David W. Barrett, who led the integration of Baker & Daniels' business lawyers and staff into a unified team in 2008, was named to the Indianapolis Business Journal's Forty Under 40 Class of 2011.
Today, the more than 50 professionals in Baker & Daniels' business and corporate finance group are still geographically separated in different office locations, but united by specialties: mergers and acquisitions, tax law, securities and corporate law. The group also has become more effective and profitable, the IBJ reported in its profile story on Barrett.
"I realized I wanted to be a business lawyer" after studying economics at Wabash College, Barrett said in the story. The work of business lawyers mainly gets done outside courtrooms, so people rarely see them portrayed in television's legal dramas like "Law & Order," Barrett told the IBJ.
But while business practice may not seem as heroic as saving an innocent defendant in a murder case, the work can be just as demanding, according to Barrett. "I figure out what it will take to get a job done, a contract signed" and then put in the work and the time, said Barrett, who graduated cum laude from the Indiana University Maurer School of Law in Bloomington.
As board chairman of The Villages of Indiana for the past two years, Barrett is involved in everything from constructing a building to analyzing reimbursement rates for the not-for-profit social services agency for children and families, the IBJ reported in its profile story. More recently, Barrett joined the board of Junior Achievement, and he chairs the finance committee of his church, New Hope Presbyterian in Fishers.
To unwind, the IBJ reported, 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.