The law firm of Bose McKinney & Evans LLP is pleased to announce the addition of Tom Wheeler to lead the firm’s newly established Election and Political Law Group. Wheeler will also be a partner in the firm’s Education and Litigation Groups. With a career spanning private practice, federal service and strategic advisory roles, Wheeler is a recognized authority in regulatory, administrative, trial and appellate matters at local, state and federal levels. He has provided legal counsel on campaign finance and election issues to political parties and candidates throughout the United States, including former Indiana Governor and Vice President Mike Pence, and served as chair of the Indiana Election Commission and the Indiana Recount Commission.
“We are thrilled to welcome Tom to the firm,” said Jeff Gaither, managing partner at Bose McKinney & Evans. “His years of experience in education law, litigation and election-related issues, along with his demonstrated commitment to justice, will undoubtedly be an asset to our clients.”
Prior to joining Bose McKinney & Evans, Wheeler was a partner at a large, multistate firm, where he focused on appellate practice, regulatory and administrative law, and government services.
Wheeler’s prior federal service working as the acting assistant attorney general for civil rights at the United States Department of Justice, where he oversaw the appellate, criminal, disability rights, education, employment, federal coordination and compliance, housing and civil enforcement, immigrant and employee rights, policy and strategy, special litigation and voting sections. Wheeler served as a senior advisor to the White House Federal Commission on School Safety, which was created to respond to several high-profile deadly school shootings. He also served as senior counsel to the Secretary of Education, focusing on COVID-19 issues, which included working with the CDC and HHS to develop guidelines for the safe reopening of schools, as well as with the White House Coronavirus Task Force.
Wheeler has also served in a variety of capacities with national education and law enforcement organizations, including on the board of directors for the National School Boards Association, chair of the Council of School Attorneys and general counsel for the National Sheriffs’ Association, where he provided legal advice to the more than 3,300 elected sheriffs and their offices throughout the United States.
Wheeler earned his J.D. from the Indiana University Maurer School of Law, where he was a member of the National Moot Court team. He earned his bachelor’s degree in political science from the O’Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University.
Wheeler is a member of the American Bar Association, the Indiana State Bar Association, the National School Board Association’s Council of School Attorneys, the Federalist Society and vice chair of the Republican National Lawyers Association. He sits on the White River State Park Development Commission; the USS Indiana, USS Indianapolis and USS Richard G. Lugar Commissioning Committees as treasurer; and was appointed by the president to a four-year term on the advisory committee for the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights.