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Dustin DeNeal ’04 joins First Internet Bank

Dustin DeNeal

Dustin DeNeal ’04 recently joined First Internet Bank as First Vice President Counsel. He will be responsible for a range of legal and regulatory matters, while also providing guidance to the bank’s executive leadership team.

“First Internet Bank is known for trailblazing leadership in the development of digital banking products and services, customer commitment and unique workplace culture,” DeNeal said in a news release. “I am excited to join this forward-thinking team and to work alongside them as we build for the future.”

DeNeal joins First Internet Bank from Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP where he practiced for 13 years. 

“Dustin’s extensive experience working with a variety of financial institutions through his practice in the private law sector will prove valuable as we continue to execute our strategic growth plans,” Nicole Lorch, President and Chief Operating Officer at First Internet Bank said in a news release. “We have worked with him through an external legal counsel relationship for the past decade and are so pleased to welcome him. His ability to evaluate risk and explore alternatives enhances our team’s capabilities.”

DeNeal earned a law degree from Indiana University and bachelor’s degree from Wabash College. While at Wabash, he was an English and Classics double major, and a member of Phi Delta Theta, Pre-Law Society, Sons of Wabash and the football team.


Luke Messer ’91 joins Bose Public Affairs Group

Luke Messer ’91, former U.S. Congressman, recently joined Bose Public Affairs Group LLC as a principal where he will counsel clients on state and federal policy matters in Indiana and Washington, DC.

Luke Messer

“I am thrilled to be joining the Bose family and I look forward to helping our clients grow their businesses in this challenging environment,” Messer said in a citybiz report.

He will work closely at the firm with state and federal government relations teams as well as the strategic communications group, according to the report. In addition, Messer will join Bose McKinney & Evans LLP as a partner at the law firm, where he will focus on serving clients in the business services, labor and employment, and financial services practice groups.

“With the ever-changing political landscape at the state and national level, having Luke join us will provide our clients with a tremendous competitive advantage,” said Andrew Miller, managing principal for Bose Public Affairs Group. “Luke’s experience and understanding of the state and federal landscape will be a welcomed addition to our dynamic team.”

Messer served in the Indiana House of Representatives from 2003 to 2006 when he represented House District 57. He then served three terms as the U.S. Congressman for Indiana’s Sixth Congressional District from 2013 to 2019.

He was the chairman of the Republican Policy Committee for four years where he led hearings on Conservative Clean Energy Agenda; Women in the 21st Century Workforce; Law Enforcement and the American Worker. Messer served on the House Committees on Financial Services; Education and the Workforce; Budget; and Foreign Affairs.

Messer earned a law degree from Vanderbilt University Law School and a bachelor’s degree in speech at Wabash College with the honors summa cum laude. While at Wabash, he was a member of Phi Delta Theta, the football team and the Pre-Law Society.