Fort Wayne attorneys, Steuben Co. magistrate apply for state appellate court vacancy

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A pair of Fort Wayne attorneys and a Steuben County magistrate have applied to fill an upcoming vacancy on the Indiana Court of Appeals.

Fort Wayne lawyers David Van Gilder and Andrew Teel and Hon. Randy Coffey of Steuben Circuit and Superior courts are among a group of 12 who have applied to replace Judge Michael Barnes, who will retire this summer. 

Coffey was named to the bench in Steuben County as magistrate in 1995 after an unsuccessful run for circuit court judge. He also served as a former deputy prosecutor.

Van Guilder of Van Gilder & Trzynka litigates personal injury, worker’s compensation, small business corporate, wills and estates, environmental law, and zoning and administrative cases.

Teel is a practicing attorney with Haller and Colvin. He specializes in appeals, criminal defense, civil litigation and insurance coverage and defense.

The other applicants are: Hon. Jeanene Calabrese, Starke Circuit Court; Hon. Deborah Domine, Elkhart Circuit Court; Lyle Hardman, South Bend; Hon. Steevn Hostetler, St. Joseph Superior Court; Brian Hurley, Valparaiso; Jamie Oss, La Porte; Hon. Graham Polando, St. Joseph Probate Court; Hon. Elizabeth Tavitas, Lake Superior Court; and John Tuskey, Mishawaka.

The Judicial Nominating Commission is expected to discuss the applications later this month. The 7-member board will then selected three nominees to send to Gov. Eric Holcomb, who will make the final appointment.

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