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2011 Forty Under 40: David Barrett

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About me...
David Barrett
Partner
Baker & Daniels LLP
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Web sites:
Social media:
On my hip:
BlackBerry
Most-used apps:
Pittsburgh Steelers
ESPN
Google Mobile
Convenience Store Petroleum
industry apps, including Daily News
Favorite stuff:
Tennis; Pittsburgh Steelers; Cincinnati Reds
 

Attorney David Barrett had a daunting task in 2008—to integrate Baker & Daniels’ business attorneys and staff into a unified team. Today, the more than 50 professionals are still geographically separated, but united by specialties: mergers and acquisitions, tax law, securities and corporate law. The group has become more effective and profitable.

“I realized I wanted to be a business lawyer” after studying economics at Wabash College, he said. He went to the Indiana University School of Law.

The work of business lawyers mainly gets done outside courtrooms, so people rarely see them portrayed in television’s legal dramas like “Law & Order,” he said.

While business practice may not seem as heroic as saving an innocent defendant in a murder case, the work can be just as demanding, Barrett said.

“Hard work is the way I’ve been successful,” he said. “I figure out what it will take to get a job done, a contract signed” and then put in the work and the time.

“I pride myself on being in constant contact with clients.”

As the first lawyer in his family, he had no footsteps to follow or fill.

As board chairman of The Villages of Indiana for the past two years, he is involved in everything from constructing a building to analyzing reimbursement rates for the not-for-profit social services agency for children and families.

More recently, he joined the board of Junior Achievement, and he chairs the finance committee of his church, New Hope Presbyterian in Fishers.

“I’m a late-night person” who can work after his family has gone to bed, he said.

To unwind, Barrett tries to play tennis several times a week, and is a passionate fan of IU sports, as well as the Pittsburgh Steelers and Cincinnati Reds.•

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