Barnes & Thornburg launches new office in the Big Apple

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On the heels of luring some key lateral hires and opening three new locations in December, Barnes & Thornburg is again expanding with the opening of its first office in New York.

Robert Boller, formerly a partner at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, has been named the partner-in-charge of the Big Apple operation, according to the New York Law Journal. The link to the New York office on the Barnes’ website lists nine attorneys as working there including partners Kathleen Matsoukas and John Olivieri, who also work in the Indianapolis office.

Barnes & Thornburg declined to discuss the new opening. But in a statement, the firm said it would provide more details about the New York office, located in midtown Manhattan at 445 Park Ave., in the coming weeks.

“We are happy to confirm that Barnes & Thornburg is opening an office in New York with outstanding lawyers joining us from some of the city’s top firms,” the Indianapolis-based law firm said. “We have exciting plans for developing a significant, long-term presence in New York, and look forward  to sharing more details about the other lawyers who will be joining us and the strategic focus for the office at our formal launch in the weeks to come.”

Ranked as the largest firm in Indianapolis with 204 local attorneys, according to the Indianapolis Business Journal, Barnes has eschewed growth by combining with other law firms. Instead, it has opted to expand through lateral hires and opening new offices, an approach touted by its former managing partner, Alan Levin, who led the firm through an extended period of growth.

Most recently, Barnes enjoyed a growth spurt in December 2019 by hiring 10 attorneys from the boutique intellectual property firm of Brinks Gilson & Lione and opening new offices in North Carolina, Utah and Michigan.

The National Law Journal’s ranked Barnes as the 84th largest in the United States in 2019. On the American Lawyer’s AmLaw 200 ranking, Barnes placed 93rd with gross revenues of $405.2 million in 2018.

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