Frederick R. Hovde

Top rated medical malpractice attorney in Indianapolis, Indiana

Hovde Dassow + Deets
Frederick R. Hovde
Hovde Dassow + Deets

Practice Areas: Medical malpractice, Personal injury, Products liability; view more

Licensed in Indiana since: 1980

Education: Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2004 - 2023
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Hovde Dassow + Deets

10201 N. Illinois Street
Suite 500
Indianapolis, IN 46290 Visit website


Attorney Frederick R. Hovde is a founder of the law firm of Hovde Dassow and Deets in Indianapolis, Indiana. Mr. Hovde has more than 41 years of experience and concentrates his practice on personal injury law. He handles matters involving motor vehicle accidents, medical malpractice, trucking accidents and wrongful death, serving clients in Indianapolis and throughout the surrounding areas.

Over the course of his years in practice, Mr. Hovde has established a strong record of accomplishment, helping numerous clients receive compensation after a catastrophic injury or loss of a loved one. Having tried over 110 jury trials during his time in practice, his substantial litigation experience has resulted in many significant recoveries for his clients.

Recognized for his achievements, Mr. Hovde is listed in the “The Best Lawyers in America” and " Super Lawyers". He is a former president of the Indiana Trial Lawyers Association and received the distinguished Lifetime Achievement Award in 2019. He a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, The International Academy of Trial Lawyers, the Indianapolis Bar Foundation and the Litigation Counsel of America.

Mr. Hovde is a member of the Indiana and Indianapolis Bar Association, the Indiana State Bar Association, the Indiana Trial Lawyers Association and the American Bar Association. National organizations he belongs to include the American Board of Trial Advocates and the American Association for Justice.

Mr. Hovde obtained a bachelor’s degree from Southern Methodist University and received his law degree from Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law in 1980.

Practice areas

Personal injury - medical malpractice: plaintiff, Personal injury - general: plaintiff, Personal injury - products: plaintiff

Focus areas

Medical malpractice, Motor vehicle accidents, Personal injury - plaintiff, Wrongful death, Construction accident, Trucking accidents, Premises liability - plaintiff, Motor vehicle defects, Medical devices, Pharmaceutical

  • 40% Personal injury - medical malpractice: plaintiff
  • 50% Personal injury - general: plaintiff
  • 10% Personal injury - products: plaintiff

First Admitted: 1980, Indiana

Professional Webpage:

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • Author, Litigating TMJ, Back and Neck Injury Cases, Professional Education Systems, 1993
  • Author, Civil Trial Practice ICLEF, 1988
  • Author, Medical Malpractice in Indiana. NBI, 1990
  • Author, Health Care Evidence in Low-Impact Injury, Professional Education Systems, 1992
  • Author, Indiana: Analysis of Indiana Tort Reform, Indiana Law Review Vol. 29 No. 2, 1995
  • Author, Bad Faith, Indiana Trial Lawyers Assn., 1996
  • Author, Punitive Damages ICLE, 1996
  • Hottinger v. Trugreen Corp., 665 N.E. 2d 593, 1996
  • Welch v. Young, 950 N.E.2d 1283, 2011
  • Alli v. Eli Lilly and Co. 854 NE2d 372, 2006
  • Balfour v. Kimberly Home Health Care 830 NE2d 145, 2005
  • Kennedy v. Guess. Inc., 7765 N.E. 2d 213, 2002
  • State Security Ins. Co. v. Otlinger, 487 N.E. 2d 446, 1985
  • Hinshaw v. Board of Comr’s Jay Co., 611 N.E. 637, 1993
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • Director, Indianapolis, Young Lawyers, 1986 - 1989
  • Indiana Trial Lawyers Association - Lifetime Achievement Award, 2019
  • Chairman, Indiana Trial Lawyers Association, Legislative Committee
  • Director, Indiana State, Young Lawyers, 1982 - 1986
  • Indiana Trial Lawyers Association, Executive Committee, 1995 - 2003
  • Indiana Trial Lawyers Association, Board of Directors, 1990
  • Indiana State Bar Association
  • Member, Indianapolis
  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Past President, Indiana Trial Lawyers Association, 2002 - 2003
  • Member, American Association for Justice
  • Member, Indiana, 1980
  • Member, American Board of Trial Advocates
  • Fellow, International Academy of Trial Lawyers, 2007
  • 2019, Lifetime Achievement Award, Indiana Trial Lawyers Association, 2019
  • Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America, 2009
  • Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers, 2000
  • Fellow, Indiana College of Trial Lawyers, 1993
  • Fellow, Indianapolis Bar Foundation, 1992
  • Member, Indiana University School of Law, Phi Delta Phi
  • Best Lawyer of the Year, 2009
  • Indiana Super Lawyers, 2004
  • Best Lawyers in America
Educational Background:
  • Southern Methodist University, B.B.A., 1977
Pro bono/Community Service:
  • 3 Bar Foundation
Industry Groups:
  • None

Office location for Frederick R. Hovde

10201 N. Illinois Street
Suite 500
Indianapolis, IN 46290

Phone: 317-818-3100


20 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2004 - 2023

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Top 50: Indiana Super Lawyers: 2006, 2009 - 2011

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