DONALD B. KITE, SR.
Donald B. Kite, Sr. has been Of Counsel with the Wuertz Law Office, LLC, since December of 2012. In 1982, he graduated from Loyola College of Maryland with a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy, and in 1986 he received his law degree from Indiana University School of Law at Indianapolis. After Don’s graduation from law school, he served as a Deputy Attorney General in the Appellate Section of the Indiana Attorney General’s Office before serving federal clerkships for Magistrate Judge Kennard Foster (1988 to 1990), and Senior District Judges James E. Noland (1990 to 1992) and William E. Steckler (1992 to 1995). After his clerkships, Don has practiced law in Indianapolis and throughout the State of Indiana. Don’s practice focuses on civil litigation including insurance defense, insurance coverage, the defense of municipalities, and appellate practice.
In 2007, Don co-authored Federal Justice in Indiana, the history of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana, with Butler University History Professor George Geib. In 2010 Don authored several biographical sketches of various Indiana Supreme Court justices for Justices of the Indiana Supreme Court. Thereafter, Don authored several biographical sketches for Indiana’s 200: The People Who Shaped the Hoosier State, which was published in 2015 in celebration of the Bicentennial of Indiana Statehood.
In 2005, Don was the recipient of the Defense Trial Counsel of Indiana’s Defense Lawyer of the Year Award. In 2007, he received the Indianapolis Bar Association’s Dr. John Morton Finney, Jr. Award for Excellence in Legal Education. In 2014, Don received ‘The Phil Smith Above and Beyond Award’ from Dr. Nikki Woodson, Superintendent of the Metropolitan School District of Washington Township (Indianapolis). Don has been a member of the Indiana, Indianapolis, Federal and Seventh Circuit bar associations, as well as the Historical Society of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana and the Indianapolis Law Club. He is presently a member of the Defense Trial Counsel of Indiana, where he has served as Chair of the Amicus Committee since January of 2012.
Don was elected to the Washington Township (Indianapolis, Indiana) School Board in May of 2006, and he was reelected in May of 2010 and November of 2015. He has served as Board President for a total of three years and with the exception of one year he has been an officer during his entire tenure on the Board. For several years prior to his election to the School Board, Don was actively involved in Washington Township Schools, serving as president or co-president of the Greenbriar Elementary School Dads’ Club, the Westlane Middle School PTO, the North Central High School PTO, and the Washington Township Parent Council. Don was also a member of the Washington Township Schools Foundation Board and he served as Secretary of the Parent Advisory Council. Additionally, Don chaired or co-chaired several District-wide committees or task forces including committees which made recommendations to the School Board or Superintendent regarding middle school redistricting, middle school improvement, and proposed improvements to or replacements of Township facilities.
Don and his wife Grace, who is an educator and artist, have been married for over thirty years. They are the parents of three children and the grandparents of two lovely and talented granddaughters.