Barnes & Thornburg’s Columbus office offers Ohio businesses what we believe is a unique platform – a large full-service firm built on flexibility and accountability, enabling us to provide sophisticated legal services cost-effectively.
First and foremost, we are focused on business’ needs in Midwestern and other U.S. markets. Established Ohio practitioners opened the office eager to bring to the market the firm’s passion for excellence and client service and, initially, a national labor and employment practice group platform. The office has since added significant capabilities in areas such as real estate, government services, business litigation, creditors’ rights, health care, and workers’ compensation. The office also provides an entry point for Ohio clients to the firm’s full range of services.
We occupy space we designed on the 33rd floor of Huntington Center. The bright, open space reflects the energy we seek to bring to everything we do. We welcome community groups to meet in our space so we can share our spectacular views of Central Ohio.
The firm continues to build the Columbus team by identifying enthusiastic practitioners with an entrepreneurial bent. We are passionate about leadership development and our professionals have participated in development programs including Leadership Columbus, the Ohio Women’s Bar Foundation Leadership Institute, the Jo Ann Davidson Leadership Institute and the Columbus Bar Association Barrister Leadership Program.
Our energy extends to our community and our profession. Members of our team hold leadership positions with organizations such as Women Lawyers of Franklin County, the Columbus Bar Association’s Managing Partners’ Diversity Initiative, and the Columbus Metropolitan Club. The office has been recognized for six consecutive years as a Great Workplace for Young Professionals. One of our business services team won Barnes & Thornburg's Commitment to Community Award, which recognizes the staff member who has made extraordinary contributions to his or her community.
The office is proud to be a collaborating sponsor of the Women’s Fund of Central Ohio’s GenderByUs Toolkit, and launched a series of events on gender equity in the legal profession that continues today with the participation of several Columbus law firms. The office participates in annual campaigns to support the Mid-Ohio Foodbank, the United Way of Central Ohio, and the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. We also partner with the Central Ohio Association of Corporate Counsel to provide pro bono legal advice and training to area nonprofit organizations.
Explore: Columbus CEO highlights Gender Equity in the Legal Industry, an organization started by our Columbus Managing Partner Bill Nolan and Office Administrator Kelly Atkinson, along with like-minded individuals from other Columbus firms. See the story.