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A former Bartholomew County judge said he will close his local law practice within the next two months to pursue a new career.

Rod McGillivray said he plans to devote his time and energies into a natural supplements company he owns with his wife, Dr. Katrina McGillivray. The company is making inroads into the Indonesia and Asian markets.

The couple opened Cypress Wellness Center in 2009 on Carr Hill Road in Columbus. The center combines holistic and traditional medical treatments.

McGillivray informed Bartholomew Circuit Judge Stephen Heimann of his plans after the judge declared him in contempt of court last week.

Heimann had just sentenced one of McGillivray’s clients, Calvin Watkins, to 15 years in prison for dealing in methamphetamine.

Heimann then declared McGillivray in contempt for what the judge called a ongoing problem of missing court hearings.

While McGillivray claimed he had misread the time for an earlier sentencing hearing for Watkins in February, Heimann noted he had made the same claim concerning another hearing in a different court the same day.

Although McGillivray was found in contempt, Heimann said he would not sanction the attorney because he is voluntarily giving up his practice. Also, Watkins told Heimann he was satisfied in the manner in which McGillivray handled his defense.

Republican McGillivray had been a county judge himself, elected to a six-year term in 2002. He lost in 2008 in a rematch with then-Democrat Kitty Coriden, who is running this year as a Republican.

His law license was briefly suspended last summer by the Indiana Supreme Court for failing to live up to continuing education requirements.

Blaming paperwork delays for the Supreme Court’s action, McGillivray said he did what he thought was the required number of classes in February. However, he told reporters he had just discovered he was required to complete another hour.

McGillivray resigned last July as legal counsel for the Bartholomew County Council, a position he had held for two years.

After his license was reinstated late last summer, McGillivray served several months as a public defender.

Next up: A life outside the courtroom.

“I’m looking forward to the change,” he said.

Rod McGillivray

2002: Republican won six-year-term as judge for Bartholomew County Superior Court, defeating incumbent Kitty Coriden.

2008: McGillivray lost in rematch with Coriden. Returned to private practice.

February 2011: Hired as attorney for Bartholomew County Council.

June 2013: Law license suspended by Indiana Supreme Court for failure to live up to continuing education requirements.

July 2013: McGillivray resigns as attorney for the Bartholomew County Council; law license reinstated.

March 2014: McGillivray announced that he is giving up his law practice to focus on a natural supplements business he owns with his wife.

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