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David W. Barrett

Executive Partner


David Barrett helps businesses close transactions and solve difficult corporate problems. He learns clients' businesses and partners with them to provide services in an efficient and timely manner, always making himself available to meet their needs. As a member of Faegre Drinker’s executive leadership team, David collaborates with other firm leaders to oversee the day-to-day management and operations of the firm, including implementing firmwide strategy and policy.

Mergers & Acquisitions, Joint Ventures, Strategic Partnerships

David represents buyers, sellers, joint ventures and investment banks in negotiating and closing transactions across multiple industries, including industrials, manufacturing, chemicals, retail, service, logistics, financial institutions, life sciences, oil and gas, alcoholic beverages, and food and agribusiness.

David represents companies headquartered in at least 16 states, as well as several headquartered internationally. In addition to M&A, he has led multiple joint venture, public-private partnership and other strategic transactions.

David serves clients ranging from very small businesses with single owners to multinational companies. He has handled transactions ranging from less than $1 million to $1.9 billion, with the majority of his practice involving middle-market deals of less than $250 million.

David also assists many individuals and family offices with their various investments, board service, and consulting arrangements.

Succession Planning

David works closely with business owners and management teams over many years to develop and implement leadership and ownership succession plans. Sometimes that results in the transition to the next generation. In other cases, it results in a recapitalization or an exit.

Outside General Counsel, Contract Review and Drafting

David assists individuals and businesses of all sizes in addressing day-to-day legal needs, including organizing and structuring new entities, reorganizing and recapitalizing entities, and reviewing and drafting agreements. He also oversees arrangements whereby in-house counsel outsources all or most contracts for review by Faegre Drinker.

Business owners and investors often turn to David for assistance in navigating disputes with other owners and/or investors.


Bar Admissions



Indiana University Maurer School of Law
J.D. cum laude (1996)

Wabash College
B.A. magna cum laude (1993)

Insights & Events

Other Perspectives
  • Key Communication Skills
    ICLEF, November 2017
  • An Inside View of Outside Ownership for Acquisitive Companies
    Moderator, Indianapolis M&A Conference, May 2017
  • Corporate Documents and Minimizing Risk of Disputes
    Indianapolis Bar Association, August 2016
  • M&A and Succession Planning for Closely Held Businesses
    Moderator, Indianapolis M&A Conference, June 2016
  • Succession Planning for the Family-Owned Business
    Presenter, 43rd Annual Midwest Estate, Tax & Business Planning Institute, June 2016
  • Advanced Mergers & Acquisitions Seminar
    Co-Chair, Indiana Continuing Legal Education Forum (ICLEF); Presenter, "Representations and Warranties," October 2015
  • Exit Planning: A Collaborative Approach
    Indianapolis Bar Association, April 2015
  • Post-Closing – Including Tactics for Approaching Integration
    Moderator, Iowa M&A Conference, August 2014

Leadership & Community

Professional Associations

  • Indianapolis Bar Association
  • Indiana State Bar Association
  • American Law Institute — Corporate Law Advisory Panel

Civic Activities

  • The Villages (Indiana's largest not-for-profit child and family services agency) — Past Chair of the Board of Directors and member of the Executive Committee
  • Hamilton County United Way Campaign Committee — Past Campaign Chairman
  • Child Welfare Strategic Planning — "Stakeholders Group" member (group of community leaders formed to address various issues related to the child welfare system in Marion County and make recommendations and provide advice to leaders of the system)

Firm Leadership

  • Executive Partner
  • Faegre Baker Daniels — Management Board, 2012-20; Executive Committee, 2018-20


  • Chambers USA — Indiana, Corporate/M&A, 2018-23
  • Best Lawyers® — Corporate Law, 2013-24; Mergers & Acquisitions Law, 2013-24
  • Indianapolis Business Journal — Forty Under 40 Award, 2011
  • Indy's Best and Brightest — Finalist, Law Category, 2009
Awards Methodology
No aspect of these recognitions has been approved by the highest court of any state.
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