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OVERVIEW

Dawn R. Rosemond
Partner

Fort Wayne

888 S. Harrison Street
Suite 600
Fort Wayne, IN 46802

P 260-425-4650

F 260-424-8316

OVERVIEW

Dawn R. Rosemond
Partner

Fort Wayne

888 S. Harrison Street
Suite 600
Fort Wayne, IN 46802

P 260-425-4650

F 260-424-8316

Dawn Rosemond serves as the firm’s director of diversity, professional development and inclusion. Dawn spearheads diversity and inclusion initiatives through deliberate programming and strategic priorities, as well as leads the charge for cultivating and maintaining an environment that boldly promotes the training, sponsorship, empowerment and promotion of all legal talent, regardless of background.

OVERVIEW

Dawn R. Rosemond Partner

Fort Wayne

888 S. Harrison Street
Suite 600
Fort Wayne, IN 46802

P : 260-425-4650

Dawn Rosemond serves as the firm’s director of diversity, professional development and inclusion. Dawn spearheads diversity and inclusion initiatives through deliberate programming and strategic priorities, as well as leads the charge for cultivating and maintaining an environment that boldly promotes the training, sponsorship, empowerment and promotion of all legal talent, regardless of background.

Always positive, boundlessly energetic and refreshingly authentic, Dawn’s people skills and innate personal drive to develop the strengths of everyone around her are bolstered by her tireless energy and work ethic. In her role as director of diversity, Dawn spearheads the firm’s efforts to make bold, lasting change in an industry needing redirection.

Dawn is the first African-American female to make equity partner at Barnes & Thornburg and reportedly in the state of Indiana. She has been with the firm her entire legal career, representing business clients in virtually all stages of litigation, including pre-litigation counseling, ADR, trials and appeals. Dawn adds value most of all by endeavoring at every turn to provide her clients with an unmatched level of care for their business needs and objectives.

She litigates before various federal and state courts and administrative agencies. Initially, Dawn began her career with a focus on federal and state employment litigation. Today, she focuses on representing, counseling and protecting clients that range from entrepreneurs to Fortune 500 companies in business and commercial litigation.

Dawn advises on compliance issues, restrictive covenant enforcement, trade secret protection and management, intellectual property protection and policing, and vendor and contractual disputes. Moreover, Dawn is skilled in workouts for banking institutions and special servicers, and works with clients to safeguard their brands and intellectual property, including patents, trademarks, copyrights and trade dress. Dawn also manages a deep portfolio of worker's compensation defense litigation throughout Indiana, Ohio and Michigan.

Notably, Dawn chairs the firm’s African-American Partners affinity group and the Black Female Lawyer Resource Group. She also serves as co-chair of the firm’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee and is a member of the Pro Bono Committee. The published author of Boss Presence, Dawn is a national speaker on leadership and personal development and a deliberate mentor. At her core, Dawn is moved by building people up in order to realize their infinite potential, and believes that doing so is the best way to elevate individual and collective consciousness and ultimately change a culture. She strives never to forget that with great influence and power comes great responsibility.

Professional and Community Involvement

Member, Allen County Bar Association

Member, National Bar Association

Board chair, Visit Fort Wayne Foundation

Board member, the Downtown Development Trust

Board member, Greater Fort Wayne, Inc.

Member, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

Honors

Recipient, Indiana Torchbearer Award

INK Magazine, named one of the most influential African-Americans in Northeast Indiana, 2009

Recipient, Niemann Citation for Excellence and Professionalism, Allen County Bar Association, 2015-2016

