Bernard “Buddy” Pylitt


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Bernard L. “Buddy” Pylitt re-entered the practice of law in early 2005 after serving as Judge of Hamilton County Superior Court No. 2 during 2004.

During that time, Judge Pylitt presided over a wide variety 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. Mr. Pylitt brings a unique perspective with more than 44 years of experience as a County and Federal prosecutor, trial lawyer, Administrative Law Judge for three Indiana agencies, and Superior Court Judge.

Following graduation from Indiana University with a B.A. degree in 1970, Mr. Pylitt enrolled in the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law at Indianapolis. His law school studies were interrupted by a two-year commitment to the United States Army where he served in the Judge Advocate General Corp at Fort Carson, Colorado. He was honorably discharged in 1973 and awarded the Army Commendation Medal. He resumed his studies and received his J.D. degree from Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law in 1975.

The focus of Mr. Pylitt’s practice includes mediation/alternative dispute resolution, white collar criminal defense and complex Federal and State Court civil litigation. Mr. Pylitt 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


College of Arts and Sciences


B.A., political science


  • Administrative Law Judge, Indiana Employment Relations Board
  • President, Hamilton County Sheriff Merit Board, 2005 – Present
  • Administrative Law Judge, Indiana Horse Racing Commission, current
  • Certified Civil Mediator, 2004 – present
  • Former Administrative Law Judge, Indiana Gaming Commission
  • Judge, Hamilton County Superior Court 2, 2004
  • Past President, Federal Bar Association, Indiana Chapter, 1980
  • First Assistant U.S. Attorney, 1977 – 1981
  • Marion County Deputy Prosecutor, 1974 – 1977


  • Sagamore of the Wabash, 2004
  • Martindale-Hubbell® AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rating In Legal Ability & Ethical Standards 2004 – present

Admitted to Bar

  • 1975 Indiana

Court Admissions

  • 1975 U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Indiana
  • 1975 U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana
  • 1975 U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
  • 1979 United States Supreme Court

Legal Organizations

Speaking and Publications

Mr. Pylitt has participated as a moderator or lecturer for various continuing legal education programs sponsored by the Indiana Continuing Legal Education Forum (ICLEF).

  • Federal Sentencing Commission’s Guidelines, Federal Practice Symposium
  • Civil Practitioner’s Reaction to a Grand Jury Subpoena Upon His Corporate Client, ICLEF Federal Civil Practice Update Seminar
  • Criminal Implications of Asset Transfers and Concealments, ICLEF’s Bankruptcy Exemption Planning Seminar
  • Chair, a two-day seminar on State and Federal Administrative Agencies Practice sponsored by ICLEF
  • Roundtable presenter at the ICLEF Advanced Gaming Law Seminar

Civic Engagement / Volunteerism

Official, Division 3 Men's & Women's Swimming Championships 2022

Civic Engagement / Volunteerism

  • President, Hamilton County Sheriff Merit Board, 2005 – Present
  • Past President, Hamilton County Board of Aviation Commissioners, 2001 – 2002
  • Member, Indiana Recount Commission, 2011