Barnes & Thornburg opens downtown Elkhart office

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Barnes & Thornburg LLP has recently moved into a new office in downtown Elkhart.

The company’s Nov. 17 move into the new office at 240 E. Jackson Blvd. makes the law firm the latest in a number of local businesses setting up shop in Elkhart’s growing River District development — a regional project that received support from the first round of Indiana READI grants.

Other businesses in the River District building include Patrick Industries, Lake City Bank, RSM and the Community Foundation of Elkhart.

“We are thrilled to be moving to the center of the action in Elkhart,” Timothy Emerick, managing partner of the firm’s South Bend and Elkhart offices, said in a news release. “This move is the latest evidence of our commitment to the Elkhart region and will further enable our attorneys and business professionals to remain fully vested in the community.”

Since 2016, Barnes & Thornburg’s Elkhart County office had been at 52700 Independence Court, about seven miles northeast of the downtown Elkhart area.

The firm has maintained a connection with Elkhart County going back to 1965, when the Elkhart-based company Cawley & Harman merged with Oare Thornburg McGill & Deahl of South Bend. That firm merged again with the Indianapolis-based Barnes Hickam, Pantzer & Boyd in 1982, creating what has now become Barnes & Thornburg.

The firm’s recent move across Elkhart County comes three years after another downtown relocation. The company became the anchor tenant of the Barnes & Thornburg building in downtown South Bend in late 2020. The five-story, $20 million building was co-developed by Bald Mountain LLC, Norris Equity Partners and Great Lakes Capital and opened in 2020 as downtown South Bend’s first new office building in a generation.

Barnes & Thornburg leaders at the time said they were excited through their move to contribute to the revitalization of South Bend’s downtown.

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