Anthony S. Churchward

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Fort Wayne, Indiana

Mr. Churchward's legal career began at the Allen County Prosecuting Attorney's office where he tried cases in both the Misdemeanor and Felony divisions. While serving as a Deputy Prosecuting Attorney, he was exposed to a wide variety of cases ranging from violent crimes to misdemeanor and financial offenses, during which time he gained invaluable experience that he applies to his current practice.

Mr. Churchward came to Leonard, Hammond, Thoma and Terrill in 2000 and immediately began working for his clients with the same dedication that he displayed as a Deputy Prosecuting Attorney. During his tenure he has litigated many high-profile cases, including the Murder cases involving Fort Wayne Police officer, Gentry Mosley in 2003, and most recently Michael Plumadore in 2013. He has also been part of the death-penalty defense teams for Ronrico Hatch and Simon Rios. Mr. Churchward not only defends clients in all counties in Northeast Indiana, but also accepts Federal cases in the United States District Court.

However, Mr. Churchward’s criminal practice s not limited to high-profile and serious felonies.  He is exceedingly well-practiced at representing individual charged most crimes, from drug offenses, sex crimes and other felonies to misdemeanor offenses such as drunk driving related charges and other drivers license issues.  He can also help you clear up your past criminal history through Indiana’s Sealing and Expunging Conviction Records Statute.

In addition to his criminal defense and general civil practice, Mr. Churchward has an established family law practice. Dissolution of Marriage, child custody and child support cases can be very complex and oftentimes require the assistance of an experienced lawyer.  He can advocate for you in these types of cases along with those involving paternity, grandparent rights and adoptions. Further, Mr. Churchward can assist you in a variety of other civil litigation matters such as automobile/motorcycle accident cases, contract matters, along with landlord-tenant and other property disputes.


Areas of Practice

  • General Civil Litigation
  • Criminal Defense
  • Family Law
  • Personal Injury

Bar Admissions

  • Indiana
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Indiana
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Indiana
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 7th Circuit


  • University of Toledo College of Law, Toledo, Ohio
    • J.D. - 1998
  • Indiana University
    • B.S. - 1995

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Allen County Bar Association
  • Whitley County Bar Association
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

Past Employment Positions

  • Allen County Deputy Prosecuting Attorney

Pro Bono Activities

  • Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite, Fort Wayne Valley
  • Maumee Lodge No. 725 F.& A.M.