Eric D. Blackman represents the sixth generation of his family to live and work in Noble County. He is a 1990 graduate of East Noble High School, and earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in 1994 from Valparaiso University. After running two local retail businesses in Kendallville, he attended and received his Juris Doctor degree from the Valparaiso University School of Law in 2000. After graduating from law school, he served for two years as a Deputy Prosecuting Attorney in Lake County before moving back to Kendallville to join Mike Yoder as an associate partner in his law firm. In 2003, he began serving as a Deputy Prosecuting Attorney in Noble County. He held that position until 2010, when he left to open his own law practice and also served as a Public Defender.

Eric lives in Kendallville with his wife, Jennifer, and their two daughters, Macy and Erin. Jennifer is President of the Board of Directors of Life and Family Services, and is active in the Tri Kappa Sorority. They attend the Immaculate Conception Church in Kendallville. Eric is also an officer with the Kendallville Rotary Club, a member of the Noble County Bar Association, and a member of the Knights of Columbus.

As Prosecuting Attorney, Eric is committed to working with law enforcement to provide training, education, and support so that they can build the strongest possible cases against criminals. He also believes that the Prosecutor’s Office must be held to the highest ethical and professional standards.

Eric believes the following philosophy regarding the role of the Prosecutor:

“Prosecutors, as lawyers and officers of the Court, have special ethical responsibilities to seek justice. In some cases, this is accomplished by vigorous prosecution and seeking a maximum sentence. In others, it may mean reaching a plea agreement that calls for both a punishment and the opportunity for rehabilitation. It has been said that there can be no justice without mercy. A wise prosecutor must know the difference between what he can do and what he should do.”