Nicholas C. Deets

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Medical Malpractice Attorney in Indianapolis, IN

Hovde Dassow + Deets
 | 10201 N. Illinois Street, Suite 500
Indianapolis, IN 46290
Phone: 317-818-3100
Fax: 317-818-3111
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2006 - 2021
Licensed Since: 1993
Practice Areas:
  • Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff (50%),
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (40%),
  • Personal Injury - Products: Plaintiff (10%)
    Attorney Profile

    A partner at Hovde Dassow and Deets, Nicholas C. ("Nick") Deets focuses his practice exclusively on plaintiff's personal injury, medical malpractice, and wrongful death litigation. His primary areas of practice are personal injury, medical malpractice, product liability and wrongful death. He has tried more than 80 jury trials to verdict.

    Nick is a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, the American Board of Trial Advocates, the Litigation Counsel of America, the Indiana College of Trial Lawyers, and is AV-rated by Martindale Hubbell.  He was named the Trial Lawyer of the Year by the Indiana Trial Lawyers Association for 2010, Best Lawyers, Lawyer of the Year, Plaintiff’s Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions, for 2018, and Best Lawyers, Lawyer of the Year, Plaintiff’s Medical Malpractice, for 2020.  He has been recognized as an Indiana Super Lawyer by Indianapolis Magazine every year since 2006 and has been listed in Best Lawyers, Personal Injury Plaintiffs, every year since 2010.

    Practice Areas
    • 50%Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff
    • 40%Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff
    • 10%Personal Injury - Products: Plaintiff
    Focus Areas

    Medical Malpractice, Birth Injury, Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Wrongful Death, Construction Accident, Brain Injury, Trucking Accidents, Premises Liability - Plaintiff, Medical Devices, Pharmaceutical, Products Liability


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    Super Lawyers: 2006 - 2021

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    About Nicholas Deets

    Admitted: 1993, Indiana

    Professional Webpage:


    • Indiana Super Lawyer by Indianapolis Magazine, 2006-2018
    • Best Lawyers, Lawyer of the Year, Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions-Plaintiffs in 2017, 2018
    • Journal of Global Legal Studies, managing editor, Indiana University Maurer School of Law
    • Plaintiffs, Personal Injury, Best Lawyers in America, 2010
    • Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers, 2012
    • IHSAA Keesling Mental Attitude Award, 1985
    • ABA Moot Court team, Indiana University Maurer School of Law
    • AV rated, Martindale-Hubbell
    • Trial Lawyer of the Year, Indiana Trial Lawyer's Association, 2010
    • Purdue Distinguished Scholar-Athlete Award, 1989

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • Indiana Bar Foundation
    • United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
    • Indiana Trial Lawyers Association
    • American Board of Trial Advocates, Indiana Chapter, Past President
    • Indiana State Bar, 1993
    • United States Supreme Court

    Pro bono/Community Service:

    • Crooked Stick Golf Club, President, 2013-2016

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

    • Plaintiff’s Personal Injury Law, Practice Tips and Application, National Business Institute (2007)
    • Effective Closing Arguments on behalf of the Plaintiff, Indianapolis Bar Association (2011)
    • State Court Venue under Indiana Trial Rule 75, Verdict Volume 37, No. 3 (2016)
    • Partial Settlements in Cases Involving Vicarious Liability, Verdict Volume 32, No. 3 (2011)
    • Effective Closing Arguments on behalf of the Plaintiff, The Allen County Bar Association (2011)


    • Turner v. Buske Lines Inc., 2006 WL 566108 (S.D. Ind. 2006)
    • State Farm Ins. Co. v. C.W., 2010 WL 597930 (N.D. Ind. 2006)
    • Allstate Ins. Co. v. Keltner, 842 N.E.2d 879 (Ind.Ct.App. 2006)
    • Potts, M.D. v. Williams, 746 N.E.2d 1000 (Ind.Ct.App. 200 1)
    • Burnett v. Columbus McKinnon Corp., 405 N.Y.S.2d 405 (4th Dept. 2009)
    • Inman v. State Farm Mutual Ins. Co., 981 N.E.2d 1202 (Ind. 2012)
    • Christian v. State of Indiana. 710 N.E.2d 582 (Ind.Ct.App. 1999)
    • Brown-Day v. Allstate Insurance Co., 915 N.E.2d 548 (Ind.Ct.App. 2009)
    • Kosarko v. Padula, 979 N.E.2d 144 (Ind. 2012)
    • Inman v. State Farm Ins. Co., 938 N.E.2d 1276 (Ind.Ct.App. 2010)
    • Knox v. American General Life Ins. Co., 2003 WL 22056301 (S.D. Ind. 2003)
    • Shelton v. Kroger Ltd. Partnership I, 58 N.E.3d 229 (Ind.Ct.App. 2016), trans. denied.
    • Allstate Ins. Co. v. Tozer, 298 F.Supp2d 765 (S.D.Ind. 2005)

    Educational Background:

    • Purdue University, B.S.I.M., with honors, 1989
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    Office Location for Nicholas C. Deets

    10201 N. Illinois Street
    Suite 500
    Indianapolis, IN 46290

    Phone: 317-818-3100

    Fax: 317-818-3111

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    Last Updated: 12/30/2020

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