Jeffrey M. Bellamy

Indianapolis Commercial Real Estate And Business Attorney

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Jeffrey M. Bellamy


Indianapolis, IN






Jeff uses his background in the law, his Master's degree in urban planning, and his practical experience as a former city planner to assist clients through the real estate development process. From assisting individuals, families and businesses on single-issue variances to large scale rezonings, tax abatements, plats or approvals, he can provide advice and representation through all phases of the development process, from acquisition to permits.

Jeff also counsels and represents real estate investors and developers in the areas of landlord tenant law, purchase & acquisition, construction law, mechanic's liens, title insurance claims, evictions & collections, land contracts, property taxes and tax sales, leases & lease options, defense of code enforcement actions, easements & encumbrances, mortgage financing and foreclosure and all other areas of real estate law.

Another area of his practice is the representation of Homeowner's Associations and their managers. He regularly advises HOA Boards and Managers on declaration and covenant enforcement, corporate formalities, collection of assessments, litigation defense and declaration revisions and amendments.

With a background in small business, which includes his family's farm and machine shop, Jeff is especially sensitive to the needs of small business owners. He works to create a general counseling relationship with regular availability to small business owners and managers. He regularly assists small business clients in the areas of risk and liability avoidance, corporations and corporate formality, employment issues, contract review and negotiation, collections, bankruptcy rights, covenants not to compete, general litigation and business succession planning.

Areas Of Practice

  • Real Estate Law

Bar Admissions

  • Indiana, 2003
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Indiana, 2003
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Indiana, 2003


  • Indiana University School of Law, Indianapolis, Indiana
    • J.D. - 2003
    • Honors: Order of Barristers
    • Honors: Phillip C. Jessup International Moot Court Competition - Champion
    • Honors: Moot Court Society, Executive Committee
  • Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs, Indianapolis, Indiana
    • M.A. - 1998
    • Major: Urban Planning
  • Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs, Bloomington, Indiana
    • B.S. - 1996
    • Honors: Dean's List
    • Honors: Honor's Division
    • Honors: Pi Alpha Alpha Honor Society

Published Works

  • Sales Pitch or Broken Promise?:The Indiana Court of Appeals holds developer liable for unfulfilled marketing promises, The Builders Journal, February, 2008
  • Beyond Mechanic's Liens: Collection Strategies to Consider When Mechanic's Liens Won't Work, The Builder's Journal, March, 2007
  • Indiana Collection Law: National Business Institute, Lecturer, 2007
  • Real Estate Investing & The Law: Common Zoning and Code Enforcement Mistakes Made By Real Estate Investors and How to Avoid Them - Parts I & II, Central Indiana Real Estate Investor's Newsletter, December - January, 2006
  • Much Ado About Kelo: As The General Assembly Considers Changes to the State's Eminent Domain Law, Incremental Change Makes More Sense Than a Massive Overhaul, Res Gestae, January / February, 2006
  • Putting the Boss Behind Bars: Using Criminal Sanctions Against Executives Who Pollute, 13 Ind. Int'l & Comp. L. Rev, 579, 2003
  • Indiana Legislature Imposes New Record keeping Requirements on Homeowners Associations, Association Help Now, December 27, 2013
  • Building Permit and Zoning Petition Fees in Marion County to Increase in 2006, SITES: The Official Publication of the Builders Association of Greater Indianapolis, January, 2006

Representative Cases

  • Marcus A. Johnson Revocable Trust, et al. v. Westchester Estates Homeowners Association, Inc., 996 N.E.2d 869 (Not for Publication), 2013, Indiana Court of Appeals, 49A04-1302-PL-00059
  • Avon Trails Homeowners Assoc., Inc. v. Homeier-Brock, Kellie, 2013 WL 6577922, 2013, Indiana Court of Appeals, 32A05-1212-00612
  • Plunkitt, Gary Brian v. Beckoning Way Community Association, Inc., 961 N.E.2d 69 (Not for Publication), 2011, Indiana Court of Appeals, 32A01-1104-SC-00171
  • KFT Realty, LLC v. Prestwick Community Services Association, Inc., 894 N.E.2d 603 (Not for Publication), 2008, Indiana Court of Appeals, 32A01-0802-CV-00060
  • Perry v. Indiana Department of Local Government Finance, et al., 892 N.E.2d 1281, 2008, Indiana Tax Court, 49T10–0712–TA–78


  • Lecturer, Fair Debt Collection Act for the Indiana Practitioner, National Business Institute, 2007 to 2008
  • Collection and Lien Law for Homeowners' Association Managers and Boards, Community Association Institute - Central Indiana, 02/15/2013
  • A Survey of Indiana Law for Auctioneers, Indiana Auctioneers Association
  • Business and Administrative Law, Reppert School of Auctioneering, 01/01/2011 to Present
  • Indiana Collection Law

Honors and Awards

  • Indianapolis Bar Association Leadership Series
  • Indiana State Bar Association Trial College, Graduate
  • Francis J. Feeney Tax Award
  • Pi Alpha Alpha Academic Honors Fraternity
  • Superlawyers - 2014 Rising Star in areas of Real Estate, Litigation and Land Use
  • Superlawyers - 2013 Rising Star in areas of Real Estate, Litigation and Zoning

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Indianapolis Bar Association: Land use Law Section Executive Committee, Chairperson, 2006 to Present
  • BAGI - The Builders Association of Greater Indianapolis, Government Affairs Committee, 2005 to 01/2012
  • The Indiana Builders Association, Mechanic's Lien Law Task Force , 01/2009 to 01/2010
  • Indianapolis Bar Association: Land use Law Section Executive Committee, Secretary, 2005 to Present

Past Employment Positions

  • Indiana Tax Court, Law Clerk, 2003 to 2003
  • City of Indianapolis, Department of Metropolitan Development, Senior Planner, 1998 to 2000

Pro Bono Activities

  • Ask-A-Lawyer: Indianapolis Bar Association


  • Pi Alpha Alpha