Legislative and Public Policy-Lobbying

The Government Services & Finance Department of Barnes & Thornburg offers a full range of federal, state, and local government-related legal services, including in municipal finance, to business and government clients. The firm has involved lawyers from its various areas of practice in organizing this department, creating a multi-disciplinary team to meet the vast and varying needs of our clients.

At times, clients need to capture the attention of government officials at both state and national levels through lobbying efforts. We serve our clients as lobbyists on a wide variety of business, government, and trade association issues in efforts to bring about positive economic results. We serve as bond counsel and counsel to local, regional, and national underwriters, issuers, borrowers, credit providers, purchasers, and trustees in a wide variety of tax-exempt financings involving the state of Indiana and its counties, cities, towns, townships, and school corporations, as well as special taxing districts, corporations, commissions, authorities, bond banks, and other bodies that issue bonds on their behalf. These financings include general obligation bonds, special taxing-district bonds, tax anticipation warrants, revenue bonds, local income tax bonds, lease financings, pooled financings, and tax-increment financings. Our lawyers also serve as general counsel to the Indiana Association of County Commissioners, the Indiana County Treasurers' Association, and the Indiana County Auditors' Association, as well as special counsel to the city of Indianapolis. Department members advise clients on issues such as financings, taxation, public fund and retirement fund cash management and investments, public contracts, and public bidding. Barnes & Thornburg attorneys also operate from Indiana's largest Washington, D.C., law office, representing clients in regulatory and administrative matters, including licensing, rate, finance, and complaint proceedings before federal regulatory agencies.

Barnes & Thornburg lawyers assist our clients with emerging trends in government services relating to labor, healthcare, environmental, and privatization issues. Department members represent state and local government employers in labor and employment issues, including advising them on personnel policies, employee termination, employment discrimination, and unemployment compensation matters. We also serve our government and business clients by representing their healthcare interests before regulatory and administrative agencies in hearings and adjudications, including quality-of-care compliance and Medicaid reimbursement issues.

The Government Services & Finance Department works with Environmental Department attorneys to represent clients in environmental compliance and negotiation matters. As governments recognize the need to reduce costs and make government services more responsive to taxpayers, we help them look to the private sector for competitive solutions in the delivery of services and the management of public assets. In such privatization matters, lawyers assist clients with requests for proposals and contract negotiations. Various members of the Government Services & Finance Department have previously served as state examiner, general counsel to the Indiana Department of Commerce, deputy state treasurer, deputy mayor of the city of Indianapolis, chief of staff to the governor, and congressional staff members. This bipartisan group of lawyers works to serve the governmental services needs of our clients.