Judge Tinder was appointed District Court Judge for the
Southern District of Indiana in September 1987. From May 1984 until his appointment to the
bench, Judge Tinder served as United States Attorney for this District. A lifelong
resident of Indianapolis, he earned undergraduate and law degrees from Indiana University
Prior to his appointment as U.S. Attorney, Judge Tinder had
been in the private practice of law in Indianapolis, served as Chief Trial Deputy for the
Marion County Prosecutor's Office, was a public defender for the Superior Court of Marion
County, Criminal Division, and had served as an Assistant United States Attorney.