Nick Deets

Top rated Medical Malpractice attorney in Indianapolis, Indiana

Hovde Dassow + Deets
Nick Deets
Hovde Dassow + Deets

Practice Areas: Medical Malpractice, Personal Injury, Products Liability; view more

Licensed in Indiana since: 1993

Education: Indiana University Maurer School of Law

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2006 - 2024

Hovde Dassow + Deets

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


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 International Academy 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 2017, Best Lawyers, Lawyer of the Year, Plaintiff’s Medical Malpractice, for 2020, and Best Lawyers, Lawyer of the Year, Plaintiff's Personal Injury, for 2022.  He has been recognized as an Indiana Super Lawyer by Indianapolis Magazine every year since 2006 and was named to the Top 10 attorneys in Indiana in 2024. He has been listed in Best Lawyers, Personal Injury Plaintiffs, every year since 2010.

Practice areas

Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff, Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff, Personal Injury - Products: Plaintiff

Focus areas

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

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

First Admitted: 1993, Indiana

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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
  • Indiana Super Lawyer by Indianapolis Magazine, 2006-2018
  • Fellow, International Academy of Trial Lawyers, 2024
  • 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
Educational Background:
  • Purdue University, B.S.I.M., with honors, 1989
Pro bono/Community Service:
  • Crooked Stick Golf Club, President, 2013-2016
  • Represented the families of the Netherlands special forces members who were tragically gunned down in downtown Indianapolis on a pro bono basis. 
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)
Verdicts/Settlements (Case Results):
  • 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)

Office location for Nick Deets

10201 N. Illinois Street
Suite 500
Indianapolis, IN 46290

Phone: 888-229-1778


19 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2006 - 2024

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