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IBA: Indy Law Firms among Best Workplaces

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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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