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Jason R. Reese

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Professional Liability Attorney in Carmel, IN

Wagner Reese, LLP
11939 North Meridian Street, Suite 100
Carmel, IN 46032
Phone: 317-569-0000
Fax: 317-569-8088
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2004, 2012 - 2022
Licensed in Indiana Since: 1997
Practice Areas: Professional Liability: Plaintiff, Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff, Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff
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Attorney Profile

Attorney Jason R. Reese is a founding and managing partner at the highly-respected Indiana law firm of Wagner Reese, LLP.  For over 24 years, Mr. Reese has focused his practice on the following areas:

• Personal injury
• Medical & legal malpractice
• Wrongful death
• Agricultural mass torts

Mr. Reese earned his law degree from Indiana University Maurer School of Law in 1997. He is licensed to practice in both Indiana and Illinois.

Mr. Reese has earned a reputation among both his clients and his peers as a top-notch attorney. He has a "Superb" rating from Avvo, and The National Trial Lawyers has listed him among the Top 100 attorneys.  In 2016-20201, Indiana Super Lawyers magazine named him "TOP 50" attorneys in Indiana.  In 2005, the Indianapolis Business Journal named him to "40 under 40" for his dynamic business leadership in the Central Indiana business community.  In addition, he is a member of the prestigious Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum, an organization that only offers membership to attorneys who have secured $2 million or more for a client in a settlement or verdict.

Mr. Reese is not only an active litigator but also an active volunteer in the community. He is a member of a number of associations, including the Indiana Trial Lawyers Association, where he has served on the Board of Directors since 2002, and the American Association for Justice. Likewise, Mr. Reese has served on the EDGE Mentoring Board of Directors, and the Executive Committee for the Neighborhood Christian Legal Clinic for 7 years.  In 2017, he was awarded the Inspiron "Mentor of the Year" award by College Mentors for Kids in the area of Legal, Accounting and Finance.  In 2019, Mr. Reese was chosen as one of the Best Lawyers in America, and one of only fifteen Indiana lawyers as a "Distinguished Barrister" by The Indiana Lawyer in recognition of a career dedicated to his leadership and community service.

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About Jason R. Reese

First Admitted: 1997, Indiana

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Educational Background

  • University of Arizona, B.S. in History, Academic Scholarship, magna cum laude, 1994
  • Indiana University School of Law (Mauer), 1997, with honors , 1997

Other Outstanding Achievements

  • Neighborhood Chrisitian Legal Clinic, oustanding board member award, 2018

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • Speaker at Indianapolis Bench Bar Annual Conference, Speaker, Marketing Yourself: Personal Branding for Lawyers, Indianapolis Bar Association, 2019
  • Speaker at Indianapolis Bar Association, Speaker, Using the Reptile in Trial, Indianapolis Bar Association, 2018
  • Spoke at 2016 Bench Bar conference on the issue of using trial techniques such as "Rules of the Road" and the Reptile Theory of proving liability., Speaker, Indy Bench Bar, Indianapolis Bar Association, 2016
  • Author, "Handing the Negligent Security Claim", published in The Verdict 2008, Handling the Negligent Security Claim, The Verdict, 2008



  • The National Trial Lawyers Top 100, Civil Plaintiff, Jason Reese, The National Trial Lawyers Top 100, The National Trial Lawyers, 2019
  • "Top 50 lawyers" in Indiana, Indiana Super Lawyer, Top 50 Indiana Super Lawyer, Super Lawyers, 2020
  • Personal Injury Litigation,  , Best Lawyers in America, U.S. News & World Report, 2020
  • Distinguished Barrister goes to 15 lawyers each year who are recognized for outstanding leadership and service to their community, Distinguished Barrister, The Indiana Lawyer, 2019
  • Best Lawyers in America for Personal Injury Litigation 2019-2020, Best Lawyers in America, Best Lawyers, 2019
  • Indiana Super Lawyer by Law & Politics as published by Indianapolis Monthly Magazine, 2003, 2004, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, Top 50 Super Lawyer, Super Laywers Magazine and Indianapolis Monthly Magazine, 2019
  • College Mentors for Kids, "2017 Inspire Awards Mentor of the Year" for Accounting, Legal & Finance , Mentor of the Year, College Mentors for Kids, 2017
  •, Top 10 Best in Indiana, American Instituate of Legal Counsel, 2015
  • Recipient, "Forty Under 40" as Dynamic Business Leader under the age of 40 in the Indianapolis Metro Area as recognized by the Indianapolis Business Journal, 2005, Forty Under 40, Indianapolis Business Journal, 2005
  • Named one of the "Top 100 Trial Lawyers" by The National Trial Lawyers, December 2013, Top 100 Trial Lawyers, The National Trial Lawyers, 2013
  • Named "Outstanding Young Lawyer of the Year" by Indiana State Bar Association, 2003, Young Lawyer of the Year, Indiana State Bar Association, 2003
  • Fellow, Indiana Bar Foundation, Fellow, Indiana Bar Foundation, 2006
  • Barrister on the American Sagamore Inn of Court, 2010
  • Kappa Alpha Order at The University of Arizona, President, 1996

Pro bono/Community Service

  • Grace Care Center Foundation, Director, major donor and development, 2019
  • Edge Mentoring, Board of Directors, 2015-2019, 2019
  • Neighborhood Christian Legal Clinic, Board of Directors, 2012 – Present, 2019
  • Volunteer, West Minister Legal Ministry
  • Volunteer, Carmel Dads' Club.
  • Volunteer, "Ask Me What’s Great About America" speeches at Indiana public schools
  • Serves on Several Committees and Boards with Second Presbyterian Church in Indianapolis
  • Indianapolis Bar Association, "Ask a Lawyer Day"
  • Volunteer, Indiana State Bar Association's "Ask a Lawyer" program
  • President of the Board, Center Point Counseling, 2010
  • Worked for the Federal Public Defender's office on a pro bono part-time basis

