January 02, 2013

Faegre Baker Daniels Mourns the Passing of Community Leader and Former Partner J.B. King

For nearly six decades, J.B. King served as a pillar of the Indiana legal and business communities. A skilled lawyer, talented business executive, dedicated civic leader, and remarkable friend and colleague, King was perhaps best known for his contributions to Indiana's tax code in the 1970s and his former roles as general counsel to both Eli Lilly and Company and Guidant Corporation. He passed away on Dec. 29, 2012, at the age of 82.

King graduated from Indiana University in 1951 and earned a law degree from the University of Michigan Law School in 1954. Following law school he joined the Indianapolis office of Baker & Daniels LLP (now Faegre Baker Daniels LLP), where he focused on corporate, litigation and tax matters. After becoming a partner in 1962, King served on the firm's management committee for several years and was an adjunct law professor at the Indiana University McKinney School of Law from 1977-85. In 1987, he joined Eli Lilly and Company as vice president and general counsel. In 1995, King transitioned to vice president and general counsel of Guidant Corporation and simultaneously returned to Baker & Daniels as counsel. He retired from the firm at the end of 2011.

A dedicated citizen of Indiana, King served his community and government in numerous ways. He managed Indiana Gov. Otis R. Bowen's successful 1972 and 1976 gubernatorial campaigns. As special tax counsel to Gov. Bowen, the Indiana House Ways and Means Committee, and the Indiana Senate Finance Committee, King authored much of Indiana's tax code in the early 1970s. He served as a director for several prominent Indiana companies and was on the board of organizations such as the Riley Children's Foundation, Indiana Fiscal Policy Institute, Eiteljorg Musem of American Indians and Western Art, Indianapolis-Marion County Building Authority and Indiana Legal Foundation.

King's contributions to our firm and his community will live on long after his death. Our memories of him as an outstanding colleague, friend and lawyer will never be forgotten. We offer our deepest condolences to King's wife Ann and his family. May he rest in peace.

J.B. King—Obituary
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