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Year founded: 1876
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Founded in 1876, Barrett McNagny LLP is one of the oldest law partnerships in the state of Indiana and among the largest in northeast Indiana. Our history dates back to 1876, when James M. Barrett, a law graduate of the University of Michigan, arrived in Fort Wayne to form a practice with Charles H. Aldrich.

In 1987, the firm moved to its current location on Berry Street in a building that is as much a part of Fort Wayne history as Barrett McNagny. Once known as the Elektron Building, it was built in 1895 and is centrally located in downtown Fort Wayne.

Since 1876, Barrett McNagny has helped establish and sustain many of the area's leading businesses and public institutions. Among our diversified client base are banks, utilities, insurance companies, health care providers, manufacturers, media companies, and many small and intermediate sized businesses, for which we offer a full range of legal services. We also provide personal legal services, which include handling Medicare/Medicaid issues, adoptions, divorces, wills, and living wills, trusts, and estates.

To better serve such diverse clientele, Barrett McNagny's attorneys are divided into specialty sections according to their general legal practice areas. This structure enables our attorneys to practice efficiently, develop in-depth experience, and promptly assemble teams with combined legal talents to handle matters that require knowledge in several areas of law. This structure also allows Barrett McNagny lawyers to handle the most sophisticated of legal needs for their business clients, saving clients time and money.

We have attorneys licensed to practice in several states, including Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, Illinois, Iowa, New York, and Florida. Many of our attorneys are admitted to various courts throughout the U.S. and can be admitted through a process called pro hoc vice to other jurisdictions and courts as needed.

We're a team who is truly focused on getting our clients the results they deserve. And we do it all with the trusted, responsive counsel you've come to expect from Barrett McNagny.


Barrett McNagny LLP is metro ranked in 20 practice areas. Best Law Firms rankings are based on a rigorous evaluation process.

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Metro Rankings

Fort Wayne, IN
Tier 1 for Banking and Finance Law
Tier 1 for Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships)
Tier 1 for Commercial Litigation
Tier 1 for Corporate Law
Tier 1 for Employment Law - Management


Metro Rankings

Fort Wayne, IN
Tier 1 for Banking and Finance Law
Tier 1 for Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships)
Tier 1 for Commercial Litigation
Tier 1 for Corporate Law
Tier 1 for Employment Law - Management
Tier 1 for Labor Law - Management
Tier 1 for Litigation - Insurance
Tier 1 for Litigation - Labor and Employment
Tier 1 for Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants
Tier 1 for Real Estate Law
Tier 1 for Trusts and Estates
Tier 2 for Civil Rights Law
Tier 2 for Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law
Tier 2 for Health Care Law
Tier 2 for Litigation - Real Estate
Tier 2 for Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants
Tier 2 for Mergers and Acquisitions Law
Tier 3 for Bet-the-Company Litigation
Tier 3 for Family Law
Tier 3 for Land Use and Zoning Law

Practice Areas

The below are areas of legal specialty volunteered by the firm and do not designate a specialty in which a Best Law Firms ranking is held.
  • Administrative / Regulatory Law
  • Antitrust Law
  • Appellate Practice
  • Arbitration
  • Banking and Finance Law
  • Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law
  • Bet-the-Company Litigation
  • Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships)
  • Closely Held Companies and Family Businesses Law
  • Commercial Finance Law
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Copyright Law
  • Corporate Compliance Law
  • Corporate Governance Law
  • Corporate Law
  • Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law
  • Employment Law - Management
  • Environmental Law
  • Family Law
  • Health Care Law
  • Insurance Law
  • Labor Law - Management
  • Land Use and Zoning Law
  • Litigation - Antitrust
  • Litigation - Banking and Finance
  • Litigation - Construction
  • Litigation - Environmental
  • Litigation - ERISA
  • Litigation - Insurance
  • Litigation - Intellectual Property
  • Litigation - Labor and Employment
  • Litigation - Land Use and Zoning
  • Litigation - Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Litigation - Patent
  • Litigation - Real Estate
  • Litigation - Securities
  • Litigation - Trusts and Estates
  • Litigation and Controversy - Tax
  • Mediation
  • Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants
  • Mergers and Acquisitions Law
  • Patent Law
  • Product Liability Litigation - Defendants
  • Public Finance Law
  • Real Estate Law
  • Securities / Capital Markets Law
  • Securities Regulation
  • Tax Law
  • Trade Secrets Law
  • Trademark Law
  • Trusts and Estates
  • Workers' Compensation Law - Employers

Individuals Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America®

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Main Location

Fort Wayne, IN
215 East Berry Street
P.O. Box 2263
Fort Wayne, IN 46802
United States
260-423-9551 Call our Fort Wayne, IN location at 260-423-9551 Get Directions Get directions to our Fort Wayne, IN location

Management and Personnel

Senior Counsel, Securities & Corporate Law
Robert S. Walters
Partner, ERISA & Employee Benefits
N. Thomas Horton II
Partner, Public Finance & Corporate Law
Richard E. Fox
Partner, Estate Planning & Taxation
James Koday
Partner, Litigation
Thomas M. Kimbrough
Partner, Litigation
Robert T. Keen, Jr.
Partner, Intellectual Property
George Pappas
Partner, Business Law & Financial Institutions
Michael P. O'Hara
Partner, Real Estate Law
Thomas M. Niezer
Partner, Labor and Employment Relations & Mediation
Anthony M. Stites
Partner, Environmental Law
David R. Steiner
Partner, Business Law & Succession Planning
John C. Barce
Partner, Mediation
Kevin K. Fitzharris
Partner, Securities, Business & Corporate Law
Samuel J. Talarico, Jr.
Partner, Appellate Law
Cathleen M. Shrader
Partner, Labor and Employment & Health Care Law
H. Joseph Cohen
Partner, Estate Planning & Administration
Trisha J. Paul
Partner, Commercial Litigation
Patrick G. Murphy
Partner, Real Estate
Henry P. Najdeski
Partner, Appellate Law & Litigation
Michael H. Michmerhuizen
Partner, Taxation & Corporate Law
Jeffrey M. Woenker
Partner, Labor and Employment
James O'Connor
Partner, Real Estate Law
Joshua C. Neal
Partner, Family Law
Emily S. Szaferski
Partner, Mergers & Acquisitions, Securities Law
Marcus Heminger
Partner, Medical Malpractice Defense
Benjamin D. Ice
Partner, Litigation & Medical Malpractice Defense
William A. Ramsey
Partner, Real Estate
Mark H. Bains
Partner, Estate Planning & Business Law
Philip A. Wagler
Of Counsel, Finance
Stephen L. Chapman
Of Counsel, Employee Benefits
Robert W. Kistler
Associate, Labor & Employment Relations
Rachel K. Steinhofer
Associate, Litigation
Jerod A. Adler
Associate, Corporate and Business Law
Justin T. Molitoris
Associate, Litigation
Michael C. Ross
Associate, Business Law, Taxation and Financing
Thomas E. Ludwiski
Associate, Corporate and Business Law
Scott E. Campbell
Associate, Labor and Employment
Tess P. Anglin
Associate, Litigation
Casie J. Towsley
Associate, Finance and Business
Steve R. Uhey
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