Former Hamilton County judge joins Carmel-based law firm


By Adam Aasen

Daniel J. Pfleging, who recently finished 12 years of service as Hamilton County Superior Court 2 judge, will join Carmel-based law firm Cate, Terry and Gookins, LLC, on an of counsel basis.

Judge Pfleging

Pfleging worked as a Hamilton County deputy prosecutor from 1982 to 1985 before working as a public defender for 10 years and Hamilton County magistrate for 10 years after that.

Several years ago, Pfleging hired firm partner/co-founder Russ Cate to be second clerk at Superior Court 2.

“I was too old to run for re-election and I was too young to retire,” Pfleging said. “I gave Russ his first legal job, and so it’s only fitting that he gave me my last.”

Pfleging will practice in the areas of criminal law, family law and general practice. He said he’s interested in getting involved with mediation.

“I think it’s a good way to resolve conflict without going to trial,” he said.

Pfleging, 69, of Noblesville, said besides a few cases with Cate, Terry and Gookins, he plans to take a few more vacations a year with his wife than he was able to when he was a judge.

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