Chairman: Robert T Grand
Managing Partners: David C Allen (Los Angeles); D Randall Brown (Fort Wayne); Philip J Faccenda, Jr (South Bend); Brian L Burdick (Indianapolis); Stuart C Johnson (Atlanta); Robert W Sikkel (Grand Rapids); Karen A McGee (Washington); William A Nolan (Columbus); Connie A Lahn(Minneapolis); Mark E Rust (Chicago); J Scott Troeger (Elkhart); Mark W Bayer (Dallas); David M. Powlen (Wilmington)
Number of partners: 386
Number of other attorneys: 230
With more than 600 attorneys and other legal professionals, Barnes & Thornburg LLP is one of the largest US firms and provides legal services to a diverse group of clients ranging from entrepreneurial growth companies to Fortune 500 corporations. Attorneys represent clients in many industries, including financial services, technology, international business, life sciences, healthcare, government, higher education, renewable energy, manufacturing, and non-profit organizations and foundations, among others.
Main Areas of Practice:
Corporate Transactions & Counseling:
The firm’s corporate group has experience in merger, acquisition, joint venture, and capital raising transactions of all types, and in working with entrepreneurial companies. Attorneys counsel corporate clients in the areas of governance, shareholder relations, antitrust planning, distribution, tax and securities. Transactional attorneys handle matters that include public and private equity and debt placement, conventional and asset-based lending, commercial real estate finance, structured and asset-backed financing and securitization, and leveraged ESOPs, as well as industrial revenue bonds.
Attorneys assist clients with compliance counseling, obtaining and negotiating permits, business transactions and planning, facility cleanups, and administrative adjudication before federal and state agencies, among other activities. Environmental attorneys evaluate and manage environmental issues in real estate and business transactions that involve water, soil and air regulatory compliance, as well as enforcement and emerging legal issues associated with climate change, oil and gas pipelines, vapor intrusion and advanced remediation solutions.
Finance, Insolvency & Restructuring:
Attorneys handle all aspects of representation of secured and unsecured creditors, borrowers, guarantors, trustees and creditors’ committees, including negotiating and drafting loan agreements, negotiable instruments, and other commercial transactions. They also represent creditors and obligors nationally in out-of-court workouts and refinancings, as well as in various state and federal courts.
Governmental Services & Finance:
Firm attorneys regularly represent government issuers and underwriters in government bond financings and many other public finance projects in several states. Attorneys also assist a variety of clients at the local, state, and national levels through lobbying and public affairs efforts. The firm serves clients on business, government and trade association issues and in regulatory and administrative matters, including licensing, rate, finance, contracting with the federal government and complaint proceedings before federal regulatory agencies.
The firm represents physicians, clinics and specialty groups, hospitals, managed care organizations, nursing homes, pharmacies, laboratories and national healthcare-related associations in regulatory, transactional and litigation matters. Attorneys deliver guidance on longterm care facilities, managed care networks, medical staff issues, Medicare and Medicaid, mergers and acquisitions, physician-hospital contracting, physician practice groups, provider, joint ventures, reimbursement disputes and audits and tax exemption issues.
The firm has experience in several facets of IP law and litigation, from patent and trademark prosecution to franchising, from antitrust and unfair trade practices to technology development and deployment, and from life sciences and biotechnology to ‘bet-the-company’ patent infringement litigation. Attorneys also advise clients on issues related to data privacy and cybersecurity.
Labor & Employment:
Attorneys routinely defend clients against claims of wrongful discharge, harassment, discrimination, workplace defamation, breach of contract, invasion of privacy, ERISA violations, illicit drug testing and other federal and state law claims, and enforce non-competition and non-solicitation agreements. The firm’s extensive traditional labor practice encompasses defending against unfair labor practice charges and union-organizing campaigns, negotiating and administrating union contracts, and coaching and training on lawful unionavoidance techniques.
The firm’s litigators have represented businesses in controversies in all 50 states and before most of the US federal courts, as well as before various international and multi-jurisdictional tribunals. The firm has key practices in white collar criminal defense, insurance recovery, construction, compliance, drug and medical device litigation, and product liability, among others.
Real Estate Services:
The firm’s services include rezoning and land-use planning; negotiation of financing; project development; organization of owners’ associations and development of architectural standards; leasing, sale, or tax-free exchange of the completed project; and any other matters, including litigation, which may be encountered before, during, and after the completion of a project. Attorneys also are experienced in low-income housing and new markets and historic tax credits, and have represented investors, syndicators, developers and financial institutions in these highly complex tax credit financing transactions.