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Uncommon Culture

Our Core Values

  • We strive to reflect the clients we serve and the communities in which we have the privilege to practice law.
  • We define, promote, and embrace diversity broadly to foster authentic inclusion.
  • Our commitment to diversity and inclusion permeates every aspect of how we conduct business.
  • We are responsible stewards of our resources, taking care to use our influence, brand, purchasing power, and thought leadership to drive diversity and inclusion growth outside the walls of our firm.
  • We proactively seek out and pursue opportunities to better support, empower, and promote our talent.
  • We continuously look for innovative solutions to remain effective, relevant, and in tune with our clients’ values and business objectives.

Boldy Moved. Boldly Changed. View Our 2017-2018 Diversity And Inclusion Platform Overview

Barnes & Thornburg Affinity Groups

Diversity and Inclusion Committee

The Barnes & Thornburg Diversity and Inclusion Committee is composed of the following personnel:

  • Bob Grand, Co-Chair
  • Dawn Rosemond, Co-Chair


  • James Robinson


  • Jonathan Froemel
  • Denise Lazar 
  • Paul Olszowka
  • Debby Usher


  • Kelly Atkinson
  • David Paragas
  • Katrina Thompson


  • Matthew Agnew
  • Mark Bayer


  • Alice Springer

Fort Wayne

  • Mark Kittaka
  • Savannah Robinson

Grand Rapids

  • Tammy Helminski


  • Amber Bollman
  • Cari Bryson
  • Angela Freeman
  • Ann Grayson
  • Kenneth Inskeep
  • Karoline Jackson
  • Nick Kile
  • Monica Lockard
  • Steven Merkel
  • William Padgett
  • Steve Thornton
  • Heather Willey
  • David Wong

Los Angeles

  • Salvador LaViña
  • Melanie Mawema
  • David Wood


  • Christopher Fowlkes

South Bend

  • Jeanine Gozdecki
  • Sarah Kuhny

Washington, D.C.

  • Edward Ayoob

Wilmington, Delaware

  • Jesse Reeves

Diversity Scholarship and Application

As part of our ongoing commitment to diversity, we are pleased to announce the Barnes & Thornburg Diversity Scholarship. Candidates must be first-year law students who demonstrate a commitment to contributing meaningfully to the diversity and inclusion goals of Barnes & Thornburg and the legal profession. The scholarship recipient will have a paid position in the firm’s summer associate program. At the completion of a successful first summer, including receipt and acceptance of an offer to return to the firm for a second summer, the Scholarship recipient will receive $5,000. Scholarship recipients who return for a second summer will receive $5,000 at the completion of a successful second summer, including receipt and acceptance of an offer to join the firm as an entry-level associate. Scholarship recipients that accept an entry-level associate offer will receive an additional $5,000 when they join the firm.

2020 Diversity Scholarship information will be available on December 1, 2019. 


  • Must be enrolled and in good standing as a first-year law student at an ABA accredited law school.
  • Possess a record of academic achievement that demonstrates great promise for a successful legal career.
  • Applicants should want to be part of a talented and driven team, possess a high level of work intensity and value practicing law in a highly focused but collegial setting.
  • Factors considered in the selection of scholarship recipients include demonstrated leadership ability, excellent writing and interpersonal skills, and academic achievement.
  • Applicants must be committed to contributing meaningfully to diversity and inclusion in the legal profession.

Applying for the Diversity Scholarship

  • Eligible applicants must submit the following materials through our online application process:
  • Application (Currently offered in Indianapolis and Chicago)
  • Cover letter
  • Current resume including undergraduate and law school GPA
  • A personal statement describing how their background and personal attributes or characteristics will contribute meaningfully to the diversity goals of the firm.

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