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Barnes & Thornburg LLP

  • Designation: Indianapolis
  • Head Count: 517
  • Gross Revenues: $346,000,000
  • Revenue Per Lawyer: $670,000
  • Profits Per Partner: $835,000
  • Year Over Year Change: -1

Barnes & Thornburg is an Indianapolis-based law firm.  According to the National Law Journal's 2015 NLJ 350 ranking of firms based on size, Barnes & Thornburg has 517 attorneys and is the 78th largest firm in the United States.  With $346,000,000 in gross revenue in 2014, the firm placed 90th on The American Lawyer's 2015 Am Law 200 ranking.  The firm has offices in CA, DC, DE, GA, IL, IN, MI, MN and OH.

Firm Rankings

Survey Rank Year Over Year Change Description
Am Law 100 90 -1 Gross revenue
Am Law 200 90 -1 Gross revenue
NLJ 250 81 6 Lawyer head count
The A-List NR N/A Overall excellence
Pro Bono Scorecard 159 -8 Pro-bono commitment
Diversity Scorecard 178 6 Minority head count
Midlevel Associates Survey NR N/A Job satisfaction
Summer Associates Survey NR N/A Summer programs

In the News

Analysis: NLRB Ruling Could Upset Franchise Businesses

Rebekah Mintzer : Corporate Counsel : August 31, 2015

The redefinition of employee is expansive and, say some lawyers, unclear, and for the time being empowers labor organizers.

Firms Sound Alarm in Patent Malpractice Case

Scott Graham : The Recorder : August 26, 2015

A decision that representing rival patent-seekers amounts to a conflict of interest would have dire consequences for lawyers and clients, according to an amicus brief from Morrison & Foerster, Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman and several other firms.

AshleyMadison Data Breach Sparks Suits

Ross Todd : The Recorder : August 25, 2015

Two proposed class actions in Los Angeles federal court accuse the site of failing to protect user information.


: New Jersey Law Journal : August 25, 2015

A man who took a kick to the face during a New Jersey rugby match has been granted a default judgment in his suit against the opponent whose cleat delivered the blow.

Canadian Class Action Seeks $578 Million in Ashley Madison Hack

Chris DiMarco : Legaltech News : August 24, 2015

Suit seeks damages on behalf of "all Canadian citizens," as many as 250,000 of which had accounts with the dating site.

IN BRIEF: CA Court Snags Boxing Suit

: The National Law Journal : August 24, 2015

Emmanuel "Manny" Pacquiao and Home Box Office Inc. won the first round in the litigation over his highly publicized match against Floyd Mayweather after a federal panel sent more than 40 consumer class actions to a judge in Los Angeles. Plus more from and other ALM publications.

Indianapolis Moves Beyond Manufacturing

Sheri Qualters : The National Law Journal : August 24, 2015

A strong job market, growth in life sciences and technology, and out-of-state work have put Indianapolis law firms in a good spot.

Courting Ashley Madison Cases? Some Plaintiffs Lawyers Demur

Katelyn Polantz : The National Law Journal : August 20, 2015

The hack, which unleashed onto the Internet yesterday nearly 40 million names and email addresses of possible users who sought extramarital affairs, isn't sexy enough for many plaintiffs lawyers.

Morning Wrap: Lawyers May Be Getting Dumber, While Wachtell Makes a Clever Request

Katelyn Polantz : Legal Times : August 20, 2015

Wachtell Lipton ups the ante in its fight with activist investors by making an unusual request to the SEC. Plus, meet the female lawyers on the Dewey & LeBoeuf defense team, presidential candidate Lawrence Lessig, Gawker's general counsel and the law school grads who are failing the bar exam in this roundup of recent news stories.

Ashley Madison Owner Taps Am Law Firms Amid Massive Hack

Jennifer Henderson : The Am Law Daily : August 19, 2015

DLA Piper, Barnes & Thornburg and Stikeman Elliott have been retained by Toronto-based Avid Life Media, owner of, a controversial online dating and social networking service that has been targeted by hackers.

Northwestern Union Drive Over But Legal Issues Endure

Rebekah Mintzer : Corporate Counsel : August 19, 2015

The NLRB punted on whether the athletes are employees. But student-athletes are planning other ways to change their status.

Labor Board's Surprising Punt in Football Case

Jenna Greene : The Litigation Daily : August 17, 2015

The National Labor Relations Board in a unanimous holding declined to assert jurisdiction over a bid by football players at Northwestern University to unionize. It was the right call, a surprisingly practical move by an agency that in other circumstances has leaped to expand its reach.

Sidley Austin on the Hunt in LA, Plus More Lateral Moves

Jennifer Henderson : The Am Law Daily : August 11, 2015

Manatt loses another partner to Sidley in Los Angeles; Debevoise makes do with a pair of IP departures; and other notable moves from throughout The Am Law 200.


