STATEHOUSE—House Speaker Brian C. Bosma (R-Indianapolis) was selected from many impressive candidates as a recipient of the Indiana Lawyer 2012 Leadership in Law Distinguished Barrister Award.
“The Indiana Lawyer Leadership in Law program is in its seventh year, and the number and caliber of nominees we receive for both the Distinguished Barrister and Up and Coming Lawyer Awards continues to increase. Brian Bosma’s selection this year as a Distinguished Barrister is the result of the leadership he has demonstrated in our state, his legal practice, and in his community. Mentoring is a key component of this award, and it was evident in his nomination packet that Speaker Bosma takes this responsibility quite seriously,” said Kelly Lucas, Publisher of the Indiana Lawyer.
“As Speaker of the House, he leads quite a diverse group with intensely varying ideas. To be charged with the responsibility of taking everyone’s ideas and interests into consideration while still protecting the integrity of the process as laws are created would seem next to impossible. I have never seen him stray from his commitment to be understanding and fair to all participants,” said Rep. Jud McMillin (R-Brookville), a legislator and member of the Indiana State Bar Association.
“It is a sincere honor to receive this recognition by fellow members of the bar,” Speaker Bosma said. “My foremost goal has been to stress not just successful outcomes, but to focus on integrity in the legislative process along with personal integrity by every participant, both legislators and staff."
In his public capacity, Speaker Bosma serves constituents in parts of Marion and Hamilton Counties. He was first elected to the General Assembly in 1986, previously served as Speaker in 2004-2006 and was re-elected by members of the Republican Caucus to serve as Speaker again during the 117th General Assembly. As a partner with Kroger Gardis and Regas, LLP, he chairs the firm's municipal practice, and focuses in the areas of public construction, municipal finance and corporate transactions. He is also a founding director of Bosma Industries for the Blind and the Bosma Visionary Opportunities Foundation.
“I have been privileged to serve our community both as a legislator and an attorney, two important positions of trust,” said Bosma, “but more importantly, I have been privileged to serve alongside so many extraordinary individuals in my law practice and in the statehouse, especially our legislative staff. I am grateful to those responsible for this nomination and look forward to continuing to serve the legal community and our state.”
Previous recipients of the Distinguished Barrister Award include former Chief Justice Randall T. Shepard, Indiana Supreme Court (2006), Hon. Margret G. Robb, Indiana Court of Appeals (2011), and Hon. Robyn L. Moberly, Marion Superior Court (2011).