Barbara_Dunn O'Neal

Barbara Dunn O'Neal Esq.

Attorney & Partner, Barnes & Thornburg

BARBARA F. DUNN, ESQ. is an attorney and partner with Howe & Hutton, a law firm which specializes in the representation of individuals, firms and organizations in the travel, tourism, hospitality, incentive and meetings industries, as well as not-for-profit organizations, including trade associations, professional societies and other related organizations. The firm has offices in Chicago, Washington, D.C. and St. Louis and serves as general counsel to Meeting Professionals International among hundreds of others. Barbara received her undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan and her Juris Doctorate degree from the John Marshall Law School in Chicago where she was a member of the Editorial Board of the John Marshall Law Review. Barbara works with many individuals and organizations in the meetings industry including corporate and independent planners, as well as suppliers to the industry. She has written numerous articles on a wide range of legal issues and is a frequent speaker for MPI and its chapters, SGMP, PCMA, HSMAI, ASAE and its affiliated societies, and other groups in the meetings, travel and hospitality industries. She was the 2005-2006 Chair of the ASAE Legal Section Council – the first woman to serve in such a leadership role. Barbara is also a member of the Academy of Hospitality Industry Attorneys and currently serves on the group’s Board of Directors.