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.