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John R. Hammond III, an Ice Miller partner for two decades, is the former chair and co-chair of Ice Miller's Public Affairs Group. As a veteran of Indiana state government, John has helped shape a wide variety of public policies from state and local tax policy and environmental regulatory affairs to K-12 and higher education policy, tort reform, transportation, insurance and economic development issues.

John's extensive Indiana public service includes senior policy roles in the offices of the Governor and Lt. Governor. Beginning with heading-up the Governor-Elect's transition office, John's public service culminated in serving former Governor Robert D. Orr as a senior policy advisor for eight years. In that capacity, John was the Governor's senior advisor for education policy and legislative affairs. As the Governor's chief legislative director, he served in that role for a record six general sessions and three special sessions.

Recognizing the need for and the benefits of a fully integrated public affairs capacity to address client needs on a local, state or federal basis within a full-service law firm, John led Ice Miller's effort to create and establish a Washington, DC presence on Capitol Hill, which has since expanded its capacity to advocacy before federal agencies and positioning clients for federal procurement opportunities.

John is serving his third four-year term as Indiana's Republican National Committeeman on the Republican National Committee, where he serves on the Executive Committee and is vice-chair of the Rules Committee. He is also a member of the National Finance Committee of the Republican Governors Association and a member of the Executive Board of the National Republican Lawyers Association. 

John has been a frequent statewide public affairs panelist and lecturer focusing on Indiana government and politics and is the co-author of the article "Campaigns and Candidates: Lawyers and Their Obligations," prepared for the Legislative Services Agency for Continuing Legal Education seminar titled "The Lawyer-Lobbyist."

John holds a Bachelor of Arts from DePauw University and a juris doctor from Indiana University McKinney School of Law and is admitted to practice in Indiana. He is married and the father of four sons and has two grandchildren. John enjoys playing tennis, all things music including playing the drums and books on history, politics and astrophysics. He resides in Indianapolis, Indiana.
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  • Co-Author, "Campaigns and Candidates: Lawyers and Their Obligations," Legislative Services Agency for Continuing Legal Education Regarding the Rules of Professional Conduct, "The Lawyer-Lobbyist"
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