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James Reed - Carmel, IN

11595 North Meridian StreetSuite 110 Carmel, IN 46032

Updated: 03/09/2023

Carmel Litigation Lawyer


Jim Reed has dedicated his nearly 40-year legal career to all aspects of relationship transitions, from the needs of a couple entering a new relationship to the legal and financial matters involved in the dissolution of a relationship...

About James Reed

Current Employment Position(s)

  • Partner


  • English

Practice Areas

  • Litigation 80%
  • Family Law
  • Estate Planning


  • 80%


Bar Admissions

  • Indiana, 1983

Other Affiliations

  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (Member)
  • Indiana State Bar Association (Member)
  • Indianapolis Bar Association
  • Indianapolis Bar Association, Board of Managers, 1990-1992; 1993-1995
  • American Bar Association
  • Christel DeHaan Family Foundation, 2000 - 2004
  • Christel House Charity, 2000 - 2008
  • Indianapolis City Market, 1994 - 1996
  • Behavior Corp, 1993 - 1996

Classes and Seminars

  • Regular speaker and presenter at Indiana Continuing Legal Education Forum (ICLEF), Indianapolis Bar Association, The Indiana Lawyer, Annual Family Law Institute and trade seminars.
  • 'Graying Divorce' & Representation of Clients with Diminished Capacity, 18th Annual Family Law Institute, ICLEF Seminar, October 2020
  • Child Support Calculation Nuances, CME for Family Mediators, ICLEF Seminar, September 2020
  • Self-Settled Trust & Premarital Agreements: The Perfect Combination, 17th Annual Family Law Institute, ICLEF Seminar, October 2019
  • Family Law, 41st Annual Judge Robert H. Staton Indiana Law Update, ICLEF Seminar, September 2019
  • Negotiating & Defending Premarital & Post Marital Agreements, 16th Annual Family Law Institute, ICLEF Seminar, October 2018
  • The New Tax Law & Divorce, 16th Annual Family Law Institute, ICLEF seminar, October 2018
  • Family and Juvenile Law, 40th Annual Indiana Law Update, ICLEF seminar, September 2018
  • Prenups and Postnups 101, Essentials of Family Law Seminar, ICLEF, August 2018
  • Hot Topics in Premarital Agreements, Indianapolis Bar Association CLE seminar, June 2018
  • "Diversity: The Missing Piece in Family Law", - October 14, 2010
  • "Financial and Estate Planning for Divorcing Clients", - August 13, 2010
  • "Divorce 101: Handling Your First Divorce Case", - December 4, 2009
  • "A Survey of the New Amendments to the Indiana Child Support Rules and Guidelines", - September 15, 2009
  • "Family Law Institute Tax Returns: Analyzing LLC, S-Corporations and Partnership Tax Returns", - 2009
  • "Tax Returns and Related Documents: Sample Discovery Requests", - October 15, 2008
  • "Divorce 101: Property Related Clauses and for Decrees and Settlements Agreements", - April 25, 2008
  • "Overview of Divorce-Related Issues Involving Highly Compensated Executives and Business Owners and Social Security Issues in Divorce", - December 13, 2007

Pro Bono Activities

  • International School of Indiana; Past Member, Capital Campaign Committee
  • Indianapolis Bar Association Free Will Clinic, VA Hospital

Past Positions

  • Indiana University, 1978 - 1980
  • Indiana Judicial Center, 1980 - 1981
  • Atkinson Kelsey, Albuquerque, New Mexico, Summer 1982
  • James A. Buck, Attorney, 1981 - 1990
  • Skiles and Reed, 1990 - 1996
  • Dentons (Partner) successor to Bingham Sommers Welsh and Spilman, Bingham McHale, Bingham Greenebaum Doll, 1996 - 2021


  • Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law, Indianapolis, Indiana, 1983
    Honors: magna cum laude
  • Indiana University, Indiana, 1978
    B.A., Graduated with Honors
    Major: English Literature

Fraternities and Sororities

  • Phi Beta Kappa


Accepts Credit Cards


Published Works

  • "Divorce in Indiana: What to expect and best practices to follow during the divorce process", Client Guide, 2021
  • "Why do I need to have a premarital agreement" , Indiana Lawyer, Jan.8-21, 2019
  • Co-author "A Brief Survey of the New Amendments to the Indiana Child Support Rules & Guidelines", Res Gestae, Fall, 2009
  • Co-author "Family Law Issues Concerning Gays, Lesbians and their Children Under Indiana Law", Res Gestae, Spring, 2007
  • "Overview of Divorce-Related Issues Involving Highly Compensated Executives and Business Owners", ICLEF, November, 2007
  • "Hot Property Topics: Stock Options, Remainder Interests, Property Issues for Non-Married Cohabitants, and Provisions Your Decree May Need", ICLEF, January, 2007
  • "Family Law Issues Concerning Gays, Lesbians and their Children Under Indiana Law,” Publisher: Res Gestae, Indiana State Bar Association, Co-author: Michael Kohlhass, May, 2007

Office Information


11595 North Meridian StreetSuite 110 Carmel, IN 46032



  • Distinguished Fellow, Indianapolis Bar Foundation
  • Harrison Legal Writing Award, First Place, "Family Law Issues Concerning Gays, Lesbians and their Children Under Indiana Law," Res Gestae, Indiana State Bar Association, co-author Michael Kohlhass, May 2007
  • Christel House Ambassador of Distinction, 2008
  • Super Lawyer Top 50
  • Earned Martindale Hubbell's AV, the highest rating in 5th year of practice
  • Selected for inclusion in Lawdragon 500 Leading Family Lawyers, 2020
  • Selected for inclusion in Indiana Super Lawyers® in the field of Family Law, 2004-2023
  • Selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® in the field of Family Law, 1995-2021
  • The Best Lawyers in America® Indianapolis Family Law "Lawyer of the Year," 2013, 2019
  • Selected for inclusion in The National Law Journal Trailblazers - Divorce, Trusts & Estates list, 2016
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV® Preeminent™ Rating
  • “Chambers and Partners” designated practitioner in High Net Worth Guide, Divorce and Family Law 2022

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