Brandt Hershman advises clients on federal and state government and regulatory matters related to tax, energy, telecommunications, aviation, defense, national security, and agriculture. Notably, he served 18 years in the Indiana Senate, most recently as Senate Majority Leader and Chair of the Tax and Fiscal Policy Committee.
Brandt is a state and federal government regulatory attorney who is a frequent national speaker on tax and utility policy issues.
Brandt brings strong policy and political knowledge to his practice, with his state legislative tenure complimented by nearly two decades as senior staffer for a committee chairman in the U.S. House of Representatives and two years serving in the White House as a senior presidential writer for President George H.W. Bush.
In addition to his deep tax policy background, Brandt authored landmark telecommunications deregulation legislation widely lauded as the best in the nation, leading to investments of more than $5 billion in telecommunications infrastructure across Indiana.
While serving as an Indiana Senator, which is not a full-time position, he was managing partner and general counsel of The DeNovo Group from 2013 to 2017. Previously, Brandt was executive director of the Program on Continuing Education for Public Officials at the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law.
Moreover, Brandt served in several staff positions for former U.S. Rep. Steve Buyer of Indiana, including district operations director, and as press secretary for Buyer for Congress.
As a leader in the tax and public policy field, Brandt has been a frequent speaker across the country and internationally, and has testified before state legislatures outside of Indiana on energy and tax issues. Notably, Brandt earned two executive certificates in addition to his undergraduate and law degrees, one in comparative tax policy and administration from Harvard University Kennedy School of Government and one in finance and financial management services from Cornell University.
He is not regularly admitted to practice in the local courts of the District of Columbia and pursuant to Rule 49 limits his practice in the District of Columbia to lobbying federal agencies and the United States Congress.
Professional and Community Involvement
Member, American Bar Association Communications Law Forum and Infrastructure and Regulated Utilities Forum
Member, 7th Circuit Bar Association
Member, Federal Communications Bar Association
Member, Energy Bar Association
Member, American Agricultural Law Association
Member, Indiana State Bar Association Public Utilities Section
Former co-chair, Indiana State Bar Association Aviation Law Committee
Advisory council member, Indiana University School of Medicine, Lafayette
Vice president, Pi Kappa Phi Housing Corporation, Omega Chapter at Purdue University
Former board member, State Legislative Leaders Foundation
Former board of advisors member, Purdue University Public Policy Research Institute
Former Dean’s Advisory Council member, Purdue School of Agriculture
Former executive committee member, National Conference of State Legislatures
Twice honored by Tax Foundation for Excellence in State Tax Policy
Indiana Chamber of Commerce Government Leader of the Year, 2015