award, 3rd Place co-recipient as contributor to Randall T. Shepard’s “Jesse W. Weik: The Young Indiana Lawyer Who Made Herndon’s Lincoln Possible,Res Gestae, Vol. 55, No. 2 (September 2011)
  • 2013, Graduate of the Indiana State Bar Association’s 2013 Leadership Development Academy
  • 2013, Recipient of Indiana Lawyer’s Up and Coming Lawyer Award
  • 2014-2017, Selected for inclusion in Indiana Rising Stars—Appellate

Education

  • J.D., 2008, Vanderbilt University Law School
  • M. Div., 2008 Vanderbilt Divinity School
  • A.B., 2003, (Political Science and History), summa cum laude, Wabash College

Bar Admissions

  • State of Indiana, 2008
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana, 2010
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Indiana, 2010
Experience
  • T.M. v. Adult & Child Mental Health Ctr., Inc., 2016 Ind. App. Unpub. LEXIS 303, 50 N.E.3d 154 (Ind. Ct. App. Mar. 15, 2016)
Affiliations

Professional Affiliations

  • Associate, Indianapolis American Inn of Court (2009–Present)
  • Member, American Bar Association, Litigation Section (Appellate Practice Committee), Judicial Division Appellate Judges Conference, Business Law Section (LLCs, Partnerships, and Unincorporated Entities Committee, Nonprofit Organizations Committee)
  • Treasurer, Indiana State Bar Association, (2017-present), Member, Budget Committee (2014–17, Chair 2016–17), Appellate Practice Section (Secretary, 2017-present, Section Council member 2014–present, Treasurer 2016–17), Leadership Development Academy Committee (2013–present)
  • Member, Indianapolis Bar Association, Appellate Practice Section (Executive Committee 2013–Present, Indiana Appellate Institute (Chair 2017–present), Amicus Committee)
  • Member, Evangelical Lutheran Church of America Attorneys Association (2011–Present)

Community Affiliations

  • Member, Evangelical Lutheran Church of America Churchwide Committee on Discipline (2011-2017)
  • Chairman, Indiana YMCA Youth and Government Advisory Board (2008–present) (Chairman 2009—2017)
  • Member, Indiana-Kentucky Synod of the ELCA Synod Assembly Advice and Counsel Committee (2012–present)
  • Church Council and Education Director, Our Redeemer Lutheran Church (2009–2015)
  • Board Member, Indianapolis Association of Wabash Men (2010–present, Secretary, 2016, Treasurer, 2017)
  • Parliamentarian, Indiana-Kentucky Synod of the ELCA Synod Assembly (2012–present)
  • Trinity Lutheran Seminary Summer Seminary Sampler Advisory Board (Member, 2011–present) (Chair, 2013–2016)
  • Judge, McKinney School of Law Robert H. Staton Intramural Moot Court Competition (2012)
  • Judge, McKinney School of Law National Professional Responsibility Moot Court Competition (2013)
  • Judge, Indiana State Bar Association Law Student Conclave Moot Court Competition (2017)
Articles & Events

2016  |  Speaking Engagement

Speaker, “Legal Issues Related to the Aging Workforce”, Indiana State Bar Association Utility Law Section’s Spring Seminar

2014  |  Publication

Editor, Indiana State Bar Association Handbook for Pro Se Appellate Litigants

2013  |  Speaking Engagement

Speaker, What’s Fair in Love, War, and Social Media?, Indianapolis American Inn of Court 2013

2012  |  Speaking Engagement

Speaker, Sinning Boldly: One Lutheran Lawyer’s Trials in Discerning & Answering His Call, Wabash College 2012

2012  |  Speaking Engagement

Speaker, Selected Indiana Cases in the U.S. Supreme Court, Indiana Supreme Court Legal History Lecture Series (with Justice Frank Sullivan, Jr. and Indianapolis American Inn of Court team)

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