Alumni Spotlight

Angela B. Freeman, '12

Angela Freeman

"Throughout my academic tenure at IU McKinney Law School, I strategically enrolled in almost every Intellectual Property (IP) class offered with full expectation of becoming a practicing Patent Attorney. Having accomplished that goal, I must admit that it has been an exhilarating experience to be an IP law student taught by some of the finest IP practitioners in the Indianapolis community, and to then become a practicing IP attorney where you are welcomed as a colleague by those same professors/practitioners. Going forward, it is my mission to continue to develop a thriving patent practice, to establish and/or build relationships, and to help realize the advantages and benefits to a legal organization that embraces diversity and inclusion, particularly in the highly specialized and niched area of Intellectual Property law."

  Angela B. Freeman
  Barnes & Thornburg LLP

Angela B. Freeman, ’12, is a registered Patent Attorney working as an associate in the Indianapolis office of Barnes & Thornburg LLP. Ms. Freeman is a member of the firm’s Intellectual Property 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 intellectual property matters involving highly technical subject matter.

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 and was one of the first recipients of a concentration in Intellectual Property from the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law. In 2011, Ms. Freeman was also a recipient of the Council on Legal Education Opportunity (CLEO)-Microsoft Intellectual Property Scholarship.

In 2000, Ms. Freeman 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.

As a long-time advocate for promoting workforce diversity, Ms. Freeman is particularly passionate about increasing the number of women and minorities in technically specialized career fields. Accordingly, Ms. Freeman fervently mentors and encourages high school, college, and law school students to academically excel in STEM fields (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) and/or legal fields, such as Intellectual Property law.