Tenley Drescher-Rhoades has rejoined Faegre Drinker as counsel in the corporate practice group in the Indianapolis office. She most recently served as general counsel at the Indianapolis Airport Authority.
Drescher-Rhoades is an advisor on public finance matters. She counsels governmental entities on government operations, from regulatory and legislative issues to bond financings. Additionally, she advises private entities in interacting with government during incentives and public-private partnerships. Drescher-Rhoades has significant experience advising governmental entities during capital improvement campaigns. She also has counseled public and private entities through a variety of other economic development incentives, and on procurement, consolidation and collaboration. Drescher-Rhoades was previously with Faegre Baker Daniels from 2012 to 2019, when she served as counsel in the firm’s Indianapolis office.
Drescher-Rhoades has also worked with the Marion County Election Board — first as director of elections, then as outside general counsel. She oversaw elections in Indiana’s largest county with more than 600,000 registered voters and more than 300 voting locations. She also served as deputy corporation counsel for the City of Indianapolis under Mayor Bart Peterson. Drescher-Rhoades managed the city’s legal department, counseled the Office of the Mayor, participated in several major policy initiatives and developed expertise in election and redevelopment law.
Drescher-Rhoades earned her bachelor’s degree, cum laude, from Butler University and her Juris Doctor, cum laude, from Indiana University Maurer School of Law, where she was the managing editor of the Indiana Law Journal from 1999-2000.