Michael D. Cook served more than twenty-nine years as a trial court judge in Indiana
before becoming a full time civil mediator in March, 2008. His judicial career
began shortly after his admission to the Bar in 1978 when Governor Otis R. Bowen
appointed him to the Marshall County Court Bench. He was elected Judge of
the Marshall Circuit Court in 1980 and was re-elected in 1986, 1992, 1998, and 2004.
Thousands of cases were processed under his judicial administration, and he presided
over numerous bench and jury trials involving motor vehicle accidents, premises
liability, contracts, product liability, medical malpractice, employment and other
issues. He was selected by attorneys from around the state to serve as Special
Judge on cases pending in other counties and many cases were also venued to the
Marshall Circuit Court from surrounding counties during his tenure.
Michael D. Cook
Terry C. Shewmaker
Gene R. Duffin
Gene R. Duffin left a successful law practice that spanned more than 15 years when
he was appointed Judge of the Elkhart Circuit Court by Governor Otis R. Bowen in
1980. His Judicial career has spanned more than 30 years including 19 years
as Judge of the Elkhart Circuit Court, his work as a Juvenile Court Referee and
his continuing work as a Senior Judge serving various Courts throughout Indiana.
He began his civil mediation career in 1999 after leaving the Elkhart Circuit Court
and has mediated and arbitrated thousands of cases involving personal injury, corporate
and personal disputes, property damage, probate and trusts.
Terry C. Shewmaker practiced law for over 23 years serving as a civil attorney as
well as a deputy prosecuting attorney. Thereafter he served 18 years as the elected
Judge of Elkhart Circuit Court. He handled thousands of cases including tort claims,
mortgage foreclosures, domestic relations, and commercial litigation, along with
criminal cases. Judge Shewmaker is certified as a Senior Judge and registered mediator.
He will be teaching a mediation class offered annually in Indiana.