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Special employee recognition, support for volunteer work, and fun are among the reasons Indianapolis law firms Barnes & Thornburg and Hall Render Killian Heath & Lyman were chosen by The Indianapolis Star as two of Central Indiana’s Best Places to Work.

Chosen as the No. 1 Large Company, Barnes & Thornburg was noted for caring about workers’ needs and wants. In announcing the firm’s selection, the paper quoted Alan Levin, managing partner as saying, “If you make people happy here, they are going to stay here longer.”

While law firms sometimes get a bad rap for having a stuffy environment where upper management is oblivious to what administrative staff and new attorneys want or need, employees say that’s not the case at Barnes & Thornburg.

Hall Render was selected No. 4 Medium Company for the relaxed and balanced atmosphere fostered since its inception.

“We try to have fun. We spend a fair amount of time and effort in hoping that that happens,” said Bill Thompson, president of the 43-year-old firm.

Firm founder Bill Hall, who died in 2004, was credited with establishing the firm’s workplace culture, which Thompson summed up as “a concept of respect and a work/life balance and a family-friendly environment.” •
 

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  1. Frankly, it is tragic that you are even considering going to an expensive, unaccredited "law school." It is extremely difficult to get a job with a degree from a real school. If you are going to make the investment of time, money, and tears into law school, it should not be to a place that won't actually enable you to practice law when you graduate.

  2. As a lawyer who grew up in Fort Wayne (but went to a real law school), it is not that hard to find a mentor in the legal community without your school's assistance. One does not need to pay tens of thousands of dollars to go to an unaccredited legal diploma mill to get a mentor. Having a mentor means precisely nothing if you cannot get a job upon graduation, and considering that the legal job market is utterly terrible, these students from Indiana Tech are going to be adrift after graduation.

  3. 700,000 to 800,000 Americans are arrested for marijuana possession each year in the US. Do we need a new justice center if we decriminalize marijuana by having the City Council enact a $100 fine for marijuana possession and have the money go towards road repair?

  4. I am sorry to hear this.

  5. I tried a case in Judge Barker's court many years ago and I recall it vividly as a highlight of my career. I don't get in federal court very often but found myself back there again last Summer. We had both aged a bit but I must say she was just as I had remembered her. Authoritative, organized and yes, human ...with a good sense of humor. I also appreciated that even though we were dealing with difficult criminal cases, she treated my clients with dignity and understanding. My clients certainly respected her. Thanks for this nice article. Congratulations to Judge Barker for reaching another milestone in a remarkable career.

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