Rob Gauss concentrates his practice in helping local and state governmental employers with employee benefit questions and concerns on matters of retirement, health and welfare benefits. This includes working with governmental pension plans across the country on tax, compliance, correction and fiduciary issues.  During the IRS' recent Cycle C, Rob worked with clients in the submission of their determination letter requests.  This work also included coordination with the IRS on pending submissions.

Rob brings a unique perspective to his practice as he also has significant trial experience, having conducted, or been involved in, multiple bench and jury trials in both state and federal courts, as well as commercial arbitrations. He also has tried various commercial matters, filing injunctions and restraining orders. Rob's trial experience started before he joined Ice Miller during his service with the United States Marine Corps where he obtained the rank of Captain. During his service as a Judge Advocate, Rob primarily served as a prosecutor and was involved in over 30 criminal trials, primarily as the first chair.  Because of this experience, Rob is focused on problem solving with our clients.

An Indianapolis native, Rob received his Bachelor of Arts from DePauw University in 1990. He earned his Juris Doctorate from the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law in 1993, where he was a recipient of the Cale J. Holder Memorial Scholarship in 1992 and a member of the Order of the Barristers in 1993.

Rob enjoys serving in the Firm and in the community. From January 1, 2011 through 2014, Rob served as a Deputy Managing Partner of the Firm. He also has been the Chair of the Firm's Personnel Committee and of the Firm's Professional Development Committee. In these roles, Rob was involved in all aspects of the Firm's efforts and strategic planning involving diversity, recruiting, training, and mentoring. Throughout his career, Rob has been involved in community organizations whose missions also were personally important to him.

He is admitted to practice law in the State of Indiana, but is representing governmental entities and retirement plans around the country.
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  • Gauss co-published an article entitled "The Changing Landscape for Governmental Plans - Recent Developments from the IRS" for the October 2016 Edition of The NAPPA Report.
  • Gauss co-published with NCPERS a Primer for Tax Administrators in Oct. 2014.
Speaking Engagements
  • Gauss was a presenter for the NCPERS 2016 Public Safety Employees Pension & Benefits Conference regarding Federal Regulatory Update, October 26, 2016. 
  • Gauss was a presenter for the NCPERS 2016 Annual Conference and Exhibition regarding Federal Regulatory Update, May 16, 2016. 
  • Gauss was a presenter at the NAPPA 2016 Winter seminar regarding the Supreme Court's Windsor and Obergefell decisions and their implications for governmental plans. 
  • Gauss participated in a panel discussion at the 2015 annual National Association of Governmental Defined Contribution Administrator's, Inc. conference regarding Regulatory Updates.
  • Gauss participated in a Panel Discussion regarding Litigation with Plan Sponsors and Members and specifically discussed compliance considerations regarding settlements and overpayment corrections at the NAPPA 2015 Winter Seminar, February 12, 2015.
  • Gauss was a presenter at the NCPERS Public Safety Conference entitled "DROP Plans: Current IRS Concerns, Real-World Experiences and Insights on Sustainability", October, 2014.
  • Gauss presented a webinar for NCPERS on Oct. 14, 2014 entitled "An Introduction to Qualification and Taxation Issues for Governmental Retirement Plans."
  • Gauss was a presenter at the 2014 Northern Illinois Alliance of Fire Protection District 21st Annual Conference regarding "Qualified Plan Status for Article 3 and 4 Pension Funds".
  • Gauss was a presenter for the Illinois Government Finance Officers Association's Payroll Webcast on Dec. 11, 2013 regarding tax reporting, employee classification and current IRS topics.
  • Gauss has been a presenter at the 2013, 2014, and 2015 Illinois Public Pension Fund Association Midwest Pension Conferences regarding "Issues of Importance for Public Pension Plans".
  • Gauss has presented at the Diversity in Practice Conference presented by the Indiana Lawyer and on issues regarding the practice of law for the Indianapolis Bar Association's Bar Leadership Series.
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