Indiana Super Lawyers, 2009; Corporate Counsel Edition of Super Lawyers

EXPERIENCE
  • A Barnes & Thornburg attorney represented nursing home client in contractual dispute with vendors and obtained favorable settlement on behalf of client.
  • Barnes & Thornburg attorneys defended a major retailer in a former employee's appeal of summary judgment for the retailer in an employment discrimination suit alleging violations of Title VII and section 1981. The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed the lower court ruling.
  • Barnes & Thornburg attorneys defended Fortune 500 company with a diversified product portfolio, against third-party vendor claims alleging breach of contract, intentional interferance with business relationship, and fraud. Potential damages escalated into the multi-millions and plaintiff's allegations of fraud threatened to significantly harm the client's brand. After more than 1.5 years of contentious litigation (which included obtaining helpful admissions from plaintiff in deposition), the matter was settled on extremely favorable terms to the client inclusive of the protection and preservation of the company brand.
  • Barnes & Thornburg attorneys represented a healthcare provider in the defense of an employment discrimination charge. The court granted the client's motion to dismiss with respect to plaintiff's ADA rehabilitation claims and FMLA claims. The parties later stipulated to a dismissal and the case settled very favorably for client.
  • Barnes & Thornburg attorneys represented a major consumer and commercial lock manufacturer in a dispute over a contract for custom-made machinery. The Plaintiff sued client alleging breach of contract, the intentional interference with contract and business relationships and seeking multiple-millions of dollars in damages. After protracted, contentious litigation, the matter was resolved favorably for the client in settlement.
  • Barnes & Thornburg attorneys represented a Taiwanese manufacturer that built power supplies used in mobile homes. The plaintiff alleged that client had copied its design for the power supply devices. The firm defeated plaintiff’s preliminary injunction motion and achieved a favorable settlement shortly after the Markman hearing.
  • Barnes & Thornburg attorneys represented an administrator of a trust for promoting home ownership for the underprivileged residents of Fort Wayne. The suit arose after a series of defaults by the homebuyers caused the Housing Authority to run out of money. This lawsuit was a putative class action filed against the Housing Authority by a group of low-income homebuyers alleging that they had been fraudulently induced to purchase homes that were worth much less than they had paid. After aggressive discovery and a successful effort to defeat class certification the case was settled on very favorable terms for the client.
  • Barnes & Thornburg attorneys represented industrial equipment manufacturing client in action alleging copyright infringement. On behalf of client, we successfully established copying and Lanham Act violations and as such obtained injunctive relief in client’s favor.
  • Barnes & Thornburg attorneys represented industrial equipment manufacturing client in patent infringement action. After nearly two years of litigation, obtained consent judgment and permanent injunction in client’s favor.
  • On behalf of a national special servicer, Barnes & Thornburg attorneys pursued recovery of misappropriated funds from borrower and guarantors. After roughly 2.5 years of contentious litigation and aggressive discovery, on August 15, 2012, secured an overall winning decision from the Indiana Court of Appeals whereby judgment was entered in favor of the client and against the guarantors in the amount of $1,950,200. This recovery was in addition to a $13,264,506.61 foreclosure judgment, plus costs, accruing interest and attorneys' fees, obtained on behalf of the client in December of 2011. See JPMCC 2006-CIBC14 Eads Parkway, LLC v. DBL Axel, LLC, --- N.E.2d ---, 2012 WL 3332383 (Ind. Ct. App. Aug. 15, 2012) rehearing denied.
  • On behalf of industrial equipment manufacturing client, Barnes & Thornburg attorneys received an opinion from the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals affirming summary judgment of non-infringement in favor of firm client, PHD. The precedential opinion in Welker Bearing Co. v. PHD Inc. 550 F.3d 1090 (Fed. Cir.), explains "means-plus-function" patent claim limitations while confirming that the PHD does not infringe two patents asserted by Welker Bearing. Welker Bearing Co. v. PHD, Inc., No. 2:06cv13345 (E.D Mich. 2006).
  • Plaintiff alleged that Client infringed upon its design patent and sued client in South Carolina District Court. The case was successfully transferred to the Northern District of Indiana upon our client’s Motion to Dismiss thereafter, and amidst considerable months of pressure on plaintiff to dismiss due to invalidity and lack of standing, the lawsuit was formally dismissed with prejudice on April 12, 2011.
  • Since 2006, a Barnes & Thornburg attorney has managed the worker's compensation litigation portfolio for a Fortune 500 company in Indiana, Ohio, and Michigan. A partnership with client in aggressive claim handling and defense strategy, and a concerted push to close claims early and to return employees back to work wherever possible, has resulted in significant savings and reduction in overall active claims in these states.
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