Barnes & Thornburg stakes claim in Texas

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Barnes & Thornburg LLP has announced the opening of an office in Dallas, the 13th office for the Indiana-based law firm.

Two partners from the Texas firm of Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP – Mark Bayer and Randy Gordon – have joined Barnes & Thornburg and are establishing the new Dallas office. Additional attorneys are expected to be hired in the coming months.

“We have grown in tandem with our clients by anticipating their geographic needs and the opening of our Dallas office gives us an immediate Texas presence and instant credibility with highly capable and respected attorneys in Mark and Randy,” said Barnes & Thornburg managing partner Bob Grand.

With the Dallas office, Barnes has a presence in nine cities outside Indiana, including Minneapolis; Los Angeles; Atlanta and Wilmington, Delaware. Grand said his firm sees great opportunity in the Lone Star State. Texas is the second most populous state in the country and the Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington economy ranks in the top 10 among metropolitan areas.

“This move allows us to compete and recruit across a wider geography while more effectively serving existing clients with active presences and business interests in the Southwest,” Grand said.

Currently, Barnes has a staff of more than 600 attorneys and other legal professionals. With 230 lawyers in Indianapolis, Barnes & Thornburg is Indianapolis’ largest law firm, according to statistics compiled by Indianapolis Business Journal.

Bayer, who will serve as the Dallas office managing partner, focuses his practice on antitrust, securities, privacy, theft of trade secrets, intellectual property, class actions, RICO and other complex litigation.

Gordon also focuses on complex litigation with a particular emphasis on antitrust and RICO cases.

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