Steven M. Crell

Top rated personal injury attorney in Indianapolis, Indiana

Steve Crell Law
Steven M. Crell
Steve Crell Law

Practice Areas: Personal injury, Business litigation, General litigation; view more

Licensed in Indiana since: 1988

Education: Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2016 - 2023

Steve Crell Law

8888 Keystone Crossing Blvd.
Suite 800
Indianapolis, IN 46240 Visit website


As Managing Partner of Cohen Garelick & Glazier and the founder of Steve Crell Law, Steven M. Crell provides dedicated legal representation to clients in Indianapolis, Indiana, and throughout the state. He focuses his practice on personal injury, generally handling cases that involve the following matters: serious injuries, motor vehicle accidents, including car, motorcycle, semi-truck, public transportation and commercial truck accidents; cyclist accidents, including those involving bike sharing services; premises liability, including construction accidents and dog bites; product liability, including medical and pharmaceutical products, children's clothing and exercise equipment; and nursing home neglect and abuse.

After earning a Bachelor of Science in accounting from Ball State University in 1985, Mr. Crell went on to attend the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law. From there, he graduated in 1988 with a Juris Doctor.

Over the course of his career, Mr. Crell has devoted himself to advocating on behalf of those injured by the negligence or intentions of others. While he commonly seeks to efficiently achieve resolutions for his clients to their legal issues through mediation, Mr. Crell will aggressively fight to see his clients' rights upheld. With more than 33 years of experience, he stands toe-to-toe with large insurance companies and refuses to let them push his clients around.

A Life Member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum, an exclusive group limited to attorneys who have won at least one verdict or settlement of $1 Million or more, Mr. Crell has successfully obtained millions of dollars for his clients through verdicts and settlements. Less than 1% of attorneys in the United States are members of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum.  He holds an Avvo "Superb" rating.

Beyond his work in the courtroom, Mr. Crell believes in giving back to the community. He regularly volunteers his services, providing pro bono legal services to members of the community with disabilities. He also frequently lectures and teaches classes on legal topics, including navigating the courts.

Practice areas

Personal injury - general: plaintiff, Business litigation, General litigation

Focus areas

Motor vehicle accidents, Personal injury - plaintiff, Construction accident, Trucking accidents, Premises liability - plaintiff

  • 70% Personal injury - general: plaintiff
  • 20% Business litigation
  • 10% General litigation

