“This announcement comes following careful consideration, prayer, and with tremendous family support,” said attorney David Cates, who has announced his candidacy for Kosciusko Superior Court I as a Republican.
Cates will bring the abilities to perform the duties of the office with diligence and commitment necessary to preserve the integrity of the court system.
After receiving a B.S. from Purdue University, Cates received his Juris Doctorate cum laude (Honors Graduate) from Indiana University (Indianapolis). Cates has lived, practiced law and been involved in Kosciusko County for over 27 years. He is married to a Warsaw High School graduate, and together they have three adult children and a son, a freshman, currently attending Wawasee Community Schools.
Cates extensive legal experience and has served over 100 days a “pro tem” judge in the Kosciusko County courts. He is also experienced in general civil litigation, family law, domestic relations, juvenile justice, criminal law and real estate and government law.
While employed at the Indiana State House, Cates served as executive secretary on the Indiana Judicial Study Commission, Indiana Judicial Nominating Commission and Indiana Judicial Qualifications Commission. He also served on the Republican staff of the Indiana House of Representatives.
The position of Judge of the Superior Court 1 carries with it significant responsibility demanding extensive knowledge of various areas of law with Integrity and fairness. Cates brings a strong work ethic, experience and the perseverance to deal with the expanding case load.
Cates is a partner at Green, Cates and Grossnickle LLP law office in Syracuse and is a registered mediator.
He was admitted to practice in the Indiana Supreme Court, U.S. 7th District Court of Appeals and both the Northern and Southern Federal District Courts of Indiana.
Cates serves or has served on multiple boards and service clubs including:
K21 Healthcare Foundation Inc., Syracuse-Wawasee Rotary, Syracuse-Wawasee Chamber of Commerce, Lakeland Youth Center, Milford Library, Teen Parents Succeeding, Lakeland Community Services Inc. (Daycare/latchkey) and Muskies Inc., and he is a certified Indiana Hunter Training instructor.
He is also a member of Indiana State /County Bar Association, Ducks Unlimited, ABATE, NRA, John Purdue & Alumni Club, Calvary United Methodist Church and North Webster American Legion Herbert Kuhn Post 253.