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Understanding and Enforcing Force Majeure Clauses

Faegre Drinker Provides Insight

Protections Letter 

As our tenants return to the office, now more than ever we are leading advocacy efforts to protect building owners who do all the right things to ensure their buildings are a safe place to live, work and play.  Letters were sent to Governor Eric Holcomb, Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett, Senator Todd Young, Senator Mike Braun, President Pro Tempore Roderick Bray, and  Speaker of the House Todd Huston. 

essential personnel letter

As the COVID-19 situation rapidly evolved, BOMA Indianapolis sent a letter to Governor Holcomb to ensure essential personnel would still be allowed in buildings.  See the letter:

indiana Bills we're tracking

Our latest report:  BOMA legislative update-10.pdf

Building Codes: https://track.govhawk.com/reports/MOYe2/public

Marijuana: https://track.govhawk.com/reports/MVYpk/public

Property Taxes: https://track.govhawk.com/reports/2KYPM/public

Sustainability: https://track.govhawk.com/reports/2JYrq/public

Signage: https://track.govhawk.com/reports/2Ydyq/public

President Adam Chavers, Legislative Chair Tristan Glover, Director Cynthia Brown, Senator Mike Braun (R-IN), Director Chris Horsley and Executive Director Sarah Kuester take time for a photo after discussing energy and tax savings legislation, on February 5, 2020.


Restoring Investment in Improvements Act:  H.R. 1869

Making Commercial Buildings Energy - Efficiency Tax Deduction Permanent:  179D

Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act of 2019:  H.R.3962

Libby Cierzniak putting experience to work for you

Elizabeth Kelley Cierzniak, Partner at Faegre Drinker joined us as legislative monitor & lobbyist in 2016.  Since joining Faegre Baker Daniels in 1996, Libby has developed a varied government relations and regulatory practice representing corporations, trade associations and public sector clients (such as school districts) before the Indiana General Assembly and state agencies. In recent legislative sessions, she has played an active role in drafting and advocating for passage of legislation addressing such diverse areas as education finance, taxation, gaming, professional regulation and health insurance.  You can reach Libby's complete bio here.

Tristan Glover, advocacy chairman

Tristan Glover, Senior Vice President of Zeller is chairman of the Advocacy Committee. Tristan leads the committee by distinguishing bills most likely to impact commercial real estate building owners, managers, and brokers.

Tristan is currently the Market Leader for the Denver, Colorado portfolio and head of marketing and leasing in Indianapolis.  He is a 2004 graduate of DePauw University. 



Diana M.H. Brenner, FAIA IIDA LEED AP of Brenner Design


Tom McKneight of Robinson Park


BOMA Indianapolis serves Marion County and the surrounding counties of Madison, Hamilton, Hancock, Johnson, Marion and Boone.

In considering it positions, BOMA Indianapolis is aware that not all of its members may necessarily hold the same opinion on specific legislation.  Likewise, BOMA Indianapolis recognizes that while a proposed bill may on its surface appear to be something that BOMA Indianapolis should take a position based on our policy, there is often more to the legislation than can be garnered on first read.  Therefore, BOMA Indianapolis commits itself to the meticulous study of all proposed legislation, and to seek the advice of the Legislative Committee and hired lobbyist before declaring its position.  BOMA Indianapolis promotes the practice of commercial real estate ownership and management.  For this reason, while we may concentrate our efforts on legislation proposed by the Indiana General Assembly, we also consider the needs of our members at the local level.  Check out a letter from our executive director to Governor Mike Pence regarding the Indiana Energy Code set to expire on December 31, 2016.  Governor Pence did indeed sign the code extension.

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BOMA Indianapolis supports legislation that meets the following criteria:

  • Any legislation that supports the mission and vision of BOMA Indianapolis
  • State legislation that promotes economic and workforce development
  • State legislation that promotes the funding and enhancing of Indiana’s transportation network and infrastructure, including (but not limited to) highways, rail, air, and waterways
  • Energy-Efficient Commercial Buildings Tax Incentives
  • Local Laws that mirror those supported by BOMA International


BOMA Indianapolis opposes legislation that meets the following criteria:

  • Legislation that increases the property tax burden on property zoned or designated for commercial, industrial, or medical use; property from which the owner derives income; and on businesses in general
  • Legislation (state or local) that increases the regulatory burden on businesses or on commercial, industrial, or medical office property
  • Local zoning or development ordinances that discourage the development of property for commercial, industrial or medical office purposes, if said purposes are the highest and best use of the property
  • Legislation that encourages retro active tax policies
  • Legislation that allows for taxes on services
  • Local Laws that mirror those opposed by BOMA International


  • BOMA Indianapolis takes a neutral position on any legislation that does not directly or indirectly affect commercial real estate.

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