: The National Law Journal : August 10, 2015

Lateral moves in this week's column.

INADMISSIBLE: Trial Lawyer Billy Martin's Next Steps

: The National Law Journal : August 10, 2015

The firms around him have merged, failed and moved, but celebrity trial lawyer William "Billy" Martin hasn't changed his practice. Plus more in this week's column.

Billy Martin Heads to Eighth Firm, Reflects on What He's Learned

Katelyn Polantz : Legal Times : August 06, 2015

The firms around him have merged, failed and moved, but celebrity trial lawyer William "Billy" Martin hasn't changed his practice. After working at seven firms in 15 years, Martin said he won't be jarred when he dissolves the boutique shop he founded in 2013. He and two other lawyers from his practice will join Miles & Stockbridge's Washington office, the firm announced this week. "Substantial clients call me not because I'm with Firm A or Firm B. I don't have a different way of practicing in a small firm or a big firm," Martin said.

Former Ron Paul Campaign Officials Charged in Bribery Scheme

Zoe Tillman : The National Law Journal : August 05, 2015

Three members of Ron Paul's failed presidential bid in 2012, including a former campaign manager for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, have been charged in connection with a scheme to bribe a former Iowa state senator to support Paul's candidacy.

Ex-Dewey Counsel, Billing Director Testify on Practices

Nell Gluckman : The American Lawyer : August 04, 2015

Vincent Schmeltz, a former of counsel for Dewey & LeBoeuf, testified Monday at the trial of the firm's top executives about some of the billing matters for which he was responsible in 2010 and 2011, the years before the firm's collapse.

Kirkland Makes Two Big Hires, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : August 03, 2015

Kirkland & Ellis makes a pair of key additions in New York and London from Simpson Thacher & Bartlett and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer; Lewis Brisbois expands again; one partner joins his fourth firm within a year; and other notable hires from throughout The Am Law 200.

Chicago's Freeborn & Peters Snags Fast-Moving Lateral

Jennifer Henderson : The Am Law Daily : July 29, 2015

Darren VanPuymbrouck spent nearly 26 years at Schiff Hardin before joining Barnes & Thornburg a year ago this week. Since then, the Chicago litigator has been on the move two more times, most recently joining Freeborn & Peters this month to head its fire and explosion response and litigation task force.

Brownfields Redevelopment Is Keeping New Barnes & Thornburg Enviromental Partner Busy

Meredith Hobbs : Daily Report : July 21, 2015

Brownfield redevelopment is hot, particularly in the Southeast, where states have regulations that make it viable to remediate and redevelop polluted land, said environmental lawyer Beth Davis, who joined Barnes & Thornburg from Thompson Hine as a partner at the beginning of the month.

Newsmakers: Week of July 20

: Texas Lawyer : July 17, 2015

Jason Villalba, a state representative for Texas House District 114, has joined Gardere Wynne Sewell as a corporate partner in the firm's Dallas office.

Hausfeld Rides Big Fees Into New York, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : July 14, 2015

High-powered plaintiffs shop Hausfeld hires two antitrust litigators from Greenberg Traurig to open in the Big Apple; Greenberg Traurig opens its first office in Germany; Pillsbury picks up two; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.

After Big Law and Small Law, Hodges Goes Solo

Meredith Hobbs : Daily Report : July 08, 2015

After trying a big firm and a small firm, trial lawyer Ken Hodges has gone solo, for the first time in his more than 20 years as a lawyer.

Akin Gump Adds High-Powered Duo, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : July 08, 2015

The Beltway base of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld absorbs two veteran litigators; Hogan Lovells hires three Baker Botts litigators in Texas; McDermott and Pillsbury poach new partners; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.

Morris Schneider Wittstadt Firm Says Bad Publicity From Creditors' Suits Sparked Its Bankruptcy Filing

Meredith Hobbs : Daily Report : July 07, 2015

Morris Schneider Wittstadt was able to cover more than $20 million discovered missing from its escrow accounts last summer, but it could not withstand the damage to its reputation from a lawsuit by a creditor, pro golfer Dustin Johnson, that alleged "criminal conduct," according to a Monday bankruptcy filing.


: The National Law Journal : July 06, 2015

Lateral moves and new arrivals in this week's column.


: The National Law Journal : June 22, 2015

Laterals and new arrivals in this week's column.

Merger Mania in Chicago

Susan Beck : The American Lawyer : June 18, 2015

So far this year, four Am Law 200 firms have picked up smaller shops in the Windy City.

Freshfields' U.S. Hiring Spree Continues, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : June 17, 2015

The Magic Circle firm snags a senior Simpson Thacher & Bartlett civil litigation partner in New York; Sheppard Mullin adds a three-lawyer IP team from Pillsbury; King & Spalding opens in Tokyo; and other notable moves from throughout The Am Law 200.