While growing up, he got some “real life” experience, working at a Shell service station and in the kitchen at Wendy’s. In the summer, he toiled at United Technologies and Bryan Steam.
Grund attended Indiana University from 1988-1992, earning a degree in criminal justice, with a minor in sociology. He got his law degree from IU in 1997.
Upon graduation, he served from 1998-2008 as deputy and chief deputy prosecuting attorney, and at the same time was the county attorney. In the prosecutor’s office he tried all levels of felony offense.
In 2007, he entered private practice, working with his grandfather and his father’s law partner, Don Fern. His private practice included family law, civil litigation, business organization, property law, municipal law and estate planning.
He was elected to his Superior Court seat in 2009, defeating incumbent Dan Banina by 34 votes.
Asked what he believes is the toughest part of being a judge, he replied: “The emotional aspect for both myself and litigants in making determinations of the utmost importance in persons’ lives.”
Grund believes the greatest difference between sitting on the bench and practicing law as an attorney is that “conceptually a judge approaches or analyzes legal issues from a completely different vantage point. A judge analyzes a particular issue fairly and impartially, seeing both sides of an issue. An attorney or advocate focuses on his or her client’s individual legal position or strength and presents that single position or argument. …
“In order to fairly adjudicate a particular controversy, one must be able to step back, put himself in the shoes of each litigant, understand their viewpoint along with the basis therefore, and then, and only then, apply the law to the facts and make a fair and impartial determination.”
The conceptual difference between being a judge and practicing law has surprised him the most since donning the robes, he said. He also was surprised initially at how different a judge is perceived by his colleagues and others.