Harry Lee Gonso


Harry Lee Gonso



Harry Lee Gonso was born in Findlay, Ohio, where he graduated from Findlay High School in 1966. Gonso attended Indiana University as an undergraduate (1966-1970). He was the quarterback and captain of IU’s 1967 Rose Bowl football team, as well as being an academic All-Big Ten and All-American. Gonso received his B.A. in Accounting in 1970.

After receiving his undergraduate degree, Gonso enrolled at the Indiana University School of Law. While in law school he spent his summers working at the Hayes & Hayes law firm in Fort Wayne, Arthur Young & Company in Chicago, and Peat, Marwick, Mitchell & Company in New York City. After receiving his JD in 1971, Gonso` settled in Indianapolis, practicing with the firm of Bingham, Summers, Welsh & Spilman for several years. Since 1980, Gonso has been affiliated with the Indianapolis firm of Ice Miller. He briefly retired in 2005 to serve as Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels’ senior counsel and chief of staff, before returning to the firm in 2007.

Gonso has served as a member of the Indiana University Board of Trustees twice, 1976 to 1994 and 2017 to the present. He is active in numerous civic, cultural and educational organizations and has actively been involved in the development of life sciences entrepreneurial efforts in Indianapolis. He has been awarded the Sagamore of the Wabash by three different Indiana governors, received the Indiana University Distinguished Alumni Award (1995), received the Z.G. Clevenger Award (1994), and was inducted into the Indiana University Athletics Hall of Fame (1982). Additionally, Gonso served on the law school's Board of Visitors from1998 to 2005.

Gonso was inducted into the law school's Academy of Law Alumni Fellows in 2022.


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