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Jim Reed has concentrated his practice in the legal aspect of relationship transitions of all types since graduating from law school. He has been involved in divorce cases with some of the largest marital estates in Indiana. He represents many professionals (medical, legal, accounting, financial), business owners and executives, community leaders, high-profile individuals in entertainment, sports and politics, and the spouses/partners of these individuals. Because of his experience and the personal nature of the practice, Jim has helped individuals and families find solutions to complex relationship and legal transitions. His practice includes counseling cohabitating partners in implementing plans for estate transitions, health care decision making, joint ownership and survivorship, as well as representing partners in the conclusion of relationships, custody and support of their children, and the division of property and assets. Jim approaches the representation of his clients with years of diverse experience and from a broad perspective.

Career Highlights


  • Selected for inclusion in Indiana Super Lawyers® in the field of Family Law, 2004-2019
  • Selected for inclusion in The National Law Journal Trailblazers - Divorce, Trusts & Estates list, 2016
  • Selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America®, 1995-2020, in the field of Family Law
  • The Best Lawyers in America® Indianapolis Family Law “Lawyer of the Year”, 2013, 2019
  • Who’s Who Among Executives and Professionals
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV® Preeminent™ Rating
  • Distinguished Fellow, Indianapolis Bar Foundation
  • Harrison Award for Res Gestae article
  • Christel House Ambassador of Distinction


Professional Affiliations

  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers
  • Indianapolis Bar Association
  • Indiana State Bar Association

Former Employment

  • Indiana University, 1978-1980
  • Indiana Judicial Center, 1980-1981
  • Atkinson and Kelsey, Albuquerque, New Mexico, Summer Associate,1982
  • James A. Buck, attorney, 1981-1990
  • Skiles and Reed, 1990-1996

Community Involvement

Professional Leadership

  • The Village of Merici Board of Directors, 2013-2018
  • Indiana Repertory Theatre, 2011-2017
  • Christel DeHaan Family Foundation, 2000-2018
  • Christel House Charity, 2000-2008
  • Indianapolis City Market, 1994-1996
  • Behavior Corp., 1993-1996
  • Indianapolis Bar Association Board of Managers, 1990-1992; 1993-1995

Civic and Charitable Involvement

  • International School of Indiana; Past Member, Capital Campaign Committee


Contributions & Published Works





  • "Self-Settled Trust & Premarital Agreements: The Perfect Combination," 17th Annual Family Law Institute, ICLEF, October 25, 2019
  • ICLEF, 41st Annual Judge Robert H. Staton Indiana Law Update, September 11, 2019
  • "Negotiating & Defending Premarital & Post Marital Agreements," 16th Annual Family Law Institute, ICLEF, October 26, 2018
  • "The New Tax Law & Divorce," 16th Annual Family Law Institute, ICLEF, October 25, 2018
  • "Family and Juvenile Law," 40th Annual Indiana Law Update, ICLEF, September 12, 2018
  • “Prenups and Postnups 101,” Essentials of Family Law Seminar, ICLEF, August 23, 2018
  • "Hot Topics in Premarital Agreements," IndyBar CLE seminar, June 26, 2018
  • "120 Hot Tips in Estate, Trust and Probate Planning," ICLEF, December 20, 2017
  • “Practicing Law in Indiana: When Family Law Intersects with Business, Estate Planning & Ethics,” Indiana Lawyer CLE, December 5, 2017
  • "Spotting the Issues & Drafting Marital Settlement Agreements for Success" and "Setting Aside Domestic Relations Agreements," 15th Annual Family Law Institute, ICLEF, October 26, 2017
  • "Forms and Best Practices – Balance Sheets, Forms, Sample Language," CME for Family Mediators, ICLEF, August 18, 2017
  • "Ripped From the Headlines: High Profile Family Matters," IndyBar CLE seminar, March 20, 2017
  • "5 Tips on Estate Plans in Divorce," 120 Hot Tips in Estate, Trust and Probate Practice CLE seminar, December 21, 2016
  • "Family Law Intersects: HIPAA, Ethics, Estate Planning," Indiana Lawyer CLE, December 7, 2016
  • "Family and Juvenile Law," ICLEF: 38th Annual Indiana Law Update, September 20, 2016
  • "Business Valuation," Advanced Issues in Family Law, ICLEF Masters Series Program, July 15, 2016
  • "The Enforceability of Domestic Relations Agreements," Advanced Family Law (North) Seminar, ICLEF Masters Series Program, December 2, 2015
  • "When Divorce Necessitates an Update to Your Estate Plan," Indianapolis Bar Association CLE, November 20, 2013
  • "How to Unwind Complex Estate Planning and Asset Protection Vehicles in a Divorce," ICLEF 11th Annual Family Law Institute, November 1, 2013
  • "Grappling With Diversity Issues Involving Religion, Culture and Sexual Orientation and Sample Divorce Decree Property Settlement Language (With No Children),” Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law, March 6, 2013
  • "Family Law Update," 35th Annual Indiana Law Update™, September 26, 2013
  • "The Profession" session for the Indianapolis Bar Association Bar Leader Series, February 19, 2013
  • "Premarital, Postnuptial and Cohabitation Agreements: the Good, the Not-So-Good and the Complicated," Quarterly Chapter Meeting of the Financial Planning Association of Greater Indiana, February 15, 2013
  • "Writing A Solid Premarital Agreement," Indianapolis Bar Association, December 20, 2012
  • "The Essentials of Family Law: Drafting Premarital, Post-Marital and Cohabitation Agreements," April 20, 2012
  • "Practical Tax Law You Really Need to Know," December 21, 2011
  • “Good Practice Guidance for Lawyers to Detect,” November 30, 2011
  • "Divorce 101: Drafting Settlement Agreements," April 20, 2011
  • "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," October 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
  • "Hot Property Topics: Stock Options, Remainder Interests, Property Issues for Non-Married Cohabitants, and Provisions Your Decree May Need!" January 26, 2007
  • "Business Valuation Accreditation Criteria," 2005
  • Regular speaker and presenter at Indiana Continuing Legal Education Forum (ICLEF), Indianapolis Bar Association, Annual Family Law Institute and trade seminars.
    • Recent presentations:
      “Qualifying an Expert Witness”
      “Rights of LGBT Individuals and Their Children Under Indiana Law”
      “Grappling with Religious Differences and Lifestyle Disputes"
      “Social Networks and Evidentiary Issues”
      “Analyzing LLCs, S-Corps, and Partnership Returns”
      “Property Settlement Agreement Clauses”
      “Single to Married, Married to Single and Generation to Generation”
      “New Child Support Guidelines, High Income Earners”
      "Representing a Foreign National in Family Law Matters"

Other Media


Indiana University, A.B., English Literature, with honors, 1978, Phi Beta Kappa
Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law, J.D., magna cum laude, 1983

  • Indiana, 1983

Fellow, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (

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