Barnes & Thornburg spans the country, with 20 offices from LA to DC. But it still remains true to its Midwestern roots and boasts an “uncommon” culture promoting diversity, inclusion, and work-life balance. The firm counsels across numerous industries, including agriculture and food, education, energy, entertainment, financial services, government and public finance, health care, life sciences, and manufacturing.

Firm Stats


Total No. Attorneys (2021)

500 - 750


Featured Rankings

Best Law Firms in the Midwest


No. of Summer Associates (2020)

35 total (23 2Ls; 12 1Ls)


Base Salary

All offices


No. of U.S. Offices



No. of International Offices


About the Firm

From its Midwestern hub in Indianapolis, Barnes & Thornburg has aggressively expanded to serve a large network of clients throughout the U.S. In addition to having one of the largest intellectual property practices in the Midwest, the firm's core practices revolve around litigation, business, and governmental services. 

Thirteen is the Lucky Number

Harvard Law graduate Kurt Pantzer founded Indianapolis firm Barnes, Hickam, Pantzer & Boyd in 1940. In a spasm of reverse superstition, the founding attorneys formed the firm on September 13, establishing an office with 13 people and 13 rooms on the 13th floor of Merchants Banks Building, an Indianapolis skyscraper (by the way, the office suite and telephone number were both 1313). 

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Diversity at Barnes & Thornburg LLP

"Our 2019 Annual Report regarding our diversity and inclusion commitment is entitled, "It's Who We Are". We chose that title because we wanted to convey in no uncertain terms that diversity and inclusion are both a part of our firm's DNA. They are not programs we have initiated, nor are we endeavoring to check the boxes we believe clients and key targets want to see. Instead, we at Barnes & Thornburg are committed to real change as it pertains to the diversity of our workforce (and consequently, of our client-service teams), and to..."

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