Russell B. Cate

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Criminal Defense Attorney in Carmel, IN

Cate, Terry & Gookins, LLC
 | 301 East Carmel Drive, Ste. C-300
Carmel, IN 46032
Phone: 317-943-8166
Selected to Rising Stars: 2013 - 2019
Licensed Since: 2007
Practice Areas:
  • Criminal Defense (40%),
  • Civil Litigation: Plaintiff (40%),
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (20%)
Attorney Profile

Attorney Russell B. Cate is a partner with the law firm of Cate, Terry & Gookins in Carmel, Indiana. A top-rated lawyer with more than 10 years of experience, Mr. Cate currently focuses his practice primarily on representing the needs and interests of automotive dealers across the region who have legal issues involving regulatory and advertising compliance, manufacturer disputes, consumer defense, environmental law, employment law and many other areas.

Along with serving as a counsel and consultant to automotive dealers, Mr. Cate has extensive trial experience borne from his serving as a deputy prosecutor in Hamilton County and through his criminal defense and civil litigation practice. A veteran of numerous jury and bench trials, Mr. Cate has invaluable insight into the area's courts and procedures, which makes him well-suited to help his clients obtain the most favorable outcomes possible for their serious and pressing legal challenges.

A 2004 graduate of Purdue University, Mr. Cate attended Robert H. McKinney School of Law in Indianapolis, where he served as executive production editor for the Indiana Health Law Review. He acquired his Juris Doctor in 2007, and the Indiana State Bar Association admitted him to practice that same year. He is also admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the Southern and Northern Districts of Indiana.

Highly active in his legal community, Mr. Cate is a member of several local, state and national bar associations. He currently serves on the Law Practice Management Committee and is the past chair of the Attorney Fee Dispute Resolution Committee for the Indiana State Bar Association. He is also a member of the Hamilton County Bar Association, and both the Indiana State and Hamilton County leadership academies.

Dedicated to his local community as well, he is active with the Noblesville Chamber of Commerce and the Fifty Club of Hamilton County, and he served with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Indiana from 2012 to 2015. He is also a lifetime member of the NRA and volunteers his time with his local Genesis Church.

Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Criminal Defense (40%)

Civil Litigation (40%)

Personal Injury - General (20%)


top-imageSelected to Rising Stars for 7 years

Rising Stars: 2013 - 2019

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About Russell Cate

Admitted: 2007, Indiana

Professional Webpage:


  • Hamilton County Leadership Academy, 2015-2016
  • Class II Graduate, Indiana State Leadership Development Academy

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Law Practice Management Committee, 2015 – Present
  • Indiana, 2007
  • Committee Chair, Attorney Fee Dispute Resolution Committee, 2014-2016
  • Member, Indiana State Bar Association
  • Indiana State Bar Association, Ethics Committee
  • Indiana State Bar Association Leadership Development Academy, Class II Graduate
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Indiana, 2007
  • Indiana State Bar Association, Unauthorized Practice of Law Committee
  • Noblesville Chamber of Commerce, Business Advocacy Committee & Young Professionals Group Committee
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Indiana, 2007
  • Indiana State Bar Association, Military & Veterans Affairs Committee
  • Hamilton County Bar Association

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Genesis Church Volunteer, Noblesville Campus  
  • Hamilton County North Chamber of Commerce - Board Member
  • Mentor, Hamilton Southeastern Law & Government Academy, 2012-Present
  • Hamilton County Leadership Academy
  • Noblesville GOP Club
  • Coach, Hamilton Heights Mock Trial, 2011 - 2012
  • Life Member, National Rifle Association
  • Indiana State Bar Association - Committee Chair Attorney Fee Dispute Resolution Committee 2014 - Present
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters Central Indiana, 2012 - Present
  • Hamilton Southeastern High School, Law & Government Academy Mentor, 2010 - Present
  • Volunteer, Genesis Christian Church
  • Noblesville Chamber of Commerce - Young Professionals Group Committee Member
  • Hamilton County GOP Breakfast Club
  • Mill Grove Homeowners Association Board, 2010 - June 2014
  • Fifty Club of Hamilton County, Member, 2014 - Present

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • Law Review: Executive Production Editor, Indiana Health Law Review, Indiana University School of Law, 2007

Representative Clients:

  • State of Indiana v. Kristy Burnell 
  • State of Indiana v. D.A., December 2015
  • State of Indiana v. Burnell, September, 2015

Educational Background:

  • Lawrence North High School 
  • Purdue University, B.A., 2004
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Office Location for Russell B. Cate

301 East Carmel Drive
Ste. C-300
Carmel, IN 46032

Phone: 317-943-8166

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Last Updated: 4/3/2019

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