From humble beginnings, come great things…


Montgomery, Elsner & Pardieck traces its roots in this community to 1885, when Oscar H. Montgomery opened his office in Seymour, Indiana. Several years later, he was joined in the practice by his son, T. Harlan Montgomery. Like their father before them, Richard H. Montgomery and Henry Montgomery practiced law with their father, T. Harlan Montgomery. In 1964, Margarett S. Pardieck joined the Montgomery firm to form Montgomery & Pardieck.

In 1907, Edward P. Elsner Sr. established the Elsner firm, also in Seymour, Indiana. Joined by his son, Edward P. Elsner Jr. in 1949, the Elsner firm continued to serve Jackson County and the surrounding communities.

In 1970, the Montgomery & Pardieck firm and the Elsner firm merged . . . the rest is history.

Today, Montgomery, Elsner & Pardieck continues to serve both business and individual clients in Jackson County, and throughout southern Indiana. Both Richard H. Montgomery and Edward P. Elsner Jr. remained active in the practice of law until their deaths. In 2004, the firm opened an office in Madison, Indiana, to better serve the southeastern Indiana communities.

Over the past century, the firm has represented many corporate, individual and governmental clients, including serving as attorney for the Seymour Community Schools for over fifty (50) years. The firm has provided continuous representation of Jackson County Bank and has had an attorney on the bank’s Board of Directors to 2009.

Montgomery, Elsner & Pardieck’s tradition of legal services and its ties to the people, businesses, and community have long been a source of pride to the attorneys in the firm. In fact, many businesses and families have been represented by the firm for over four (4) generations. Although the faces in the firm have changed, the tradition of providing quality representation and excellent client service that was the impetus of the original Montgomery and Elsner firms, still drives the firm today.

Community Involvement

Through the years, Montgomery, Elsner & Pardieck has actively supported the communities in which we live and work. Whether the gifts are time, talent, or financial in nature, the firm and its attorneys and staff have found numerous ways to enhance the communities we call home.

In one instance, the firm supported the expansion of the Seymour Public Library by sponsoring a children’s reading room for use by library patrons. In another, former Partner, Richard H. Montgomery, created a trust to provide for the planting of trees to beautify the downtown Seymour area.

Many of the attorneys also serve as directors, officers, or committee members for various civic and service organizations, foundations, arts and education programs, charitable and community organizations. The following are just some of the organizations we have assisted in our communities: Boys & Girls Club of Seymour, The Community Foundation of Jackson County, Girls, Inc., Jackson County Industrial Development Commission, Jackson Lodge #146 F&AM, Seymour Chamber of Commerce, Seymour Industrial Corporation, and Southern Indiana Center for the Arts.

In addition, the attorneys and staff of Montgomery, Elsner & Pardieck participate in numerous community events including Relay for Life, March of Dimes Walk for Life, and United Way Annual Fund Drive; and, are active members of many more community-minded organizations.

Pro bono legal work is also important to Montgomery, Elsner & Pardieck, as many of our attorneys devote their time, talents, and expertise to pro bono legal work in our communities. Whether the work is through Legal Services of Indiana, Inc. or for one of many civic, religious or charitable foundations or organizations, our attorneys believe in investing in our communities.

The attorneys and staff at Montgomery, Elsner & Pardieck have also invested their time and talents in the youth of our communities by participating in events such as “Real World Seymour Career Day,” a presentation for eighth grade students that highlights the skills needed for jobs in our community; 21st Century Business, a program that highlights basic financial skills; and “Ask Me What’s Great About America,” also a presentation for eighth grade students, that emphasizes the importance of the Bill of Rights.

At Montgomery, Elsner & Pardieck, we’re proud of the contributions the firm, our attorneys and our staff have made to our communities. Helping people . . . it’s what we do.