Judge Frank J. Otte will retire at the end of 2014 after 28 years on the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Indiana.
Otte was appointed to his first 14-year term in 1986. The court announced Otte’s retirement Monday and said a private celebration in honor would take place Friday.
“The bankruptcy bench and bar have been fortunate to have had the steady leadership and thoughtful jurisprudence of Judge Frank J. Otte for the past 28 years,” Chief Judge Robyn Moberly said. “Most of the practitioners in our court cannot recall a time when Judge Otte wasn’t on the bench. He guided many young bankruptcy lawyers to become outstanding practitioners, and he’s been a wonderful mentor to each of the other bankruptcy judges. … We are so fortunate to count him as a colleague and a good friend.”
Otte practiced privately after graduating from Indiana University Maurer School of Law in 1966 until his appointment to the bankruptcy court. He served in the Army for three years after earning a bachelor’s degree from IU in 1960.
Otte’s retirement from the court this year will be the second departure this year of a longtime judge from the court with six presiding jurists. Judge James Coachys retired from the court Sept. 30.