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Matt Soliday to run for Porter Superior Court judge

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Attorney Matt Soliday has announced his candidacy for Judge of Porter Superior Court 1. He will seek the position of retiring Judge Roger Bradford.

Soliday has served the citizens of Porter County by volunteering with the Valparaiso Family YMCA and being named a past volunteer of the year. Also, he 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.

“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. “My jury trial experience 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 from Valparaiso University School of Law in 1992. In addition, he has taught as an adjunct professor of law at V.U. School of Law.

Over his 27-year career as an attorney, Matt served as a Porter County Deputy Prosecuting Attorney and subsequently as a Deputy Porter County Public Defender. He was also elected to serve a term as president of the Porter County Bar Association and served as attorney for the Porter County Animal Board.

Soliday worked in private practice as an associate attorney with the law firm of Rice and Rice in Portage and later opened his own practice in Valparaiso. While in private practice, he represented individuals as well as small and large businesses. During his career, he has argued cases before the Indiana Supreme Court, Indiana Court of Appeals, and the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals. He is currently a member of the Porter County Inns of Court and a staff attorney with the non-profit Northern District of Indiana Federal Community Defenders Office Inc.



Posted 1/14/2020




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