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Charles R. Whybrew

Senior Counsel

T: 317.453.8648 | Mobile: 317.417.3793
F: 317.630.2790

Legal Assistant

Rachelle Cole

T: 317.237.0500


Charles Whybrew focuses his practice in the areas of corporate and business law, civil litigation, construction law, bankruptcy, creditors’ rights, and products liability. He has represented clients in several types of matters, such as representing a public entity in a lawsuit against several non-public entities including an engineering firm, construction management firm, inspection firm and a contractor relating to $102 Million Project and representing various commercial and residential builder clients with regard to claims made by or against them relating to various commercial and residential projects. Mr. Whybrew was named a 2009 & 2010 Rising Star by Super Lawyers Magazine. Mr. Whybrew is actively involved in numerous not-for-profit entities including Starting Over Airedale Rescue, an all volunteer organization rescuing Airedale Terriers in the states of Indiana, Michigan and Ohio.


Filter Experience
The Indiana Court of Appeals affirmed the judgment issued by the Marion Superior Court that the claims asserted by Plaintiffs Crystal and William West are not claims for medical malpractice

The Indiana Court of Appeals affirmed the judgment issued by the Marion Superior Court that the claims asserted by Plaintiffs Crystal and William West are not claims for medical malpractice and, as such, are outside the purview of the Indiana Medical Malpractice Act.

Empire Fire and Marine Ins. Co. v. Frierson
2016 WL 276482Lewis Wagner team members, John Trimble, Richard Shoultz and Chuck Whybrew, were hired by the client to pursue post-judgment and appellate relief of an adverse verdict entered against the client. Specifically, the plaintiff, a renter of an automobile from a rental car company, was involved in an automobile accident with an underinsured motorist (“UIM”). The renter sought UIM coverage from the rental car company and its insurer, Empire Fire and Marine Insurance Company (“Empire”). Empire denied that any UIM coverage was available based upon language contained in the rental agreement and the insurance policy with the rental car company, whose terms were incorporated into the rental agreement.

The Trial Court denied Empire’s Motion for Summary Judgment. Although the renter did not seek nor did the Court specifically grant summary judgment on the coverage issues to the renter, the trial court refused to allow Empire to argue its coverage defenses at trial. As a result, a significant verdict was entered against the insurance company.

The Lewis Wagner attorneys first sought post-judgment relief at the trial court level by filing a Motion to Correct Error and for Additional Setoff. The Trial Court denied the Motion to Correct Error, but granted, in part, the request for setoff by reducing the judgment against Empire after deducting amounts received by the renter from the UIM.

On appeal, the Court reversed the Trial Court’s denial of Empire’s Motion for Summary Judgment. Specifically, the Court found that any coverage provided by Empire was under a “commercial excess liability” policy, and pursuant to Indiana Code 27-7-5-2(d), such coverage was not required to be made available to insureds or rejected by them. Consequently, the Court instructed that summary judgment be entered in favor of Empire.

Representative Cases

  • Whitesell Precision Components, Inc. v. Autoform Tool & Mfg., LLC, 110 N.E.3d 380 (Ind. Ct. App. 2018), transfer denied, 121 N.E.3d (Ind. 2019)
  • Geft v. City of Indianapolis, 1:15-cv-01568, 2017 (S.D. Ind.) (Preliminary Injunction dispute involving, among other things, Geft's First Amendment Rights and its right to install digital signage on billboards).
  • Trietsch v. Circle Design Group Inc., 868 N.E.2d 812 (Ind. Ct. App. 2007).
  • Battema v. Booth, 853 N.E.2d 1004 (Ind. Ct. App. 2006).
  • Newson v. Fenoglio, 2006 U.S. Dist. Lexis 48570 (S.D. Ind. 2006).
  • Thorton-Tomasetti Eng’rs v. Indianapolis-Marion County Pub. Library, 851 N.E.2d 1269 (Ind. Ct. App. 2006).
  • Mayer v. BMR Props., LLC, 830 N.E.2d 971 (Ind. Ct. App. 2005).
  • Crossman Communities Inc. v. Dean, 767 N.E.2d 1035 (Ind. Ct. App. 2002).
  • Sheppard v. Stanich, 749 N.E.2d 609 (Ind. Ct. App. 2001).
  • United States v. Bartle, 2001 U.S. Dist. Lexis 18483 (S.D. Ind. 2001).
  • United States v. Bartle, 2001 U.S. Dist. Lexis 22934 (S.D. Ind. 2001).
  • Ling v. Stillwell, 732 N.E.2d 1270 (Ind. Ct. App. 2000).

Honors & Awards

  • Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rated AV® Preeminent
  • Rising Stars, Indiana Super Lawyers® , 2009 - 2012

Civic & Community Involvement

  • Paws and Think, Animal Assisted Therapy
  • PHINdy
  • Starting Over Airedale Rescue
  • Wabash College Community Day, 2009-2010

Professional Associations

  • American Bar Association
  • Indiana School of Law - Indianapolis
    • Moot Court Competition Judge
  • Indiana State Bar Association
  • Indianapolis Bar Association
    • Appellate Section
    • Litigation Section
  • Indianapolis Association of Wabash Men
            o Board Member 2013


  • "COVID-10 and Force Majeure in the Manufacturing Context," The Indiana Lawyer, June 26, 2020.

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Practice Areas

Bar Admissions

  • State of Indiana, 1998

Courts of Practice

  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Indiana, 1998
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Indiana, 1998
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Southern District of Indiana, 2000


  • Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law, J.D., 1998
  • Wabash College, Crawfordsville, Indiana, B.A., cum laude, 1994