Portia Bailey-Bernard is an associate in the Government Services and Finance Department of Barnes & Thornburg’s Indianapolis office.
Portia serves as bond counsel for counties, cities, towns, redevelopment commissions and other special taxing districts to finance public buildings, infrastructure and other local public improvements through the issuance of tax-exempt and taxable bonds. Additionally, she assists businesses with respect to state and local government incentives for economic development projects. Such incentives have included, among others, economic development income tax revenue bonds, tax increment finance bonds and tax abatement.
Prior to joining Barnes and Thornburg, Portia worked for the City of Fishers, Indiana, as a project manager in downtown redevelopment. In that role, she participated in the negotiations and execution of major downtown redevelopment projects in the Nickel Plate District. Additionally, she assisted in the city’s efforts in expansion of entrepreneurial opportunities.
During law school, Portia was the 2015 recipient of Barnes & Thornburg's diversity scholarship.
While an undergraduate, she interned with the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Energy and Commerce in Washington, D.C., and was a varsity letter winner on Indiana University’s women’s track and field team.
Professional and Community Involvement
Board of directors, Catch the Stars Foundation
Selection committee, Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship
Mentor, Starfish Initiative
Committee member, Indy Bar Diversity Job Fair
Volunteer, Down But Not Out Communications