Vipal Patel

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Vipal J. Patel

Adjunct Professor of Law

  • Adjunct

Profile

Vipal J. Patel is a federal prosecutor and the First Assistant United States Attorney for U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Ohio, which includes Dayton, Columbus, Cincinnati and rest of the southern half of the state.  He previously served as the Office’s Criminal Chief and as a Deputy Criminal Chief.

Patel received his law degree in 1991 from the George Washington University Law School, after which he joined a civil litigation firm in Los Angeles. In 1999, he became a partner with the law firm of Hancock Rothert & Bunshoft LLP (currently known as Duane Morris LLP), handling commercial and insurance litigation.  In 2000, Patel joined the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Los Angeles as an Assistant United States Attorney, prosecuting both civil fraud and criminal matters.  In 2005, he returned to his hometown, transferring to the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Dayton, where he has prosecuted a wide variety of criminal matters.

He took a one-year leave from teaching at Dayton Law during 2011 when he was in Afghanistan as part of the U.S. Department of Justice’s Rule of Law program, serving as an advisor to the Afghan Ministry of Justice, Judiciary and other governmental and educational institutions. He is a Board Member (Secretary) of the Dayton Chapter of the Federal Bar Association and previously served as a Trustee for the Boonshoft Museum of Discovery in Dayton.  He enjoys coaching youth soccer in his spare time.

Courses Taught

Criminal Procedure-Adjudication

LAW 6924 Capstone: Cybercrime
Vipal Patel and his Cybercrime Class

Previous courses taught:
- International Law

Degrees

J.D., George Washington University Law School, 1991