G. Frederick Glass

Partner Indianapolis
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Summary

Fred draws upon his successful career as a lawyer, public servant, and senior higher education and athletics administrator to help his clients vigorously seize opportunities and resolve challenges. His practice focuses on general business law as well as issues involving sports/media/entertainment, higher education, employment, and government matters. 

Prior to joining Taft, Fred served as an Indiana University (IU) vice president and the director of intercollegiate athletics for nearly 12 years. During this time, he led a cultural and physical rebuild of the athletic department including record-setting academic, athletic, fundraising, fiscal management, and facility successes, as well as a nationally-recognized commitment to rules compliance and the holistic development of the students under his charge.

Before his appointment at IU, Fred was a partner for 15 years at Baker & Daniels (now Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath) practicing general corporate law and also served as the chair of the firm’s management committee. He also served as president of the Marion County Capital Improvement Board where he led successful negotiations to keep the Colts in Indianapolis, regularly host NCAA Final Fours, develop Lucas Oil Stadium, and dramatically expand the Indiana Convention Center. Fred also led the effort for Indianapolis to host the Super Bowl, laying the groundwork for its successful 2012 bid.

Fred previously served as chief of staff to Indiana Governor Evan Bayh and was a law clerk for Judge S. Hugh Dillin for the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana. He graduated from Indiana University in 1981 and its McKinney School of Law in 1984, cum laude. Fred serves and has served on a variety of civic, legal, educational, political, and sports-related boards and projects.

Awards

  • Honoree, Best Lawyers in America®, Corporate Law, 2008

  • Honoree, Indiana Super Lawyers, 2004-2008

  • Recipient, Indiana University’s President’s Medal for Excellence from Michael A. McRobbie, 2020

  • Honoree, The Honorary “I” Member, I Association, Indiana University, 2020

  • Recipient, Distinguished Alumni Award, Robert H. McKinney School of Law, 2012

  • Recipient, President’s Medal, Brebeuf Jesuit High School, 2007

  • Recipient, Charles L. Whistler Award, Greater Indianapolis Progress Committee, 2006

  • Recipient, Spirit of Community Service Award, Archdiocese of Indianapolis, 2006

  • Honoree, Indianapolis Business Journal’s 20 Most Influential City Leaders, 2003

Education

  • Indiana University - Robert H. McKinney School of Law (1984)

    cum laude

  • Indiana University (1981)

    B.A., political science

Admissions

  • State - Indiana

Professional Affiliations

  • Indiana State Bar Association

    Member

Community Involvement

  • Indiana University Kelley School of Business

    Member, Sports Industry Workshop Board

  • Indiana University

    Member, Presidential Search Advisory Committee

  • Indianapolis College Football Playoff Board

    Member

  • NCAA Enforcement Advisory Team

    Member (2016 - 2020)

  • Big Ten Academics and Eligibility Subcommittee

    Member (2016 - 2020)

  • St. Baldrick's Foundation

    Fundraiser/Shavee (2011, 2016, 2019)

  • Marion County Capital Improvement Board of Managers

    President (2000 - 2007)

  • Indianapolis 2011 Inc. (Super Bowl)

    President (2007)

  • Indiana Sports Corporation, Various Final Four and Big Ten Tournament, and Other Local Organizing Committees

    Member (2000 - 2007)

  • Indiana Lieutenant Governor Kathy Davis Transition Team

    Chair (2003)

  • Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory School

    Chair, Board of Trustees (1998 - 2001)

  • Indianapolis Mayor Bart Peterson Transition Team

    Chair (1999)

  • Indiana Clinton/Gore Presidential Campaign

    Chair (1996)