Barnes & Thornburg LLP’s Columbus office opened in 2009 to better serve the firm’s clients doing business in Ohio, and to offer to Ohio businesses what we believe is a unique platform. As a large full-service firm focused on businesses' needs in Midwestern and other U.S. markets, we employ a business model built on flexibility and accountability that allows us to provide highly sophisticated legal services cost-effectively.
Established Ohio practitioners opened the office eager to bring to the market the firm’s passion for excellence and client service and, initially, a national labor and employment practice group platform. The office has since added significant capabilities in areas such as real estate, government services, business litigation, creditors’ rights, intellectual property, workers’ compensation, environmental law, construction, and health care. The office also provides an entry point for Ohio clients to the firm’s full range of services.
We occupy space we designed on the 33rd floor of Huntington Center. The bright, open space reflects the energy we seek to bring to everything we do. We welcome community groups to meet in our space so we can share our spectacular views of Central Ohio.
The firm continues to build the Columbus-based team, both by identifying successful like-minded practitioners with an entrepreneurial bent, as well as by focusing on developing its lawyers, who have participated in development programs including Leadership Columbus, the Ohio Women’s Bar Foundation Leadership Institute, the Columbus Bar Association Barrister Leadership Program, Women Lawyers of Franklin County, and the Jo Ann Davidson Leadership Institute. In part due to that attention on leadership development, the office was selected as a Wonderful Workplace for Young Professionals by the Columbus Young Professionals Club two years in a row.
Our energy extends to our community and our profession. Members of our team currently hold leadership positions in organizations such as the United Way of Central Ohio, the Columbus Metropolitan Club, and the Association of Legal Administrators Columbus Chapter. One of our legal administrative assistants won Barnes & Thornburg's Commitment to Community Award, which recognizes the staff member who has made extraordinary contributions to his or her community. The office participates in annual campaigns to help the United Way of Central Ohio and the MidOhio Foodbank through Operation Feed. Many of our team members are engaged in various ways with the Women’s Fund of Central Ohio, and we partner with the Central Ohio Association of Corporate Counsel, the United Way of Central Ohio, and Corporate Pro Bono to provide pro bono legal advice and training to area nonprofit organizations.
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