Bar/Professional Activity

  • Indianapolis Bar Foundation Member, 2021
  • State of Indiana, 1997
  • Lake County Bar Association, Board of Directors, 1997 – 1998
  • Board of Directors, Indiana Trial Lawyers Association, 2002 – Present
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Indiana
  • State of Illinois, 2015
  • Member, National Board of Governors
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Indiana
  • Executive Committee of the Indianapolis Bar Association Litigation Section, 2007 – 2012
  • American Association for Justice, 1997 – Present


  • $1.6M wrongful death medical malpractice settlement for surviving spouse of 62 year old man who repeatedly complained of classic signs of blood clotting to his primary care physician, 2022
  • $1.65M settlement for 38 year old married woman who presented to ER with classic signs of stroke but was never offered tPA treatment to reverse clot, 2022
  • $1.187M settlement for death of 5 year old girl negligently discharged by hospital emergency room staff despite clear signs of Scarlet Fever, 2022
  • $3.375M settlement for man injured when a large tree damaged by a storm was cut down by a crew of volunteers, rendering him partially paralyzed, 2021
  • $2.5M settlement for victim of trucking accident who sustained serious back injuries, 2021
  • $1.7M wrongful death settlement for surviving husband whose 38 year old wife's pulmonary embolism went untreated by emergency room staff despite clear evidence on abnormal blood testing, 2021
  • $1.187M child wrongful death settlement due to emergency room physician negligently discharging a toddler despite the need to admit for further observation and additional testing, 2021
  • $1.187M wrongful death settlement for a surviving widow due to malpractice arising from a pulmonologist who neglected to follow up on a nodule found on a patient's lung on CT scan, 2021
  • $1.187M birth trauma baby death case arising from medical malpractice for failure to timely call for a C-section despite signs of fetal distress on the fetal monitor, 2021
  • $1.55M medical malpractice settlement for surviving widow who lost her husband due to failure to diagnose and treat a blood clot in his leg, 2021
  • $1M settlement for bicycle-car accident, 2019
  • $6.25M Wrongful Death - a woman, who was a wife and mother of three children, was killed when a man operating a commercial vehicle crossed the center line and caused a multi-vehicle collision, 2018
  • $1.17M malpractice settlement - 48 year-old woman suffered an anoxic brain injury while recovering from a routine endoscopic surgery.  The defense claimed that what happened to her was a "known complication of the procedure".  Plaintiff retained two elite experts to prove otherwise.  The medical review panel found that malpractice occurred and, shortly thereafter, the case settled before trial, 2018
  • $817,000 malpractice settlement - rehab facility caring for a woman recovering from facial surgery to remove a malignant tumor failed to properly care for her eye resulting in a scratched cornea and permament loss of acuity, 2018
  • $1,187,000 medical malpractice settlement against a hospital that failed to properly monitor a newborn in the NICU which led to his tragic death, 2016
  • $6,6200,000 combined settlement for construction accident for construction worker that was electrocuted and sustained burns to face and body, 2014
  • $2 million confidential settlement on behalf of a child who sustained multiple facial fractures when an unsecured TV fell on top of her face daycare, 2011
  • Jury verdict for $1,100,000 for medical malpractice claim, 2010
  • Trucking Accident resulted in $1,500,000 settlement for a pregnant woman’s personal injuries and fetal wrongful death, 2011
  • $1.187M medical malpractice settlement for death of premature newborn baby due to nurses' failure to monitor baby's deteriorating condition in neonatal intensive care unit , 2016
  • Settled medical malpractice claim for man whose perforated colon went undiagnosed for two years due to mistakes made by radiologists for $1,137,000, 2016
  • $1,200,000 settlement for man killed as a passenger in a one vehicle accident, 2015
  • Legal malpractice settlement of $500,000 against lawyer that missed a deadline to respond to a motion file by the defense which resulted in client's underlying medical malpractice case being dismissed, 2015
  • $721,250 wrongful death settlement for the daughter of a 67 year-old female pedestrian who was hit by a vehicle in a shopping center parking lot, 2014
  • $4.57 million confidential settlement for underinsured motorist claim against a truck driver’s employer, 2006
  • $1.055 million settlement for a 16 year-old student who was injured while crossing a roadway to board his school bus, 2013
  • $1.45 million settlement for slip and fall, 2008
  • $1 million legal malpractice settlement against a law firm that failed to timely file the medical malpractice case, 2013
  • $700,000 medical malpractice settlement for retained foregin object left inside man causing deterioration of his kidney, 2016
  • $1.2M settlement for the parents of a toddler boy that was prematurely discharged from the ER despite acute signs of pnemonia shown on x-ray.  The child died hours later at home., 2016
  • $1.45M settlement for wrongful death of a mother/wife run over in the pre-dawn hours by a bus driver during a charity event, 2016
  • $1 million confidential settlement on behalf of a young woman who was sexually assaulted, 2005
  • $900,000 medical malpractice settlement, 2012
  • $1.95 million settlement from motorist hit head-on at an intersection by a delivery truck driver, 2008
  • $1.75 million settlement for a truck driver injured in a head-on highway collision, 2009
  • Settled medical malpractice claim for a toddler that sustained brain damage as a result of hospital negligence for the sum of $1.137 million, 2008
  • $715,000 settlement on behalf of a woman who was injured while she was a back-seat passenger in a vehicle that was t-boned by a speeding police cruiser, 2009
  • $2.5 million wrongful death settlement, 2008
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Office Location for Jason R. Reese

11939 North Meridian Street
Suite 100
Carmel, IN 46032

Last Updated: 6/28/2022

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