John D. Ulmer

Email Phone: 574-533-1171   

John D. Ulmer is a former partner at Yoder Ainlay Ulmer & Buckingham, LLP, and presently serves as an attorney of counsel for the firm.  Mr. Ulmer is currently serving a three-year term on the Indiana Judicial Nominating Commission/Indiana Commission on Judicial Qualifications (2012-2014).  Mr. Ulmer is also a member of the Indiana Commission For Continuing Legal Education, Chair 2013 (2009-2015).  Mr. Ulmer is a past member of the Indiana House of Representatives (1998-2008). He has also served in the following capacities:

  • State Chair for the American College of Trial Lawyers (1998-2000)
  • Faculty Member at the National Institute of Trial Advocacy (1982-1983)
  • Special Deputy Prosecuting Attorney for the Ford-Pinto Trial (1980)
  • Deputy Prosecuting Attorney for Elkhart County, Indiana (1965-1969)

Areas of practice

A partner with the firm for many years, he continues to practice in the following areas:


  • Best Lawyers' 2014 South Bend Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs "Lawyer of the Year"
  • Best Lawyers' 2013 South Bend Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants "Lawyer of the Year"
  • The Best Lawyers in America—included decisions under both Business Litigation and Personal Injury Litigation in this biennial publication of distinguished attorneys selected by their peers
  • Indiana Super Lawyers 2011-Present
  • Member of the Order of the Coif, an honorary society for high-achieving lawyers


Mr. Ulmer earned his J. D., with distinction, from Indiana University in 1963. He was on the Board of Editors for the Indiana Law Journal from 1961-1963. In 1960 he received his B.A., with honors, from Michigan State University, where he was also a member of Beta Gamma Sigma.

Admissions and professional memberships

Mr. Ulmer is a member of the following associations:

  • Goshen City Bar Association
  • Indiana State Bar Association—Chairman, Civil Rights Law Committee, 1993-1994; Member, Board of Managers, 1980-1982
  • Indiana Trial Lawyers of America —Board of Directors, 1987-present
  • American College of Trial Lawyers
  • Indiana Commission for Continuing Legal Education

Speaking engagements and publications

Mr. Ulmer is a proficient lecturer and author. His speaking accomplishments include presentations at the Indiana Continuing Legal Education Forum. He has written the following articles:

  • The New Law on Wrongful Death—2004
  • Insurance and Third Party Investigation Files—1988
  • The New Law on Wrongful Death—1999
  • Objections to Misconduct of Counsel—1983
  • Constructive Cross Examination—1995
  • Objections During Closing Arguments—1983

Reported cases

Mr. Ulmer's reported cases include:

  • Hayden v. University of Notre Dame, 716 N.E.2d 603 (Ind. App. 1999).
  • Robinson v. Wroblewski, 704 N.E.2d 467 (Ind. 1998).

Contact us

When you need an attorney, call the law offices of Yoder Ainlay Ulmer & Buckingham, LLP at 574-533-1171, or contact the firm online.  Conveniently located across the street from the courthouse in Goshen, Indiana, the firm regularly assists clients with a broad range of legal issues.

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