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Bernard ‘Buddy’ L. Pylitt

Counsel to the Firm, Indianapolis

‘Buddy’ joined the Arbitration and Mediation group at SKO in 2022, when the firm merged with Katz Korin Cunningham, where he had been practicing.

The focus of Buddy’s practice includes mediation/alternative dispute resolution, white-collar criminal defense and complex federal and state court civil litigation. With more than 48 years of experience as a county and federal prosecutor, trial lawyer, Administrative Law Judge for three Indiana agencies, and Superior Court Judge, Buddy brings a unique perspective to all cases. Buddy was the first Assistant U.S. Attorney , Southern District of Indiana, 1977 – 1981, and the first Administrative Law Judge for the Indiana Gaming Commission and Indiana Horse Racing Commission.

Buddy re-entered the practice of law in early 2005, after serving as Judge of Hamilton County Superior Court No. 2 in 2004. During that time, Buddy presided over a broad range of complex civil and criminal matters, including the settlement of the Trinity Homes class action mold lawsuit, cases of first impression involving the disposition of frozen embryos, and a same-sex custody adoption dispute.

Buddy has extensive experience representing both individuals and corporate clients investigated for committing federal and state crimes.

Arbitration and Mediation: The courtroom is only one option when it comes to resolving disputes, and it may not be the most cost-effective way. That is why Buddy and his team are dedicated to weighing approaches that will reach each client’s unique goals as efficiently as possible, including alternate dispute resolution. With an extensive record of mediated cases, Buddy offers an experienced viewpoint to help settle all kinds of disputes—whether in litigation or simply involving disagreements that need to find a way for businesses to move forward in their dealings with one another.

Business Litigation: The focus of Buddy's practice includes mediation/alternative dispute resolution, white collar criminal defense and complex Federal and State Court civil litigation. Buddy has extensive experience representing both individuals and corporate clients investigated for committing federal and state crimes. He is also a fully Certified Civil Mediator in the State of Indiana, mediator, unfair labor practice hearing examiner, administrative law judge, and fact finder for the Indiana Education Employment Relations Board from 2012 to present.

Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law
1975, J.D.
Indiana University
1970, B.A.
United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana
United States District Court for the Northern District of Indiana
United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
United States Supreme Court


  • Hamilton County Superior Court, Judge, 2004
  • Martindale-Hubbell® AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rating In Legal Ability & Ethical Standards, 2004 – present
  • Sagamore of the Wabash, 2004
  • United States Army Veteran, Judge Advocate General Corp
  • Recipient of Commendation Medal, 1973
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  • Indiana State Bar Association
  • Indianapolis Bar Association
  • Indiana Administrative Law Judges Association
  • Indiana Education Employment Relations Board, 2012-present; Administrative Law Judge; Fact Finder; Mediator; Unfair Labor Practice Hearing Examiner
  • State of Indiana, Civil Mediator
  • Hamilton County Sheriff Merit Board, President, 2005 – Present
  • Hamilton County Board of Aviation Commissioners, President, 2001 – 2002
  • Indiana Recount Commission, Member, 2011
  • NCAA Division III Men’s and Women's Swimming Championship, Official, 2022
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