R. Anthony Prather is a partner in the Indianapolis, Indiana office of Barnes & Thornburg LLP. He has a full-service practice representing management interests exclusively in all aspects of labor and employment law and litigation including workplace investigations, audits, supervisory training, defense of discrimination and retaliation claims, preparation of and defense of affirmative action plans. Mr. Prather also negotiates and drafts executive employment, separation and non-compete agreements for clients.
Mr. Prather defends management in federal and state courts, before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Indiana Civil Rights Commission, the Department of Labor, and the National Labor Relations Board. He provides legal advice and counsel to management regarding laws and regulations that impact employment relationships, such as Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, the Americans with Disabilities, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Family Medical Leave Act, the Fair Labor Standards Act, the Equal Pay Act, the Occupational Safety and Health Act, state wage payment statutes, and other federal and state employment discrimination statutes.
Prior to joining Barnes & Thornburg, Mr. Prather was in-house counsel for Ameritech Corporation, Firestone Building Products Company, Firestone Industrial Products Company, and Firestone Polymers.
Mr. Prather has significant trial experience representing employers in both individual and class action litigation. Most recently, he was lead counsel in Teske v. Corrections Corporation of America, which resulted in a defense jury verdict.
In June of 2009, Mr. Prather was appointed by the Indiana Supreme Court to a second five-year term as a member of the Indiana Supreme Court Disciplinary Commission. The Disciplinary Commission is an agency of the Indiana Supreme Court charged with investigating and prosecuting charges of attorney misconduct.
Mr. Prather received his B.A. from Indiana University in 1980 and his J.D. from Indiana University School of Law – Bloomington in 1983. He is admitted to practice before the U.S. District Courts for the Northern and Southern Districts of Indiana, and the U.S. Court for Appeals for the 7th Circuit.
Mr. Prather is a member of the BALSA Advisory Board at Indiana University Maurer School of Law. He is also a mentor at Tindley Preparatory Academy.