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Prominent Seymour attorney dies

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A Seymour attorney recognized for his contributions to the community died unexpectedly Jan. 27 during a morning workout.

David W. Paugh, a partner at Montgomery Elsner & Pardieck who practiced at the firm for 30 years, was described as a talented lawyer and good person by his colleagues.

Managing partner Tom Lantz said Paugh's contributions to the legal profession and Seymour will be remembered for a long time. Paugh was born in Madison and was raised in the Jefferson and Jennings county areas.

He served as counsel at two school corporations in the area and with the local hospital. He also served as pro bono counsel to several community organizations, including Habitat for Humanity of Jackson County.

"He was someone you could count on, whether it was a community project, or a legal matter," said Lantz in a statement from the firm. "I know I am a better lawyer and a better person today because of Dave Paugh."

The devoted runner could be seen running in the community every day, regardless of the weather, and had run the Boston Marathon.

Paugh graduated from Indiana University School of Law - Indianapolis in 1979. He practiced in business, real estate, banking, and estate planning. He is survived by his wife, three daughters, mother, brother, and sister.

Visitation is from 3 to 8 p.m. today at the Voss Memorial Chapel, 316 N. Chestnut St., Seymour. A memorial service will be at 1 p.m. Friday in the chapel. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Special Olympics, Anchor House, or the Humane Society.

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  1. For many years this young man was "family" being my cousin's son. Then he decided to ignore my existence and that of my daughter who was very hurt by his actions after growing up admiring, Jason. Glad he is doing well, as for his opinion, if you care so much you wouldn't ignore the feelings of those who cared so much about you for years, Jason.

  2. Good riddance to this dangerous activist judge

  3. What is the one thing the Hoosier legal status quo hates more than a whistleblower? A lawyer whistleblower taking on the system man to man. That must never be rewarded, must always, always, always be punished, lest the whole rotten tree be felled.

  4. I want to post this to keep this tread alive and hope more of David's former clients might come forward. In my case, this coward of a man represented me from June 2014 for a couple of months before I fired him. I knew something was wrong when he blatantly lied about what he had advised me in my contentious and unfortunate divorce trial. His impact on the proceedings cast a very long shadow and continues to impact me after a lengthy 19 month divorce. I would join a class action suit.

  5. The dispute in LB Indiana regarding lake front property rights is typical of most beach communities along our Great Lakes. Simply put, communication to non owners when visiting the lakefront would be beneficial. The Great Lakes are designated navigational waters (including shorelines). The high-water mark signifies the area one is able to navigate. This means you can walk, run, skip, etc. along the shores. You can't however loiter, camp, sunbath in front of someones property. Informational signs may be helpful to owners and visitors. Our Great Lakes are a treasure that should be enjoyed by all. PS We should all be concerned that the Long Beach, Indiana community is on septic systems.

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