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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

Morning Wrap: A Judge's Guantanamo Criticism | Tweeting-Lawyer Awaits Possible Sanction

Mike Scarcella : Legal Times : November 25, 2015

U.S. District Judge Royce Lamberth questions the government over delays in reviewing Gitmo cases. A Barnes & Thornburg partner apologizes for tweeting photos from a federal trial—and now awaits a possible sanction. And an anonymous jury will sit in the Freddie Gray case in Baltimore. This is a daily roundup from ALM and other publications.

Read Vincent Schmeltz's Response to Rule to Show Cause

Zoe Tillman : The National Law Journal : November 24, 2015

A committee of federal judges in Chicago will decide whether to punish Barnes & Thornburg partner Vincent "Trace" Schmeltz III, who was caught tweeting photos from a federal criminal trial. Schmeltz appeared in court Tuesday, where he apologized. On this page, read Schmeltz's response to the rule to show cause.

Chicago Law Partner Caught Tweeting From Federal Trial Apologizes

Zoe Tillman : The National Law Journal : November 24, 2015

A committee of federal judges in Chicago will decide whether to punish a white-collar partner at Barnes & Thornburg who was caught tweeting photos from a criminal trial. In a written response filed with the court, Vincent "Trace" Schmeltz III admitted tweeting photos of evidence. Schmeltz "formally apologizes" and is "sincerely remorseful for his conduct," his lawyer at Sidley Austin wrote in the document.

Sherman & Howard Augments Atlanta Beachhead With Partner From Taylor English

Meredith Hobbs : Daily Report : November 24, 2015

Newsmakers: Week of November 23

: Texas Lawyer : November 20, 2015

Allison Carroll has joined Cantey Hanger in Fort Worth as an associate.

Gordon Rees Ends Fee Fight With Alex Rodriguez

Scott Flaherty : The Am Law Daily : November 17, 2015

New York Yankees star Alex Rodriguez has settled a dispute over $380,000 in attorney fees incurred by Gordon Rees Scully Mansukhani related to the firm's representation of him in a performance-enhancing drug scandal.

Chicago Lawyer Who Tweeted Photos From Federal Trial to Face Judge

Zoe Tillman : The National Law Journal : November 11, 2015

Vincent "Trace" Schmeltz III, a Barnes & Thornburg white-collar partner in Chicago, could face sanctions after he tweeted photos from a federal criminal trial. The tweets didn't go unnoticed. U.S. District Chief Judge Rubén Castillo has ordered Schmeltz, co-chairman of the firm's financial and regulatory litigation practice, to appear on Nov. 24 to explain why he shouldn't face sanctions for violating court rules.

Morning Wrap: Fifth Circuit Rules Against Obama Immigration Program

Mike Sacks : Legal Times : November 10, 2015

The Fifth Circuit deals a significant blow to the Obama administration's immigration action. A Chicago law partner who took photos at a trial, and tweeted the images, is in trouble with the judge. A Washington judge rules for a second time against the NSA's bulk collection of American's phone records. This is a daily news roundup from ALM and other publications.

Dickinson Wright Debuts Health Care Venture, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : November 09, 2015

Detroit-based Dickinson Wright launches a health care affiliate; Duane Morris hires a diversity leader; Quinn Emanuel starts a class action practice in Australia; Sidley expands in Los Angeles; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.

Movers: A Weekly Roundup of Laterals and Promotions

: The National Law Journal : November 09, 2015

Laterals and new arrivals in this week's column.

Columbia Grad Students Lose Union Battle, May Win War

Rebekah Mintzer : Corporate Counsel : November 02, 2015

The debate over college athletes unionizing may have obscured discussion about another group on campus likely to make it to the bargaining table—graduate students.

Newsmakers: Week of November 2

: Texas Lawyer : October 30, 2015

Rory Hatch has joined Winstead as an associate in the Houston office. He is in the firm's commercial litigation practice group.

Former Ron Paul Campaign Staffer Acquitted at Trial

Zoe Tillman : The National Law Journal : October 22, 2015

A federal jury in Iowa on Thursday acquitted Jesse Benton, a top official in Ron Paul's 2012 presidential campaign and a former campaign manager for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, on a charge that he lied to law enforcement.

Wiley Rein Adds New Recruits, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : October 20, 2015

Six months after a firmwide cull, Wiley Rein is hiring again; Covington & Burling brings back a partner from GE; Day Pitney expands into Florida; Ropes & Gray raids Fried Frank; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.

King & Spalding Adds Corporate Partner in SF

Patience Haggin : The Recorder : October 01, 2015

Geoffrey Leonard comes from Ropes & Gray. Says Suits Filed as 'Doe' Are a No-Go

Amanda Bronstad : The National Law Journal : September 21, 2015

The parent company of extramarital site said it plans to get lawsuits filed in the wake of its recent security breach tossed out by arguing that the plaintiffs have improperly used “Doe” pseudonyms and that their claims belong in arbitration.

IP Shops See Partners Depart, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : September 15, 2015

Finnegan Henderson and Kenyon & Kenyon, two top IP-focused firms, see partners peel away on both coasts; Gibson Dunn grows in London; Morgan Lewis adds an Islamic finance expert; and other notable hires from throughout The Am Law 200.

Fee Tracker: Football's Big Bills, ICANN and Alfred Mann

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : September 11, 2015

As football season begins, a look at the fees accrued by lawyers litigating for the NCAA and NFL; Jones Day's ICANN-related fees; Cleary Gottlieb grabs $25 million for its Puerto Rican restructuring work; and other notable disbursements from throughout Big Law.


: The National Law Journal : September 07, 2015

Laterals and new arrivals in this week's column.

Air Cargo Fight Ready for Takeoff

Jenna Greene : The Litigation Daily : September 01, 2015

Hausfeld threw down the gauntlet on Monday with a press release headlined “Multibillion-Dollar Air Cargo Price-Fixing Litigation Headed to Trial in Brooklyn.” Plaintiffs lawyers say they're ready to go to court, but will the holdout defendants chance a jury trial?

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.