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Todd C. Barsumian

Todd C. Barsumian was named an Indiana Super Lawyer in 2018 and 2019 by Super Lawyers in the area of Plaintiff's Personal Injury. Previously, he was selected by Super Lawyers as an Indiana Rising Star in 2009, 2011, 2012 and 2013. 

Todd was selected to The National Trial Lawyers Association: Top 40 under 40 for the State of Indiana.  The National Trial Lawyers Association named Todd a “Top 100 Civil Plaintiff’s Attorney” in the State of Indiana.  Todd is also a recipient of the Top 100 Attorneys Lifetime Achievement Award in Indiana and was selected to the National Association of Distinguished Counsel Nation's Top 1 Percent. 

Todd started his legal career at the Evansville law firm of Kahn, Dees, Donovan & Kahn, LLP, where he was a litigation partner typically hired to defend claims brought by the injured, including multiple cases that made it to the Indiana Supreme Court. He chaired the Defense Trial Counsel of Indiana's Product Liability Section in 2007 and served on DTCI's Board of Directors from 2008 to 2010.  

In 2010, Todd started Barsumian Law, working as an Evansville personal injury attorney from 2010 to 2013. In 2013, Todd returned to his roots, opening an office in his hometown of Newburgh and working as a Newburgh personal injury attorney ever since. Since 2000, Todd has also been licensed in Kentucky, where he has handled cases from trial courts up to the Kentucky Supreme Court. In 2018 Todd opened an office in Fishers, Indiana.

Todd has an exceptionally wide range of litigation experience. He successfully represented a severely injured child in a negligence and product liability case that prompted a national recall of a product purchased off the shelf of a Tri-State retailer. He once defended corporations in similar cases and counseled manufacturers on product safety and recall issues.

After beginning his career as an Evansville personal injury lawyer, Todd immediately took on a trucking company on behalf of his trucker-client whose semi was struck on Highway 41 by a semi that was unable to stop while hauling a trailer full of industrial paper rolls. Shortly thereafter, Todd handled two separate medical malpractice cases in Kentucky. The first of these claims was against a plastic surgeon on behalf of a client who was left with horrible and permanent scarring after an elective procedure. The second of these claims was against a pharmacist and pharmacy on behalf of a client left with bilateral vestibular impairment after the prescription, dosing, and monitoring of an aminoglycoside antibiotic known as gentamicin.

Since opening his Newburgh office and practice as a Newburgh personal injury lawyer, Todd handled a case on behalf of his Illinois client whose work vehicle was struck by a semi in Mt. Vernon, Indiana. He has also continued to use his knowledge of automobile insurance company defense tactics to benefit his motor vehicle accident clients throughout southwestern Indiana and western Kentucky. 

On two recent occasions, Todd has brought lawsuits on behalf of the Estates of nursing home residents in Kentucky: one client suffered dehydration, renal failure and metabolic acidosis ending in death and the other suffered a broken humeral head during a fall from her bed. Todd reviewed thousands of pages of records in pain-staking detail and worked with nursing home experts to formulate arguments as to breaches in standards of care and worked with a forensic pathologist to formulate a strong argument on the cause of death being other than his client's advanced age and other medical conditions. 

To aid in the presentation of arguments, Todd often charts his client’s medical care to help effectively demonstrate a pattern of neglect to nursing home representatives. 

Unfortunately for the injured, Indiana has legislated medical review panels that greatly delay the litigation process in medical malpractice cases. Fortunately for citizens of the Commonwealth of Kentucky, Kentucky's Supreme Court found nearly identical medical review panel legislation to be unconstitutional.

Shortly after starting his Newburgh personal injury law practice, Todd was part of the trial team for a Gibson County man who was severely injured when the vehicle he was traveling in was struck by another vehicle that had disregarded a stop sign on a county road. After settling the case with the other driver’s insurance company, Todd and his co-counsel turned to his client’s own insurance company demanding the full policy limits of his underinsured motorist policy. When the company refused to offer little more than the man’s medical expenses, they took the case to trial in Princeton and recovered their client’s full policy limits, roughly twice what had been offered.

