Soliday has announced his candidacy for Judge of Porter Superior Court 1. He
will seek the position of retiring Judge Roger Bradford.
Soliday has served
the citizens of Porter County by volunteering with the Valparaiso Family
YMCA and being named a past volunteer of the year. Also, he is a mentor in
the Boys to Men program through Our Greater Good, was the co-founder and
director of the Valparaiso Triathlon, and currently sits on the Porter
County Tourism Board.
“As a trial lawyer
with over 27 years of experience in both criminal and civil law, I believe
that I am uniquely qualified to serve the citizens of Porter County as
Judge,” Soliday said. “My jury trial experience has given me the insight and
wisdom to serve all parties that come before the court. Also, having served
as both a former deputy prosecuting attorney and public defender, I am
familiar with both sides of the criminal justice system and understand the
need for fairness and justice in our criminal courts.”
Soliday is a
lifelong resident of Porter County and a graduate of Valparaiso High School.
After graduating in 1989 from Indiana University with a bachelor's degree in
psychology, Soliday earned his law degree from Valparaiso University School
of Law in 1992. In addition, he has taught as an adjunct professor of law at
V.U. School of Law.
Over his 27-year
career as an attorney, Matt served as a Porter County Deputy Prosecuting
Attorney and subsequently as a Deputy Porter County Public Defender. He was
also elected to serve a term as president of the Porter County Bar
Association and served as attorney for the Porter County Animal Board.
Soliday worked in
private practice as an associate attorney with the law firm of Rice and Rice
in Portage and later opened his own practice in Valparaiso. While in private
practice, he represented individuals as well as small and large businesses.
During his career, he has argued cases before the Indiana Supreme Court,
Indiana Court of Appeals, and the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals. He is
currently a member of the Porter County Inns of Court and a staff attorney
with the non-profit Northern District of Indiana Federal Community Defenders