Carl Pebworth represents clients in disputes and risk management involving real property and construction. A skilled litigator, he is adept at proactive risk management, early case assessment, motions practice, negotiating settlements, and successfully winning trials and appeals on behalf of clients. His goal is to identify and to achieve the best strategic outcome for clients in a collaborative, results-oriented manner.

Real Estate Litigation

Carl represents commercial property developers, commercial and industrial landlords and tenants, and creditors in landlord-tenant disputes and ejectment actions, mortgage and lien foreclosures, and disputes concerning purchase, sale and title of commercial and industrial real estate.

Construction Litigation

Carl represents construction clients of many types in construction matters, ranging from project negotiation and risk management to litigation of complex construction disputes.
Carl serves as general counsel to the Indiana Subcontractors Association—a statewide umbrella organization of industrial and commercial trade contractors, suppliers, general contractors, and construction-affiliated service providers and consultants.

General Commercial Litigation

Carl also represents clients in general commercial litigation matters including insurance disputes, large tort actions and toxic tort representation.

Nonprofit Organizations

As a result of his longstanding experience and service with private organizations, Carl has represented and advised nonprofit organizations in a number of circumstances.


Bar Admissions


Court Admissions

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


University of Michigan Law School
J.D. (1991)

Bowdoin College
A.B. summa cum laude (1986)

Insights & Events

Other Perspectives

Leadership & Community

Pro Bono

Throughout his career, Carl has maintained an active pro bono practice through which he has represented many individuals and organizations.

Access to Justice and Pro Bono Leadership

Carl has also been active in access to justice and pro bono leadership both within the firm and externally in various capacities. Carl worked to develop Indiana’s first medical-legal partnership (MLP), helping to form the umbrella group that supports MLPs in Indiana, and has developed a number of rural access to justice and pro bono projects and clinics; projects concerning post-conviction reentry and records expungement; domestic violence clinics, programs and projects; projects in immigration and naturalization law; advocacy in the LGBTQ area; and programs and projects supporting reproductive rights. He has served in leadership capacities, including:

  • Indiana State Bar Association — Pro Bono Committee, 2004-06; Chair, 2021-present
  • Supreme Court of Indiana Coalition for Court Access — 2016-21
  • Indiana Pro Bono Strategic Planning Retreat — Designee/Attendee, 2018, 2022
  • Pro Bono Indiana — Board, Secretary, 2020-present
  • Indiana Access to Justice Forum — 2020-present
  • Indiana Commission to Expand Access to Civil Legal Services — Initial Appointee, 2014-16
  • Faegre Baker Daniels — Pro Bono and Community Service Advisory Group, Indianapolis office designee, 2012-20
  • Access to Justice Legal Needs Study — Convener/Steering Committee Co-chair, 2007-09
  • Indiana Pro Bono Commission — Indiana State Bar Foundation Designee, 2006-12
  • Baker & Daniels — Pro Bono Committee Chair, 2002-11
  • Neighborhood Advocacy Corporation — Board President, 1996-2002

Professional Associations

  • Indianapolis Bar Association
  • Indiana State Bar Association
  • American Bar Association

Civic Activities

  • Southeast Neighborhood Development — Board, 1992-2000 (Chair, 1999-2000); Housing Committee, 1992-98 (Chair, 1996-99)  
  • Meridian-Kessler Neighborhood Association — Board, 2002-09; President, 2007-10  
  • Keep Indianapolis Beautiful — Board of Directors, 1998-2006  
  • Indianapolis Parks Foundation — Board of Directors, 2000-04  
  • Maple Road Development Association — Secretary, 2006-07
  • Harmoni/Midtown — Steering Committee, 2008-10  
  • United Way of Caring — Firm Coordinator, 1992-96  


  • Indiana Bar Foundation — Pro Bono Indiana’s Randall T. Shepard Award, 2022
  • Indianapolis Bar Association — Distinguished Fellow
  • Best Lawyers® — Litigation – Construction, 2021-24
  • Martindale-Hubbell — Top Ranked Lawyer in Construction Law, Peer Review Rating: AV®
  • Indiana Lawyer — Leadership in Law Award, Distinguished Barrister honoree, 2021
  • Faegre Drinker — Pro Bono Honor Roll, 2020-23
  • Indiana University Maurer School of Law — Access to Justice Pro Bono Publico Award, 2018
  • Faegre Baker Daniels — Pro Bono Honor Roll, 2014-19; Baker Benson Pro Bono Award, 2013
  • Indiana Health Advocacy Coalition — Recognized for ongoing leadership and support of development of IHAC and Medical-Legal Partnership, 2011
  • Jewish Federation of Greater Indianapolis — Reuben Community Partner Award, 2011
  • Indiana Health Advocacy Coalition — recognized by Medical-Legal Partnership umbrella group for "support of growth during [the] first five years," 2011
  • Armed Forces Day Coordinating Council — Sponsor's Award, 2008
  • Indiana Bar Foundation and Indiana Pro Bono Commission — Randall T. Shepard Award for Pro Bono Service, 2008
  • Indiana State Bar Association — Presidential Citation, 2006
  • Indianapolis Business Journal — Forty Under 40 Award, 2004
  • Helen Fehr Award for Community Service, 2004
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