Indianapolis Bar Association Judicial Survey

I recommend David J. Dreyer for judicial office.

David J. Dreyer

*Survey respondents were asked to comment only upon those candidates with whomthey have had direct professional contact within the last three years. All questions were optional.

Response Total

Total Respondents*

How would you rate David J. Dreyer on the following:
(Note: Total in parentheses indicates total respondents.)

This person is hard working.
2.8% (12)
3.2% (14)
8.0% (35)
25.0% (109)
58.9% (257)



This person is well-prepared.

2.8% (12)

2.3% (10)
9.2% (40)
26.8% (117)
58.3% (254)



This person is efficient at case management.

3.0% (13)

3.4% (15)
11.5% (50)
27.6% (120)
51.0% (222)
3.4% (15)
This person is ethical.

2.8% (12)

1.6% (7)
7.3% (32)
19.0% (83)
67.9% (296)



This person is impartial.

5.3% (23)

6.2% (27)
12.5% (54)
18.0% (78)
57.7% (250)



The person is correctly applies the law.

5.3% (23)

8.1% (35)
14.1% (61)
20.5% (89)
50.7% (220)



This person demonstrates the proper temperament and demeanor expected of a judge.
3.0% (13)
2.5% (11)
5.8% (25)
17.8% (77)
70.4% (304)


University of Notre Dame, B.A. 1977; Notre Dame Law School, J.D. 1980; University of Nevada Reno, Masters of Judicial Studies, 2006; University of Nevada Reno/National Judicial College, Candidate, Doctor of Judicial Studies (PhD.); National Judicial College, Certificate in Judicial Development, 2004; Indiana Graduate Program for Judges, 1998-99; Indiana Judicial College, 2006.

Judicial Experience:
Judge Dreyer is serving his 18th year on the Marion Superior Court. He presided in the Criminal Division for almost 3 ½ years in D-felony and major felony drug courts. Since 2000, he has served in the Civil Division. All in all, he has presided over almost 300 jury trials and disposed over 30,000 cases. From 2000-03, he served on the executive committee of the National Conference for State Trial Judges in the ABA. From 1998-2004, he chaired the Community Relations Committee for the Indiana Judicial Center. He served on the Board of the Indiana Judges Association from 1999-2005.

Significant Legal Accomplishments:
In 1979, Judge Dreyer was one of only 8 students statewide to receive the first Indiana Bar Foundation Scholarship. In 1980, he was awarded the Smith Community Lawyer Fellowship and began working in public service on behalf of low‑income citizens, including Social Security recipients, the disabled, and children. In 1986, he joined the Bayh, Tabbert & Capehart law firm and began practicing in general litigation. In 1991, he was appointed as Chief Counsel to the Marion County Prosecutor'sOffice under Jeff Modisett, where he handled the Mike Tyson case, complex grand jury investigations, and obtained the only conviction in the Firstmark securities fraud case. In 1995 and 1996, he served as Special Counsel to the State of Indiana and worked in private practice.

Other Legal Involvement:
In 1980, he won the Smith Community Lawyer Fellowship. In 1986, he entered private practice in general litigation. In 1991, he became Chief Counsel to the Marion County Prosecutor's Office. In 1995 and 1996, he served as Special Counsel to the State of Indiana. In 1998, Judge Dreyer was appointed by the Indiana Supreme Court as Chair of the Heartland Pro Bono Council. The Indiana Bar Foundation awarded its Pro Bono Publico Award to Judge Dreyer for 2002, and he received the Randall T. Shepard Award from the Indiana Pro Bono Commission in 2004. Judge Dreyer was adjunct professor at McKinney School of Law for five years, teaching Trial Practice, and served at the National Institute of Trial Advocacy during 2000. He has taught at the National Judicial College in Reno, Nevada, and currently serves as associate faculty at IUPUI. In 2003 and 2006, he received SPEA’s Associate Faculty of the Year award. In 2012, IUPUI recognized Judge Dreyer with its Professional Pillar of Excellence Award. In 2010, he received the annual Civility Award from the Indiana State Bar Association.

Personal Statement:
When I graduated from Notre Dame Law School almost 34 years ago, I worked to serve my community. I have been lucky enough to be involved in many ways to improve our legal system, solve client problems, preside over important court cases, and make the world a better place. We live in the greatest country in the world, and its hallmark is our legal system. Its vitality is especially important in this day and age. We need judges with energy and insight to face the challenges of our community and develop positive solutions. I remain committed to work hard to do just that. It is a privilege to serve the people of Marion County. For many years, I have been proud to be a lawyer and judge. With your help, I hope to continue for many more.