John Proffitt, '59: 2017 Indiana Bar Foundation Legendary Lawyer Award

IBF recognizes Carmel attorney as 2017 Legendary Lawyer

At 85 years old, John Proffitt has retired from practicing law but he still has an office that he regularly visits at Altman Poindexter & Wyatt LLC in Carmel.

Flooded with natural light, the space has comfortable chairs, a large desk and walls adorned with accolades and photographs collected from a legal career that spanned more than 50 years. These things highlight his dedication to his practice while a small blue plastic Chicago Cubs baseball hat that sits on corner of the desk and a framed Calvin & Hobbes cartoon on the wall reflect his propensity to enjoy life.

The most striking aspect of the office is the location — right off the reception area. It was purposefully given to Proffitt, who likes people, loves to converse and naturally fills the role of greeter to the clients arriving to meet with their attorneys.

Proffitt, in retirement, can indulge in what the billable hour took away. Calling it “one of the worst things the law ever did,” he said having to count minutes has hindered lawyers from fostering a friendly relationship by shooting the breeze and finding out about families, hobbies and the latest happenings.

His office location allows him to do what he advises all lawyers to remember: “Your clients are the most important part of your practice.”

Proffitt’s colleagues have found him to be an important part of the legal profession, exemplifying not only the highest standards and ethics but also being active outside the practice of law to help the larger community. They have honored him with the 2017 Indiana Bar Foundation Legendary Lawyer Award.

Read more at The Indiana Lawyer