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
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
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