Noble County Prosecutor
James B. “Jim” Mowery has lived in Indiana nearly his entire life. He is a graduate of Purdue University (B.A. 1994) and from Valparaiso University School of Law (1997).
In 1997, Jim began he legal career with the Noble County Law firm of Heckner & Kirsch. During his]years of legal practice, Jim has represented hundreds of private clients in a wide range of legal issues. Jim has also served as a Deputy Public Defender, County Plan Commission Attorney, County Attorney and as Chief Deputy Prosecuting Attorney. He was elected Noble County Prosecutor in 2018, and assumed that role in 2019.
Jim has a long history of involvement and leadership with professional and philanthropic organizations, including the Indiana Bar Association, the Albion Rotary Club, the Apple Festival of Kendallville, LEAP of Noble County, Noble House ministries, United Way of Noble County, the Noble County Bar Association, the Noble County Republican Party Central Committee and the Noble County Sheriff’s Merit Board.
Chief Deputy Prosecutor
Adam Mildred, serves as the Chief Deputy Prosecuting Attorney and has done so since January of 2019. Prior to that, he served nearly twenty-one years in the Allen County Prosecutor’s Office. Mr. Mildred has extensive jury trial experience ranging from misdemeanors to murders, including domestic violence, operating while intoxicated cases, drugs, robberies, burglaries, weapons offenses and traffic fatalities. He also has experience in matters involving firearms and persons in crisis.
Chief Deputy Mildred was licensed to practice law on November 3rd , 1997, and first worked for the City of Fort Wayne as a policy research assistant. He then became a deputy prosecuting attorney in Allen County in 1998. He started in the misdemeanor and traffic division and served as its Section Chief, as well as serving in the drug and major felony divisions. Mildred is a career prosecutor and has spent most it handling major felonies. Mr. Mildred has also served as a Criminal Law instructor for the Northeast Indiana Public
Safety Academy, teaching new police recruits about criminal law and procedure.
Erik A. Murray is a graduate of East Noble High School (2007), the University of Michigan (B.A. 2011), Indiana University, Robert H. McKinney School of Law (J.D. 2014), and Indiana University, Kelley School of Business (M.B.A. 2019).
Erik joined the Noble County Prosecutor’s Office in January 2019 as a Deputy Prosecutor handling domestic violence related cases (e.g., domestic battery, invasion of privacy, stalking) and child support establishment/enforcement. Previously, Erik served as a staff attorney for the Indiana Department of
Child Services (2015-2017) and in private practice as an associate attorney at the law firm of Myers Hockemeyer & McNagny in Columbia City (2017-2018).
Erik has called Noble County his home since moving here with his family in 2003. Since 2005, Erik has been a student at Excellence Martial Arts (Kendallville, Indiana) and currently holds the ranks of 4th Degree Black Belt, along with numerous awards and achievements. Currently, Erik lives in Noble County with his wife and daughter. In his spare time, Erik enjoys golf, ice hockey, running, reading, camping, gardening, martial arts, and playing board games.
Megan Lawson graduated from Indiana University, Maurer School of Law, cum laude, in May of 2017 after receiving her bachelor’s degree in International Studies (Middle East) from The Ohio State University. During law school, Megan worked as a legal intern at the Marion County Prosecutor’s Office
and spent two years as a Certified Legal Intern with the Monroe County Prosecutor’s Office.
While a law student, Megan spent much of her free time serving as the head coach for the Indiana University Undergraduate Mock Trial Team, which placed 5th in the nation during Megan’s 3L year. Megan joined the Allen County Prosecutor’s Office after passing the Indiana bar in October of 2017, where she worked child support, misdemeanor, and felony domestic battery cases.
She joined the Noble County Prosecutor’s Office in June of 2019 where she handles misdemeanor and traffic cases and is a member of the drug court team. Megan is passionate about being a voice for victims, bettering her community, and her four-legged, furry friends.
Leslie A. Shively is from Churubusco, Indiana. She has been a Deputy Prosecutor since January, 2013, and has handled a variety of cases ranging from traffic infractions to murder. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice from Anderson University in Anderson, Indiana, in May, 2004 and received her Juris Doctorate from Thomas M. Cooley Law School in Ann Arbor, Michigan, in May, 2012. She was admitted to the Indiana bar in October, 2012.
Prior to joining the Noble County Prosecutor’s Office, she was a Deputy Prosecutor in Elkhart County, Indiana, from January, 2013, to January, 2019.