IBA: Nod to professionalism

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R. Anthony Prather, a partner at Barnes & Thornburg LLP, exhibits the courtesy and community involvement that form two of the Standards of Professionalism of the Indianapolis Bar Association. In representing employers in the often-contentious field of labor and employment law, he maintains a highly professional and courteous approach to opposing counsel. Even though a conversation with Tony may involve a disagreement, the conversation itself is always a pleasure. He brings that personal touch not only to his service to his clients but also to the service he provides our legal community through his duties on the Disciplinary Commission of the Indiana Supreme Court. Barnes & Thornburg’s Managing Partner, Alan Levin, points out “that Tony not only conducts himself in the highest professional fashion with firm clients, he works diligently on teaching our young lawyers the importance of professionalism in their dealings at the law firm as well as in their professional life.”

Prather, a 1980 graduate of Indiana University and a 1983 graduate of the Indiana University Maurer School of Law, also serves as a member of the Board of Visitors of the Maurer School of Law, as well a member of the Bob Sanders Foundation.•

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    I have had cases with Mr. Prather. The description of his professionalism and courtesy as an attorney couldn't be more off base. I found him extremely unprofessional and abrasive. He was very difficult to get along with. I hope the bar association isn't endorsing this description which obviously came from a partner at Barnes & Thornburg, not someone who has dealt with Mr. Prather on the other side of a lawsuit.

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