Angela Freeman

Intellectual Property
Barnes & Thornburg LLP
11 S Meridian St
Indianapolis, IN 46204
(317) 236-1313

Angela B. Freeman is an associate in the Indianapolis office of Barnes & Thornburg and a member of the firm's Intellectual Property (IP) Department and Life Sciences Practice Group where she first began her practice as a law clerk. With a background of nearly 15 years as a biologist, Ms. Freeman assists clients in protecting highly technical subject matter, particularly in the agricultural and pharmaceutical industries, including genetic, diagnostic, and therapeutic inventions. Ms. Freeman has also been instrumental in procuring IP rights in the U.S. and worldwide for client inventions directed to technologies for food compositions, such as pastries, sauces, and drink products. Further, Ms. Freeman's practice includes preparing contractual agreements and opinions, as well as performing IP due diligence in order to protect her client's interest during sales, mergers, and/or acquisitions.

Prior to her legal career, Ms. Freeman was a biologist at global pharmaceutical company, Eli Lilly & Company (Lilly). In 2007, she received the Lilly Chairman's Ovation Award for Global Leadership in Diversity and in 2010, she was awarded the Eli Lilly Law Alumni Scholarship. She has additional research experience in the molecular, cellular, and craniofacial biology department at a Louisville area birth defects center. In her time as a biologist, Ms. Freeman was a regular contributor to publications and presentations on topics related to genetic and biological research.

In 2012, Ms. Freeman earned her law degree with a concentration in Intellectual Property from the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law where she was recently honored with an Alumni Spotlight from the Center of Intellectual Property Law and Innovation. In 2000, she earned her master's degree in molecular biology from the University of Louisville in Kentucky where her graduate thesis research examined the phylogenetic relationship among fungal strains and their plant hosts. She also earned her undergraduate degree in biology and chemistry from the University of Louisville in 1996.

In 2014, Ms. Freeman was recognized as a finalist for Indy's Best and Brightest Award in Law by Junior Achievement of Indiana. Ms. Freeman was also named an "Up and Coming Lawyer" by The Indiana Lawyer in 2015 for professional and legal achievements early in her practice. In 2017, she received the Center for Leadership Development's (CLD) Minority Achiever's Award for Achievement in Science & Technical Disciplines.

Ms. Freeman is a member of the American Bar Association; the Indiana State Bar Association; the Indianapolis Bar Association; the Marion County Bar Association; and the American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA). She is also a member of the University of Louisville and Indiana University Alumni Associations. Ms. Freeman is President-elect of Women & Hi Tech, a?board member of?Culture Care, Inc. and a member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.

Ms. Freeman is admitted to practice in the state of Indiana, before the U.S. District Courts for the Northern and Southern Districts of Indiana, and the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.


U.S. Patent and Trademark Office


U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Indiana
U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana


Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law (J.D., 2012)
University of Louisville (M.S., 2000)
University of Louisville (B.A., 1996)