Barnes & Thornburg

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Barnes & Thornburg LLP
Barnes & Thornburg
HeadquartersIndianapolis, Indiana
No. of offices20
No. of attorneysapproximately 700
Major practice areasFull service law, lobbying
Key peopleRobert Grand, firm managing partner[1]
Date founded1982
Company typeLimited liability partnership

Barnes & Thornburg LLP is a U.S. law firm and lobbying group with 20 [2] offices located in the United States.

It is currently the largest law firm in the state of Indiana, and 79th [3] largest in the United States.[4]


The firm was founded in 1982 as a merger of two Indiana-based firms: the Indianapolis-based Barnes, Hickam, Pantzer & Boyd (founded in 1940), and the South Bend-based Thornburg, McGill, Deahl, Harman, Carey & Murray (founded in 1926). Since 2009, Barnes & Thornburg has opened offices in Boston, Dallas, Detroit, Los Angeles, New York, Raleigh, San Diego,[5] Salt Lake, Atlanta, Minneapolis, Columbus.[6] In 2015, the National Law Journal ranked Barnes & Thornburg as the 78th largest law firm in the United States. In 2015, the American Lawyer released its AmLaw 100 rankings, and Barnes & Thornburg was listed at No. 90.[7][page needed] In April 2019, a ground-breaking ceremony took place for the firm's new office building in South Bend, Indiana.[8] The 5-story mixed-use building designed by KTGY Architecture[9] is called The Barnes and Thornburg building and consists of 32,839 square feet of office space and 6,720 square feet of retail and restaurant space on the ground floor.[10] It was the first commercial development to break ground in the downtown business district in the past 20 years.[11] The firm remained in the 1st Source Bank Center until summer 2021,[12] when the South Bend branch relocated to their aforementioned current office at 201 S. Main Street.

2020 election fraud controversy[edit]

On June 3, 2021, an attorney at Barnes & Thornburg filed a lawsuit in the United States District Court for the District of Minnesota on behalf of Michael Lindell, the CEO of My Pillow, in which the firm alleged that the 2020 election was fraudulent due to the hacking of voting machines.[13] The firm specifically alleged that there is evidence "showing voting machines were manipulated to affect outcomes in the November 2020 general election,"[13] despite claims that the 2020 Election was stolen from President Trump being widely discredited.[14] In the complaint, Barnes & Thornburg claimed that the phrase "the Big Lie," which Dominion referred to in its own lawsuit against Mike Lindell in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia, was a term coined by Adolf Hitler in Mein Kampf.[13] On June 4, 2021, Barnes & Thornburg announced that the partner who had signed onto the lawsuit had avoided internal authorization procedures and was no longer with the firm, and that it would be withdrawing as counsel on the suit.[15]

Practice areas[edit]

Barnes & Thornburg has practice areas in healthcare law, environmental law, and construction law, intellectual property, international trade, white collar, government relations and some niche specialties such as aviation law.[16] By expanding through mergers, they have acquired practice groups from other firms in the fields of labor and employment, intellectual property, and estate planning.[4]


Indiana offices[edit]


  1. ^ Indianapolis. "Robert Grand firm bio". Archived from the original on 2015-06-18. Retrieved 2015-06-16.
  2. ^ Boudreaux, Robert Grand, Ronald Cahill, Heather Repicky, Rory Pheiffer, Derek Roller, William. "Barnes & Thornburg Expands National Footprint, IP and Life Sciences Teams With New Boston Office | Barnes & Thornburg". Retrieved 2021-07-25.
  3. ^ "Barnes". Retrieved 2021-07-25.
  4. ^ a b "". 2020. Retrieved 2020-11-30.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  5. ^ "Barnes & Thornburg Expands In California With Launch Of San Diego Office". March 5, 2018.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  6. ^ "Barnes & Thornburg Opens New York Office With Attorneys From City's Elite Firms". June 15, 2020. Archived from the original on 2020-12-02.
  7. ^ The American Lawyer, 2015 AmLaw 100, ALM
  8. ^ Local leaders break ground on new building in downtown South Bend
  9. ^ South Bend Gets First Downtown Office Building in 20 Years
  10. ^ The Barnes and Thornburg Building
  11. ^ Downtown South Bend sees first new office building in more than 20 years
  12. ^ Barnes & Thornburg moving to planned downtown South Bend building
  13. ^ a b c "Complaint" (PDF). Court Listener. June 3, 2021. Archived (PDF) from the original on 2021-06-03.
  14. ^ "AP FACT CHECK: Yes, Trump lost election despite what he says". AP NEWS. 2021-05-06. Retrieved 2021-06-04.
  15. ^ Packel, Dan (June 4, 2021). "Barnes & Thornburg Partner Leaves Firm After Representing My Pillow CEO in Suit". The American Lawyer. Retrieved June 4, 2021.
  16. ^ "Aviation Law practice group". Archived from the original on 2010-12-14. Retrieved 2011-08-08.
  17. ^ "Locations - Business Law Firm | Barnes & Thornburg".

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