As managing partner of Barnes & Thornburg, Bob Grand leads the firm’s strategic development and execution of firmwide internal and external goals. He is responsible for driving production, productivity, quality and client service strategies, evaluating and supporting systems objectives and resource needs, and serving as a catalyst for change and innovation.
Bob has four continuous decades of government relations practice, where he represents public and private clients before state and federal agencies and Congress. Bob is a leader of character who cares deeply about what is important to his colleagues at all levels and the clients they represent. An active listener and conscientious problem-solver, Bob leads by example and is appreciated for his ability to identify bigger picture opportunities that maximize individual and firmwide potential.
Bob works with the firm’s Management Committee and professional staff to identify new opportunities and design policies, procedures, training programs and best practices that support complete client loyalty and satisfaction. He assists with recruiting and other human resource strategies that parallel the firm’s brand and market strategy and monetization imperatives, and is responsible for financial oversight, counseling and communication programs, planning, and monitoring and analyzing contributions, results and compensation.
In the community, Bob served as administrative assistant to Indiana Lt. Gov. Bob Orr (1979-1981) and also served in that role for Orr when he became governor of Indiana (1981-1982). He was treasurer of Friends of Dick Lugar (1987-2007), served as the Bush-Cheney finance chairman for Indiana, and was a member of the 2000 Bush-Cheney recount team in Palm Beach County, Florida. Notably, Bob also worked as a senior member of the campaign finance group for the Trump-Pence campaign and as a finance vice chair of President Trump’s Presidential Inauguration Committee. He is currently on the Republican National Committee’s finance leadership team.
The Best Lawyers in America, 2005-2020; Lawyer of the Year, 2016
Indiana Super Lawyers, 2004-2010, 2015-2018
Professional and Community Involvement
Former member, National Association of Bond Lawyers
Former chairman, Indiana State Bar Association Governmental Practice Section
Board member, William E. English Foundation
Board of trustees member, Wabash College
Board of visitors member, Robert H. McKinney School of Law Board
Elder, Second Presbyterian Church
Former board member, National Association of Wabash Men
Former board member, Little Red Door/Marion County Cancer Society
Former board member, Indianapolis Urban League
Former board member, Federal Home Loan Bank of Indianapolis
Former board member and chair, Outreach, Inc.
Former board member, Indiana Dollars for Scholars
Former board member and chair, Indianapolis Foundation
Former president, Capital Improvement Board of Marion County
Past chairman, Beta Theta Pi Foundation
Former vice president, Beta Theta Pi