First Admitted: 1988, Indiana

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Pro bono/Community Service:
  • Immediate Past-President and Member of the Board of Directors, Congregation Beth-El Zedeck
  • Volunteer Attorney, Indianapolis Landlord/Tenant Association, 1990 - 2000
  • Indianapolis Bar Association, Pro-Bono Standing Committee, 2003 - 2006
  • Past-President and Member of the Board of Directors, Hooverwood Nursing Home
  • Indianapolis Bar Association, Pro-Bono Committee, 2002 - 2006
  • Member, Board of Directors, Indiana Cancer Research Foundation, 2003 - 2006
  • President, Windermere Homeowners Association
  • Vice President, Kiwanis, 1989 - 1995
Educational Background:
  • Ball State University, Muncie, Indiana, B.S., Honors: Dean's List, Major: Accounting, June, 1985
Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • Managed Healthcare Contract, Indiana Medical Association, 1997
  • How to Navigate Superior & Small Claims Courts, Indianapolis Property Investors Association, 1998 - 2004
  • Life Member, Million Dollar Advocates Forum, 2010
  • Indianapolis Bar Association President's Award for Pro-Bono Committee Work, November 20, 2003
  • Beta Theta Pi
  • Francis Feeney, Jr. Tax Award, 1988
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • Served as a member of 2019 faculty at Trial Advocacy Skills College, a four-day intensive trial practice training program for lawyers, 2019
  • Served as a member of 2022 faculty at Trial Advocacy Skills College, a three-day intensive trial practice training program for lawyers, 2022
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Indiana, 1988
  • Indiana Supreme and Appellate Courts
  • Member, Torts and Litigation Sections, American Bar Association, 1988 - Present
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Indiana, 1988
  • U.S. Tax Court, 1989
  • President, Board of Directors, Hooverwood Nursing Home, 1998 - Present
  • Served as a member of 2017 faculty at Trial Advocacy Skills College, a four-day intensive trial practice training program for lawyers, 2017
  • Indiana, 1988
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 7th Circuit, 1990
  • Charter Member and Barrister, Indianapolis Chapter, American Inn of Court, 2000 - 2006
  • Member, Indiana Bar Association, 1988 - Present
  • Served as a member of faculty at Trial Advocacy Skills College, a four-day intensive trial practice training program for lawyers, 2016
  • Settlement of slip and fall injury for $375,000.00, arising from fall on ice., 2021
  • Settled sex abuse claim of gymnast for $889,898.85, 2022
  • Knauf Fiber Glass, GMBh v. Stein, 622 N.E.2d 163 (Ind. 1993)
  • Settlement of wrongful death case arising from semi-truck crash for $1.3 Million, 2019
  • H & G Ortho, Inc. v. Neodontics Intern., Inc., 823 N.E.2d 718 (Ind.App. 2005)
  • Robinson v. Century Personnel, Inc., 678 N.E.2d 1268 (Ind.App. 1997)
  • Slavin v. C.I.R., 932 F.2d 598 (C.A.7 1991)
  • Rogier v. American Testing and Engineering Corp., 734 N.E.2d 606 (Ind.App. 2000)
  • Valinet v. Eskew, 574 N.E.2d 283 (Ind. 1991)
  • IMPORTANT DISCLAIMERPast results cannot guarantee future performance. Any result in any particular case does not constitute a promise, prediction or guarantee regarding the outcome of any other case. I represent my clients to the best of my ability and those efforts over the years have resulted in substantial settlements and verdicts on behalf of my clients and positive changes in the law to benefit future injury victims. However, each case involves many variables and results will always be different from case to case. For that reason, the result I obtain in one case is no guarantee that I will achieve the same or a similar result in any future case. Every case is dependent upon its unique facts and the laws of the jurisdiction where a lawsuit is filed. Auto accident — Obtained pretrial settlement for auto accident victims of car crash involving car going wrong way on interstate highway for $1.25 million. Car crash with truck — Settled case in pretrial mediation for seriously injured client with orthopedic injuries for $700,000. Wrongful death of child — Settled claim for $500,000 against landlord of mother whose child was killed in fire of rented trailer. Bicycle accident — Recovered $350,000 for bike rider who suffered traumatic brain injury from poorly fitting helmet. Passenger in auto accident with underinsured driver — Recovered additional $325,000 from client’s previously undiscovered business insurance policy after recovering $105,000 insurance policy limits from negligent driver. Passenger in single-car crash — Settled case involving orthopedic injuries for insurance policy limits of $300,000. Car rear-ended by truck — Settled case involving injury to client’s lumbar spine for insurance policy limits of $250,000. Wrongful death of spouse — Obtained settlement of policy limits of $250,000 for husband whose wife was killed by a negligent driver on an Indiana highway. Animal attack — Obtained $250,000 settlement for Carmel, Indiana, resident who was bitten by a neighbor’s dog. Nursing home abuse — Obtained $200,000 settlement for nursing home resident who fell from wheelchair after staff forgot to attach restraint. Traumatic brain injury — Obtained $200,000 settlement for college professor who suffered a traumatic brain injury as a passenger in a taxi cab crash. Auto accident — Obtained $185,000 for driver who sustained torn ACL from his knee striking dashboard when struck in rear-end auto crash. Nursing home abuse — Recovered $175,000 for victim of alleged rape in assisted living facility. Dog bite — Obtained $150,000 for parents of daughter attacked by friend’s dog. Motorcycle crash — Recovered insurance policy limits of $100,000 for motorcycle driver struck on city street by pickup truck. Pedestrian injured by car — Obtained $138,000 settlement for parade participant struck by automobile, causing broken bones. Sports injury — Recovered $100,000 settlement for customer of indoor climbing facility who fell from climbing wall. Uninsured motorist — Obtained $100,000 uninsured motorist insurance coverage limits for innocent bystander struck by car evading police chase. Slip and fall at apartment complex — Obtained $75,000 settlement for tenant injured from wet floor on common area floor. Work injury — Secured $75,000 for trucker who slipped and tore quadriceps muscle on unplowed parking lot. Intersection car accident — Secured settlement of $73,750 for injured college student with broken collar bone from collision. Premises liability — Recovered $70,000 for customer of mobile home park who broke wrist from fall on uneven pavement. T-bone intersection accident — Recovered $50,000 from negligent driver’s insurance company for client who sustained broken hand. Rear-end auto collision — Secured $48,000 jury verdict for client who was offered only $2,000 to settle prior to jury trial. Soft tissue whiplash — Settled case for personal injury client in auto accident involving soft tissue injuries with little medical expense and no broken bones for $40,000. Medical malpractice — Recovered $40,000 for patient whose breast implant was perforated during mammogram. School classroom injury — Achieved settlement of $27,500 for student whose arm was broken in physical education class. Dog bite while working — Settlement of $23,000 for a roofing contractor employee who was bitten by a customer’s dog while on the job. Hit-and-run bike accident — Recovered $10,000 for young bike rider who was hit by a car that left the scene — used uninsured motorist coverage on bike rider’s auto policy. Medical malpractice — Settled claim of client for confidential amount when surgeon operated on wrong foot. Fall down stairs at local store — Recovered $350,000 for shopper who fell down unmarked steps at a local store. Dog bite in Carmel, Indiana — Settled claim for $250,000 against homeowner whose dog knocked down a neighbor and injured her spine. Dog bite in Indianapolis, Indiana — Recovered $100,000 for woman bitten on face by neighbor’s dog. Motorcycle crash — Recovered policy limits for wrongful death of motorcyclist killed by a negligent driver in Indianapolis, Indiana.  Settled slip and fall at fast food restaurant causing broken leg for $415,000.00

Office location for Steven M. Crell

8888 Keystone Crossing Blvd.
Suite 800
Indianapolis, IN 46240

Phone: 317-669-9791


8 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2016 - 2023

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