Brandt Hershman is of counsel in Barnes & Thornburg's Washington, D.C., office, and member of the Government Services and Finance Department and the Federal Relations Practice Group. He advises clients on federal and state government and regulatory matters related to tax, energy, telecommunications, aviation, trade and agriculture. Brandt served 17 years in the Indiana Senate, most recently as Senate majority leader and chair of the Tax and Fiscal Policy Committee.
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.
He also 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. Brandt also was a presidential writer in the Executive Office of the President in The White House.
In addition to his B.A. from Purdue University and his J.D. from the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law, he also earned two executive certificates, 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.
As a leader in the tax and public policy field, he has been a frequent speaker across the country and internationally, and has testified before state legislatures outside of Indiana on energy and tax issues.
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 and its 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 and its Public Utilities Section
Former co-chair Indiana State Bar Association's Aviation Law Committee
Member of the advisory council, Indiana University School of Medicine, Lafayette
Vice president, Pi Kappa Phi Housing Corporation, Omega Chapter at Purdue University
Former board of directors member, State Legislative Leaders Foundation
Former board of advisors, Purdue University Public Policy Research Institute
Former Dean’s Advisory Council, Purdue School of Agriculture
Former executive committee member, National Conference of State Legislatures