The Honorable Michael G. Gotsch, Sr., is the Judge of the St. Joseph Circuit Court in Indiana’s 60th Judicial Circuit (St. Joseph County, Indiana). He was appointed to the bench by Governor Joe Kernan in 2004, he was elected in 2004 and re-elected in 2010.
Prior to his selection to the bench, he served as Chief Deputy Prosecuting Attorney and Chief of Staff in the St. Joseph County Prosecutor’s Office (2003-04), and counsel for the St. Joseph County Office of Family and Children (2000-02). He has prior professonal experience as a deputy prosecutor attorney, corporate counsel for Meridian Title Corporation, and executive director for the CASIE (Child Abuse Services, Investigation & Education) Center.
Prior to beginning his legal career, he served as a commissioned officer in the U.S. Army. During his military career, he was awarded the Army Meritorious Service Medal, the Army Commendation Medal, and the Army Achievement Award. He left active military service with the rank of Captain.
Admitted to practice in Indiana, Michigan and federal courts, Judge Gotsch had the honor of serving as an Official Observer on the Uniform Parentage Act Drafting Committee of the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Law. He has also had the distinction to serve as a Commissioner on the Presidential Task Force on Criminal Nonsupport, the Governor’s Task Force on Abused and Neglected Families and their Children, and the Governor’s Committee on the Indiana Child Support Tracking System.
Judge Gotsch’s honors and awards include the 2015 Indiana Outstanding Judge Award, North Central Indiana YWCA’s Man of the Year Tribute, Indiana Coaltion Against Domestic Violence’s Outstanding Judge Award, Family & Children Center’s Spirit of Giving Award, Indiana Child Support Alliance’s Lifetime Achievement Award, and Indiana Department of Public Welfare’s Distinguished Service Award. He is also been enrolled in the Honorable Order of the Kentucky Colonels.
Judge Gotsch is committed to legal education and public service, and he has spoken and lectured at national, state, and local continuing judicial and legal education seminars, as well as national, regional, and state child welfare conferences.
Judge Gotsch is an adjunct faculty member and a Moot Court/Mock Trial Judge at Notre Dame Law School. He has also lectured at the University of Notre Dame, St. Mary’s College, Bethel College, and Indiana University at South Bend.