Overview

Tom Froehle is co-chair of Faegre Drinker and a member of the firm's board. Together with co-chair Andy Kassner, Tom oversees the strategic direction and implementation of priorities and strategic initiatives at Faegre Drinker. A forward thinker, Tom strives for constant innovation and adaptation to clients’ changing needs and expectations. He believes in the power of teams and is passionate about building a firm culture focused on collaboration and delivering excellence without arrogance. Tom is committed to protecting and preserving the firm’s core values, including integrity, service excellence, collaboration, and a diverse, respectful and inclusive work environment.
A leader on law firm change management, Tom has navigated two of the largest like-size firm combinations of the last decade. As managing partner at Faegre Baker Daniels, he chaired the firm's management board and executive committee and guided FaegreBD through its 2020 combination with Drinker Biddle & Reath. As chair and chief executive partner at Baker & Daniels, Tom led the firm in its combination with Faegre & Benson to create Faegre Baker Daniels in 2012.

Public Finance Expertise

In his legal practice, Tom has served government and corporate clients for nearly 30 years. He combines transactional and finance skills with a deep understanding of government and related regulatory processes. Tom has served as bond counsel for a variety of governmental entities, including state instrumentalities, universities, school corporations, cities and related entities. He also has represented national and regional investment banking firms. In addition, Tom has represented corporate clients such as Honda, United Airlines and the NCAA seeking to partner with state and local governments on economic development incentives and public-private partnerships.

Credentials

Bar Admissions

Indiana

Education

University of Michigan Law School
J.D. cum laude (1988)

Indiana University
B.A. magna cum laude (1985)

Insights & Events

Other Perspectives
  • The Evolving Role of the Law Firm General Counsel
    Lex Mundi Managing Partners Conference
  • Management Transition and Client Assessments
    Lex Mundi Managing Partners Conference
  • Economic Development Incentives
    National Council on Urban Economic Development
  • Economic Development & Municipal Finance
    Association of Indiana Counties
  • Tax-Exempt Bonds
    Indiana Affordable Housing Conference
  • Economic Development and Public Finance
    Various Seminars Presented by Faegre Baker Daniels

Leadership & Community

Professional Associations

  • Indianapolis Bar Association
  • Indiana State Bar Association 
  • American Bar Association
  • Indiana Municipal Lawyers Association
  • National Association of Bond Lawyers
  • Indianapolis Bar Foundation — Board of Directors, 2003-09, and Treasurer, 2008-09

Civic Activities

  • Indiana Repertory Theatre — Board of Directors, 2009-present (Chair, 2017-present)
  • Twin Cities Diversity in Practice — Board of Directors, 2017-present
  • Minnesota Business Partnership, 2018-present
  • Zeta Chapter of Phi Gamma Delta House Corporation — Board of Directors and Secretary, 1994-99; Board of Directors, 2017-present
  • Indiana Sports Corp. — Board of Directors, 2009-17
  • Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory School — Trustee, 2010-16
  • Indianapolis Public School 39 — Volunteer, 2001-17
  • Indianapolis Downtown Inc. — Board of Directors, 2008-12
  • United Way Tocqueville Council — Board of Directors, 2009-11, 2016-17
  • Indianapolis Economic Development Advisory Board, 2003-07
  • Greater Indianapolis Progress Committee — Vice Chairman, 2000-05; Treasurer, 2005-07
  • Indiana University Kelley School of Business Alumni Association — Board of Directors, 2000-03
  • Indianapolis Urban League — Board of Directors, 1995-2005; Executive Committee, 1995-98
  • Pike Youth Soccer Club — Coach, 2000-03; Fields Advisory Committee, 2002-06
  • New Hope Presbyterian Church — Financial Secretary, 1997-99

Honors

  • American Bar Foundation — Fellow, 2017
  • The Indiana Lawyer — Distinguished Barrister Award, 2017
  • Indiana Super Lawyers — Government Finance, 2004-19
  • The Best Lawyers in America — Corporate Law, 2005-19; Gaming Law, 2007-19 (Indianapolis Gaming Lawyer of the Year, 2017); and Public Finance Law, 2007-19 (Indianapolis Public Finance Lawyer of the Year, 2012)
  • Indiana Bar Foundation — Fellow, 2012
  • Indianapolis Business Journal — Who's Who in Law, 2011
  • Building Indiana — Who's Who in Indiana, 2011
  • Indianapolis Bar Foundation Distinguished Fellow, 2004
  • Indiana Youth Soccer Association - Region VIII Parent of the Year, 2003
  • Indianapolis Business Journal - Forty Under 40 Award, 2001
  • Phi Beta Kappa, Indiana University, 1985
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