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Barnes & Thornburg Attorneys, Practice Groups Recognized In Chambers USA 2024 Rankings

INDIANAPOLISChambers USA: A Guide to America’s Leading Lawyers in Business has recognized 74 Barnes & Thornburg attorneys and awarded regional or national rankings to 17 practice areas in its 2024 edition.

The firm’s Environmental, Labor and Employment, and Product Liability and Mass Torts practices each received a nationwide ranking.

In addition, Scott L. Beal, Sarah E. Johnston, Jay H. Knight, James F. Murdica, and Michael C. Zogby each earned a nationwide ranking in their respective practice areas listed below.

Barnes & Thornburg’s Chambers rankings and client commentary about individuals and practices can be viewed on the Chambers website. The directory, a publication produced annually by London-based Chambers & Partners, gave high ratings to the following Barnes & Thornburg practices in these categories:

  • Antitrust (Indiana)
  • Corporate/M&A (Indiana)
  • Energy & Natural Resources (Indiana)
  • Environment (Illinois, Indiana, Nationwide)
  • Healthcare (Illinois)
  • Immigration (Illinois)
  • Insurance (Georgia)
  • Insurance: Dispute Resolution: Policyholder (Illinois)
  • Insurance: Policyholder (California)
  • Intellectual Property (Illinois, Indiana)
  • Labor & Employment (Georgia, Indiana, Michigan, Nationwide)
  • Labor & Employment: Highly Regarded (California, Illinois)
  • Litigation: General Commercial (Indiana)
  • Litigation: Product Liability (Pennsylvania)
  • Media & Entertainment: Transactional (California)
  • Product Liability & Mass Torts: Highly Regarded (Nationwide)
  • Real Estate (Indiana)

Barnes & Thornburg’s recognized and ranked attorneys and their practice areas as designated by Chambers are:


Scott L. Beal (Hedge Funds)

Sarah E. Johnston (Product Liability & Mass Torts)

Jay H. Knight (Securities: Regulation: Advisory)

James F. Murdica (Product Liability & Mass Torts; Product Liability: Pharmaceutical)

Michael C. Zogby (Product Liability & Mass Torts)


Carolyn Hunt (Media & Entertainment: Transactional)

Jason M. Karlov (Media & Entertainment: Transactional: Mainly Talent)

Scott J. Witlin (Labor & Employment)


Frank W. DeBorde (Bankruptcy/Restructuring)

Raanon Gal (Labor & Employment)

Sarah J. Hawk (Immigration)

John T.L. Koenig (Labor & Employment)

Lisa Wolgast (Bankruptcy/Restructuring)

Jason H. Watson (Bankruptcy/Restructuring)


Fredric P. Andes (Environment: Mainly Transactional)

Mercedes Badia-Tavas (Immigration)

Eric A. Berg (Construction)

Kevin B. Dreher (Insurance: Dispute Resolution)

Michael H. Elam (Environment: Mainly Transactional)

Christina M. Janice (Labor & Employment)

Joseph F. Madonia (Environment: Litigation)

Erika K. Powers (Environment: Mainly Transactional)

David B. Ritter (Labor & Employment)

Mark E. Rust (Healthcare)

Tejas Shah (Immigration)

Trace Schmeltz (Litigation: Securities)

Eric H. Sussman (Litigation: White-Collar Crime & Government Investigations)

Robert M. Weiss (Technology & Outsourcing)

Bruce White (Environment: Litigation)

Norma W. Zeitler (Labor & Employment)


Kathleen M. Anderson (Labor & Employment)

Neal A. Brackett (Litigation: White-Collar Crime & Government Investigations)

Joseph D. Calderon (Real Estate)

Hillary J. Close (Energy & Natural Resources)

Mark J. Crandley (Litigation: Appellate)

Andrew J. Detherage (Litigation: General Commercial)

Joseph G. Eaton (Litigation: General Commercial)

John Fischer (Insurance)

David R. Gillay (Environment)

E. Sean Griggs (Environment)

Curt W. Hidde (Corporate/M&A)

Joshua P. Hollingsworth (Corporate/M&A)

Dennis A. Johnson (Real Estate)

Nicholas K. Kile (Energy & Natural Resources)

John R. Maley (Labor & Employment; Litigation: General Commercial)

Kathleen L. Matsoukas (Litigation: White-Collar Crime & Government Investigations)

Kendall Millard (Antitrust)

Joshua J. Minkler (Litigation: White-Collar Crime & Government Investigations)

Peter A. Morse, Jr. (Labor & Employment)

Deborah Pollack-Milgate (Intellectual Property)

David J. Pryzbylski (Labor & Employment)

Peter J. Rusthoven (Litigation: Appellate)

Michael T. Scanlon (Environment)

Anthony C. Sullivan (Environment)

T. Joseph Wendt (Litigation: General Commercial)

Donald E. Williams (Real Estate)

Kenneth J. Yerkes (Labor & Employment)


Keith J. Brodie (Labor & Employment)

Donald P. Lawless (Labor & Employment)

Jennifer Stocker (Labor & Employment)

Amy J. Zdravecky (Labor & Employment)


Rebecca Bernhard (Immigration)

Steven R. Katz (Real Estate)

New Jersey

Michael C. Zogby (Litigation: Product Liability)

New York

Lawrence Gerschwer (Litigation: White-Collar Crime & Government Investigations)


William A. Nolan (Labor & Employment)


J.D. Thomas (Healthcare: Government Investigations & Fraud)


Mark C. Nelson (Intellectual Property)

Victor D. Vital (Litigation: General Commercial; Litigation: Trial Lawyers)


Ryan L. Marshall (Intellectual Property)

Washington, D.C.

Scott N. Godes (Insurance: Policyholder)

John E. Kelly (Healthcare)

Jacquelyn Papish (Healthcare)

James E. Van Horn (Bankruptcy/Restructuring)

In addition to the recently published USA Guide rankings, the firm was also recognized earlier this year in Chambers 2024 Global Guide for Labor & Employment as well as in the Chambers & Partners’ 2023 High Net Worth (HNW) Guide, which called out the firm’s Chicago office for its work in private wealth law and ranked these individual attorneys:


Douglas S. Robson (Private Wealth Law)

Stephanie H. Denby (Private Wealth Law)


David A. Malson (Private Wealth Law)


Bradley J. Frank (Private Wealth Law)

With more than 800 attorneys and other legal professionals, Barnes & Thornburg is one of the largest law firms in the country. The firm serves clients worldwide from offices in Atlanta, Boston, California, Chicago, Delaware, Indiana, Michigan, Minneapolis, Nashville, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Philadelphia, Raleigh, Salt Lake City, South Florida, Texas, and Washington, D.C. For more information, visit us online at www.btlaw.com.



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