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Firm attorneys show their support of the USO of Indiana

Firm attorneys, Andrew Nevill, Blake Hartz, Chuck Reeves and Bill McKenna, participate in the Third Annual USO of Indiana Golf Outing on May 17th, 2019 […]

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Woodard, Emhardt, Henry, Reeves & Wagner, LLP Announces Name Change and Promotes Three to Partnership

The Firm is pleased to announce that Charles Reeves and Vincent Wagner have been recognized as named partners of the firm, which has changed its […]

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Woodard, Emhardt Attorneys Teach at Indiana Law Schools

Many of Woodard, Emhardt’s attorneys serve the Intellectual Property community in Indiana by teaching courses at Indiana law schools.  This fall, partners Charles P. Schmal […]

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Charles R. Reeves


Chuck joined the firm in 1976 and has represented a broad range of clients from individuals and start-up businesses to national and international corporations. His experience includes litigation, domestic and international prosecution, strategic planning and managing IP portfolios, and evaluating validity, coverage and right-to-use issues in connection with opinion, transactional and other business-related work.

Before joining the Firm, Chuck served two years as judicial law clerk to the Hon. Paul H. Buchannan, Jr. on the Indiana Court of Appeals. He gained valuable technical experience in several materials and metallurgy fields at Purdue University. His combined legal and engineering backgrounds have enabled Chuck to analyze complex factual and legal situations and in their resolution, have served his clients well over the years.

While Chuck is comfortable working in many areas of technology, he has benefited from his materials and metallurgy experience as those relate to many product and technology fields. Chuck’s in-depth experience has allowed him to represent a broad range of clients in all areas of design, development, manufacturing and sales. Chuck understands the complexity of the technology used and helps his clients realize the true value of their innovation. Representative client and product areas have included chemical, automotive, medical device and other manufacturers, universities, lottery commissions, and wholesale and retail businesses of all kinds. His experience also includes a variety of technology areas such as materials and product manufacture and processing involving metals such as copper, aluminum, stainless and other steels, titanium, tungsten and others, polymers, composites, coatings, and other materials.

Outside the Firm, Chuck has lived in Indiana his entire life and has written and lectured to formal classes and various groups on intellectual property law over the years. He has strong family values, with his wife and three grown children, and has well-rounded and diverse interests in community activities and in sports and other recreational pursuits.


  • Purdue University
    B.S. Metallurgical Engineering, cum laude, 1973
  • Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law
    J.D., summa cum laude, 1977

Bar Admissions

  • Indiana, 1976
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, 1978
  • US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, 1987
  • United States Supreme Court, 1988

Honors & Awards

Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rated AV Preeminent
Indiana Super Lawyers®, 2004, 2007

Professional Affiliations

  • ASM International, Chair, Indianapolis Chapter
  • Indiana Corporation for Science and Technology, Advanced Materials Committee
  • Indiana State Bar Association
  • Indianapolis Bar Association
  • Intellectual Property Owners Association
  • International Trademark Association
  • Publications

    Author and Editor of Chapter on Indiana Law in the Treatise entitled “State Trademark and Unfair Competition Law” published by the International Trademark Association, since 1989.

    Speaking Engagements

  • Adjunct Professor, International Intellectual Property Law, Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law, 2009 – present.
  • Adjunct Professor, Trademark and Unfair Competition Law, Indiana University Maurer School of Law.
  • Lecturer, Intellectual Property Law, for numerous clients, Indiana Continuing Legal Education Forum (ICLEF), and for business, educational and other groups over the years.
  • Expert and fact witness in several patent litigations regarding opinions given and other matters on behalf of clients.
  • Community Involvement

    Meridian Street United Methodist Church, since 1983.

    Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity, since 1969 including President of the Alumni Board, President of the Parents Club, and other involvements over the years

    Indianapolis Athletic Club, until its closure.

    Meridian Hills Country Club, for 28 years.