More recently, Todd has been co-counsel in a product liability case in Henderson, Kentucky involving catastrophic burn injuries caused by a product recalled by the consumer product safety commission. Product manufacturers and retailers often blame the victims of their defective products, but thanks to the consumer product safety commission and others, statistics and emerging patterns of serious injuries and deaths are cataloged and often show that these burn incidents are no accident.

In addition to personal injury and product liability, Todd’s litigation experience includes a fraud claim involving the authenticity of marginal notations claimed to have been made by Leonardo da Vinci. Also, before he turned his attention to near full-time personal injury law, in 2011 Todd helped a local manufacturer obtain a six-figure negligence and nuisance jury verdict and judgment in an 8-day jury trial against a Kentucky municipality and its water and sewer utility for damages sustained by the manufacturer arising out of flooding caused by a poorly maintained creek channel. Facing this legal challenge, the local government also contemporaneously cleaned up the creek channel which once routinely flooded, but now stays in its banks during the heaviest of downpours.

Education

J.D., Drake University Law School, Des Moines, Iowa
Honors: With Honors Law Review: Drake University Law Review, 1997 - 1998

B.A., Hanover College, Hanover, 1995
Major: History

Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice Indiana
Kentucky
U.S. District Court Northern District of Indiana
U.S. District Court Southern District of Indiana
U.S. District Court Western District of Kentucky
U.S. Court of Appeals 7th Circuit
U.S. Supreme Court
U.S. District Court Northern District of Florida
Professional & Bar Association Memberships

Evansville Bar Association

Kentucky Bar Association

Indiana Trial Lawyers Association

Kentucky Justice Association

American Association for Justice

Speaker and Presentations

ICLEF: The Law of Experts in Indiana

DTCI: Electronic Discovery

DTCI: The Economic Loss Rule

DTCI: Legislative Update

NBI: Handling Underinsured Motorist Claims in Indiana

NBI: Advanced Civil Litigation Skills in Indiana

  • Authentication and Admission of Social Media, Smart Phone and Email Evidence
  • Introducing Complex Case Themes During Opening Statements
  • Presenting Technical Expert Testimony to the Jury
  • Addressing Weakness in Your Case in Closing Statements

Published Works
Note, Bail Bondsmen and Bounty Hunters: Re-Examining the Right to Recapture, 47 Drake L. Rev. 877, 1999
Honors and Awards
  • CALI Award for Constitutional Law
  • Mortar Board (Tassels Chapter)
  • Law Review
  • National Trial Lawyers Top 40 Under 40 Indiana Injury
  • National Trial Lawyers Top 100 Indiana Injury
  • America's Top 100 Attorneys Indiana
  • National Association of Distinguished Counsel Top 1 %
  • Indiana Super Lawyer 2018-2019
  • Indiana Rising Star 2009, 2011-2013
Past Employment Positions
  • Kahn, Dees, Donovan & Kahn, LLP, Litigation partner
Ancillary Businesses
  • Past Assistant City Attorney for City of Evansville, Indiana
Client Reviews
★★★★★
He went beyond the scope to investigate certain details that ended up being crucial, that had been missed by all others who had worked on this case prior. It is not possible to give a high enough commendation to him. We could not have asked for more capable hands to be in. If a reason to need counsel presents itself in the future, we will have to look no further than his office. If you are reading this review, you have found your lawyer! Shelie
★★★★★
Todd worked on a personal injury case for my family, walking us through all the legal jargon and process. We were very worried about everything, and his personal style and professionalism helped us through an extremely difficult time. Todd's integrity is beyond reproach. Anonymous
★★★★★
Todd is an amazing attorney and an even better person. He went above and beyond to help us win our case. We had obstacle after obstacle and he never slowed down in working for us! There is no question, if we never needed an attorney again, he will be our go to guy!! Kayla