Barnes & Thornburg adds Marcantonio W. Barnes as a partner in its Washington, D.C. office, where he will lead the development of the D.C. Corporate practice group, while advising clients on mergers and acquisitions, technology transactions, and federal contracts.
Barnes primarily focuses on helping clients execute their business strategies. His transactional work commonly involves the acquisition and sale of things – whether it is a company, product or service. In addition to his corporate and legal experience, Barnes has also held public service positions with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, the Chief Counsel’s Office of the U.S. House Oversight Committee, and the Fairfax County Small Business Commission.
He brings significant client relationships that span a variety of industries, including energy, financial services, information technology, manufacturing and retail sectors. The diversity and success of those relationships also reflect his passion for working with clients to ensure that shared values with respect to diversity and inclusion are reflected throughout the course of the representation.
“Marco’s done it all: managed several international business initiatives, led significant deals across industries and geographies, held public service positions, and taught derivatives structuring and usage at Georgetown University Law Center,” said David Gotlieb, chair of the firm’s Corporate Department. “These experiences give him an unparalleled understanding of the underlying business issues faced by our clients, and we’re thrilled to have him join our corporate group.”
Marco has also been a leader in diversity and inclusion initiatives within the practice of law, and was a finalist for the 2019 Chambers Minority Lawyer of the Year Award.
“Marco’s arrival to the firm further establishes the presence we have built this year on the East Coast, particularly in our Corporate Department,” said Roscoe Howard, Washington, D.C. office managing partner. “Marco has an established practice in the D.C. market, and we’re excited to have him on board.”
Barnes earned his LL.M. from Georgetown Law Center, his J.D. from George Mason University School of Law and his B.A. from George Mason University.