Donald E. Knebel

Of Counsel (Retired)
  • 11 South Meridian Street
    Indianapolis, IN 46204-3535

Donald E. Knebel is of counsel (retired) in Barnes & Thornburg LLP, resident in the Indianapolis office. He was a member of the firm's Intellectual Property Law Department.

Mr. Knebel's concentrated his practice on cases involving claims of patent infringement, violations of the antitrust laws, unfair competition and trademark infringement, improper termination of distributors and sales representatives, and violation of non-competition agreements. He was involved in cases in 23 states and tried cases to verdict in 10 states. He is a fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers and has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America since the first edition in 1983 and was named the 2011 Indianapolis Intellectual Property Litigation Lawyer of the Year. In 2015 and 2018, he was recognized by Best Lawyers as a "Lawyer of the Year." He has been identified by Chambers USA America’s Leading Lawyers for Business publication as “the best in Indiana for patent litigation.” A survey by Mondaq, an English company, identified him as one of the most recommended lawyers in the world in the field of patent law. Additionally, Mr. Knebel has been recognized as an Indiana Super Lawyer.

Mr. Knebel serves as adjunct professor and senior advisor to the Center for Intellectual Property Research at the Indiana University Maurer School of Law. He has lectured widely to many types of groups on assuring compliance with antitrust laws and related topics. He was also a frequent speaker on the use of technology, including animation, in patent cases. Mr. Knebel has written numerous articles, several published in recognized journals, involving antitrust laws and the protection of intellectual property. He is coauthor of the Indiana chapter of State Antitrust Practice and Statutes, published by the American Bar Association.

Mr. Knebel received a B.S.E.E. with highest distinction from Purdue University in 1968 and worked from 1968 to 1971 as an electronics design engineer for Lockheed Aircraft Corporation. He received his J.D., magna cum laude, from Harvard Law School in 1974 and joined Barnes & Thornburg that same year. Mr. Knebel is admitted to practice in Indiana and before the 1st, 3rd, 4th, 6th, 7th and Federal Circuits, as well as several federal district courts.