Laura J. Gard


Laura J. Gard

T 317-638-4521 ext. 7106


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As Kightlinger & Gray’s Director of Marketing and Business Development, Laura oversees regional business development, marketing and communications strategies for Kightlinger & Gray across its five offices. Laura works closely with the firm’s Management Committee, as well as all attorneys within and the chairs of the firm’s various practice groups.  Within this role, Laura leads a team of professionals committed to providing the firm with quality practice support, client development and strategic planning, including competitive market research.  Additionally, together with her team, she directs event planning, branding, public relationship and internal and digital communications.

As Kightlinger & Gray’s Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Laura works with the firm’s Management Committee and leads the DEI taskforce to develop and implement programs, initiatives and services that promote, monitor and facilitate DEI integration at all levels of the firm with a constant focus on the objective of increasing diversity within the firm and inclusivity within the firm culture.

Prior to entering these roles with Kightlinger & Gray, Laura was a Partner in the firm’s Merrillville office where she litigated matters of insurance defense, most commonly within Employment, Worker’s Compensation, Auto-Defense, and Premises Liability areas of law. Additionally, she previously held an in-house counsel position with ProAssurance managing nationwide Professional Liability Coverage Litigation and providing support to the claims professionals and department leaders with regard to complex coverage issues.

In addition to her professional career, Laura is actively involved in the Women in the Law and Diversity for Success sections of DRI as well as the Legal Marketing Association. She is an avid natural light photographer, enjoys live music and spending time with her family.

  • "Strategies to Fight Gender Bias in the Boardroom and the Courtroom", DRI, Women in the Law Seminar, January 2022
  • "Network-work-work-work", DRI Raising the Bar, June, 2019
  • "Finding Your Ticket to the Major Leagues," DRI Raising the Bar, June 2017

Defense Research Institute (DRI)

  • Women in the Law, Seminar Planning Committee (2019 - Present) and Committee Engagement Subcommittee (2023-2024)
  • Diversity For Success, Steering Committee (2016 - 2023)
  • Young Lawyers, Steering Committee (2014 - 2019)

Legal Marketing Association (LMA)

  • Diversity SIG Member (2022 - Present)
  • Midwest Regional Chapter, Conference Planning Committee (2023-Present)

Society of Human Resources Management

  • Northwest Indiana, Local Chapter (2019 - Present)

Defense Trial Counsel of Indiana

  • Board of Editors, Editor (2015 - Present)


  • Chicago’s Diversity Scholarship Foundation First Generations Law Student Mentor-Mentee Program – Mentor (2021-2023)


    Indianapolis One Indiana Square, Suite 300
    211 North Pennsylvania Street
    Indianapolis, IN 46204
    Tel: 317-638-4521
    Fax: 317-636-5917
    Merrillville Merrillville Corporate Center
    8001 Broadway, Suite 100
    Merrillville, IN 46410
    Tel: 219-769-0413
    Fax: 219-769-0798
    Evansville 915 Main Street, Suite 409
    Evansville, IN 47708
    Tel: 812-474-4400
    Fax: 812-474-4414
    New Albany Bonterra Building, Suite 200
    3620 Blackiston Boulevard
    New Albany, IN 47150
    Tel: 812-949-2300
    Fax: 812-949-8556
    Louisville 312 South Fourth Street
    Suite 700
    Louisville, KY 40202
    Tel: 502-442-2295
    Fax: 502-442-2703

Practice Areas

  • Seton Hall University School of Law, Juris Doctor 2009
  • Purdue University, B.S. Management 2006
  • Illinois, 2009
  • Indiana, 2010
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Indiana
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Indiana
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit
  • Illinois Workers Compensation Commission

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