Michael R. O’Brien has counseled clients on legislative and executive branch matters and served as political advisor to candidates and elected officials since 2002. He joined 1816 inc. in 2016 and was instrumental in building the firm’s impressive client roster and formidable presence in the Statehouse. He was named President of 1816 Public Affairs Group LLC in 2020.
Brian C. Bosma recently joined 1816 Public Affairs Group LLC as a Senior Consultant providing strategic advice and consulting services to the firm and its clients. Mr. Bosma remains as a partner with the law firm of Kroger Gardis & Regas practicing in the municipal law, finance and corporate transactions areas and Chairs KGR’s Municipal Law Practice Group.
Matthew D. Whetstone serves 1816 Public Affairs Group LLC as an outside Senior Consultant helping guide clients and the team on strategy and tactics as needed.
Meet Our Team
Tyler O. Starkey joined 1816 Public Affairs Group LLC in 2015 as Policy Advisor and General Counsel. As the Policy Advisor and General Counsel, Tyler Starkey helps clients navigate political and regulatory processes, enabling them to proactively maximize benefits while minimizing risks associated with new and upcoming legislation. Tyler is also the Executive Director of the Indiana Beverage Alliance which is the Indiana trade association for beer wholesalers.
Neil Krevda joined 1816 Public Affairs Group LLC in 2019 as Director of Government Affairs. Neil has an extensive background in the legislative, regulatory, state agencies and utilities. He is also the President of the Indiana Broadband and Technology Association. He worked for GTE/Verizon for many years and spent the last 25 years in the Government Affairs group within Verizon. He handled various issues in six states including Indiana. Prior to GTE/Verizon, Neil worked for the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission, the Indiana Consumer Counselor Office and an electric utility in the State of Indiana.
Grant joined 1816 Public Affairs Group in 2020 as Director of Government Affairs and Associate General Counsel. He represents clients in legislative and executive branch lobbying, local government affairs, regulatory affairs, public policy initiatives, and political strategy.
Brooke Fair joined 1816 Public Affairs Group LLC in 2019 as Director of Operations. Brooke has a background in event management along with operational management. Prior to joining 1816, Mrs. Fair worked in the retail management industry for 11 years at Buckle, Inc. Brooke worked her way up to Store Manager Level and before leaving the company she worked as an Operations Manager.
Kroger Gardis & Regas (KGR)
Kroger Gardis & Regas (KGR) attorneys serve the legal needs of central Indiana’s business and financial community, concentrating resources in the commercial law, bankruptcy, real estate, and business law areas from its Indianapolis headquarters. Over the past two decades, the firm has expanded its client services to include the unique and diverse needs of Indiana’s municipalities and political subdivisions. The firm serves the needs of numerous governmental units as both general and special counsel and is also employed to consult with additional political subdivisions and their general counsel on specific or complex matters.
KGR is a member of TAGlaw® a worldwide network of independent law firms with more than 140 member firms based in nearly 100 countries. Its 9,000 lawyers work out of 300 offices to provide a full range of legal services to clients all over the world.
In 2020, KGR and 1816 Public Affairs Group, LLC., entered into a strategic partnership to enhance both firms’ well-established presence in state and local government. Through this partnership, clients have access to a comprehensive suite of services to serve their legal, government, and public affairs needs.