Michael T. Douglass named Allen Superior magistrate

Michael T. Douglass

Fort Wayne native Michael T. Douglass has been named a magistrate in the Allen Superior Court Civil Division.

Douglass, 40, is currently an attorney with the law firm of Eilbacher Fletcher LLP and serves as a deputy Allen County public defender. As magistrate, Douglass will serve in the Court’s Small Claims Division deciding a variety of civil cases, including landlord-tenant issues, protective order requests, contract disputes and other matters. He is a 2001 graduate of Indiana University and a 2006 graduate of the Cooley Law School and was admitted to the Indiana and Colorado bars in 2006.

Douglass began his law career as a deputy Allen County prosecutor and served as magistrate in the Family Relations Division from 2016 until 2018. During 2018, Douglass served as judge pro tem in Small Claims Court, handling a broad range of civil matters. His first day as Small Claims magistrate will be Jan. 22. He replaces Jennifer DeGroote, who served as magistrate until being appointed by Gov. Eric Holcomb to succeed retiring Judge Stanley A. Levine.

“Serving as magistrate is among the greatest opportunities an attorney can hope for,” Douglass said in a statement. “This is a chance to help people navigate the legal system, settle disputes and deliver justice. I appreciate this opportunity to join the Superior Court Civil Division and look forward to the challenges ahead.”