Kathleen M. Anderson

  • 600 One Summit Square
    110 E. Wayne Street
    Fort Wayne, Indiana 46802-3119
  • 41 S. High Street
    Suite 3300
    Columbus, OH 43215-6104

Kathleen M. Anderson has been an advocate for businesses and entrepreneurs throughout the country for over 20 years. Kathleen, who focuses her practice on litigation and counseling, has been recognized in the Best Lawyers in America®, Who’s Who in American Law®, and Indiana Super Lawyers®.

Kathleen’s litigation practice covers the full spectrum of litigation services, including pre-litigation counseling; risk and litigation management; and trials, hearings, and appeals before federal and state courts, administrative agencies, and other tribunals. She has extensive experience in alternative dispute resolution proceedings, including arbitration, mediation, and conciliation. Kathleen has represented clients in complex litigation, including class actions and collective actions, and in actions brought against businesses by federal agencies.

Kathleen regularly represents and counsels businesses in relation to trade secrets and unfair competition; equal employment opportunity; wage and hour claims; non-competition, non-solicitation, and other restrictive covenant claims; discrimination; retaliation; whistleblower; reductions in force; internal complaints and investigations; and tort, commercial and other business claims.

Kathleen collaborates with clients from a range of industries – manufacturing, healthcare, insurance, retail, marketing, and waste management, to name a few. Kathleen regularly lectures and writes on litigation tactics, trade secrets, unfair competition and risk management.

Kathleen has served on the Indiana State Bar Association Board of Governors and is Past President of the Allen County Bar Association and of that bar association’s Trial Lawyers Section. Kathleen is a past recipient of the Neiman Citation for Distinguished Legal Work, Professionalism, Public Service, and Leadership from the Allen County Bar Association.

Kathleen is admitted to practice before the Sixth, Seventh, and Eighth U.S. Court of Appeals; the U.S. District Courts for the Northern and Southern Districts of Indiana and Ohio; and Indiana and Ohio state courts. She has been admitted to practice pro hac vice in courts throughout the country.

Kathleen received a B.A., summa cum laude, from Hanover College, where she graduated first in her class and was awarded the Henry C. Long Citation for Academic Excellence and Citizenship. Kathleen received her J.D., magna cum laude, from Indiana University School of Law–Bloomington, where she served on the Board of Editors of the Indiana Law Journal and was elected to the Order of the Coif, a national law school honorary.

Kathleen co-chairs Barnes & Thornburg’s firm-wide Diversity Committee. Formerly recognized as a "Future 40 Under 40" Award Recipient, Kathleen has been recognized for her service on boards of directors for various not-for-profit health care, education, and community organizations. Kathleen has been recognized as a Rotary Foundation of Rotary International Paul Harris Fellow (a community service award); the Camille B. Conway Diversity Award (for contributions to diversity and inclusion); the Niemann Citation for Excellence and Professionals for Distinguished Legal Work, Professionalism and Public Service and Leadership; and as a Title IX Hero (by the Indiana Humanities and the Indiana Fever).