President J. Todd Spurgeon, New Albany, is a partner at the firm Kightlinger & Gray in its New Albany office. He is a member of the Floyd County, Indiana State (President, 2018-2019, board of governors, 2012-14; chair, Young Lawyers Section, 2008-09; member of various other committees) and American (member, house of delegates, 2005-08, 2015-present; member, Litigation Section) bar associations. He is also a member of the Defense Research Institute, Defense Trial Counsel of Indiana and the Sherman Minton American Inn of Court. In his community, Todd is active with the Junior Achievement of Kentuckiana (board of directors) and the New Albany Lions Club. He received his A.B. from Wabash College in 1996 and his J.D. from I.U. Mauer School of Law in 1999.
Professional enjoyment: There are so many things. The clients and their stories and situations, the attorneys and their personalities and skills, the interaction with juries. Although many of my cases are similar in nature, no two cases are the same, and each presents its own unique set of circumstances to work through. Not every day is sunshine and rainbows, but on the whole, I enjoy most of what I do a great deal.
Your inspiration: After a failed college physics test or two, engineering was out the window. I had grown up admiring lawyers and judges I knew in my family along with those I had seen in the community. I felt the legal field gave me the best chance to be in a position to be successful professionally as well as to be able to serve the community as a whole.
Why bar association involvement: I was "drafted" into bar involvement by a mentor of mine, Sam Day. I am still thankful for that. The networking, both socially and professionally, is priceless. The knowledge base of the other members is a wonderful source of practice advice and guidance. It also gives me the unique opportunity to meet new, interesting people from all over the state in practice areas I would not otherwise have a chance to interact with. Through my involvement in the ISBA, I have also seen firsthand how the Association works to provide great service to its members as well as to the public.
If not a lawyer: no doubt, a funeral director – my family has been in the business for more than 100 years.
Fav hobbies: spending time on the lake, running, following my children’s endeavors. Fav book or author and current reading: Admittedly, I don’t read much apart from work, but I really enjoyed Band of Brothers by Stephen E. Ambrose. Fav vacation spot: Disney World or the Florida Keys. Fav food or restaurant: Big Boy. Top of my bucket list: I don't really have a bucket list, but I have always wanted to take a few weeks for an RV trip out West through the national parks.