Firm heads south

April 6, 2009
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What’s Barnes & Thornburg’s secret? In today’s economy when firms are letting go staff and attorneys, and some around the country are even dissolving, Barnes & Thornburg expands into a new market. The firm announced today that it opened a new office in Atlanta.

The firm’s secret to expansion in this economy is conservative growth and cost management, managing partner Alan Levin told us today. He also said the firm hasn’t had any cuts in its workforce.

Is the market there really strong enough to support a new office?

The firm thinks Atlanta is still a significant market and looks to grow the new office into one that will provide a variety of legal services. Perhaps now is a good time to enter a new market, especially if that market has a bunch of recently laid-off attorneys or lawyers who are having trouble finding jobs.

Are you surprised an Indiana-based firm is expanding into another market or is it just another piece of evidence to show Indiana’s firms are somewhat insulated in this economy? Does the expansion of Barnes & Thornburg affect how you view other Indiana-based firms who have cut staff recently?

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