Carmel attorney John Proffitt has been named the 2017 recipient for the Indiana Bar Foundation’s Legendary Lawyer Award.
Proffitt built a career in private practice, participated in professional organizations and contributed his expertise to his local community. He practiced for more than 50 years before retiring from Altman Poindexter & Wyatt LLC.
“Do a good job, be honest and the money and clients will follow,” Proffitt said when asked what advice he offered for today’s attorneys. “Take your time and do it right.”
Proffitt, who says he is proud to be a lawyer, was selected by five of his colleagues for the award. The Legendary Lawyer Award is given each year to an Indiana attorney who has practices for 50 years or more and has built a career that emphasizes ethics, community involvement, public service and professionalism.
The award presentation ceremony for Proffitt will be at 5 p.m. Sept. 21 at the Ritz Charles banquet facility, 12156 N. Meridian St. in Carmel. The event is free but reservations are requested by Sept. 8 and can be made by calling 317-608-6502.
Proffitt grew up in Lebanon, Indiana, and earned his bachelor’s degree from Wabash College in 1954. He served in the U.S. Army from 1954 to 1956 then completed his law degree at the University of Chicago in 1959. He was first admitted to the Missouri bar in 1959 before joining the Indiana bar in 1963.
As a young lawyer, he first worked as an associate with Stinson Morrison Hecker LLP in Kansas City, Missouri. He soon relocated to Indiana and joined the firm that became Campbell Kyle Proffitt LLP. That firm dissolved in the spring of 2016.
Proffitt served as the president of the Indiana State Bar Association from 1995 to 1996 and was a member of the American Bar Association’s House of Delegates from 1993 to 1996. He was also president of the Hamilton County Bar Association in 1975 and served on the Indiana Continuing Legal Education Forum as well as the Indiana Board of Law Examiners.
He is a fellow with the Indiana Bar Foundation and the American Bar Foundation.