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Last updated: 5/14/2017
Mr. Matthew James Light
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Office of the Indiana Attorney General
Chief Operating Officer
302 W Washington Street
IGCS 5th Floor
46204  United States
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(317) 232-6333 (Phone)
(317) 232-7979 (Fax)
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Matthew J. Light, Indianapolis, is the chief operating officer at the Office of the Indiana Attorney General. He first joined the AG’s Office in 2005 as a deputy attorney general in the consumer protection division and later served as the chief counsel of advisory and ADR services division, overseeing the office’s work in relation to opinions, contracts, administrative rules and public records and as advisory counsel for agencies, boards and commissions. From 2014-2017, Matt served as the OAG Chief Deputy, overseeing the office's 8 legal divisions and serving as the primary liaison to the Governor's office, state agencies, and legislature. Matt has also been an associate attorney at Park Legal LLC, a data privacy law firm; a solo practitioner; and a program development manager and instructor for TGA of Hamilton & Boone (junior golf instruction company).

Matt is a graduate of ISBA Leadership Development Academy and currently serves as chair of the Professional Legal Education, Admission & Development Section (PLEADS). He was chair of the Young Lawyers Section from 2014-2015, and he is also a member of the Governmental Practice Section. Matt served as the ISBA's young lawyer delegate to the ABA House of Delegates from 2012-2015. He received his B.A. in journalism from Indiana University in 2002 and his J.D. from the I.U. Maurer School of Law in 2005.

He was born in Muncie in 1980. He resides in Noblesville with his wife, Erin, and their two children, Savannah and Dakota.

Professional enjoyment: Opportunities to use training and skills to advocate for others and to empower them with information and options that allow them to help themselves. I’ve always been interested in attempting to resolve disputes between friends, family, acquaintances and others, and to explore ways to achieve results that are mutually beneficial or acceptable. The legal profession offers a platform for me to give back to others and to return some of the assistance and opportunities I’ve been given over the years.

Your inspiration: During high school and college I became intrigued with the way the law was used, and could be used, to resolve disputes and protect individuals’ most valued interests and assets. I also became very interested in the way the public could participate in holding elected and appointed officials accountable for applying the law and administering justice. I decided that becoming a lawyer provided the best opportunity for me to be an active participant in that process and advocate for positive change.

Why bar association involvement: I think it’s an important part of contributing to the ongoing development and enhancement of our profession. We have an obligation to provide resources, guidance and direction to our colleagues to promote ethical conduct and best practices for pursuing our clients’ and communities’ best interests. Membership and participation in the ISBA provides numerous opportunities to promote those values.

If not a lawyer: shortstop for the Cincinnati Reds or something involving sports administration, sports journalism or non-profit/parks administration

Fav hobbies: golf, baseball, basketball, tennis, biking, landscaping, writing, traveling and spending time with family.

Fav book or author and current reading: I’m currently reading David Cook’s "Seven Days in Utopia" and Bob Knight’s "The Power of Negative Thinking."

Fav vacation spot: Encinitas, Calif.

Fav food or restaurant: homemade strawberry pie via my granny, mom or wife.

Top of my bucket list: summer road trip with my family to visit all 30 MLB parks and golf at Augusta, Sawgrass and Pebble Beach.
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