Christopher P. Jeter is an associate attorney in Barnes & Thornburg LLP’s Indianapolis office. He is a member of the firm’s Litigation Department. His practice focuses primarily on complex business/commercial disputes, government litigation, banking litigation, and products liability defense. Mr. Jeter also represents county and municipal governments in a wide variety of legal and non-legal issues.
Prior to joining Barnes & Thornburg, Mr. Jeter served on active duty in the United States Navy as a JAG lawyer. During that time, he held an array of legal positions in various naval and international organizations. Most recently, Mr. Jeter served as a trial attorney for the United States Navy in the Navy Litigation Office in Washington, D.C., where he handled over 30 multi-jurisdictional, multi-million dollar lawsuits involving the Department of the Navy. In addition, Mr. Jeter served as legal advisor to the Commanding Officer. U.S. Naval Support Activity in Naples, Italy, where he provided legal advice to senior Navy officers and civilians on a host of legal issues including labor/employment, fiscal, contract, international, and criminal law. He deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom during the troop surge in 2006-2007, where he served as an international law attorney for a joint service command managing detainee operations. While in Iraq, Mr. Jeter was promoted to Officer-in-Charge and later awarded the Defense Meritorious Service Medal by the Secretary of Defense for exceptional service. Mr. Jeter began his Navy career as a trial attorney for the Naval Legal Service Office Northwest in Bremerton, Washington, where he spent three years defending soldiers and sailors in a range of criminal and administrative matters. He continues to serve in the United States Navy Reserve.
Mr. Jeter has served in several other legal positions including as a Special Assistant United States Attorney, Deputy Legal Counsel to the Superintendent of the United States Naval Academy, and Department of the Navy liaison to the Department of Justice during the prosecution of Somali Pirates in the Eastern District of Virginia. Mr. Jeter serves as a member of the Hamilton East Public Library Board, the Board of Directors of the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra, and the Board of Directors of the Service Disabled Veteran Owned Business Network of Indiana. He is also a member of the Indiana State Bar Association Military and Veterans’ Affairs Committee and a graduate of the Indianapolis Bar Leader Series.
Mr. Jeter earned his J.D. from the George Washington University Law School in 2005, where he received the Best Oral Advocate Award in Moot Court in 2004 and was the top grade-winner for his Trial Advocacy class in 2005. While there, he was elected Vice-Chair and later Chair of the American Bar Association’s Law Student Division. Mr. Jeter received his B.A. from the Oklahoma Baptist University in 2001, where he served as a four-year class president.
Mr. Jeter is admitted to practice in Indiana and the District of Columbia, and before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit and the U.S. Supreme Court.