Renowned Indiana Medical Malpractice Judge Retires

Side note: Judge Michael H. Eldred retired from the Vigo Superior Court on Tuesday Dec. 28. Judge Eldred had served on the Indiana court for more than 30 years and his retirement brought out everyone, who is anyone, in the Indiana Justice System. Known for his versatility, Judge Eldred presided over everything from criminal law to medical malpractice law.

by Lisa Trigg
The Tribune-Star

TERRE HAUTE — Highest praise and admiration filled the fourth-floor courtroom in Vigo Superior Court 1 on Tuesday where Judge Michael H. Eldred met with friends and colleagues during a reception marking his departure from the bench where he has served for 30 years.

“Mike makes Swiss Army knives jealous of his versatility,” fellow Judge Phillip Adler said in speaking of his long-time colleague.

Whether it has been criminal or family law, medical malpractice, product liability or civil law, Eldred has handled a broad spectrum of cases, and has been the voice of judicial experience in the courthouse.

“Judge Eldred has been a mentor to me and others,” said Adler, who has himself served 14 years on the bench after serving 10 years as county prosecutor. “I suspect he’s on the speed dial of all the judges in the area as well.”

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