Barnes & Thornburg

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Barnes & Thornburg LLP was formed by the 1982 merger "between two well-established Indiana law firms, one in Indianapolis, the other in South Bend. The marriage of Indianapolis-based Barnes, Hickam, Pantzer & Boyd and South Bend-based Thornburg, McGill, Deahl, Harman, Carey & Murray formed one of the largest firms in the Midwest and began the firm’s growth to its current national stature. Barnes & Thornburg LLP currently has seven offices located in Chicago, Indiana, Michigan, and Washington, D.C., with nearly 450 attorneys and other legal professionals," according to the Barnes & Thornburg website.

Barnes & Thornburg is a member of "TerraLex, a highly selective, international network of nearly 150 leading independent law firms located in nearly 100 countries with more than 14,000 attorneys, and TechLaw Group, Inc., an international association of 20 law firms that focuses on technology companies and technology issues. The firm also is a member of the State Capital Global Law Firm Group, an association of nearly 120 independent law firms in all 50 U.S. state capitals and in capital cities, business markets and financial centers throughout the world." [1]

Abramoff Connection

"The Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians, one of beleaguered lobbyist Jack Abramoff's first Indian tribe clients, has stuck with Abramoff's former colleagues as its Washington representation. A team of lobbyists who used to work with Abramoff at the firm Greenberg Traurig has moved to Barnes & Thornburg, and they've taken the Mississippi Choactaws along with them," Michael S. Gerber reported in the April 12, 2005, Washington (DC) Examiner.

"Abramoff has been accused of lying to some of his clients and bilking them for millions of dollars, charges currently being investigated by two Senate committees and several federal agencies. But his colleagues from Greenberg who are now at Barnes & Thornburg, including Kevin Ring and Neil Volz, haven't been implicated. The Choctaws aren't the only Indian tribe client Ring and Volz brought with them; the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe of Massachusetts have made the jump to Barnes & Thornburg as well," Gerber wrote.

Also see James V. Grimaldi, "Lobbyists, Clients Undeterred by Scandal. Alumni of Abramoff's 'Team' Still Collecting Fees, Trying to Influence Government," Washington Post, June 26, 2005: Neil G. Volz, Edward P. Ayoob, and Kevin A. Ring left Greenberg Traurig and "went to work for Barnes & Thornburg LLP."

Management

  • Managing Partner: Alan A. Levin
  • Indianapolis Managing Partner: Robert T. Grand
  • Grand Rapids Managing Partner: Tracy T. Larsen
  • Chicago Managing Partner: Mark E. Rust
  • South Bend Managing Partner: Nelson J. Vogel Jr.
  • Fort Wayne Managing Partner: Bobby B. Gillenwater
  • Elkhart Managing Partner: Rand W. Nilsson
  • Washington Managing Partner: Richard H. Streeter

At-Large Members

  • Timothy J. Abeska
  • Brian L. Burdick
  • Jan M. Carroll
  • Michael R. Conner
  • Andrew J. Detherage
  • Bradley B. Falkof
  • Richard J. Hall
  • Stephen W. Lee
  • Dennis M. McWilliams
  • Richard L. Mintz
  • Kenneth J. Yerkes

Other Professional Staff

  • CFO Larry Lambert
  • CIO Tim Shaw
  • Marketing Director Kari Kostecka
  • Human Resources Director David Farrell

Contact Information

Chicago
One North Wacker Drive
Suite 4400
Chicago, Illinois 60606-2833
Telephone: 312 357-1313
Fax 312 759-5646

Washington, DC
750 17th Street N.W.
Suite 900
Washington, District Of Columbia 20006-4675
Telephone: 202 289-1313
Fax: 202 289-1330

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