J. Kent Minnette
Litigation & Trial Practice
Estate Planning & Administrative
Family Law & Guardianship
Following law school, Kent Minnette practiced maritime and admiralty law with Chicago, Illinois law firm. In 2001, Kent also served as a Marion County Deputy Prosecuting Attorney under Prosecutor Scott C. Newman. Kent returned to private practice in 2003 as one of the founding members of Taylor, Chadd, Minnette, Schneider & Clutter. Since 2003 he has focused his practice primarily in the areas of municipal law, injury law, general litigation, estate planning and administration, business law, and criminal defense.
Education & Memberships
Kent earned his B.A. from Hanover College in 1993. His J.D. followed in 1998. Kent graduated from the Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago-Kent College of Law. Kent has been admitted to practice in the State of Illinois since 1998 and the State of Indiana since 1999. He is currently an American Bar Association, Indiana State Bar Association, Indiana Municipal Lawyers Association, Indiana Trial Lawyers Association, and Montgomery County Bar Association member. Kent served the last two years as the local bar association’s president.
Family & Community Involvement
Kent and his wife, Erica, have four children, Reagan, Reese, Samuel, and Jason. The Minnettes are members of St. Bernard’s Catholic Church in Crawfordsville, Indiana, where Kent serves on the Parish Finance Council. One of Kent’s personal interests is coaching baseball. Before attending graduate school, Kent taught school and coached baseball in the Indianapolis Public School system. Later, he coached junior high baseball in Crawfordsville and with the Indiana Bulls travel baseball program. Most recently, Kent has enjoyed coaching in the Crawfordsville Youth Baseball, Crawfordsville Youth Football, and county basketball youth programs. Kent’s commitment is strong to his Indiana community as well. He’s served two terms as board president, as well as fundraising chair and co-chair for the Montgomery United Fund for You (“MUFFY”), helping raise over $1 million between 2006 and 2007. Kent is a Rotary Club member and active member of the Sugar Creek Players theater group.