Barnes & Thornburg LLP

Barnes & Thornburg LLP

4 Star Rating     3 reviews 
Main Office:
11 South Meridian Street | Indianapolis | IN | 46204
Phone: 317-236-1313  | Fax: 317-231-7433 

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Year of establishment 1982 Number of partners 307
Number of offices 10 Partner to associate ratio 3.00
Biggest office Indianapolis Percentage of women attorneys 18.10
Number of attorneys 469 Percentage of minority attorneys 6.10
Number of associates 104 Percentage of LGBT attorneys 0.80
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Barnes & Thornburg LLP Reviews

- Reviewed on December 18, 2017

Advice to law firm management: They need to find a way to distribute the workload between the firm more efficiently. It becomes hard to find a balance between work and life with the amount of work that comes in and out of this firm. The staff also needs to create more opportunities for employees to seek further advancement within the law firm.

Pros: This is an amazing firm that challenges you and expands your horizons on all fronts. The firm provides competitive salaries and well paid time off for employees. I've worked with talented attorneys at the firm that pushed me further and beyond in my abilities as an attorney. It was a pleasure working with the firm and friends I made here.

Cons: Further advancement within the law firm is difficult. Finding a balance between work and life is also a challenge as the workload here is rough and touch. With the amount of effort needed to succeed here, it would seem advancement within the firm would come naturally.

Current or former employee?: Former Employee

- Reviewed on October 26, 2017

Advice to law firm management: This firm needs to consider paying their employees more, especially the ones who have worked longer. This would help motivate them to work harder.

Pros: This firm was an awesome place to work for the first few years. Training was done well and the hours were very consistent. I felt that I had a good work and home life balance.

Cons: The problem with this firm is that raises are rarely given out. I worked at the firm for several years and did not get a raise once and or know of anyone else to receive one. We also don't receive any bonuses for our work and it's hard to be motivated when there is nowhere to move up.

Current or former employee?: Former Employee


You don’t need more lawyers, you need the right lawyers. You deserve to work with a firm that offers integrity, reliability and a personal commitment to finding the right solutions for the challenges and opportunities you face every day. You’ve come to the right place. Barnes & Thornburg attorneys take the time to learn about you and your business. We staff matters with small, close-knit teams led by a fully involved attorney who will keep you informed every step of the way. Our innovative, entrepreneurial spirit continues to attract top legal talent from across the country.

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Barnes & Thornburg LLP Awards and Recognitions

Barnes & Thornburg LLP Receives 87 First-Tier Rankings in U.S. News and Best Lawyers' 2015 "Best Law Firms" Survey

Five Barnes & Thornburg Attorneys Named Michigan Super Lawyers®, Rising Stars

More than 150 Barnes & Thornburg Attorneys Named "Best Lawyers"


Barnes & Thornburg LLP recognizes that a commitment to diversity requires action. "Diversity" encompasses a wide range of experience and characteristics, including gender, race, age, national origin, sexual orientation, religion, political affiliation, marital status, veteran's status, and disability. At Barnes & Thornburg, we are committed to creating an inclusive, respectful, and open culture made up of talented individuals of diverse backgrounds. We strive to sustain a work environment in which each individual's perspective, background, skills, and abilities are valued.

"As this world continues to become more diverse and our potential clients become more diverse, we need to understand the issues associated with people who are different from us," explained Anthony Prather, past co-chair of the firm's Diversity Committee.

Diversity at Barnes & Thornburg helps create a "win-win-win" scenario. Diversity among our attorneys and staff facilitates the firm's success and productivity. Diversity improves morale, attracts talented and creative people, and promotes professional development. A diverse and positive environment promotes quick and innovative solutions for our clients.

We are committed to sustaining a professional environment that attracts and retains attorneys and staff of various backgrounds, regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, religious affiliation, age, disability, gender identity or social perspective. Kathleen Anderson, co-chair of the firm's Diversity Committee, put the firm's commitment to diversity into perspective:

"We have been recognized on a national level in the area of diversity," Kathleen said. "We know, however, that in this ever-changing world we need to be vigilant and to stay ahead of the curve on diversity initiatives."

Learn more about the firm's Diversity Committee and its initiatives at the following

Summer associate program

Barnes & Thornburg offers a summer associate program that gives law students a wide variety of opportunities. Summer associates work closely with the firm's more than 600 attorneys and other legal professionals and their clients on matters ranging from small matters where the summer associate may take on a large role to complex matters in which the summer associate may work as part of a team. Further, the growth and breadth of Barnes & Thornburg's regional and national representations ensures that when they become associates in our firm our summer associates know they will be challenged every day working on sophisticated, complex legal problems that have potential ramifications to our clients at the local, state, regional, national and international level.

Summer associates also are exposed to the firm's pro bono program. At Barnes & Thornburg, pro bono assignments are not dictated to attorneys; summer associates have the opportunity to select the pro bono projects and activities that they want to be involved in and that are important to their own values and beliefs. Barnes & Thornburg has a written pro bono policy confirming that all attorneys may receive up to 50 hours of billable credit for pro bono work. Find out more about the firm's pro bono efforts by viewing the pro bono page in this section.


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