Chris Lane, Prosecuting Attorney

Chris Lane is currently the elected Prosecutor in Floyd County after being selected by the Floyd County Republican Party to succeed longtime Prosecutor Keith Henderson in August of 2020. Prior to becoming Prosecutor, Lane was Floyd County Chief Deputy for over three years. 

Lane was raised in New Albany and graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and Communications from IU Southeast in 1995.  He received a Master of Science in social work in 1997 and graduated with a Juris Doctor, cum laude from Capital University Law School in 2003.

He was admitted to law practice in Indiana in 2003, Kentucky in 2005 and worked in the Prosecutor’s Office from 2005 to 2009 before returning in 2017 in the role of Chief Deputy Prosecutor for Henderson.  As the Chief Deputy, Lane handled all major criminal litigation, including murder, domestic violence, and major drug offenses.  He also had the responsibility to manage major provisions in the office budget and provided continuing education to law enforcement agencies.

Prior to his service as a Prosecuting Attorney, Lane had a private law practice where he litigated complex governmental legislation and financial issues in State and Federal Court.  He also previously served as the Greenville Town Attorney, the attorney for the Floyd County Council and as a member of the Floyd County Election Board. 

He and his wife, Dr. Christina Lane, live in New Albany Township with their four children.  Dr. Lane owns Growing Kids Pediatrics, a local medical practice with 20 employees.  Chris and Christy are active members of Southeast Christian Church and are both marathon runners. 

Evan Bardach, Chief Deputy Prosecuting Attorney

Evan Bardach graduated from Indiana University in 2010. At Indiana, he was a member of the Indiana Hoosiers Track and Cross Country teams, where he was an All American in Track. He was named Academic All Big Ten multiple times and received the Scholastic Achievement Award, for having the highest cumulative grade point average on the Cross Country team. He also served on the Student Athlete Advisory Committee, while at Indiana University.

Bardach attended the Indiana University McKinney School of Law where he graduated in 2013. While in law school, Bardach clerked for the Honorable William Hughes, Hamilton County Superior Court 3 and current Indiana Court of Appeals Judge, Robert Altice, Marion County Superior Court Criminal Division 2. Bardach also served as a certified legal intern for the Marion County Prosecutors Office and was a Summer Associate for the law firm, Church, Church, Hittle and Antrim, in Noblesville, Indiana.

Bardach was admitted to the Indiana Bar in 2013. Bardach was a Deputy Prosecutor with the Harrison County Prosecutors Office after being admitted to the Bar in 2013. He served as a Deputy Prosecutor, where he has successfully earned Jury Trial convictions on cases ranging from A and B misdemeanors, all the way up to B felonies. He was also the Head IV-D Prosecutor.

Bardach was Chief Deputy Prosecutor in Crawford County from 2015 through 2018. He handled and tried all levels and types of cases, including Murder cases. Bardach oversaw the Office Administration and made the charging decisions on all cases.

Bardach started in the Floyd County Prosecutors Office in January of 2019. He was promoted by Keith Henderson to First Felony Prosecutor in September of 2019. He was appointed Chief Deputy Prosecutor in October of 2020 by Chris Lane. He currently handles the Superior Court 3 case load, while overseeing all the Deputy Prosecutors.

Bardach serves on the board for the House of New Beginnings, Halfway House. He is a member of St. Mary’s of the Knobs Catholic Church and serves on the Circle of Love Meals Committee. Evan is married to Courtney Bardach (Freiberger), who graduated from Providence High School in 2005 and is the Head Girls Track and Field Coach at Floyd Central High School.

Elizabeth Stigdon, First Felony Deputy Prosecutor

Liz joins the office with ten years of experience as a Deputy Prosecutor. Liz has a wide range of trial experience from felony drug dealing cases to felony Domestic Battery and Operating While Intoxicated prosecutions. She was previously the Domestic Violence and Child Support Prosecutor for Scott County and was most recently a member of the Ohio Valley Crime Suppression Task Force for the Jefferson County Prosecutor’s Office where she handled various case types.

Liz is a graduate of the University of Indianapolis where she ran track. She has enjoyed coaching track from middle school to the collegiate level at Hanover College. She completed law school at Indiana University School of Law-Indianapolis where she met her husband Josh. Josh is an attorney with Houston, Thompson, and Lewis, PC. They have two children together and enjoy boating and any time spent together doing outdoor activities.

Justin B. Brown, Lead Misdemeanor Deputy Prosecutor

  • Floyd County Deputy Prosecutor 2017-Present
  • Indiana Department of Child Services: 2016-2017
  • Jones Ward, PLC: 2015-2016Dinsmore & Shohl, LLP: 2014-2015
  • Admitted to practice: 2015-Indiana, 2014-Kentucky
  • University Of Louisville –Louis D. Brandeis School of Law, J.D., 2014,cum laude
  • Western Kentucky University, B.A. in History, 2008,cum laude

Matthew E. Ely, Deputy Prosecutor

  • Floyd County Deputy Prosecutor 2003-Present
  • Admitted to practice: 2003-Indiana
  • University of Toledo College of Law, J.D., 2003
  • Indiana University Bloomington, B.A. in History, and B.A. in Political Science, 1997

Jerome F. Jacobi, Deputy Prosecutor

  • Floyd County Deputy Prosecutor 2016-Present
  • Admitted to practice: 1979-Indiana
  • University of Dayton School of Law, J.D., 1979

Amanda Kelly, Deputy Prosecutor

  • Floyd County Deputy Prosecutor 2019-Present
  • Admitted to practice: 2018-Indiana
  • Regent University School of Law, J.D., 2017
  • James Madison University, B.A. in Political Science, 2014

Gretchen Ragains, Deputy Prosecutor

  • Floyd County Deputy Prosecutor 2021-Present
  • Admitted to practice: 2016-Kentucky, 2021-Indiana
  • University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law, J.D., 2016
  • Indiana University Bloomington, B.A. in Spanish, 2012
  • Louisville Metro Public Defender 2016-2021

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