R. Anthony Prather is a partner in the Indianapolis 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. In addition to his full-service practice representing management interests exclusively, Mr. Prather also serves as Vice Chair of the firm’s Higher Education Practice Group.
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. Mr. Prather has significant trial experience representing employers in both individual and class action litigation.
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.
On June 30, 2014, Mr. Prather completed his 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. In addition to his employment related representation of employers only, Mr. Prather now represents judges, lawyers and other professionals in disciplinary and licensing issues and other matters of professional responsibility.
Mr. Prather received his B.A. from Indiana University in 1980 and his J.D. from Indiana University Maurer School of Law 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 BLSA Advisory Board at Indiana University Maurer School of Law. He has been selected for inclusion in the 2004 - 2006 and 2011 - 2015 editions of Indiana Super Lawyers; the 2014 edition of Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business; and The Best Lawyers in America 2016 list.