Tony Prather represents management interests exclusively in virtually all aspects of labor and employment law and litigation. Tony delivers multidimensional perspective when it comes to problem-solving. Not only has he served as counsel for the EEOC and understands what drives the opposition, he has also worked in-house and knows how to conserve critical resources while safeguarding the bottom line.
Tony’s experience includes workplace investigations, audits, supervisory training, defense of discrimination and retaliation claims, and preparation and defense of affirmative action plans. Tony also negotiates and drafts executive employment, separation and non-compete agreements. In addition to his full-service practice representing management interests exclusively, Tony defends management in federal and state courts, before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Indiana Civil Rights Commission, the Department of Labor, and the National Labor Relations Board.
He provides legal advice and counsel to management regarding the laws and regulations that impact employment relationships, such as Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, the Americans with Disabilities, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Family Medical Leave Act, the Fair Labor Standards Act, the Equal Pay Act, the Occupational Safety and Health Act, state wage payment statutes, and other federal and state employment discrimination statutes. Tony has significant trial experience representing employers in both individual and class action litigation.
Prior to joining Barnes & Thornburg, Tony was in-house counsel for Ameritech Corporation, Firestone Building Products Company, Firestone Industrial Products Company and Firestone Polymers. Having worked in house, Tony understands the budgetary constraints in-house lawyers and business professionals face, as well as the need to provide services that can be justified internally. He thrives under the challenge of providing truly creative and actionable solutions when faced with serious problems and minimal resources.
A people person who cares about those he serves and sets everyone around him at ease, Tony is an active listener who comes to the table with an open mind, including solutions that don’t include litigation and trial. Tony believes that the client decides what a win is and that his goal is to ultimately achieve that end.
On June 30, 2014, Tony completed his second five-year term as a member of the Indiana Supreme Court Disciplinary Commission. In addition to his employment related representation of employers only, Tony represents judges, lawyers and other professionals in disciplinary and licensing issues and other matters of professional responsibility.
Professional and Community Involvement
Member, Black Law Students Association (BLSA) Advisory Board, Indiana University Maurer School of Law
Former member, Indiana Supreme Court Disciplinary Commission
Pro bono services to:
· Indiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence
· Indiana Coalition To End Sexual Assault
· The Julian Center
The Best Lawyers in America, 2016-2019
Indiana Super Lawyers, 2004-2006 and 2011-2019
Chambers USA, 2014
The Indiana Lawyer Leadership in Law Distinguished Barristers Award, 2018