David M. Seiter

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Main Office
301 East Carmel drive Suite 300
Carmel  IN  46032
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How did your firm decide on the primary area of practice(s)?

If you remember getting a new game at Christmas or for a birthday when you were a kid, you will remember that there was always one kid who read the rules and explained the game to everyone else so you could play. That is essentially my job as a lawyer. It is my job to read and understand the rules and explain the rules so my clients can "play the game". I chose my profession because I enjoy helping people when they are often in the most stressful period of their lives. I believe in an honest, no-nonsense approach to my client's cases and have developed a trustworthy reputation from other lawyers and the judiciary.

I received an undergraduate degree in Criminal Justice before attending law school. I have worked in various components of the criminal justice system including a loss prevention officer for various retailers, military police officer, court bailiff, criminal defense attorney, international detainee ombudsman, military advocate for both the US government and service members, judicial officer, and university professor. Because of my in-depth work experience in the criminal justice field, I decided to represent individuals charged with criminal offenses.

What experience or education distinguishes your lawyers from others

I spent 25 years in the military as a Military Police Officer and as a Judge Advocate Officer (JAG). I deployed to Iraq in 2003 where I help re-establish the juvenile justice system and acted as the ombudsman for juvenile and female detainees.

While many attorneys will go their entire career and never argue before the Indiana Supreme Court, I have done so three times handling each case from the trial court level through the Court of Appeals process.

From February 2013-September 2016, I was an appointed judicial officer in Marion County. One of the courts I was assigned to was the highest-volume major felony courts in the state.

I am an adjunct professor at IUPUI where I teach an evening class entitled "Substantive Criminal Law" (J301) for the SPEA program.

What distinguishes your law firm from others?

Cate , Terry & Gookins LLC is a full service Hamilton County law firm whose attorneys have nearly fifty years of combined experience representing clients throughout the State of Indiana. The attorneys at Cate, Terry & Gookins LLC are known by the judiciary and their colleagues not only as zealous advocates for their clients, but also leaders in their profession and community.

At Cate , Terry & Gookins LLC we understand the importance of individual service. That is why our attorneys strive to develop strong, lasting relationships with each of our clients. We invest ourselves in our clients and take pride in building a team that will protect their interests.

If you are looking to form a relationship with an attorney who can help you navigate your legal landscape please give the attorneys at Cate , Terry & Gookins LLC a call. We welcome the opportunity to form a relationship with you.

The firm's website is www.ctglaw.com

David Seiter

David was admitted to practice law throughout the state of Indiana in 1998. As a general practice lawyer, he has experience in both criminal and civil law. David 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, David was assigned to the Arrestee Processing Center (APC) and major felony drug court where he focused his efforts on problem solving and reducing recidivism through offender education efforts. Returning to private practice in October, 2016, David expects to incorporate the lessons he learned from the judiciary in assessing the strengths and weaknesses of his client's cases.

David has major felony trial experience and appellate advocacy experience. While many lawyers will spend an entire career and never have the opportunity to argue before the Indiana Supreme Court, David has 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, David 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 David was later commissioned through ROTC as a Second Lieutenant in the Military Police and completed the U.S. Army's Airborne school. David 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 he served the remainder of his Army career as a military lawyer.

In 2003, David deployed to Iraq as a JAG officer with the 800th Military Police Battalion in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. He was assigned to the Coalition Provisional Authority (CPA) in the Iraqi Ministry of Justice where he served as the "ombudsman" for juvenile and female detainees. David earned the Bronze Start during his deployment for a variety of accomplishments including 1) obtaining a confession from an Iraqi detainee concerning placement of over 500 anti-tank and personnel mines, 2) successfully negotiating the peaceful displacement of over 1500 squatters from Iraqi government lands, 3) exhibiting the proper care and control over Iraqi detainees and 4) organizing charitable events to better the Iraqi people.

Despite being in the middle of a war zone, David made international news when he established an Arabic library in the Al-Karhk Juvenile detention facility and held a charitable event called "Operation Touchdown" in which two Baghdad orphanages were introduced to the sport of American Football with the assistance of the Indianapolis Colts and New Orleans Saints franchises. David later renewed the Operation Touchdown theme in 2006 and 2010 raising money for the United Services Organization (USO) and Wounded Warrior Project, respectively.

David is also an adjunct professor at IUPUI where he teaches "Substantive Criminal Law" for the School of Public and Environmental Affairs. Additionally, David has presented classes to fellow members of the Indiana bar and judges on the "Military Aspects of Divorce in Indiana" and the "Servicemember's Civil Relief Act". In the military, David instructed multiple military units on topics such as "Federal Ethics", "Code of Conduct", "Law of War", "Rules of Engagement" and "General Orders in a Combat Theater".

Although born and raised in Michigan, David has lived in the Indianapolis area since 1994. He graduated with an undergraduate degree in Criminal Justice with minors in Political Science and Military Science from Western Michigan University in 1992. After completing his initial military obligations, David moved to Indianapolis to obtain his law degree at Indiana University McKinney School of Law in Indianapolis, Indiana. David graduated from law school in 1998 and was admitted to the Indiana State Bar after passing the Bar Exam that same year.
Education
  • Indiana University School of Law
    Juris Doctor , 1998
  • Western Michigan University
    Criminal Justice - Bachelor of Science , 1992

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