Buddy Downs is a partner in the Municipal Finance Group at Ice Miller, chairing that Group for 26 years. His primary areas of practice are municipal law, government and government contracts, finance, leases and leasing, and public finance.
Buddy has served as bond and special counsel on hundreds of financings, including financings for the Indianapolis Waterworks, the Circle Centre, United Airlines, Tippecanoe County (Subaru Isuzu), Gibson County (Toyota), Spencer County (AK Steel), Whitley County (SDI), Roberts Stadium, the Vanderburgh County Convention Center, Indiana Municipal Power Agency, Indianapolis Mass Burn facility, Bloomington City Hall, and the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame. He serves as special counsel to the Association of Indiana Counties and special counsel to the Indiana Association of Cities and Towns. Issues in Business has named Buddy as one of the 100 most influential people in the state of Indiana and he has been named a Super Lawyer 2004-2017 as published in Indianapolis Monthly. He has also been included in Marquis' Who's Who in America and in Who's Who in American Law and International Who's Who Historical Society.
Buddy is a Founding Fellow of the American College of Bond Counsel and has chaired national workshops presented by the National Association of Bond Lawyers (NABL) on Tax Increment Finance, Bond Banks, and Ethical and Opinion Responsibilities of Counsel, as well as serving on the national steering committee for those workshops. He has also been a panelist at, and author for, national seminars held by NABL and the National Association of Counties on other topics including solid waste finance, legal opinions, professional ethics, economic development, and government obligations. Downs is author of the General Law section and the editor of the Professional Responsibility section of "Fundamentals of Municipal Bond Law." He is author of the Professional Responsibility feature in, and serves on the editorial board of, the Municipal Finance Journal. He has authored or edited dozens of articles and made hundreds of presentations on municipal finance. Buddy currently serves as co-chair of the NABL's project to revise its ethics materials relating to the role of bond counsel.
He is a former chairman of the Government Relations Committee of the American College of Bond Counsel. He served as co-chairman for the Midwest Bond Buyer Conference. He is also a former member of the Education Committee, the Opinions Committee, and the Professional Responsibility Committee of NABL, and served as chair of the Professional Responsibility Committee of NABL; served as a member of the NABL Nominating Committee; served as chair of NABL's Securities Law conference; and has served on the Board of Directors of the Indiana Municipal Lawyers' Association, since 1983, as its founding member and as chairman of its annual municipal law seminar for 11 years beginning with its inception in 1984. Buddy is also president and a member of the board of directors of the Indiana Association of Cities and Towns Foundation; a former member of the board of directors of the Indiana Economic Development Association and the board of directors for the Southern Indiana Rural Development Project (SIRDP); is on the Association of Indiana Counties Advisory Committee; served as a member of the Lieutenant Governor's Jobs Council; and is a non-voting member of the Indiana Association of Cities and Towns Board of Directors. He is also a former member of the Indiana Commission for the Purchase of Products and Services of Persons with Disabilities. He also has chaired the Washington Township School Board Screening Committee and been a member of the Washington Township Parent Advisory Committee Executive Board. Buddy is an honorary member of the Indiana League of Municipal Clerks and Treasurers.
Originally from New Albany, Ind., Buddy graduated from Indiana University and earned his juris doctorate from the Indiana University School of Law. He is admitted to practice law in the state of Indiana. He was profiled as one of 66 lawyers nationally who have achieved "Marketing Successes" in a book published by the American Bar Association, and again in 2004 in the book's Second Edition.