Michael P. DeArmitt
After being sworn in as a member of the Indiana bar in 1997, Mike gained acclaim in the local legal community when, in his first career jury trial, he obtained a not guilty verdict for an indigent client accused of felony criminal recklessness.
In 1999, he successfully appealed a client’s drug dealing conviction, arguing the police had unlawfully obtained the evidence used against his client at trial. The Indiana Court of Appeals agreed, and Mike’s client was set free. Although Mike spent considerable time handling criminal defense work early in his career, he also served clients in many other areas of law, including personal injury, wills/estates, family law (divorce, child support, child custody, etc.), and small claims.
From February 2000 - February 2015
Mike served as a deputy prosecutor in Bartholomew County, handling hundreds of trials and working hard on a wide variety of criminal cases. Mike has extensive experience handling major felonies, drug crimes, property crimes, misdemeanors, driving offenses, juvenile cases, traffic tickets, and virtually everything in between.
Mike grew up in Columbus and has lived virtually his entire life in the central Indiana area. He is a graduate of Columbus North High School, Franklin College, and a graduate of the Indiana University School of Law – Indianapolis (now the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law). Shortly after graduating from law school, Mike began working for Columbus attorney David A. Nowak, where as a law clerk he substantially authored a successful appeal to the Indiana Supreme Court (the appeal pertained to a sentence issued to a mentally ill man convicted of murder).
Mike cares strongly about the central Indiana community. He is a member of the Bartholomew County Bar Association and is a past member of both the Bartholomew County Youth Services Center Advisory Board and the Bartholomew County Community Corrections Advisory Board. He is active in the leadership of his church, and also devotes significant time to coaching youth baseball and basketball teams in the area.
In February 2015, Mike opened his own law practice at 431 Washington Street in Columbus. He practices in the areas of criminal defense, family law, personal injury, wills/estates, and most other general legal matters. Mike looks forward to serving the individual legal needs of the central Indiana community for many years to come.