Tyler O. Starkey joined 1816 inc. in 2015 as Policy Advisor and General Counsel. As a member of the firm, he helps clients navigate political and regulatory processes, enabling them to proactively maximize benefits while minimizing risks associated with new and upcoming legislation. His prior political experience also includes serving as President of the Hendricks County Election Board where he served as a member of a body that performs administrative functions of the election process. He also worked as a legislative intern for the Indiana House of Representatives in 2002; and subsequently interned for Ball State University Governmental Affairs in 2003 tracking key legislation related to higher education and charter schools in Indiana. During law school, Tyler interned for the Legislative Services Agency (LSA) covering interim study committee meetings and researching committee structures for the Legislative Council.
Mr. Starkey has a private law practice in Danville, Indiana providing counsel and representation to individuals and corporations. Before starting his own practice, Tyler was an associate attorney at Steuerwald, Hannon, Zielinski & Witham where he assisted with representation for the Hendricks County Board of Commissioners and the Hendricks County Board of Health. Prior to private practice, he also served three years as a Deputy Prosecuting Attorney in Hendricks County, Indiana.
Ball State University, Muncie, Indiana (B.S. Political Science, 2003, Minor in Chemistry)
Valparaiso University School of Law, Valparaiso, Indiana (J.D., 2006)
Michael R. O’Brien joined 1816 inc. in 2016 as executive vice president. Since 2002, he has counseled clients on legislative and executive branch matters, and has served as political advisor to Republican candidates and elected officials.
Prior to joining 1816 inc., Mr. O’Brien served as campaign manager for the successful Holcomb for Indiana gubernatorial campaign. As a contract lobbyist, he has worked as vice president with Bose Public Affairs Group, senior public policy advisor with Barnes & Thornburg, LLP., and legislative liaison for the Indiana State Medical Association. He also served as legislative director for Governor Mitch Daniels.
Mr. O’Brien’s previous political experience includes work on the Mitch Daniels for Governor Campaign in 2004 and 2008. In 2006, he managed Todd Rokita’s successful election as Secretary of State and has worked on countless state and local races. In 2009, he was elected chairman of the Hendricks County Republican Party.
Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana (B.A., Political Science, 2001)