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Colin Jonathan Reilly

Colin Jonathan Reilly

Practice areas:

Car Accidents, Insurance, Litigation, Personal Injury, Wrongful Death

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About Me

I hail from Long Island. I met my future wife, Maria, in the corridors of Sachem High School. Later, after spending four years at Rutgers—where I earned my undergraduate degree and a varsity letter as a member of the Heavyweight Crew—Maria and I moved to South Bend so I could attend law school at Notre Dame. Indiana’s been our home ever since.


During my time at Notre Dame, I worked at the Notre Dame Legal Aid Clinic, became a big brother for Big Brothers Big Sisters, won the American Bar Association Negotiation Award, and Maria had the first of our three children.


After joining Jones Obenchain, LLP in 1998, I became a partner in 2003. I'm a saavy commercial and business litigator with experience in state, federal, and appellate courts. I represent individuals and businesses in contract disputes, employment matters, tort claims, and insurance-coverage disputes. My well-known clients have included the likes of American Family Mutual Insurance Company, GEICO, Meridian Title Corporation, the State of Indiana, the Indiana Department of Corrections, and the Indiana Department of Transportation.


But my day doesn’t end when the courthouse closes. I served for many years on the Boards of Directors for the St. Joseph County’s Big Brothers Big Sisters and the Leadership South Bend/Mishawaka programs. I remain involved with the latter’s alumni association committee, and was recently elected to serve as a commissioner on the 2013-2014 Michiana High School Hockey League board.


Because of my professional accomplishments and volunteer work, the Tribune Business Weekly recognized me as a “Rising Star” in the local business community. I was later selected for inclusion in the inaugural Michiana Forty Under 40 Class. Forty Under 40 is a collaborative project involving the regional Chambers of Commerce, Elkhart Truth, South Bend Tribune, Bethel College, and a number of major employers intended to recognize and honor 40 young professionals from north-central Indiana for their contribution and accomplishments in the workplace and the community.


Since 2011, I've been putting my litigation experience to good use by training a new generation of lawyers. I'm now an assistant adjunct professor of law at Notre Dame, where I teach in the deposition skills course, which is part of the university’s trial-advocacy curriculum. I also coached an all-freshmen mock-trial team from John Adams High School to a 21st-place finish in a statewide competition.


Practice Areas

Licensed since 1998

  1. Wrongful Death: 20%
    16 years
  2. Personal Injury: 20%
    16 years
  3. Litigation: 20%
    16 years
  4. Insurance: 20%
    16 years
  5. Car Accidents: 20%
    16 years


Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

13 total 

  • Christopher John Uyhelji

    I endorse this lawyer.


    Christopher Uyhelji Litigation Attorney
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  • Michael S. Waddington

    I endorse Colin. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community.


    Michael Waddington Military Law Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact Info

Jones Obenchain LLP

Po Box 4577
South Bend, IN, 46634-4577



INActive In Good Standing199808/30/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

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Award NameGrantorDate Granted
40 Under 40St. Joseph County CHamber of Commerce2007
Negotiation AwardAmerican Bar Association1998

Work Experience

TitleCompany NameDuration
Assistant Adjunct ProfessorThe Notre Dame Law School2011 - Present
PartnerJones Obenchain, LLP1998 - Present


Association NamePosition NameDuration
Defense Research Institute, Law InstituteN/A2014 - Present
Indiana State Bar Association, American Citizenship CommitteeCo-chair2014 - Present
Defense Trial Counsel of IndianaN/A1999 - Present
Indiana State Bar AssociationN/A1998 - Present
St. Joseph County Bar AssociationN/A1998 - Present
American Bar AssociationN/A1998 - Present


School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
The Notre Dame Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor1998
Rutgers, The State University of New JerseyPoliticial Science & EconomicsBA - Bachelor of Arts1993
Sachem High SchoolN/AUnknown1989