Kipper (Kip) Tew concentrates his practice on public affairs and municipal law, including smart cities and IoT, gaming, alcohol, utilities, and campaign finance. Kip has also been actively involved in the political process. He was the state chair of the Barack Obama presidential campaign in Indiana. He is also the former chairman of the Indiana Democratic Party.

Kip also served as chief legal counsel to then Minority Leader and previous Speaker of the House B. Patrick Bauer. He has been an adviser in various statewide campaigns, including campaigns for the secretary of state and the United States Senate. In addition, he served as deputy campaign manager for Governor Joe Kernan.

Kip was part of the state task force to restructure Indiana’s tax code. He also participated in several trade missions to Japan, Taiwan and England.

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Kip served on the campaign staff of Indiana Governor Frank O’Bannon, was chair of the Marion County Democratic Party, and has been a member of the Indianapolis City County Council. He is the author of the book Journey to Blue, How Barack Obama Won Indiana in 2008. He began his legal career as counsel to a major agency in state government, the Bureau of Motor Vehicles. He later became manager of government affairs at PSI Energy (now Duke Energy, a multi-state electric and gas utility), where he concentrated on all issues relating to utilities, including environmental issues.

Selected Experience
  • Helped coordinate passage of comprehensive overhaul to Indiana’s tax law
  • Worked with clients to protect market share in the gaming industry
  • Assisted two major elected official associations with pay and benefit increases during trying economic times
  • Worked with client to develop comprehensive multi year strategy to gain passage of legislation that allowed for an expansion of client’s business
  • Helped client secure favorable tax treatment from the Indiana General Assembly with respect to potential unfair tax