An Indianapolis native, Mark W. Gray was a founding partner in the law firm of Kightlinger and Gray LLP, a firm which employs 45 attorneys and has offices in Indianapolis, Evansville, and New Albany, Indiana. He practiced in the firm from 1946 until his death at age 91 on Aug. 27, 2008. Honored by the State of Indiana as a Sagamore of the Wabash, he served as a board member and officer of the Indianapolis Convention and Visitors Association from 1947 until 2001.
Gray joined the firm after serving in the U.S. Army during World War II, reaching the rank of Infantry Captain. Admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court, he served a wide range of private and corporate clients. His practice included extensive work with the insurance industry, and he earned the Chartered Property and Casualty Underwriter (CPCU) designation in 1952. The National Society of CPCU honored him with its Trendsetter Award and The Central Indiana Chapter of CPCU later established a scholarship bearing his name. Gray also was a member of the Federation of Insurance and Corporate Counsel, American Society of Property and Casualty Underwriters, as well as the Indianapolis, Indiana and American bar associations.
Gray's wife, Mary Neal Gray, for many years owned an insurance agency in Indianapolis and is a 50 year member of the CPCU Society.