Barnes & Thornburg LLP
Managing partner of the Indianapolis office and a member of the firm’s Management Committee, Brian Burdick practices in the areas of government services and public finance law. In his third decade of practice, Brian remains dedicated to understanding his clients’ business goals and most importantly, what a win looks like for their company.
Brian represents both public and private clients before state and local regulatory bodies and administrative agencies. His experience includes public contracting and bidding, state and local government ethics laws, and financing transactions. As a registered lobbyist, Brian represents numerous clients before the Indiana General Assembly and advises on Indiana’s lobbying, election and campaign finance laws.
In the area of public finance, Brian serves as special counsel to commercial and investment banks, money management firms and registered investment advisers. He advises on legal issues pertaining to the tax-exempt marketplace, including Indiana public fund banking and investment matters. Brian also counsels governmental entities, underwriters and credit providers in their various roles in public debt offerings. Notably, he serves as general counsel to the Indiana Bond Bank and the Indiana County Treasurers’ Association.
Prior to private practice, Brian worked as deputy treasurer of state under State Treasurer Marjorie H. O’Laughlin. He managed the state’s $2.5 billion investment portfolio and advised the treasurer on various tax exempt financing matters. In addition, Brian was a member of the Underground Storage Tank Financial Assurance Board until leaving state government, and continues to be invited to speak on public cash management investment and debt finance issues to state and local elected officials.
Beyond serving as a trusted legal adviser, Brian is active in both business and politics, which has earned him a reputation of respect throughout the state and beyond. He is personally committed to uncompromising ethics and focuses on achieving the desired result for his clients in the law and before the government, as well as throughout the communities in which he lives and works.
Brian knows, from decades of hands-on experience, how governments function. Whether he is focused on shortening the time it takes to do business with the government or streamlining the regulatory cycle, Brian understands the mindset of public agency decision-makers, which, at times, can be antithetical to how his business clients think and operate. Brian is appreciated for being fearless yet productive and persuasive in his approach to problem-solving, serving as a catalyst for creating buy-in among deal constituents and for aggressively defending his client when needed.