Michael S. Maurer

Michael S. Maurer

Michael S. (“Mickey”) Maurer’s career as an attorney and entrepreneur has included cable television, film production, radio broadcasting, newspaper publishing, real estate, and banking.  An Indianapolis native, Mickey graduated from North Central High School.  He attended the University of Colorado and graduated with a B.S. in accounting.  He is a member of Beta Alpha Psi accounting honorary society.  Mickey attended Indiana University School of Law where he received a doctor of jurisprudence.  He was a writer and an editor of the Law Journal and also successfully completed the CPA examination.  Mr. Maurer is admitted to both the New York and the Indiana Bar Associations.

 Mickey serves as chairman of the board of IBJ Corporation.  IBJ owns and publishes the Indianapolis Business Journal, Court and Commercial Record, and The Indiana Lawyer.

 Mickey also serves as chairman of the board of directors of The National Bank of Indianapolis, the largest locally owned financial institution in central Indiana.

 Throughout his career, Mickey was involved in a number of other industries, including cable television, radio broadcasting, racquetball, and film production.  His film, Diving In enjoyed a national release and showings on HBO and Cinemax. 

 In 2001, Mickey established “Mickey’s Camp,” a charitable endeavor that has raised over $1 million for Central Indiana charities.

In 2005, Mickey was named president of the Indiana Economic Development Corp. and in 2006 Mickey was named Indiana Secretary of Commerce by Governor Mitch Daniels.

Mickey can be seen on Fox 59 in a quarterly-aired program called, “Mickey’s Corner,” in which he interviews Indiana luminaries.

Mickey enjoys leadership through active participation as a director of numerous businesses, civic, educational, and philanthropic organizations.  He has served as president of the Jewish Community Relations Council and chairman of the board of the Indianapolis Zoological Society and the United Way of Central Indiana. 

In 2008, in recognition of Mickey’s longtime service and generosity to his alma mater, Indiana University School of Law—the Bloomington school was renamed Indiana University Maurer School of Law.

Mickey is a regularly published contributor to The New York Times crossword puzzle.  His hobbies also include skiing, biking, mountain climbing—in 1999, he climbed Mount Kilimanjaro, highest peak in Africa—woodworking, which won a blue ribbon at the Indiana State Fair, and underwater photography. His underwater pictures have won numerous awards and have been displayed in the Waters Building at the Indianapolis Zoo, The Hilbert Circle Theater, The National Art Museum of Sport, The Indianapolis Art Center, and The New York Hall of Science.  In 2003 Mickey authored a book of his underwater photography entitled Water Colors, and in 2009, Mickey’s second book was published, 19 Stars of Indiana.  Mickey is married to Janie Maurer, and they have three children and seven grandchildren.


1990 L.L. Goodman Award
1992 David M. Cook Memorial Award
1992 Ernst & Young Supporter of Entrepreneurship
1993 North Central High School Alumni Hall of Fame
1994 B’nai B’rith Isidore Feibleman Man/Woman of the Year Award
1994 National Multiple Sclerosis Hope Award
1995 Sagamore of the Wabash – Governor Evan Bayh
1995 University of Indianapolis Honorary Degree, Doctor of Laws
1996 Indiana Jefferson Award from The Indianapolis Star
1996 Spirit of Philanthropy from IUPUI
1996 Indiana University School of Law Academy of Law Alumni Fellows
1997 Americanism Award of the Anti-Defamation League
1999 Society of Professional Journalists Friend of the First Amendment Award
2000 Hoosier Heritage Civic Leadership Honoree
2000 Greater Indianapolis Progress Committee – Charles L. Whistler Award
2001 Junior Achievement’s Central Indiana Business Hall of Fame
2001 Indiana University Distinguished Alumni Service Award
2005 Jewish Federation of Greater Indianapolis Liebert Mossler Community Service Award
2006 Benjamin Harrison Medallion by The Columbia Club
2006 Sagamore of the Wabash – Governor Mitchell E. Daniels
2007 Indiana University Foundation President’s Medal
2007 Ivan M. Chalfie Award
2009 Life Trustee of the Indianapolis Zoological Society