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 and E, Rob worked with clients in the submission of their determination letter requests.  With the IRS' changes to its determination letter program, we are pleased that all of our clients received current determination letters.

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.  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, the Firm's Professional Development Committee and is the current Chair of the Firm's Diversity and Inclusion Committee. In these roles, Rob has been 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 works with governmental entities and retirement plans around the country.
Speaking Engagements
Rob speaks frequently on matters related to governmental retirement plans.  Recent presentations include:
  • NAPPA 2017 - Fiduciary Duties and Considerations Regarding Recent Lawsuits Against Retirement Plans, June 27, 2017.
  • NAPPA 2017 - Winter Meeting - USERRA and The HEART Act, February 23, 2017.
  • NCPERS 2016 - Public Safety Employees Pension & Benefits Conference - Federal Regulatory Update, October 26, 2016. 
  • NCPERS 2016 - Annual Conference and Exhibition - Federal Regulatory Update, May 16, 2016. 
  • NAPPA 2016 - Winter Seminar - The Supreme Court's Windsor and Obergefell decisions and their implications for governmental plans. 
  • 2015 National Association of Governmental Defined Contribution Administrators (NAGDCA) - Annual Conference - Panel Discussion regarding Regulatory Updates.
  • NAPPA 2015 - Winter Seminar - Panel Discussion regarding Litigation with Plan Sponsors and Members and specifically discussed compliance considerations regarding settlements and overpayment corrections, February 12, 2015.
  • NCPERS 2014 - 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 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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