Pence Hensel dissolves, partners join other firms

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The high-profile criminal defense firm of Pence Hensel LLC is closing after partners Linda Pence and David Hensel agreed to discontinue the Indianapolis practice, according to an announcement today from Pence.

In a news release, Pence stated she has joined the Indianapolis office of SmithAmundsen LLC as a litigation partner and will lead the firm’s national white collar crime group. She noted she recently “amicably agreed with law partner David Hensel to close PenceHensel LLC.”

Hensel has joined Hoover Hull Turner. He brings to the firm his experience in white-collar criminal defense as well as complex civil litigation in federal and state regulatory matters.

“The decision to dissolve Pence Hensel was mutual,” Hensel said in a statement. “Linda and I remain friends, and I wish her the best as she continues her career with a firm that values her talent and experience.”

Pence and Hensel have been working together since 1990. Attorney Bob Hammerle joined in 2015. Hackman Hulett LLP announced in a news release Monday he will be joining the firm that dates to 1929.

The firm’s website on Monday morning had been disabled. The downtown Indianapolis office remained open, but only for the purposes of winding down the firm, a source familiar with the practice said. No new clients were being accepted.

Pence has more than 40 years of experience, having investigated, prosecuted and defended corporate and individual clients extensively in white collar criminal matters. This includes mortgage and consumer fraud, environmental offenses, Medicare/Medicaid and health care fraud, kickback schemes, bribery, bid-rigging, embezzlement, official misconduct, RICO, insurance fraud, bank fraud, customs and currency violations, securities fraud, and other financial and business improprieties.

“I am extremely excited and privileged to be joining a firm with SmithAmundsen’s pedigree and look forward to working alongside my new colleagues throughout the firm to support their clients’ needs,” Pence said.

After starting his private practice with Latham & Watkins in Washington, D.C., Hensel returned home to Indiana in 1990. He has practiced in Indianapolis ever since, most recently with Pence.

“I am excited to join the lawyers of Hoover Hull Turner,” Hensel said. “We are all driven by the desire to provide clients exceptional service.”

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