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Mark I. Shublak, a partner in Ice Miller's Public Affairs Group, has a multi-dimensional government relations practice that combines public policy advocacy with traditional legal skills. He represents clients in a wide range of matters before legislative and executive bodies at all levels of government.

Mark's legislative practice focuses on state and local lobbying, legislative monitoring, grassroots programming and political strategy. His practice spans across all industry sectors, including agriculture, appropriations, commerce, energy, environmental, taxes, technology, transportation and heavily regulated industries. His administrative and regulatory law practice focuses on administrative rules, campaign finance and election law compliance, enforcement matters, government contracts and procurement, licensing matters, and regulatory filings.

Mark is dedicated to the ethical conduct of government relations. He is experienced in defending and maintaining the reputations of corporations, trade associations and public sector clients in relation to highly sensitive issues where the impact of politics, the media and the law could give rise to high-profile exposure.

Prior to joining the Firm, Mark worked as a government relations consultant in another law firm setting. Earlier in his career, he served as an aide to the President Pro Tem of the Indiana Senate, to several state executive officeholders and to election campaigns.

Mark earned his juris doctor from Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law. He is admitted to practice law in the state of Indiana and before the U.S. District Courts for the Northern and Southern Districts of Indiana.
Selected Experience
Drafted, advocated and secured approvals into law of key alcoholic beverage legislation that enables essential alcohol permits for food hall vendors to benefit the $300 million Bottleworks project, which is transforming the old Indiana Coca Cola bottling plant into 1.2 million square feet mixed use development of apartments, condos, restaurants, bars, a boutique hotel and movie theater. (2019)

Represented the Indiana Pacers along with a team who developed a legislative strategy to secure a framework to fund a $270 million renovation and expansion of Bankers Life Fieldhouse, ensuring the Indiana Pacers remain in Indianapolis for the next 25 years. (2019)

Enabled multimillion government procurement and contract for innovation, efficiency and risk mitigation. Successfully worked with government stakeholders, with a deep understanding of the client’s product, to implement the procurement and execution of a government contract enabling agency transformation thru a multimillion dollar information technology contract. The contract will enable greater innovation, efficiency and risk mitigation enterprise-wide for all state agencies. (2019)

Led team to develop 2019 Omnibus Economic Development and Tax Credit Legislation. On behalf of the Indiana Economic Development Association, worked with the Economic Development Corporation, the Governor’s Office and key legislators to lead a team of professionals providing language and strategic advice on how to modernize the Hoosier Business Investment Tax Credit Statute and the Industrial Recovery Tax Credit Statute in the form of the new Redevelopment Tax Credit. Many of the concepts proposed were adopted in the final law, including transferability of the venture capital tax credit, mutual economic development agreements with neighboring states, amendments to the Corporate Headquarters Relocation tax credit, the Certified Technology Park statute and Opportunity Zone and New Market Tax Credit enabling language. (2019)

Ensured access to treatment for opioid dependent persons. Led a broad and active coalition of stakeholders, from the treatment, public health, and law enforcement communities, over twelve months, to negotiate, address and eliminate objections, draft, and present a draft framework that the Governor adopted on his agenda, and achieving unanimous consent in the legislature to provide accountability to office based treatment facilities, while ensuring access to treatment without erecting barriers for opioid dependent persons. (2019)

Represented major industry tax payer and drove reform of inefficient taxation model. Indiana businesses were being penalized through an onerous personal property tax. Now Indiana heavy equipment rentals are subject to an excise tax instead, similar to how rental cars are taxed. The new common-sense tax system will increase total local tax revenues. (2018)

Moved Indiana to Sunday Alcohol Sales. Represented liquor stores and advocated for change in Indiana’s prohibition on Sunday alcohol sales, a law that been on the books since 1850. Indiana was one of only 10 states at the time to bar Sunday alcohol sales, though more than 80% of Hoosiers favored ending it. Helped negotiate compromises and also met public safety concerns of state officials and legislators. Law passed in February 2018. (2018)

Advanced Critical Safety Legislation in Public Interest. On behalf of a highway safety association, recruited, maintained, and deployed coalitions to achieve enhanced highway safety legislation for seatbelts, child car seats, probationary driver licenses, and ignition interlock devices, which resulted in a significant reduction of highway injuries and deaths. (2000–2015)

Modernized & Revitalized Local Agribusiness Association. Provided strategic direction for key government affairs initiatives, expanding portfolio of issues to include transportation, environment, and taxes, as well as agriculture-specific items. Formed coalitions with association’s multiple national affiliates and saved association millions by advocating against unreasonable legislative and regulatory changes. Association is now solvent; money can now be directed toward initiatives such as member recruitment and retention. (2012)

Enabled Sustainability of Public Broadcasting. Represented nonprofit association before state lawmakers. At my advice, stations consolidated efforts, and efficiently showed legislators that public-private partnerships can deliver taxpayer value. Showed legislators that these stations provide valuable service to our communities, e.g., early education and civic engagement. Through my efforts, public broadcasting achieved its highest levels of funding in Indiana history, at ~$3.5M, a 133% increase from the low point prior to hiring me. (2011)

Recommended Shift to Daylight Savings Time. State legislature passed bill and Gov. Mitch Daniels signed it into law, moving Indiana to Daylight Savings Time in 2005. In 2007, USDOT approved petition for two client counties to move to Eastern Time. (2005, 2007)

Earned AAMVA Award on behalf of Indiana BMV via design, administration, and use of contracts regarding just-in-time supply for vehicle license plates/registrations, reducing costs, inefficiency, and effort. (2006)

Drove Pension Reform with legislation creating alternative investment portfolio designed to increase investments in Indiana businesses and eliminate unfunded liability. (2002)

Facilitated Legislation Saving Millions in Energy Costs, increasing transparency/accountability for energy saving contracts between suppliers and political subdivisions in response to State Board of Accounts audit exceptions, and ensuring ongoing compliance. (2001)

Advocated for Enhancing Access to Public Records Act, enabling creation of State of Indiana’s new, award-winning web portal at no expense to government. This in turn provided electronic access to paper documents and transactions. (1997)
Speaking Engagements
  • Panelist at the Indiana Affordable Housing Council/DOZ Conference on Indiana Legislative Changes, July 14, 2014
  • Keynote Speaker at the Indiana Economic Development Association meeting on key Indiana Legislative and Economic Development Tax Credit Changes, June 7, 2019
  • Panelist at the Indiana Economic Development Association Explore Northern Indiana Conference on economic develop policy forecast and application of the new redevelopment tax credit, September 13, 2019
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