Barnes & Thornburg LLP
Keith White has more than 35 years of national labor and employment law experience. Valued for his commitment to working through even the most difficult negotiations, Keith strives to help clients by meeting or exceeding their goals.
Keith is focused upon getting his clients what they need to succeed. As vice president and general counsel for a major automotive supplier based in Detroit, Keith developed a respect for the budgeting process of major businesses and, as a result, seeks to be diligent when it comes to conserving his client’s resources. Keith’s experience in-house gave him a better understanding of and sensitivity to the underlying challenges major businesses face when investing in outside legal counsel.
Keith grew up in Southern Indiana and was the first of his family to attend college, an upbringing that helps him to relate to, and be relatable to, union representatives and members. With a communication style that is down to earth, respectful and direct, Keith makes of point of building rapport not only with his clients, but also among their union representatives in order to serve as an advocate and facilitator to realizing a favorable outcome.
He has decades of experience representing employers across the country in collective bargaining, strikes, contract administration and arbitration. Keith also assists business clients in union avoidance matters, from supervisor and manager training programs to full-scale campaigns to help employers maintain their union-free status.
In addition, Keith provides day-to-day client counseling, including guidance on large and small reductions in force, plant/facility closing issues, and general labor and employment law compliance matters.
He has served as faculty for programs sponsored by the American Bar Association ADR in Labor Employment Law Committee and the National Labor Relations Board, and is a frequent speaker for a variety of business and legal organizations.