Todd Barnes, Associate Attorney

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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.

Bar Admissions:

+ Michigan - 1999

+ Indiana - 2005

+ Western District of Michigan - 2001

+ Central District of Illinois - 2002

+ Northern District of Indiana - 2005

+ Southern District of Indiana – 2007

Education:

+ Michigan State University, BA - 1995

+ University of Notre Dame Law School, JD - 1999

Member:

+ 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 Obligations

+ 2016 Midwest Asbestos Litigation Seminar – Speaker “Updates to Indiana Asbestos Law”

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