While an organization might get by on reputation alone for some limited period, in the long-run, it’s only as good as the team driving it. In our case, the team driving our labor and employment practice - one of the largest around - has steered us into the national spotlight. Ours is a diverse group of individuals - that is unified by three traits: a pounding drive to exceed our clients’ expectations, a profound fascination for what our clients do, and a noticeable passion for what we do!

The team on-call to support our labor and employment clients includes:

  • Former and present bar association presidents
  • Former Supreme Court, federal appellate, district, and state court clerks
  • Those with special appointments from government officials (from the White House to local mayors)
  • Designated labor counsel for the country of Mexico
  • Former general counsel for Fortune 50 companies
  • Executive officers for the Japan-America Society
  • Lead speakers for local and national Chamber of Commerce and Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) conferences and AILA national conferences
  • A collection of partners who are licensed to practice in scores of jurisdictions and have handled legal issues in all 50 states
  • Co-Chairman of the TerraLex International Labor Law Practice Group, an organization that can address legal issues in 140 countries
  • Ph.D. social scientists, making Barnes & Thornburg one of the only law firms in the country to have trial consulting, jury research and graphic design capabilities available to our clients
  • Law school instructors
  • Authors of legal treatises and innumerable publications relating to labor and employment law
  • Former member of the Board of Governors and Chapter Chair, American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA)
  • Executive officer of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, Chicago Chapter


With lawyers hailing from a variety of backgrounds and speaking an array of languages (from Japanese, Mandarin, Cantonese, Korean, Vietnamese, French and German to Romanian, Russian, Filipino, Hokkien, Spanish, and Swahili), Barnes & Thornburg prides itself on its cultural diversity. Our Labor & Employment Law Department tracks that commitment. Indeed, our members chair the Firm’s diversity committee and spearhead many of its most important initiatives. Demonstrating that commitment to diversity is the fact that more than 50 percent of our partners in the past several years have been women or minorities. For more information on the Firm’s diversity efforts, view our commitment to diversity.