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Tom John is a partner in the Public Affairs Group of Ice Miller and co-leader of the Firm's Public Infrastructure Group. He concentrates his practice in infrastructure investment and economic development including public-private partnerships (P3 projects), municipal law and state project procurement advicory and election and administrative law consultation. During his career, he has represented clients ranging from small businesses and Fortune 500 corporations in a variety of industries to many municipalities and the state of Indiana agencies.

Tom’s unique background enables him to utilize strengths in public affairs advocacy, traditional legal acumen and strategic policy and political guidance  to handle various matters for clients including executive lobbying and strategic communications at the state and federal levels and P3 legal representation, along with various regulatory, administrative and election law issues.

Tom attended Purdue University where he obtained his bachelor of arts in political science. Tom then attended the Ohio Northern University School of Law where he obtained his JD with honors. His experiences also include serving as a clerk to former Chief Justice Brent E. Dickson of the Indiana Supreme Court and Judge Bobby R. Baldock of the 10th Circuit United States Court of Appeals. Finally, he has served as a member of the Indiana Election Commission.

As a member of the community, Tom is an alumnus of Class XXXVI Stanley K. Lacy Leadership Program, served as the vice-president and treasurer of the Herron-Morton Place Association, was a member of the Indianapolis Greenways Development Committee, and was the past president of the Board of the Brain Injury Association of Indiana and the Indiana Leadership Forum. He currently serves on the Fiscal Policy Committee of the Greater Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce and is engaged with the Association for the Improvement of American Infrastructure (AIAI) and is a member of the Community Based Infrastructure Committee.
 
Representative Clients
  • City of Indianapolis
Reported and Representative Cases
  • Represented parties in the Indiana Toll Road Concession, City of Indianapolis Water Wastewater Transaction, Indianapolis Parking Meter Concession, Marion County Justice Center Procurement and the Delaware County Justice Center, among others
Selected Experience
Active in politics for many years, Tom has advised many campaigns, officeholders and companies. He is the past chairman of the 7th District Committee of the Republican Party (Indianapolis), servedon the Indiana State Republican Committee and has been a delegate to the Indiana and National Republican Conventions numerous times. He was campaign manager in the successful 2002 campaign to elect former Congressman Todd Rokita as Indiana's Secretary of State and has served as ballot access coordinator for multiple presidential campaigns, including Indiana Chairman of Marco Rubio for President Campaign. Mr. John also has served as an advisor to many campaigns and convention races. In 2007, Tom was the Chairman of the Marion County Republican Party in Indianapolis when his organization won control of the city-county council and a victory for two-term Republican Mayor Greg Ballard. Some of the significant successful election matters Tom has undertaken include serving as the Election Day Operations counsel and coordinator for a variety of campaigns, including Governor Eric Holcomb, Senators Todd Young and Mike Braun, Rubio for President Indiana Ballot challenge. He was legal counsel in the 2012 challenge to former Governor Mike Pence’s primary opponent and Governor Eric Holcomb’s primary opponent in 2020. Tom is currently the chapter president of the Indiana Chapter of the Republican National Lawyers Association.
News
Published In
Tom has been featured by numerous news outlets over the years, including:
 
TV (National)
  • NBC
  • MSNBC
  • CNN 
  • CNN’s Anderson Cooper Show 
  • Fox Business News
  • ABC World News Tonight 
  • NHK (Japanese TV)
Radio
  • ABC Radio
  • WIBC 
  • WFIU
Print
  • IndyStar
  • HeatStreet
  • Bloomberg
  • Associated Press
  • Politico 
  • Indianapolis Business Journal
TV (Local)
  • WRTV
  • WTHR
  • WXIN
  • WTTV
  • WISH
Speaking Engagements
  • “What is Your Flavor of Procurement?” during the Convention Sports and Entertainment Facilities Conference hosted by the Association for the Improvement of American Infrastructure’s (AIAI) on August 13, 2020
  • P3C Conference Panel 2020
  • Numerous Republican Party Events
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