James David Grund has made it official to me: He will seek another six-year term as judge of Miami County Superior Court 1.
His announcement — made during a series of email interviews for this column — was no surprise. It became clear during the interviews he would like to spend the rest of his legal career serving as a superior court judge.
That Grund — known as David — has carved out a legal career is no surprise, either. He is a fourth generation member in a family steeped in the practice of law.
“It had been a goal of mine since an early age,” Grund, 43, says when asked when he decided to follow in his father’s footsteps. “That goal was more solidified with my father’s passing.”
He is referring to James H. Grund, who was shot to death at the age of 47 in the family home on Aug. 3, 1992. David’s stepmother at the time, Susan Grund, was tried for and found guilty of murder and is now serving a 60-year sentence.
The Grund legal connection in Miami County is extensive, going back to David’s great-grandfather, Circuit Court Judge Hurd J. Hurst, who was also an Indiana state senator. And the uncle of one of Grund’s grandfathers, Frank Dice, was also judge of the Miami County Circuit Court.
David’s other grandfather, James A. Grund, had served as a deputy prosecutor for Walter Bixler before being elected prosecutor in 1970 and serving two terms.
David’s father, known as Jimmy, had served as a deputy for his dad — David’s grandfather — through most, if not all of his eight years. Following in his father’s footsteps, Jimmy was elected prosecutor in 1978, but he was defeated for re-election by Wil Siders.
Asked if his father’s death affected his goal to be an attorney, David responded: “I would say that it left me with a greater sense of determination due to my loss and the fact that he and I were working on my admittance to law school at the time.”