Vipal Patel

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Vipal J. Patel

Adjunct Professor of Law

  • Adjunct


Vipal J. Patel is a federal prosecutor and the former chief of the Criminal Division for the 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 also previously served as a deputy criminal chief, supervising the Criminal Division in Dayton.

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, and in 2000, 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, Criminal Division, where he has prosecuted a series of computer-related 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 also volunteers as a trustee for the Boonshoft Museum of Discovery in Dayton and as a Board Member for the Dayton Chapter of the Federal Bar Association.

Courses Taught

International Law

LAW 6924 Capstone: Cybercrime
Vipal Patel and his Cybercrime Class


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