Steven Merkel serves as the chief operating officer of Barnes & Thornburg. He is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the firm and its offices, including finance, information technology, human resources, marketing and facilities. Steve works closely with firm leadership and the management committee to create new efficiencies and increase quality across the firm’s processes and programs.
A retired U.S. Army colonel, Steve served a long and distinguished military career. Most recently, he served as chief of operations of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. Earlier operational roles held by Steve include brigade commander at the U.S. Military Academy; chief of operations for a multinational security force in Kabul, Afghanistan; and chief of operations for the U.S First Army.
Steve earned his B.S. from the U.S. Military Academy and master’s degrees from the U.S. Army Staff College and the U.S. Naval War College.