Nicholas C. Deets

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Personal Injury Attorney in Indianapolis, IN

Hovde, Dassow & Deets LLC
 | 10201 N. Illinois Street, Suite 500
Indianapolis, IN 46290
Phone: 317-818-3100
Fax: 317-818-3111
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2006 - 2019
Licensed Since: 1993
Practice Areas:
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (50%),
  • Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff (40%),
  • Personal Injury - Products: Plaintiff (10%)
Attorney Profile

A partner at Hovde Dassow and Deets, Nicholas C. Deets focuses his practice exclusively on plaintiff's personal injury and wrongful death litigation. From the firm's office in Indianapolis, Indiana, he provides skilled representation to clients throughout who have suffered significant injuries or lost a loved one due to the negligence of other parties in cases involving medical malpractice, defective products, and motor vehicle and truck collisions. His diligence in the courtroom and at the negotiating table has led to numerous sizable settlements and jury verdicts in favor of his clients, and it has not gone unnoticed by his fellow professionals. Nick has received an AV Preeminent* peer review rating through Martindale-Hubbell and a 10.0 "Superb" peer review rating through Avvo. He has been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America since 2010, he received the Trial Lawyer of the Year Award from the Indiana Trial Lawyers Association.

Mr. Deets attended Purdue University on a full golf scholarship, and he received a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Management with honors in 1989. He then pursued his legal education at the Indiana University Maurer School of Law and was awarded his Juris Doctor with distinction in 1993. While he was there, Mr. Deets served as the managing editor of the Indiana Journal of Global Legal Studies and clerked for a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit. Admitted to practice before all Indiana state courts, he has been a partner at Hovde Dassow and Deets since 2000.

An active participant in several legal organizations, Mr. Deets is a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers. He is also a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates, the Indiana Trial Lawyers Association and the Indiana Bar Foundation.

*AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Personal Injury - General (50%): Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Wrongful Death, Construction Accident, Brain Injury, Trucking Accidents, Premises Liability - Plaintiff

Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice (40%): Medical Malpractice, Birth Injury

Personal Injury - Products (10%): Medical Devices, Pharmaceutical, Products Liability

Focus Areas

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


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Super Lawyers: 2006 - 2019

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About Nicholas Deets

Admitted: 1993, Indiana

Professional Webpage:


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

Bar/Professional Activity:

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

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Crooked Stick Golf Club, President, 2013-2016

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

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


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

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: 12/6/2018

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