Robert Anthony Prather


Robert Anthony Prather



Robert Anthony Prather was born in Indianapolis, Indiana. A 1976 graduate of that city’s Pike High School, Prather enrolled at Indiana University later that fall. He received his B.A. in forensic studies from Indiana in 1980 and then enrolled at the Indiana University School of Law. Prather received his JD from the law school in 1983.

Prather’s early legal career was spent as in-house counsel for a variety of corporations, including Ameritech, Firestone Building Products, Firestone Industrial Products, and Firestone Polymers. In 2001, he joined the Indianapolis offices of the firm Barnes & Thornburg, LLP, where he represented management interests in a variety of labor and employment litigation. Additionally, Prather represented judges, lawyers, and other professionals in disciplinary and licensing issues and other matters of professional responsibility. He twice served on the Indiana Supreme Court Disciplinary Commission. In February of 2022, Prather was named Indiana University Vice President and General Counsel.

Long a supporter of the law school, Prather has served as a member of the school’s Black Law School Student Association Advisory Board since 2005; as a member of the school’s Alumni Board (1993-1997; 2015- ); and as a member of the Maurer School of Law Board of Visitors (2008-2012). Prather received the Indiana Lawyer Leadership in Law Distinguished Barristers Award in 2018, as well as the Indiana University Maurer School of Law Distinguished Service Award in 2015 and was inducted into the Law School’s Academy of Law Alumni Fellows in 2021.


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