BJ Grimes helps corporate and individual clients get from where they are to where they want to be. BJ represents clients in complex commercial litigation, white collar defense and investigations, and employment litigation.
BJ has experience representing clients before state and federal courts and has experience assisting clients through litigation and discovery, as well as government and internal investigations. He also helps national, regional and local businesses navigate complex workforce issues before fair employment law practice agencies. BJ is also a civil mediator.

Past Experience

Prior to joining Faegre Baker Daniels, BJ served as a judicial extern for the Hon. Tanya Walton Pratt of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana and legal extern for the Office of the Indiana Governor. He also worked as a summer associate and diversity and inclusion fellow at FaegreBD.

During law school, BJ served on the IU McKinney Diversity Committee, taught as a teaching assistant for Professor Carlton Waterhouse and clerked as a summer associate at an Indianapolis law firm.


Bar Admissions


Court Admissions

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. Indiana International & Comparative Law Review (associate editor) (2016)

Indiana University
B.A. Political Science (2013)

Insights & Events

Other Perspectives
  • Appellate Civil Case Law Update
    Co-author with Brian Paul, Res Gestae, January 2018
  • Suited Up: A Celebration of Excellence – From High School to High Class
    Presenter, Indianapolis Bar Association, May 2016
  • So You Want to Go to Law School: High School Law Day
    Panelist, Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law, April 2016
  • Case Law Analysis Regarding Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 Limited to Claims Raised on the Basis of National Origin
    Anti-Defamation League Summer Associate Research Program, August 2015
  • The Best of Both Worlds: A Solution to Indiana’s Appointment of Counsel Funding Problem
    Indiana Law Review Blog, February 2015

Leadership & Community

Pro Bono

  • Assisted multiple individuals with the expungement of their criminal records in Indiana
  • Assisted an individual with mental health disabilities in protecting his constitutional due process rights when his guardian breached her fiduciary duty.
  • Assisted the Anti-Defamation League with case law research on various topics affecting individual civil/human rights.

Professional Associations

  • American Bar Association
  • Indianapolis Bar Association — Board of Directors, 2018
  • Indiana State Bar Association
  • Marion County Bar Association — IndyBar Liaison, 2018
  • National Bar Association

Civic Activities

  • Flanner House of Indianapolis — Board of Directors
  • Indianapolis Urban League Exchange Leadership Program — Fellow
  • Indianapolis Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi — Board of Directors
  • Indiana High School Mock Trial Competition — Volunteer/Coach 
  • Hon. Robert H. Staton Moot Court Program — Volunteer Judge
  • Indianapolis Public School (Diggs) #42 — Volunteer
  • St. Jude Children’s Hospital — Volunteer Fundraiser
  • Eastern Star Church Care Ministry — Volunteer


  • Indiana University McKinney School of Law — Commencement Speaker, 2016
  • Faegre Baker Daniels — Pro Bono Honor Roll, 2015-17
  • Faegre Baker Daniels — Diversity & Inclusion Fellowship, 2015
  • Robert F. Wagner Trial Advocacy Scholarship, 2015-16
  • Indiana Law Review Writing Competition — First Place Winner, 2015
  • Leadership Council on Legal Diversity — 1L Scholar, 2014
  • Indiana CLEO Summer Institute — Fellow, 2013
  • City of Bloomington — Outstanding Black Male Leader of Tomorrow, 2013
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