Featured Partner: Barnes & Thornburg

Barnes & Thornburg partners with zWORKS

We are thrilled to announce that Barnes & Thornburg is our newest gold partner and will offer office hours on the first and third Thursday of the month at zWORKS.

Five attorneys – Brian McGinnis, David Pryzbylski, Travis Stegemoller, Eric Williams, and David Wong – will be rotating every first Thursday during the mornings and third Thursday during the afternoons to offer advice on formation, fundraising, trademarks, patents, labor, privacy, cyber security, and more.

“We have several attorneys that are very interested in supporting entrepreneur startups,” Wong said.

He added that a lot of their attorneys are from the Zionsville area.

“It made perfect sense to partner with zWORKS,” he said.

Executive Director Kate Swanson said zWORKS scored big in creating this partnership with a nationally-recognized legal powerhouse like Barnes & Thornburg.

“Already, the level of commitment and willingness I’ve seen from our gold legal partner to assist our members is impressive,” Swanson said. “I encourage our members to get to know and work with these attorneys.”

McGinnis specializes in data privacy and cybersecurity as well as intellectual property and Internet laws. He has extensive experience in data breaches, data privacy agreements and policies, data protection programs, intellectual property, copyright protection, trademarks and more.


Pryzbylski focuses on labor issues and relations such as collective bargaining, work stoppages, arbitrations, union avoidance training and strategies, union representation elections, unfair labor practice charges and more.


Stegemoller primarily counsels founders, startups and emerging companies through entity formation, capital raises, mergers and acquisitions, and intellectual property strategies. He also counsels investors and funds regarding capital placements and portfolio companies.


Williams concentrates on patent applications and intellectual property. He is also a licensed pharmacist in Indiana and has provided advice to multiple clients in the pharmaceutical industry and prepared patent term extension (PTE) applications for FDA-approved products.


Wong’s practice focuses on Internet law, technology, media, intellectual property counseling, risk management, prosecution, policing and enforcement. He regularly advises clients on commercial and intellectual property matters, such as trademark, copyright, defamation, trade dress, advertising, etc.


“No matter what kind of issue a business has, we can handle it,” Wong said.

“I have no doubt that this partnership will be an invaluable asset for our entrepreneurs,” Swanson said.


Getting to know Barnes & Thornburg

Fun Fact

Barnes & Thornburg LLP is the product of a 1982 merger between two well-established Indiana law firms, one in Indianapolis, the other in South Bend. The original Indianapolis-based Barnes, Hickam, Pantzer & Boyd was formed in 1940 and the four partners believed 13 was their lucky number. They formed the firm of Barnes, Hickam, Pantzer & Boyd on Friday, September 13, 1940, and started with 13 people in an office of 13 rooms on the 13th floor of the Merchants Bank Building, the city’s first skyscraper. They selected an office address of 1313 and procured 1313 as the firm’s telephone number.