Todd has practiced law since 2000, and is licensed in both Indiana and
Michigan. He has worked with Linda George and Kathy Farinas since 2005.
Todd manages and works on many of the firm's asbestos, toxic tort,
and lead poisoning cases.
In 2015, Todd argued before the Indiana Supreme Court in the consolidated cases
Myers v. Crouse Hinds and
General Electric vs. Geyman. Prior to these cases, asbestos product manufacturers were all but immunized
from liability in Indiana due a “statute of repose.” This
repose statute cut off victim’s rights before they were aware they
were sick. After hearing G&F’s arguments, the Indiana Supreme
Court agreed the law must be changed, ruling the statute of repose does
not apply to asbestos cases. This important decision restored the rights
of Indiana residents to hold asbestos product manufacturers responsible
for the injuries, illness, and death which they caused.
In 2010, Todd successfully argued before the Court of Appeals in
Erwin v. Roe, a case which established many rights for tenants and minor children renting
homes with lead based paint. In this case, the Court of Appeals agreed
with George & Farinas that Indiana law recognizes a duty by landlords
to warn tenants of actual and potential lead hazards on their property.
Todd has also served as the primary writer on George & Farinas appellate
briefing concerning the Indiana Construction Statute of Repose (Gill v. Evansville Sheet Metal) and Premise Owner liability for asbestos (Myers v. Bremen Casting). Both cases resulted in favorable decisions from the Appellate Courts,
protecting the rights of Indiana residents harmed by asbestos.
Todd also works on all manner of trial cases at George & Farinas, and
has extensive experience in all phases of pleadings, discovery, motion
practice, depositions, and trial. He has also worked to ensure that proposed
legislation which affects his firm’s clients is fair and necessary.
Todd's goal for every client is to maximize his or her recovery in
an honest, ethical, and timely manner. He understands the difficulties
and traumas which clients face, and the stress a lawsuit can bring. He
believes it is his job not to just know the law, but to help and counsel
injured clients and their families during difficult times.
Before moving to Indianapolis, Todd practiced law for five years in Traverse
City, Michigan. Although offered the opportunity to become a shareholder
in the firm where he worked, Todd instead chose to move to Indiana to
be with his now-wife and lifelong Indianapolis resident, Grace. Todd and
Grace live with their three children, Alex, Jacob, and Erin, three cats,
a bird, and an unknown number of fish.
+ Michigan - 1999
+ Indiana - 2005
+ Western District of Michigan - 2001
+ Central District of Illinois - 2002
+ Northern District of Indiana - 2005
+ Southern District of Indiana – 2007
+ Michigan State University, BA - 1995
+ University of Notre Dame Law School, JD - 1999
+ Indiana Bar Association
+ Indiana Trial Lawyers Association
+ American Association for Justice – Leaders Forum Member
Speaking Engagements/Volunteer Activities
+ Indiana High School Mock Trial Competition – Judge
+ Decatur High School – We the People classroom judge and speaker
+ South Bend Landlord Association - Guest Speaker on Lead Hazards and Disclosure
+ 2016 Midwest Asbestos Litigation Seminar – Speaker “Updates
to Indiana Asbestos Law”