Local attorney and
Democrat Matt Soliday is announcing his candidacy for Judge of Porter
Superior Court 1.
“As a trial lawyer
with over 27 years of experience in both criminal and civil law, I believe
that I am uniquely qualified to serve the citizens of Porter County as
Judge,” Soliday said in a statement released this week. “My jury trial
experience in both civil and criminal cases has given me the insight and
wisdom to serve all parties that come before the court. Also, having served
as both a former deputy prosecuting attorney and public defender, I am
familiar with both sides of the criminal justice system and understand the
need for fairness and justice in our criminal courts.”
Soliday is a
lifelong resident of Porter County and a graduate of Valparaiso High School.
After graduating in 1989 from Indiana University with a bachelor's degree in
psychology, Soliday earned his law degree in 1992 from Valparaiso University
School of Law.
Over his 27-year
career as an attorney, Soliday has served as a Porter County Deputy
Prosecuting Attorney and subsequently as a Deputy Porter County Public
Defender. In addition, he was elected to serve a term as President of the
Porter County Bar Association and he is currently a member of the Porter
County Inns of Court.
Soliday was also
engaged in the private practice of law as an associate attorney with law
firm of Rice and Rice in Portage and later opened his own practice in
Valparaiso. In addition, Soliday has served as attorney for the Porter
County Animal Board and is currently a staff attorney with the non-profit
Northern District of Indiana Federal Community Defenders Office Inc.
Soliday has argued
cases before the Indiana Supreme Court, Indiana Court of Appeals, and the
7th Circuit Court of Appeals and formerly taught as an adjunct professor at
the Valparaiso University School of Law.
volunteered as well at the Valparaiso Family YMCA and has been named
Volunteer of the Year, is a mentor in the Boys to Men program through Our
Greater Good, was the co-founder and director of the Valparaiso Triathlon,
and currently sits on the Porter County Tourism Board.