Brenda Horn, former deputy managing partner of the Firm, has practiced in Ice Miller's Municipal Finance Group for more than 30 years. She has served as bond and issuer counsel for a broad spectrum of issuers from health care organizations to state and local governmental units.

She received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in mathematics from Indiana University and Purdue University, respectively, and her law degree from Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law.

Brenda has served as bond counsel to the Indiana Finance Authority and its predecessors, the Indiana Transportation Finance Authority; the Indiana Health Facility Financing Authority; and the State Office Building Commission for more than 30 years. She has been a leader in developing the statutory authorization for a wide variety of financing entities at the state level, including the Indiana Health Facility Financing Authority Act, the Highway Revenue Bond Act and the Public Private Partnership legislation for transportation projects. Brenda is the leader of the Ice Miller team representing the IFA in the Ohio River Bridges Project, Section 5 of I-69 Project and the Illiana Project. She was also involved with the lease of the Indiana Toll Road, having served as bond counsel for the Indiana Toll Road since 1985. She has served as bond or underwriter's counsel on nearly all of the Highway Revenue Bond transactions since the legislation was adopted in 1988. She has been bond counsel or underwriter's counsel on a wide variety of other transactions, including conduit transactions for healthcare facilities (e.g., Indiana University Health, Community Health Network, Deaconess Health System, and Parkview Health System) and local government transactions for electric and water utilities (e.g., Indiana Municipal Power Agency, Northern Illinois Municipal Power Agency and the City of Indianapolis Department of Waterworks). She advises issuers and conduit borrowers on compliance with the federal tax and arbitrage requirements for tax advantaged bonds, represents issuers and conduit borrowers responding to audits of tax advantaged bonds by the Internal Revenue Service and advises issuers and conduit borrowers on legal issues relating to swaps and other derivative instruments.

She recently concluded her service as a member of the Board of Directors of the National Association of Bond Lawyers, only the second lawyer (and the first female lawyer) to be elected to that position from Indiana. Brenda was the first female president, vice president and member of the Board of Directors of the American College of Bond Counsel. She has been recognized as a Super Lawyer (including recognition in the Top 25 Women) since 2004 and Best Lawyers in America since 2001 (including recognition as " Health Care Law Lawyer of the Year” in 2012 and 2016). Brenda was appointed by the Indiana Supreme Court to serve on the State Board of Law Examiner's Committee on Character and Fitness in 2013. Brenda has served as a board member of the Indianapolis Bar Association (chair of the Women and Law Division), the Healthcare Financial Management Association (Pressler Chapter) and Women in Public Finance (Indiana Chapter). She is a frequent speaker on municipal finance topics in a variety of settings, including National Association of Bond Lawyers, National Association of College and University Business Officers, and American Public Power Association.

Brenda was recognized by the Indianapolis Business Journal as an Influential Woman in 1998 and included in IBJ's Who's Who in Law in 2011. The Indiana Lawyer honored her as a Distinguished Barrister in 2007. In 2010, the Indianapolis Bar Association recognized Brenda in its Nod to Professionalism for lending her leadership skills to various community organizations for the betterment of Indianapolis. Brenda currently serves on the board of directors of Metropolitan Indianapolis Public Broadcasting, the Indiana Repertory Theater, the Advisory Board of the Women's Fund of Central Indiana and on the Toqueville Council Co-Chair for the United Way of Central Indiana. Her community activities have included serving in leadership roles with Community Development Law Center, the Indiana Education Savings Authority, Ballet Internationale, INROADS, Indy Super Cure and Community Alliance for the Far East Side. She is a 2005 graduate of the Diversity Leadership Academy of Greater Indianapolis and is currently a member of Leadership Council on Legal Diversity.
Selected Experience
  • Brenda has served as bond counsel to the Indiana Finance Authority and its predecessors, the Indiana Transportation Finance Authority; the Indiana Health Facility Financing Authority; and the State Office Building Commission for more than 30 years. She has been a leader in developing the statutory authorization for a wide variety of financing entities at the state level, including the Indiana Health Facility Financing Authority Act, the Highway Revenue Bond Act and the Public Private Partnership legislation for transportation projects. Brenda is the leader of the Ice Miller team representing the IFA in the Ohio River Bridges Project, Section 5 of I-69 Project and the Illiana Project. She was also involved with the lease of the Indiana Toll Road, having served as bond counsel for the Indiana Toll Road since 1985. She has served as bond or underwriter's counsel on nearly all of the Highway Revenue Bond transactions since the legislation was adopted in 1988. She has been bond counsel or underwriter's counsel on a wide variety of other transactions, including conduit transactions for healthcare facilities (e.g., Indiana University Health, Community Health Network, Deaconess Health System, and Parkview Health System) and local government transactions for electric and water utilities (e.g., Indiana Municipal Power Agency, Northern Illinois Municpal Power Agency and the City of Indianapolis Department of Waterworks). She advises issuers and conduit borrowers on compliance with the federal tax and arbitrage requirements for tax advantaged bonds, represents issuers and conduit borrowers responding to audits of tax advantaged bonds by the Internal Revenue Service and advises issuers and conduit borrowers on legal issues relating to swaps and other derivative instruments.
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  • Author of many published articles on topics of health care, municipal finance and federal tax law
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