Adam L. Bartrom

Adam L. Bartrom

Barnes & Thornburg LLP

Recognized since 2018

Fort Wayne, Indiana

Practice Areas

Employment Law - Management

Labor Law - Management

Litigation - Labor and Employment

Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2021 - Litigation - Labor and Employment
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Adam Bartrom represents management interests in employment and labor law matters. He defends clients in litigation, and designs strategic plans and best practices in his work with business owners, executives and human resource management. Adam is dedicated to ensuring that his clients understand the rapidly changing employment environment, adhere to the law and protect themselves at every turn.

Adam’s experience includes comprehensive legal counsel in a wide variety of labor and employment areas under the NLRA, FMLA, ADA, ADEA and Title VII, including labor relations grievances and arbitration, leaves of absence, wage disputes, discipline and termination, harassment, discrimination and retaliation claims, as well as occupational health and safety matters. He has represented clients before courts in numerous jurisdictions including Ohio, Illinois, Michigan, Iowa, Minnesota, North Carolina Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina, New York, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Oklahoma, Washington and California.

Adam takes the time to cultivate personal relationships with those he serves. He strives to consistently provide practical business counsel that is both actionable and grounded in the law. Competitive at heart, Adam is at his best when helping his clients to win. Whether success is defined in court or through behind the scenes, diplomatic negotiation that saves his client time, money, resources and ultimately, the employment relationship, Adam makes a point of remaining focused on the individual needs of each client he represents. Adam provides training on a variety of labor and employment topics as part of his commitment to his clients.

He is a frequent author on labor and employment law issues and is a frequent contributor to Barnes & Thornburg’s Labor Relations Blog.

Adam lives in Fort Wayne with his wife, Emily, and his sons, Noah and Jack. He enjoys spending time with his family and all aspects of being outside, including fishing, hiking, biking, running, golf and coaching his sons’ teams.

Contact & Links


  • 888 South Harrison Street, Suite 600
    Fort Wayne, IN 46802


  • Saint Joseph's College, B.S.
  • University of Notre Dame , J.D.

Bar Admissions

  • Indiana, State Bar of Indiana

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Indiana
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana

Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2021 - Litigation - Labor and Employment

Named "Lawyer of the Year" by Best Lawyers® for:

  • Litigation - Labor and Employment, Fort Wayne (2021)

Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® 2023 for work in:

  • Employment Law - Management
  • Labor Law - Management
  • Litigation - Labor and Employment

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