Barnes & Thornburg managing partner named to presidential inaugural committee

November 16, 2016

An Indianapolis attorney with ties to Vice-President elect and Republican Indiana Gov. Mike Pence has been named to the committee for the 58th presidential inauguration.

Robert Grand, firm managing partner of Barnes & Thornburg LLP, was announced as one of 17 finance vice-chairs of the Presidential Inaugural Committee, which is responsible for the planning and coordination of all official events surrounding the Jan. 20, 2017, inauguration of Republican President-elect Donald Trump and Pence. Grand’s appointment to the committee was announced by the Trump-Pence team in a news release Tuesday.

At Barnes & Thornburg, Grand is a member of the government services and finance department and focuses his governmental regulations practice on representing public and private clients before state agencies. He has also represented clients before federal agencies and the United States Congress. Grand also serves on the executive committee of Mike Pence for Indiana, according to his firm bio.

As a finance vice-chair, Grand’s efforts will be focused on fundraising efforts in the Midwest for the inauguration. Prior to his appointment to the inaugural committee, Grand had worked with Pence as the national finance chairmen for his vice presidential campaign.

“I’m very honored,” Grand said of his most recent appointment. “It’s neat. It’s an impressive group.”

The inaugural committee will be chaired by Thomas Barrack Jr., founder and executive chairman of Colony Capital, a New York Stock Exchange global investment firm. In addition to the 17 finance vice-chairs, two finance co-chairmen, Roy Bailey and Lew Eisenberg, will also lead the committee. The finance vice-chairs include former U.S. ambassadors Mel Sembler and Ron Weiser, Wynn Resorts CEO Steve Wynn and Gail Icahn, who is married to investor Carl Icahn.  

Grand was managing partner of the Indianapolis office of Barnes & Thornburg until he succeeded longtime firm managing partner Alan Levin in 2014.


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