Austin Malayer was born and raised in Bainbridge, Indiana. Austin attended North Putnam High School and graduated in 2008. While at North Putnam, Austin was an all-conference outside linebacker on the football team. Austin was chosen to play in the Wabash Valley Football Coaches Association All-Star Game in 2008. Austin was also an all-conference member of the North Putnam golf team. Austin is still an avid golfer and plays in numerous Putnam County charity golf events such as the Mary Allison Children’s Trust, the Greencastle Chamber of Commerce and the Putnam County Purdue Alumni Association outings. Austin was also a 10-year 4-H member, exhibiting cattle and sheep in the Putnam County Fair, the Indiana State Fair and numerous Open Shows across the country.
Austin earned his bachelor’s degree from DePauw University in 2012. While at DePauw, Austin played football and majored in Political Science. Austin also traveled extensively, visiting Belgium, Germany, the Czech Republic, the Netherlands and Italy. During these trips he studied the structure and operation of those governments and the European Union. Austin also interned with a trial court judge in 2010.
Austin completed his first year of Law School at Valparaiso University, where he was accepted as a member of the Valparaiso Law Review. In 2013, Austin transferred to Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law, where he earned his J.D. in 2015. During his law school career, Austin interned with the Indiana Court of Appeals, the Indiana Secretary of State and a distinguished Putnam County Attorney. After graduating from law school, Austin was certified by the Supreme Court of Indiana as a certified Graduate Intern, allowing him to work directly on numerous criminal cases in Putnam County prior to admission to the bar. Austin was admitted to the Indiana Bar on September 28, 2015.