Barnes & Thornburg

Barnes & Thornburg LLP is a large U.S. law firm and lobbying group with 14 offices located in the United States.

Barnes & Thornburg LLP
HeadquartersIndianapolis, Indiana
No. of offices14
No. of attorneysapproximately 600
Major practice areasFull service law, Lobbying
Key peopleRobert Grand, firm managing partner[1]
Date founded1982
Company typeLimited liability partnership

It is currently the second largest law firm in the state of Indiana, and 90th largest in the United States.[2]


The firm was founded in 1982 as a merger of two Indiana-based firms: the Indianapolis-based Barnes, Hickam, Pantzer & Boyd (founded in 1940) and the South Bend-based Thornburg, McGill, Deahl, Harman, Carey & Murray (founded in 1926). Since 2009, Barnes & Thornburg has opened offices in Dallas, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Minneapolis, and Columbus. In 2015, the National Law Journal ranked Barnes & Thornburg as the 78th largest law firm in the United States. In 2015, the American Lawyer released its AmLaw 100 rankings, and Barnes & Thornburg was listed at No. 90.[3] In April 2019, a ground breaking ceremony took place for the firms new office building in South Bend, Indiana. Local leaders attended including Mayor Pete Buttigieg, Philip Faccenda Jr, Managing Partner of Barnes and Thornburg LLP and representatives from Bald Mountain and Great Lakes Capital.[4] The 5-story mixed-use building designed by KTGY Architecture[5] will be called The Barnes and Thornburg building and consist of 32,839 square feet of office space and 6,720 square feet of retail and restaurant space on the ground floor.[6] It is the first commercial development to break ground in the downtown business core in the last 20 years.[7] The firm will remain in the 1st Source Bank Center until summer 2021.[8]

Practice areas

Barnes & Thornburg has practice areas in healthcare law, environmental law, and construction law, and some niche specialties such as aviation law.[9] By expanding through mergers, they have acquired practice groups from other firms in the fields of labor and employment, intellectual property, and estate planning.[2]


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