Nick C. Nichols

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Personal Injury Attorney in Houston, TX

Abraham, Watkins, Nichols, Sorrels, Agosto & Aziz
 | 800 Commerce Street, Houston, TX 77002
Phone: 713-587-9668
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2003 - 2017
Licensed Since: 1961
Practice Areas:
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (80%),
  • Transportation/Maritime (10%),
  • General Litigation (10%)
Attorney Profile

Nick Nichols is a partner of the personal injury firm of Abraham, Watkins, Nichols, Sorrels, Agosto & Friend, of Houston, Texas. As a personal injury lawyer, he represents plaintiffs involved in major litigation from catastrophic injuries they have suffered due the negligence of others.

Among his many accomplishments, Mr. Nichols has held several leadership positions within Texas Trial Lawyers Association, the Texas College of Trial Advocacy, the International Academy of Trial Lawyers, the American Board of Trial Advocates, the American Association for Justice and many others. He has been selected for inclusion to the Texas Super Lawyers list each year since 2003. He is listed as one of the Best Lawyers in America as well as one of H Texas magazine's Top Lawyers for the People, among other honors and awards.

An avid legal scholar, Mr. Nichols regularly publishes articles on trial advocacy and topics in personal injury. He is an adjunct professor of South Texas College of Law. Due to his great success and leadership in his field, The University of Texas School of Law, his alma mater, established the Nick Nichols Endowed Presidential Scholarship.

From motor vehicle accidents to medical malpractice, and everything in between, he uses his negotiation and trial skills to obtain the compensation his clients deserve.

 
Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Personal Injury - General (80%): Animal Bites, Assault, Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Slip and Fall, Wrongful Death, Dram Shop Laws, Construction Accident, Brain Injury, Trucking Accidents, Premises Liability - Plaintiff

Transportation/Maritime (10%): Railroad Accident, Admiralty & Maritime Law, Transportation Law

General Litigation (10%): Litigation

Focus Areas

Personal Injury - General: Animal Bites, Assault, Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Slip and Fall, Wrongful Death, Dram Shop Laws, Construction Accident, Brain Injury, Trucking Accidents, Premises Liability - Plaintiff

Transportation/Maritime: Railroad Accident, Admiralty & Maritime Law, Transportation Law

General Litigation: Litigation

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Selected to Super Lawyers for 15 yearsbottom-image

Super Lawyers: 2003 - 2017

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About Nick Nichols

Admitted: 1961, Texas

Professional Webpage: http://www.abrahamwatkins.com/Attorney-Profiles/Nick-C-Nicho...

Honors and Awards:

  • Nation's Top One Percent, The National Association of Distinguished Counsel, 2015
  • Distinguished Alumni Award, Association of Rice Alumni, 2008
  • Best Lawyers in America, Personal Injury Litigation, Plaintiff, 2007
  • Recipient, War Horse Award, Southern Trial Lawyers Association, 2003
  • Outstanding Adjunct Professor, South Texas College of Law, 1986
  • Fellow, Board of Governors, Southern Trial Lawyers Association
  • H Texas Top Lawyers for the People honor as presented by H Texas Magazine
  • Keeton Fellow, University of Texas Law School Alumni Association
  • War Horse Award, Southern Trial Lawyers Association
  • Selected to Texas' Top Rated Lawyers of 2014, Legal Leaders and Martindale-Hubbell Lawyer Ratings
  • Texas Best Lawyers
  • H Magazine Top Lawyers for the People
  • Best Lawyers in America, 1989 - 2010
  • Houston's Top Lawyers, Personal Injury, H Texas Magazine
  • Texas' Best Lawyers honor as presented by The Houston Chronicle Best Lawyers - The World's Premier Guide, an Incisive Media publication
  • Top Lawyers List, Personal Injury, Admiralty and Maritime, Aviation and Aerospace, Houstonia Magazine
  • Law Dragon 500
  • AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rated, Ethical Standards and Legal Ability, Martindale-Hubbell®
  • Life Fellow, Foundation of the American Board of Trial Advocates
  • The Nick Nichols Endowed Presidential Scholarship Established at the University of Texas School of Law
  • Life Fellow, Texas Bar Foundation
  • Life Fellow, Houston Bar Foundation
  • Keeton Fellow, University of Texas Law School Alumni Association
  • Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • The American Association for Justice, Governor, 1987
  • American Association for Justice, Chairman, National Seminar Education Program, 1985
  • State Bar of Texas, Tort and Compensation Section, Chairman, 1985
  • Texas Trial Lawyers Association, Board of Directors, 1973
  • Houston Young Lawyers Association, Member, Board of Directors, 1969
  • Texas, 1961
  • American Board of Professional Liability Attorneys, Diplomat
  • American College of Legal Medicine, Sports Lawyers Association
  • American Society of Law Medicine & Ethics
  • Texas College of Trial Advocacy, Executive Committee, Member
  • Houston Bar Foundation
  • American College of Trial Lawyers
  • Inner Circle of Advocates
  • American College of Legal Medicine, Sports Lawyers Association, Member
  • Roscoe Pound Foundation, Member
  • American Board of Trial Advocates, National Board of Directors, 1989 - 1992
  • American Board of Trial Advocates, President, Houston Chapter, 1987
  • International Academy of Trial Lawyers, Director, 2003 - 2006
  • International Academy of Trial Lawyers, Director, 1991 - 1993
  • International Society of Barristers, Member
  • Inns of Court, Garland Walker Chapter
  • American Board of Professional Liability Attorneys, Diplomat
  • Trial Lawyers for Public Justice, Member
  • American Judicature Society, Member
  • Texas Trial Lawyer Association, Director Emeritus, 1994 - 2002
  • Houston Trial Lawyers Association, Member
  • College of the State Bar of Texas, Member
  • State Bar of Texas, Member, Grievance Committee, District Four, 1973 - 1981
  • American Bar Association, Member
  • Texas Trial Lawyer's Association, Member
  • American Association for Justice, Member
  • American Board of Trial Advocates, Member
  • Houston Bar Association, Member
  • University of Texas School of Law, Chancellor's Council
  • University of Texas School of Law, Dean's Council
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Texas

