Nadine E. McSpadden

Of Counsel Indianapolis


Nadine is an experienced appellate advocate, litigator, and advisor. She has been the lead attorney on many appeals in the Indiana Court of Appeals and Supreme Court, and has also practiced in multiple federal Circuit Courts of Appeals. She has unique insight and advice to offer clients, having served as the Senior Judicial Clerk for the Hon. John G. Baker for the Indiana Court of Appeals for over a decade prior to joining Taft. Her clients and colleagues depend on her exceptional legal writing and advocacy skills, which are invaluable in every facet of the attorney-client relationship and across the spectrum of legal representation.

Nadine is an experienced attorney with a demonstrated history of working in private practice, public service in the government sector, and the judiciary. She also worked as the deputy charging prosecutor for the Marion County Prosecutor’s Office and was a staff attorney for the Department of Child Services in Indianapolis. Nadine serves on the board of directors of Indiana Youth Group, which serves and empowers LGBTQ+ youth, and the Julian Center, which is Indiana’s largest domestic violence shelter, and has done pro bono work for Indiana Legal Services, Child Advocates, Indiana Youth Group, GenderNexus, and Heartland Alliance.

She earned her J.D., magna cum laude, from Indiana University Maurer School of Law and bachelor’s degree, cum laude, from Tufts University.


  • Taft Pro Bono Honor Roll Award


All Service Areas


  • Indiana University Maurer School of Law (2001)

    J.D., magna cum laude

  • Tufts University (1998)

    B.A., cum laude


  • State - Indiana
  • State - Illinois (inactive status)
  • Federal - Northern District of Illinois
  • Federal - Southern District of Indiana
  • Federal - 7th Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Federal - 10th Circuit Court of Appeals

Professional Affiliations

  • Indianapolis Bar Association


  • Indiana State Bar Association


Community Involvement

  • The Julian Center

    Board of Directors

  • Indiana Youth Group

    Board of Directors

  • Eskenazi Health Midtown Community Mental Health Center

    Member, Advisory Board (2015 – 2018)

  • Brooke's Place

    Support Group Facilitator (2010 – 2012)

  • Teb's Troops, Inc.

    Vice President and Co-Founder (2006 – 2011)