Chris Jeter is a founding partner of Massillamany & Jeter LLP. Mr. Jeter is a well-respected litigator and business advisor with a decade of experience representing companies and individuals in a multitude of legal issues before state and federal courts nationwide. He specializes in complex business/commercial disputes, consumer financial services litigation, director/officer liability, securities fraud, product liability, and general civil litigation. He also represents several government entities. Mr. Jeter is particularly passionate about veterans’ issues and represents veteran-owned small businesses and helps them grow, expand, and secure contracts. He also maintains a robust and growing estate planning and administration practice.
Prior to founding Massillamany & Jeter LLP in early 2015, Mr. Jeter was an Associate Attorney at Barnes & Thornburg LLP, where his practice focused primarily on defending large companies, banks, and financial institutions in commercial litigation, products liability, and other high-dollar legal matters. He also represented various state, county, and local government entities.
Before joining Barnes & Thornburg LLP, Mr. Jeter served on active duty in the United States Navy as a Judge Advocate General’s Corps (JAG) Officer. During that time, he held an array of legal positions with various military commands in the United States and abroad. Most recently, Mr. Jeter served as a Trial Attorney for the United States Navy’s litigation office in Washington, D.C., where he handled 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 his unit managed all detainee operations. While in Iraq, Mr. Jeter was promoted to Officer-in-Charge and awarded the Defense Meritorious Service Medal by the Secretary of Defense for exceptional service. Mr. Jeter began his Navy career as a Trial Attorney at the Naval Legal Service Office Northwest in Washington State, where he defended 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 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 Secretary of the Hamilton East Public Library Board, Secretary of the Fishers Economic Development Commission, and is a member of the Indiana State Bar Association Military and Veterans’ Affairs Committee. He is also a graduate of the Indy Bar Leader Series.
Mr. Jeter earned his Juris Doctor degree from the George Washington University Law School where he was the recipient of the Best Oral Advocate Award and was the top grade-winner in Trial Advocacy. While in law school, he was elected Vice-Chair and later Chair of the American Bar Association Law Student Division. Mr. Jeter received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Oklahoma Baptist University, where he was elected as class president all four years.
Mr. Jeter is admitted to practice before all state and federal courts in Indiana and the District of Columbia. He is also admitted to appear 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.
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