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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

Troutman Sanders Posts 'Eye-Popping' Year

Meredith Hobbs : Daily Report : February 04, 2016

Troutman Sanders had a blockbuster year in 2015, reporting $468.5 million in revenue, up 11 percent, and net income of $180.8 million, up 14 percent. Profit per equity partner jumped from $805,000 to $970,000—after a $55,000 increase in 2014.

Jones Walker Snags 6 Construction Lawyers From Kilpatrick; Plus Other 'On the Move' News

Meredith Hobbs : Daily Report : February 02, 2016

New Orleans-based Jones Walker has scooped up a team of six construction lawyers from Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton.

Holland & Knight Hires in Connecticut, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter and Christine Simmons : The Am Law Daily : February 01, 2016

The latest Dickstein Shapiro defectors are hired by Holland & Knight; Jones Day adds an IP trio; Kirkland & Ellis recruits a senior SEC official; Latham & Watkins lands a high-profile lateral in Germany; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.

Houston Hiring Market Stays Hot, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 27, 2016

Paul Hastings and Kirkland & Ellis and several other big firms make key additions in Texas; Greenberg Traurig, Orrick and Sidley Austin keep hiring; Wilson Sonsini welcomes back a favorite son; and other notable moves from throughout The Am Law 200.

Barnes & Thornburg Bags Four From Top Chicago IP Shop

Nell Gluckman : The Am Law Daily : January 27, 2016

Having already hired a handful of litigators this week, Barnes & Thornburg dipped back into the lateral market Wednesday to snag four more partners for its IP practice from prominent Chicago-based boutique Brinks, Gilson & Lione.

Barnes & Thornburg Beefs Up Litigation Practice; Plus Other 'On the Move' News

Meredith Hobbs : Daily Report : January 27, 2016

Barnes & Thornburg has added two litigators locally: Gary Freed as a partner from Thompson Hine and J. Malcolm Cox as of counsel from McGuire Woods.

Patterson Belknap Loses Products Pro to Barnes & Thornburg

Nell Gluckman : The Am Law Daily : January 26, 2016

After adding four litigators in Atlanta and Minneapolis, Barnes & Thornburg hired product liability expert James Murdica in Chicago from New York's Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler.

Socially Unacceptable? Ethical Issues in Lawyers' Use of Social Media

John G. Browning : Texas Lawyer : December 17, 2015

Despite a slew of ethics opinions and high-profile sanctions on everything from contacting represented parties via Facebook to instructing clients to delete damaging online content, attorneys are still getting into trouble resulting from their misuse of social media.

Movers: A Weekly Roundup of Laterals and Promotions

: The National Law Journal : December 14, 2015

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

Chicago Law Firm Partner Ordered to Pay $5K for Rule-Breaking Tweets

Zoe Tillman : The National Law Journal : December 14, 2015

Barnes & Thornburg partner Vincent "Trace" Schmeltz III must donate $5,000 as punishment for tweeting photographs of a trial in violation of court rules, a committee of federal judges in Chicago has ruled.

Inadmissible

Ben Seal, Amanda Bronstad and Cheryl Miller : New Jersey Law Journal : December 11, 2015

Web Summary, dateline, etc. here

Chicago Law Partner Proposes His Sanction for Tweeting Court Photos

Zoe Tillman : The National Law Journal : December 09, 2015

Vincent "Trace" Schmeltz III, the Barnes & Thornburg partner in Chicago who got in trouble for tweeting photos of a federal criminal trial, has proposed that his punishment include a $1,000 donation, legal training and pro bono service. "Mr. Schmeltz deeply regrets that this occurred and has learned a valuable lesson," a lawyer for Schmeltz said.

Ashley Madison Breach Cases Consolidated in St. Louis Federal Court

Amanda Bronstad : The National Law Journal : December 09, 2015

Lawsuits filed over the cyberattack of extramarital site AshleyMadison.com have been coordinated before a federal judge in St. Louis. Avid Life Media Inc., the Toronto-based parent company of Ashley Madison, and some of the plaintiffs attorneys had pushed for the Missouri judge. Others had argued for districts in California and Illinois.

Magic Circle Firms Make Hires, Plus More Lateral Moves

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

Linklaters and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer add from Shearman & Sterling and Skadden; K&L Gates grabs three Down Under; Willkie welcomes back an alum from the FCC; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.

Delaware Law School Launches Pro Bono Patent Program

Tom McParland : Delaware Law Weekly : December 02, 2015

Widener University Delaware Law School on Nov. 23 launched a new, free public service program aimed at helping income-eligible inventors navigate the complexities of the U.S. patent application process by matching them with attorneys and students for free legal advice.

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.