Scholarly Lectures and Writings:

  • Speaker, "Overcoming Settlement Obstacles at Mediation", Texas Tech University/St. Mary's School of Law Medical Malpractice Conference, 2003
  • Speaker, "Botox: Curse or Cure", Texas Tech University/St. Mary's School of Law Medical Malpractice Conference, 2002
  • Speaker, "Crossing Over 4590i - Can it be Done? Fraud and Stowers", Texas Trial Lawyers Association, 13th Annual Medical Malpractice Conference, 2002
  • Speaker, "A Quick Look at Referral Fees in Texas", HPAL Meeting, 2002
  • Speaker, "Sports Law (Recreational Injuries)", Rice University, Kinesiology Department, 2002
  • Speaker, "The Basics of Recreational Injuries, A Case Study of Rudy Tomjanovich v. Cal-Sports, Inc. dba Los Angeles Lakers", CLE International Seminar, 2001
  • Speaker, "Pre-Suit Depositions (Rule 202): A Brief Journey", Texas Tech/St. Mary's Schools of Law Medical Malpractice, 2001
  • Speaker, "Post Traumatic Stress Disorder: Misdiagnosis and Maltreatment", American Board of Professional Liability Attorneys' Seminar, 2000
  • "The Basics of Recreational Injuries - Sports Injury Litigation - New Frontier for the Trial Lawyer," Book Chapter, 1999
  • "Statute of Limitations - Sailing Through a Sea of Confusion", 1999
  • "The Basics of Recreational Injuries", 1998
  • "Protecting Defendant Doctor from the Insurance Company", 1998
  • "Analysis of the Pedicle Screw Litigation", 1997
  • "Mediation: Should You Tip Your Hand? Stonewall? Or Just Show Up?", 1997
  • "Active Ad Litems Add Additional Aid at Trial", 1996
  • "Theme, Schemes & Jury Consultants: Case Theme From Voir Dire to Jury Verdict", 1996
  • "Motions in Limine: A Plaintiff's Perspective", 1996
  • "Handling the Difficult Plaintiff", 1996
  • "A 1995 Lawyer's Approach to Burn Injuries", 1995
  • "Medical Standards for Burn Cases", 1995
  • "New Medical Technology and Litigation From the Plaintiff's Attorney's Prospective", 1995
  • "Approaching the Comatose Patient: The Right to Die", 1994
  • "An Approach to Opening Statements", 1994
  • "A Lawyer's Approach to Burn Injuries", 1994
  • "Post Traumatic Stress Disorder: Misdiagnosis and Maltreatment", 1994
  • "Dermatology and Malpractice Liability", 1993
  • "Pleadings and Attacks on Pleadings", 1993
  • "Pre-Trial and Trial Motions", 1993
  • "Direct Examination of the Plaintiff", 1992
  • "Anesthesia Malpractice", 1992
  • "Cross-Examination of the Defendant's Annuitist in an Auto Case", 1991
  • "Deposing the Defendant and Defendant Employees", 1991
  • "The Comatose Patient", 1991
  • "Use of Non-Testifying Experts, Reports & Materials Through Mandamus", 1990
  • "Sports Injury Revolution: Rudy T. vs. Cal. Sports", 1990
  • "Handling the Rambo Litigator", 1990
  • "Motions in Limine and Voir Dire in a Plaintiff's Medical Malpractice Case", 1990
  • "Cross-Examination for the Trial Annuities", 1990
  • "Motions in Limine", 1989
  • "Voir Dire of the Jury", 1989
  • "Ethical Considerations in Medical Malpractice Cases", 1989
  • "Shared Discovery- Unsealing the File", 1989
  • "Voir Dire Examination and Opening Statement for the Plaintiff", 1988
  • "Pitfalls in Hospital Liability", 1988
  • "Expert Witnesses", 1987
  • "Emergency Room Liability", 1987
  • "Protecting the Doctor From His Insurance Carrier", 1987
  • "Injured Sports Participant: Amateur& Professional", 1986
  • "Automobile Accident Reconstruction", 1986
  • "A Lawyer's Approach to Burn Injuries", 1986
