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Michael F. Ward

Michael F. “Mick” Ward 


Michael F. “Mick” Ward started practicing in 1973 with an older, respected attorney who had recently separated his practice from that of a large regional firm. The new firm of Rudy & Ward focused primarily on estate planning and administration, business and real estate matters; and the mentoring he received, and then honesty and integrity which characterized that business relationship, set the standard for Mick’s future professional life.

In 1983, Mick formed Ward & Bolin with a law school friend. That practice allowed him to focus to an even greater extent on the preferred areas of practice that he still pursues.

After a short stint as a solo practitioner, in December, 1998, Mick was invited to form Ward, Tyler & Scott, which melded his established business, estate and real estate practice with a largely insurance-defense practice, and grew to thirteen lawyers before his departure to form Ward & King, LLC in March, 2008. That firm later became Ward King Agnew, LLC, and in July of 2013 merged with Lorch & Naville, LLC.

After his formal retirement at the end of 2018, Mick will continue to be involved in some ongoing matters and to serve in an advisory capacity to the firm as it continues to serve Mick’s numerous loyal clients.

Mick has been president of the Floyd County Bar Association and of the Southern Indiana Estate Planning Council. As a matter of civic involvement, he has written various articles in local publications concerning estate planning and business matters and has made numerous presentations regarding his areas of practice to local organizations or groups.

Outside the office, Mick enjoys time with his wife Carol, a retired teacher and accomplished bridge player; his daughter Kristi (also a teacher); his daughter Katy (a veterinarian); and son Cory (who works for a local trailer sales and service company) and their families. Mick has been a scuba divemaster since 1994 and has traveled extensively pursuing that passion and a more recent interest in free diving/spearfishing. He enjoys downhill skiing and hiking and has travelled in pursuit of those passions as well. Other travel, occasional golf, working in the woods surrounding their home in Southern Indiana hills and remodeling an old cottage keep him busy at other times.

Mick subscribes to the theory that, in life in general, and particularly in the legal business, honesty and integrity are paramount; that, without either, both life and the practice of law would be a lot more difficult.

Michael F. Ward – Member (Retired December 31, 2018)
Areas of Practice:
Estate Planning, Estate Administration, Real Estate, Corporate