Fred Glass, Indiana University’s former athletic director, will join Taft Law as a partner to resume his private practice, which will focus on a general business law practice as well as issues involving sports/media/entertainment, higher education, employment, and government matters, effective Oct. 30, 2020.
“I was looking for a client-first Indianapolis law firm with a commitment to our community as well as a strong presence in the Big Ten footprint and the depth and breadth of expertise to support me in reestablishing a robust legal practice over the next 10 years or so – in order for me to help my clients get important things done.
Taft provides all that and more, and I’m excited and honored to join the firm as a partner. Taft is a highly-respected firm with an impressive heritage, but even more importantly is a modern, progressive law firm that knows how to be a trusted advisor that aggressively plays to win for its clients,” shares Glass.
Beyond his many accomplishments at Indiana University (IU), Glass’ mark on Indiana’s business, legal and civic communities is significant. Through his service on the Marion County Capital Improvements Board, he played a central role in several sports-related initiatives in Indianapolis, including negotiating the 30-year agreement to keep the Colts in Indianapolis, developing Lucas Oil Stadium, expanding the Indiana Convention Center, and helping to negotiate the arrangement to regularly host the Final Four and other major events. Glass served as Gov. Evan Bayh’s chief of staff and chaired Mayor Bart Peterson’s transition team.
During his tenure at IU, Glass led a much-needed effort to renovate and expand IU’s aging athletic facilities, all without any use of tuition contributions, student fees, or taxpayer money. This was accomplished through strong financial stewardship and successful fund raising. He also launched an unprecedented commitment to the welfare of student-athletes. He instituted a first-of-its-kind Student-Athlete Bill of Rights and established intercollegiate athletics’ most comprehensive sexual violence disqualification policy. Forbes Magazine named IU as one of the “25 Schools That Dominate Academically and Athletically.”
“Fred’s successful track record reflects Taft’s ‘Play to Win’ philosophy. He knows how to get things done in a smart and strategic manner, and clients will benefit tremendously from his unique and impressive background. It is difficult to think of another individual with such a strong and well-established reputation in the higher education, sports, business, and legal communities. We are delighted and honored that Fred selected Taft as the best fit for the next chapter of his career,” says Taft’s Chairman and Managing Partner Robert J. Hicks.
Glass has received many accolades for his community engagement, including the Distinguished Alumni Award from the Robert H. McKinney School of Law; Brebeuf Jesuit President’s Medal; the Archdiocese of Indianapolis Spirit of Community Service Award; and the Charles L. Whistler Award from The Greater Indianapolis Progress Committee – to name a few.
“On a personal note, I’m pleased to be reuniting with my good friend and Taft partner Mick Terrell who, in addition to being a successful and prominent lawyer, was my law school classmate and roommate. As law students, we often talked about practicing together someday, and now we will be,” comments Glass.
During the pandemic, Taft has maintained its strategic approach to recruiting exceptional legal talent who embody key traits that are crucial to providing strong legal services to clients. By way of example, Taft strengthened its transactional, merger and acquisition and tax capabilities with the addition of three partners last month in its Cincinnati office. Since March 1, Taft has hired 14 attorneys, with an additional 17 offers extended and accepted by first-year associates.
Glass earned his law degree from the Indiana University McKinney School of Law and his bachelor’s degree from Indiana University. Upon law school graduation, he served as a law clerk for U.S. Federal District Court Judge S. Hugh Dillin.