ABOUT

There’s a reason that, in every issue since it began, U.S. News Best Lawyers has listed Dant Advocacy among its Best Law Firms in government relations. Dant Advocacy offers experience and expertise that enable our clients to be treated fairly in the evolving environment of lawmaking and regulation. As our client, you will receive hands-on, personal attention from professionals who work in a bipartisan, strategic manner to advocate for your position and protect your interests.

 

Dant Advocacy has been certified by the state of Indiana as a Women’s Business Enterprise for lobbying and professional procurement services.

 

MEET THE TEAM

Miriam Smulevitz Dant
Owner & President

Miriam Dant is widely recognized as a skilled government affairs professional whose broad experience enables her to craft solutions for her clients. 
 

She has been listed in Best Lawyers®, the oldest and most respected peer-review publication in the legal profession, since 2007, including being named Indianapolis Lawyer of the Year for Government Relations in 2016 and again in 2018.

 

The Indianapolis Business Journal and Indiana Lawyer named Miriam among the “Influential Women in Indianapolis.” The IBJ also recognized her in its “Forty Under 40,” a list of young professionals who have demonstrated leadership, initiative and dedication in their careers.

Miriam served from 1993 to 1997 as Gov. Evan Bayh’s adviser on environmental and energy issues. She previously served as Counsel to the Indiana Secretary of State and as Indiana securities commissioner under Secretary of State Joe Hogsett.

 

Miriam worked as a litigator at the law firm of Baker & Daniels and practiced in the firm’s government affairs group, becoming a partner in 1998 and representing clients at the Statehouse. She handled all areas of state and municipal government on issues including environmental regulation and policy, utilities and energy, taxes, transportation, economic development, general business issues and government procurement. She founded Dant Advocacy Inc. in 2006.

 

She serves on the boards of Indianapolis Hebrew Congregation and the Jewish Community Relations Council, and she has been appointed by Carmel Mayor Jim Brainard to the Carmel Midtown Building Corporation and the Carmel Ethics Commission. She is a member of the energy committee and the environmental committee of the Indiana Manufacturers Association and the environmental committee of the Indiana Chamber of Commerce, and sits on the Advisory Council of  Youth Philanthropy Indy. Miriam has also served on the board of the Governmental Affairs Society of Indiana and Second Helpings.

Danielle R. Coulter
Senior Government Affairs Associate & Communications Manager

Danielle Coulter has firsthand knowledge of the intricacies of government, the result of her experience working for the Indiana General Assembly and representing Indiana county officials.

Danielle previously served as a policy analyst for the Indiana Primary Health Care Association. Before that, she served as deputy director of government affairs for the Association of Indiana Counties, where she lobbied on behalf of county elected officials, including circuit court clerks, coroners, recorders and surveyors. Danielle drafted and guided the passage of several legislative measures to promote county government efficiency. She also directed the association’s political action committee.

 

Danielle also served as a legislative assistant for the Republican caucus of the Indiana House of Representatives. She served on the government relations staff for Indiana University and as a governmental relations intern for Ball State University.

Danielle is the current City-County Councillor for District 23, representing a large portion of Perry Township on the far southside of Marion County. She has held this position since November of 2018, after being caucused in by her fellow precinct committeemen. Danielle previously ran for office in 2016 when she was the slated Republican candidate for Marion County Treasurer.

 

She is a graduate of the Women’s Campaign School at Yale University, the Hoosier Congressional Policy Leadership Series, the Indiana Leadership Forum, the Richard G. Lugar Excellence in Public Service Series and the Bowen Institute on Political Participation. She is a member of the Governmental Affairs Society of Indiana and Leadership Indianapolis (formerly Lacy Leadership Association) and a graduate of its Opportunity Indianapolis and Leadership Education And Development programs.

 

She is also very active in the community, having served as President of the Perry Township GOP Club in Marion County and having previously served on the Board of Directors for both Junior League of Indianapolis and the Franklin Township Civic League. She is a past precinct committeeman, a past ward chair, an active member of several local political organizations, and a graduate of the FBI Citizens Academy (Indianapolis chapter), the Indianapolis Public Safety Citizens Academy, and the Community Justice Academy hosted by the Marion County Prosecutor's Office.

Berkley Ramsey
Government Affairs Associate

Berkley Ramsey joined Dant Advocacy at the beginning of 2018, bringing additional experience from the legislative branch to round out the team.

He previously served as a legislative assistant for the Republican caucus of the Indiana House of Representatives for two years, where he worked for the Majority Floor Leader and covered issues pertaining to the House Committee on Veterans Affairs and Public Safety. Prior to that, he served as an intern for the Republican caucus of the Indiana House of Representatives during the 2015 and 2016 legislative sessions.

Berkley is a member of the Governmental Affairs Society of Indiana and a graduate of the Bowen Institute on Political Participation.

Berkley is currently attending the University of Indianapolis, where he is pursuing a Master of Arts degree in International Relations and Policy. He is a 2016 graduate of Indiana University (Bloomington), where he earned a bachelor's degree in political science.

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