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Todd C. Barsumian

Todd C. Barsumian was selected by Indiana Super Lawyers as a Rising Star in 2009, 2011, 2012 and 2013. The Rising Star designation is an honor bestowed on no more than 2.5 percent of the lawyers in the State of Indiana by their peers. Also in 2012, Todd was selected to The National Trial Lawyers Association: Top 40 under 40 for the State of Indiana. In 2016, The National Trial Lawyers Association named Todd a “Top 100 Civil Plaintiff’s Attorney” in the State of Indiana.

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. In 2010, he 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.

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 and now Kentucky have enacted legislation that greatly delays the litigation process by requiring medical review panels. Indiana has stringent caps on the amount of damages that may be recovered in medical malpractice cases, although Kentucky has to this point refused to restrict jurors via government mandate from using their common sense to award damages they believe to fully and fairly compensate the injured.

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. Todd is currently investigating another case involving severe burns caused by a sparkler that ignited so violently his client was unable to get his hand away from the flames after lighting it, suffering severe burns in the process. A similar sparkler was recalled two years prior and time will tell whether this product was manufactured and sold in violation of the recall. 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
Current Member

Indiana Bar Association
Current Member

Kentucky Bar Association
Current Member

Defense Trial Counsel of Indiana
Past Member
Past Board of Directors Member 2008-2010

Defense Trial Counsel of Indiana Product Liability Section
Past Chair in 2007

Indiana Trial Lawyers Association
Current Member

Kentucky Justice Association
Current Member

American Association for Justice
Current Member

The National Trial Lawyers
Past Top 40 Under 40
Current Top 100 Civil Plaintiff’s in Indiana
Current Member

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)
Past Employment Positions
  • Kahn, Dees, Donovan & Kahn, LLP, Litigation partner
Ancillary Businesses
  • Past Assistant City Attorney for City of Evansville, Indiana