Indianapolis Bar Association Judicial Survey
|This person is hard working.|
|0.0% (0)||6.5% (7)||25.2% (27)||57.0% (61)|
|This person is well-prepared.|
|1.9% (2)||7.5% (8)||20.6% (22)||59.8% (64)|
|This person is efficient at case management.|
|1.9% (2)||9.4% (10)||14.2% (15)||45.3% (48)||25.5% (27)|
|This person is ethical.|
|2.8% (3)||2.8% (3)||20.8% (22)||61.3% (65)|
|This person is knowledgeable of rules of evidence, procedure and substantive law.|
|1.9% (2)||9.4% (10)||17.9% (19)||59.4% (63)|
|The person has sufficient trail experience.|
|2.9% (3)||5.8% (6)||15.4% (16)||61.5% (64)|
|This person demonstrates the proper temperament and demeanor expected of a judge.|
|1.0% (1)||6.7% (7)||21.2% (22)||63.5% (66)|
The John Marshall Law School – Chicago, Illinois, 1991-1994 – J.D.; Purdue University – West Lafayette, Indiana, 1981-1984, 1990 – B.A.; Bishop Chatard High School, Indianapolis, Indiana – 1981.
I have been in private practice for 20 years.
Significant Legal Accomplishments:
Dietrick Law, P.C. – Indianapolis – Founding Partner and Manager – January 2013 to Present. Private legal practice focusing on the representation of individual and corporate clients in a variety of areas including business and civil torts, liability defense, contract disputes, 1st and 3rd party insurance disputes, insurance coverage, insurance bad faith, employment discrimination, construction disputes, real estate transactions and appeals. My 20 years in private practice have afforded me extensive courtroom experience in both Southern and Northern District Federal Courts, as well as County Courts throughout Indiana Extensive motion practice. I have written, prosecuted and argued appeals before both the Indiana Court of Appeals and the Indiana Supreme Court, with oral argument before both. I have managed the day to day operations of a law firm, including budgeting, staffing and marketing. Collignon & Dietrick, P.C – Indianapolis - Founding Partner and Manager - October 1998 - December 2013. Stark Doninger & Smith – Indianapolis, Indiana, Associate Attorney 1994-October.
Other Legal Involvement:
Vice Chairman of the Marion County Election Board - 2008 to 2013 - Republican appointee to the Marion County Election Board. Litigation Alternative, LLC – Indianapolis, Indiana, Founding Partner – October 2010 - August 2013. Mediation/Alternate Dispute Resolution practice. Registered Civil Mediator from 2006 to present. Registered Family Law Mediator in 2008. Have acted as court appointed and privately selected mediator in numerous proceedings, achieving settlement in all cases. Defense Trial Counsel Institute – Member. Indiana Leadership Forum – Class of 1997.
Personal Statement: I was born and raised in Marion County. My wife and I have chosen to raise our four (4) children in Marion County. I have started and run three (3) successful small businesses in Marion County. My non-legal work experience, while certainly out of the ordinary, has afforded me a unique and diverse perspective. After completing my junior year at Purdue University in 1984, I was fortunate enough to be selected by the Oakland Athletics in the 6th round of the major league baseball amateur draft. From 1984 through 1990 I traveled to and lived in eighteen (18) states while playing professional baseball. This allowed me to meet, live with and play baseball with people from wide-ranging and diverse backgrounds. Within eight years after the conclusion of my baseball career in 1990, I returned to Purdue University and obtained my undergraduate degree, I entered and completed law school (while working), I got married, I moved back to Indianapolis to begin my legal career at an established firm, I became a father, and I started my own law firm. My general legal practice to date has provided me the opportunity to work in numerous substantive areas of the law, and at all points in the civil process, both of which will allow me to bring practical experience to the bench.