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David M Seiter

David M Seiter

Experienced Lawyer/Former Judicial Officer in Central Indiana
  • Criminal Law, DUI & DWI, Juvenile Law...
  • Indiana
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Summary

I was admitted to practice law throughout the state of Indiana in 1998. As a general practice lawyer, I have experience in both criminal and civil law. I practiced law for over 14 years and built a successful private practice before serving as a judicial officer in Marion County, Indiana for 3.5 years.   As a judicial officer, I was assigned to the Arrestee Processing Center (APC) and major felony drug court where I focused my efforts on problem solving and reducing recidivism through offender education efforts. Returning to private practice in October, 2016, I expecs to incorporate the lessons I learned from the judiciary in assessing the strengths and weaknesses of my client’s cases. I have major felony trial & appellate advocacy experience. While many lawyers will spend an entire career and never have the opportunity to argue before the Indiana Supreme Court, I've done so three (3) times. Those decisions have helped shape Indiana law in the areas of Operating a Vehicle while Intoxicated and Habitual Traffic Violator offenses. In 2013, I retired as a field grade officer in the U.S. Army Reserves after serving for 25 years.  Originally enlisting as a private out of high school in 1988, I was later commissioned through ROTC as a Second Lieutenant in the Military Police and completed the U.S. Army’s Airborne school.   I served as a commander of the 384th MP HHC in Fort Wayne, IN, before transferring to the Judge Advocates General (JAG) Corps in 2000 where I served the remainder of my Army career as a military lawyer.    In 2003, I deployed to Iraq as a JAG officer with the 800th Military Police Battalion in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.   I was assigned to the Coalition Provisional Authority (CPA) in the Iraqi Ministry of Justice where I served as the “ombudsman” for juvenile and female detainees.   I earned the Bronze Star during my deployment for a variety of accomplishments.

Education
Indiana University - Indiana University/Purdue University at Indianapolis
J.D. | Law
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Honors: Winner of the 1998 Client Counseling Competition
Western Michigan University
B.S. | Criminal Justice, Political Science
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Honors: Magna Cum Laude
Professional Experience
Attorney (Of Counsel)
CATE, TERRY, AND GOOKINS, LLC
- Current
Adjunct Professor- Substantive Criminal Law
Indiana University - Indiana University/Purdue University at Indianapolis
- Current
Judicial Officer (Commissioner)
Marion County Courts
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Attorney (Of Counsel)
GARRISON LAW FIRM, LLC
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Attorney
STRODTMAN & SEITER
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Judge Advocate Officer
US Army (OIF)
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Attorney
STRODTMAN & ASSOCIATES
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Bailiff
Marion County Superior Court 10 (Judge Richard Huston)
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Speaking Engagements
How to Expunge Criminal History, American Legion, 852 W. Main St., Carmel, IN
American Legion Post #155
Prepared and presented a 30 minute seminar on the Indiana laws concerning expungement of criminal history.
Service Member Civil Relief Act, Marion County Judges, Indianapolis, IN
Marion County Courts
Certifications
Admitted to Indiana Bar
Indiana State Bar
Awards
Finalist for "Indy's Best and Brightest"
Junior Achievement
Bronze Star
U.S. Army
Awarded for Meritorious service while in Combat. During Operation Iraqi Freedom, I served as the liaison for female and juvenile detainees and helped reorganize the juvenile justice system in Baghdad while assigned to the Iraqi Ministry of Justice under the Coalition Povisional Authority.
Professional Associations
Hamilton County Bar Association
Member
- Current
Indiana State Bar
Member
- Current
Indianapolis Bar Association
Member
- Current
Reserve Officers Association
Member
- Current
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
Indiana
Fees
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Practice Areas
  • Criminal Law
  • DUI & DWI
  • Juvenile Law
  • Personal Injury
  • White Collar Crime
  • Traffic Tickets
  • Military Law
  • Family Law
Languages
  • English: Spoken, Written
Social Media
Websites & Blogs
Website
Cate Terry & Gookins, LLC
Website
AVVO Profile
Contact & Map
CATE TERRY AND GOOKINS
301 E. Carmel Drive
Suite C300
Carmel, IN, IN 46032
USA
Telephone: (317) 564-0016