Governor Eric Holcomb has selected Court of Appeals Judge Derek Molter as the next member of the Indiana Supreme Court. Molter will succeed retiring Supreme Court Justice Steven David.
Before joining the Court of Appeals in 2021, Holcomb’s office says Molter was a partner at Ice Miller LLP in Indianapolis. Molter also previously served as an attorney at Arnold & Porter LLP in Washington D.C.
“Derek Molter is devoted to the cause of justice and maintaining the integrity of our justice system,” Holcomb said. “He’s proven during his lengthy legal career and his tenure on the Indiana Court of Appeals his dedication to the critical role the judiciary plays in our system of government and the future of our state.”
Holcomb’s office says Molter has appeared before the Indiana Court of Appeals, the Indiana Supreme Court, and numerous federal trial and appellate courts.
“Derek Molter is a thoughtful and even-tempered judge,” Chief Justice Loretta Rush said. “From Newton County farming roots to pro bono work to Washington D.C. law firm experience, Derek brings a unique skill set that will be a lasting credit to the Indiana Supreme Court. It is a pleasure to welcome soon-to-be Justice Derek Molter.”
The other two finalists nominated by the Indiana Judicial Nominating Commission were Grant County Superior Court Judge Dana Kenworthy and Justin Forkner, chief administrative officer of the Indiana Supreme Court.
A date for Molter’s robing ceremony will be set by the Indiana Supreme Court.