Labor and Employment Law

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Client-Driven...And Loving It

With Barnes & Thornburg’s Labor & Employment Department, you’ll find the depth and experience you’d expect from one of the country’s largest full-service labor and employment groups. But you’ll find something more -- a group that’s been described as a “juggernaut” and a “labor powerhouse,” that’s been ranked among the nation’s top 18 labor and employment practices, and that’s been repeatedly recognized on the “Hot List” of employment firms nationwide.

There’s a lot of hard work and experience that go in to making such recognition possible. But the reason for our success is simple: We love what we do!

We love what we do...

We love what we do in large part because we love what our clients do – not just the products they make or the services they provide, but also the jobs they create. We get a rush walking through our clients’ facilities and learning about what they do.

Maybe it’s that most of us come from towns where good companies meant so much to our communities. Or perhaps it’s just that, in this era of global competition when organizations are forced to compete in crowded markets, we admire our clients’ commitment to innovation, service, and value. For each of the more than 85 professionals who support our labor and employment clients, the reasons may be very different and very personal. The one consistent factor though -- the one thing that ties us all together -- is that we flat-out love what we do...

...and it shows!

It shows in our passion for tackling the difficult employment issues and offering proactive counseling that allows our clients to achieve their business objectives. It shows to anyone who’s met us; it shows in the number of clients who put their faith in us year after year; and it shows in our around-the-clock accessibility.

Our parents taught us that, “When you love what you do, success often follows.” While we measure success by our clients’ satisfaction, we’re honored that others have chosen to recognize our accomplishments more objectively. Indeed, our Department has been privileged to receive the following honors:

  • Ranked among “Top 10” firms in the country for defending employment claims
  • Identified as the 2nd fastest-growing labor and employment practice in the nation
  • Identified as a national Tier One labor group in the most recent U.S. News survey
  • Listed (again) on the “Hot List” for top employment law groups nationwide
  • 25 percent of our partners are rated as “Best Lawyers In America” or as “Super Lawyers” in legal surveys
  • Ranked as a “Top Tier” labor/employment practice area by Chambers USA
  • Listed as a “Go To” law firm in the area of labor & employment by Corporate Counsel magazine.

Without question, it’s nice to be recognized. The good fortune for us, though, is that when you love what you do, you wake up, hit the ground running, and relentlessly pursue every goal and objective without the need for such recognition. And we never forget that it’s our clients who allow us the opportunities to do what we enjoy every day. So if you’re reading this and you happen to be one of them, "Thank You!" And rest assured that we will continue to work hard to justify the confidence you’ve placed in us.

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