Barnes & Thornburg LLP Receives 87 First-Tier Rankings in U.S. News and Best Lawyers' 2015 "Best Law Firms" Survey
Five Barnes & Thornburg Attorneys Named Michigan Super Lawyers®, Rising Stars
More than 150 Barnes & Thornburg Attorneys Named "Best Lawyers"
Barnes & Thornburg LLP recognizes that a commitment to diversity requires action. "Diversity" encompasses a wide range of experience and characteristics, including gender, race, age, national origin, sexual orientation, religion, political affiliation, marital status, veteran's status, and disability. At Barnes & Thornburg, we are committed to creating an inclusive, respectful, and open culture made up of talented individuals of diverse backgrounds. We strive to sustain a work environment in which each individual's perspective, background, skills, and abilities are valued.
"As this world continues to become more diverse and our potential clients become more diverse, we need to understand the issues associated with people who are different from us," explained Anthony Prather, past co-chair of the firm's Diversity Committee.
Diversity at Barnes & Thornburg helps create a "win-win-win" scenario. Diversity among our attorneys and staff facilitates the firm's success and productivity. Diversity improves morale, attracts talented and creative people, and promotes professional development. A diverse and positive environment promotes quick and innovative solutions for our clients.
We are committed to sustaining a professional environment that attracts and retains attorneys and staff of various backgrounds, regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, religious affiliation, age, disability, gender identity or social perspective. Kathleen Anderson, co-chair of the firm's Diversity Committee, put the firm's commitment to diversity into perspective:
"We have been recognized on a national level in the area of diversity," Kathleen said. "We know, however, that in this ever-changing world we need to be vigilant and to stay ahead of the curve on diversity initiatives."
Learn more about the firm's Diversity Committee and its initiatives at the following
Barnes & Thornburg offers a summer associate program that gives law students a wide variety of opportunities. Summer associates work closely with the firm's more than 600 attorneys and other legal professionals and their clients on matters ranging from small matters where the summer associate may take on a large role to complex matters in which the summer associate may work as part of a team. Further, the growth and breadth of Barnes & Thornburg's regional and national representations ensures that when they become associates in our firm our summer associates know they will be challenged every day working on sophisticated, complex legal problems that have potential ramifications to our clients at the local, state, regional, national and international level.
Summer associates also are exposed to the firm's pro bono program. At Barnes & Thornburg, pro bono assignments are not dictated to attorneys; summer associates have the opportunity to select the pro bono projects and activities that they want to be involved in and that are important to their own values and beliefs. Barnes & Thornburg has a written pro bono policy confirming that all attorneys may receive up to 50 hours of billable credit for pro bono work. Find out more about the firm's pro bono efforts by viewing the pro bono page in this section.