Jeff Modisett

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Jeffrey A. Modisett (born August 1954)[1] is the former attorney general of the U. S. State of Indiana and county prosecuting attorney of Marion County, Indiana who has worked as an independent legal consultant and is currently a lawyer specializing in emerging high-technology companies while maintaining an affiliation with an international law firm.


State Attorney's offices[edit]

Modisett was attorney general for the State of Indiana[2][3] (1996–2000), Marion County (IN) Prosecuting Attorney (1991–1994), and Deputy Chief of the Public Corruption & Government Fraud Section of the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Central District of California (1982–88).[4]

Elected as Indiana attorney general in November 1996, Modisett became involved in two national efforts: the states’ legal battle against the country’s top cigarette manufacturers[2] and the investigation of the sweepstakes industry.

He was a member of the 1997 states' negotiating team that reached a preliminary settlement, the Master Settlement Agreement with the tobacco industry[2] which called for historic changes in the conduct of tobacco advertising in the United States. He was chairman of the 1998 Allocation Committee which was responsible for devising a formula for distributing the $205 billion settlement to each of the participating states and territories.

In 1998 and 1999, Modisett helped lead the states’ effort to reform the sweepstakes industry to better protect consumers, especially the elderly. He was voted one of the top lawyers in Indiana by Indianapolis Monthly magazine and, more recently, one of California’s "Superlawyers" by Los Angeles and Law & Politics magazines.[5]

As Marion County Prosecutor he led the investigation and prosecution of the former heavyweight boxing champion, Mike Tyson.[6] Other major prosecutions include U.S. v. Althea Flynt (wife of Hustler Magazine publisher; assault).

Modisett was Chairman of the Governor’s Commission for a Drug-Free Indiana (1989–2000),[7] and the Governor’s Council of Impaired and Dangerous Driving (1989–2000).[8] He also served as President of the Family Advocacy Center (Marion County, Ind.) (1991–1994), and the Hoosier Alliance Against Drugs (1993–95).


Modisett resigned his position of attorney general in 2000 to become the Deputy CEO & General Counsel of the 2000 Democratic National Convention in Los Angeles and co-CEO of TechNet, a political lobbying organization.[3][9]


Modisett is currently the Chief Legal Officer of LOYAL3, a start-up company in San Francisco that provides a technology platform for online consumer stock ownership. He is also Senior Counsel at the international law firm of SNR Denton (Los Angeles office) where he serves as an advisor to Fortune 500 and high-technology companies on a number of issues including antitrust, consumer protection, privacy and political relationships. Modisett specializes in resolving complex legal problems prior to litigation and has worked as an independent consultant specializing in state and federal government relations.[10] He is a co-founder of Civility Funds, a pro-social index fund, and an advisor to Accelify, Inc., and

Publications and lectures[edit]

  • "Prosecuting Mike Tyson: Boxing with the Media," Ethnographies of Law and Social Control: Sociology of Crime, Law and Deviance, Vol. 6, pp. 145–163 (ed., Dr. S. L. Burns) 2005;[11]
  • "The States and Gaming: A Brief Look at the Past, Present, and Future Through the Eyes of a Former Attorney General,"[12] 6 Gaming Law Review 197, 2002;[13]
  • "Cyberlaw and E-Commerce: A State Attorney General’s Perspective," 94 Northwestern L. Rev. 642, 2000;[14] and "Discovering the Impact of the ‘New Federalism’ on State Policy Makers: A State Attorney General’s Perspective," 32 Ind. L. Rev. 141, 1998.[15]
  • In 1999, he was the McGovern Lecturer at Ball State University where he spoke on "The Ethics of Tobacco Lawyering: Evaluating the Hunter and the Hunted," April 13, 1999.[16]

Modisett graduated from UCLA; attended Worcester College, Oxford as a Marshall Scholar where he completed an MA in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics; and obtained his law degree from the Yale Law School.


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  2. ^ a b c Prepared Testimony of Jeffrey A. Modisett Attorney General of Indiana before the House Committee on Commerce Subcommittee on Health and Environment Monday, December 8, 1997
  3. ^ a b "TechNet Names New Vice-President and General Counsel - Indiana Attorney General Jeff Modisett". Business Wire. January 5, 2000. 
  4. ^ "Brothers Indicted In Sale Of Copters To North Korea". The New York Times. January 22, 1987. Retrieved May 6, 2010. 
  5. ^ Jeffrey Modisett :: Lawyer - Santa Monica, California (CA) :: Attorney Profile :: Super Lawyers
  6. ^ Terry, Don (September 10, 1991). "BOXING; Tyson Indicted on Rape Count; Bout Is Still On". The New York Times. Retrieved May 6, 2010. 
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  9. ^ Harris, Scott (2000). "How Green Is His Valley". The Industry Standard. 
  10. ^ BW Online | June 17, 2002 | Commentary: The Best Defense: A Former AG
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  12. ^ The Interactive Gaming Council - The IGC Presents a Case for Regulation
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  14. ^ Cyberlaw and E-commerce: A state attorney general's perspective | Article from Northwestern University Law Review | HighBeam Research
  15. ^ Indiana Law Review Title Index
  16. ^ State attorney general to give McGovern lecture

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