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Practice areas


  1. Business: 25%
    18 years
  2. Estate Planning: 25%
    18 years
  3. Probate: 20%
    18 years
  4. Personal Injury: 20%
    13 years
  5. Real Estate: 10%
    18 years



Hourly ($250-300/hour), contingent (30-45%), Fixed (sometimes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

5 total 

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  • Angela Brown Swenson

    Sometimes attorneys have to ask other attorneys for advise. John assisted me with a probate situation and I would not hesitate to refer clients with probate cases to him.


    Angela Swenson Divorce and separation Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Tina Marie Bell

    I have recently had a chance to spend some time with John and his wife, who is also a lawyer. I was very impressed and would not hesitate to endorse him.


    Tina Bell Medical malpractice Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

Cate, Terry & Gookins LLC

301 Carmel Drive
Suite C300
Carmel, IN, 46032


ILActive And Authorized To Practice Law201505/17/2016
INActive In Good Standing199807/03/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
AV Preeminent RatedMartindale-Hubbell2016
AV Preeminent RatedMartindale-Hubbell2015
Paul Harris +2Rotary Foundation2013
Rising StarIndiana Super Lawyers Magazine2009
Outstanding Active ParticipationHeartland Pro Bono Council2006
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Founding MemberCate, Terry & Gookins LLC2016 - Present
PartnerCampbell Kyle Proffitt LLP1998 - 2015
Law ClerkCampbell Kyle Proffitt LLP1997 - 1998
Law ClerkPlews Shadley Racher & Braun1996 - 1996
Association namePosition nameDuration
Friends of Hamilton County ParksBoard Member2015 - Present
Actors Theatre of IndianaBoard Member2015 - Present
Carmel Dad's ClubTravel Committee Member2011 - Present
Hamilton County Bar AssociationPast President1998 - Present
Indiana State Bar AssociationN/A1998 - Present
Hamilton County Bar AssociationFormer President2011 - 2012
Hamilton County Bar AssociationPast Vice President2009 - 2010
Hamilton County Bar AssociationPast Treasurer2005 - 2008
Carmel Rotary ClubMember2004 - 2014
Hamilton County Area Neighborhood Development, Inc.Board of Directors2004 - 2014
Publication nameTitleDate
Inside the MindsStructuring Wills and Trust2015
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Indiana University-BloomingtonLawJD - Juris Doctor1998
Wabash CollegeEnglishA.B.1995
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Young Professionals GroupWills and Trusts2014
120 Hot Tips in Probate and Estate Planning Law5 Tips for Same Sex Estate Planning2014
Probate Judges RoundtableProbate2011
Annual MeetingChair2011
Annual MeetingChair2010
120 Hot Tips in Probate PracticeProbate2009
Practice Skills SummitProbate2006
Representing the Small Business - What you Need to KnowBusiness2005
Practice Skills SummitProbate2005