Choose An Aggressive Criminal Defense Lawyer

No one outworks us. If you were charged with a crime in northeast Indiana, a criminal attorney from Leonard, Hammond, Thoma & Terrill, P.C., can defend you regardless of the charges. Our professional Fort Wayne criminal defense team has over 180 years of combined experience, and our firm has defended the rights of the accused in Fort Wayne and throughout Indiana since 1952.

Our lawyers examine the facts from all angles, study the police reports and develop defense strategies that are tailored to achieve our clients’ goals. We can explain the charges against you and review your legal options. We are also committed to keeping clients up to date with developments in their cases, negotiations with the prosecutor and trial preparations. Throughout the process, you will be treated like a client – not a criminal.

We offer a comprehensive suite of criminal defense services, defending clients in federal, state, city, town, juvenile and appellate courts. You can rely on our felony lawyers for aggressive and intelligent defense against all charges, including cases involving:

  • Battery and domestic battery
  • Crimes at concerts and sporting events
  • Drugs: possession, dealing and manufacture
    • Meth, marijuana, heroin and cocaine possession
    • Prescription drugs: illegal possession and fraud
    • Field sobriety testing
    • Protecting your driver’s license
  • Expungements
  • Gun possession
  • Murder
  • Post-conviction relief
  • Probation violations and revocation
  • Sex offenses/rape/child molestation
    • Sex offender registration
  • Theft and burglary
    • Corrupt business influence
    • Shoplifting
  • Traffic violations
  • White collar offenses
    • Fraud
    • Internet/computer crimes

Many of our clients have never been arrested. Their unfamiliarity with the criminal justice system and police tactics can leave them extremely vulnerable. Our expert Fort Wayne criminal defense lawyer team works to protect their interests and minimize the negative consequences of any criminal charges.

We are proud of the record of success we have established, and we will continue to fight for the rights of the accused. If you were accused of a crime, schedule an initial consultation with a criminal attorney using our online contact form or by calling 260-222-8686.

Attorney Randall Hammond

Bar Admissions:

  • Indiana, 1981
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Indiana


  • Valparaiso University School of Law, Valparaiso, Indiana
    • J.D. - 1981
  • Valparaiso University
    • B.S. - 1978

Professional Memberships and Achievements:

  • Allen County Bar Association, Board of Directors
  • Indiana State Bar Association
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Allen County Child Advocacy Center, Board Member
  • Alcohol Abuse Deterrent Program, Board Member
  • Allen County Community Corrections, Board Member
  • Fort Wayne Monthly "Top Lawyers" Trial Practice, Criminal Defense since 2012
  • Rated AV Preeminent the highest Martindale Hubbell rating since 2013
  • Named Best Attorneys in Indiana since 2013

Attorney Mark Thoma

Bar Admissions:

  • Indiana, 1983
  • U.S. Federal Court, 1983
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 7th Circuit, 1984


  • Indiana University School of Law, Bloomington, Indiana
    • J.D. - 1983
  • Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana
    • B.A. - 1980

Professional Memberships and Achievements:

  • Allen County Bar, 1983 to Present
  • Indiana Bar, 1983 to Present
  • Inns of Court, Benjamin Harrison, 2015 to Present

Attorney Nicholas Wallace

Bar Admissions:

  • Indiana, 2011
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Indiana, 2011
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Indiana, 2011


  • Western Michigan University, Cooley Law School, Lansing, Michigan
    • J.D. - 2011
  • Honors: magna cum laude
    • Ball State University
    • B.S. - 2005

Professional Memberships and Achievements:

  • Graduated Magna Cum Laude from Law School-Top 5% of graduating class
  • Associate Editor of the Law Review
  • Certificates of Merit (Top Grade in Class): Research and Writing, Scholarly Writing, Federal Administrative Law, Professional Responsibility.
  • Army Commendation Medal for overseas Tour of Duty
  • Humanitarian Service Medal for service in response to Hurricane Irma
  • Allen County Bar Association
  • DeKalb County Bar Association
  • Benjamin Harrison American Inn of Court
  • National Guard Association of the United States
  • National Guard Association of Indiana

Attorney Caryn Garton

Bar Admissions:

  • Indiana, 2017


  • Notre Dame Law School, Notre Dame, Indiana
    • J.D. - 2017
  • Saint Mary's College, South Bend, Indiana
    • B.A. - 2014
    • Honors: magna cum laude

Professional Memberships and Achievements:

  • Allen County Bar Association, Member, 2017 to Present
  • Inns of Court, Member, 2018 to Present

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  • The Right Professional Experience
  • A Spotless Record

The following attorneys at this firm are Lead Counsel Verified:

Nicholas Francis Wallace

This attorney is Lead Counsel Verified in the following practice areas:

Practice Area Year
Criminal Defense Since 2020
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Criminal Defense Since 2020
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