  • "An Approach to Jury Selection for the Plaintiff", 1986
  • "Physicians as Expert Witnesses", 1985
  • "Sports Spectator Injuries", 1985
  • "Sports Spectator Injuries", 1985
  • "Swimming Pool Injuries", 1985
  • "Maximizing Compensatory Damages in Injury and Death Cases", 1985
  • "Sports Injury Revolution", 1985
  • "Legal Aspects of Sports Medicine", 1984
  • "Direct Examination of Plaintiff-What It Takes to Get to the Jury", 1984
  • "Defective Medical Products", 1984
  • "Direct Examination of the Plaintiff and "Before & After" Witnesses", 1983
  • "Looking at Opening Statements", 1983
  • "How to Secure a Preferential Setting When You Really Need One in Civil Cases", 1983
  • "A Basic Approach to Jury Argument for the Plaintiff", 1982
  • "Some Guidelines on Jury Argument", 1982
  • "A Brief Glimpse at Opening Statement for the Plaintiff", 1981
  • "Innovative Use of Expert Witnesses - Looking at the Expert in Sports Injury Litigation", 1980
  • "Sports Injury Litigation - New Frontier for the Trial Lawyer", 1980
  • "A Brief Glimpse at Sports Injury Litigation", Texas Trial lawyers Association, 1979
  • "Psychology of Jury Selection", 1977
  • "A Brief Look at the Basics of Pre-Trial Preparation for the Plaintiff", 1977
  • "Opinion and Expert Testimony Under the New Federal Rules of Evidence Article VII Rule 701-706", 1975
  • Speaker/Lecturer, "Sports Litigation", Rice University
  • Faculty and Speaker, Specialized Courses in Trial Advocacy, The Association of Trial Lawyers of America
  • Faculty Member, Texas College of Trial Advocacy
  • Adjunct Professor and Faculty, Civil Trial Advocacy, South Texas College of Law
  • The Law Behind the Punch - "Sports and Entertainment Law: The Course", December 13, 2004
  • "Overcoming Settlement Obstacles at Mediation", Nov. 6-7, 2003
  • "Voir Dire, Examination and Opening Statement for the Plaintiff", January 27, 2003
  • "Sports Injury Revolution: Revisiting Rudy Tomjanovich v. Cal Sports Inc.", November 15-16, 2002
  • "Botox: Curse or Cure", November 7-8, 2002
  • "Crossing Over 4590i - Can it be Done? Fraud and Stowers", September 26-27, 2002
  • "Mediation: Should You Tip Your Hand? Stonewall? or Just Show Up?", September 20, 2002
  • "The Ramifications of September 11 on various aspects of the Personal Injury Practice and How We Prepare and Try Cases", August 18-23, 2002
  • "A Quick Look at Referral Fees in Texas", May 28, 2002
  • "Classic Closing Arguments: Making A Lasting Impression Sports Law (Recreational Injuries)", February 21-22, 2002
  • "Pre-Suit Depositions (Rule 202): A Brief Journey", November 16, 2001
  • "Sports Law (The Basics of Recreational Injuries)", March 15-16, 2001
  • "Masters of Trial/Million Dollar Closing Arguments", Nov. 10, 2000
  • "Themes, Schemes and Jury Consultants: Case Themes from Start to Finish", Oct. 3, 2000
  • "Non-Health Care Providers Seeking Asylum Within 4590i", Sept. 29, 2000
  • "Voir Dire Examination and Opening Statement for the Plaintiff", January 31, 2000
  • "Stowers Doctrine: Malice, Clear and Convincing"
  • "A Brief Glimpse at Article VII Rules 701-706: Federal Rules of Evidence on Opinions and Expert Testimony", 1975
  • "The Development of Duty of Care in Recreational Tort Cases"
  • "Representing the Sports Injury Claimant: A Practical Approach to Handling Sports Injury Related Cases"

Representative Clients:

  • Personal Injury

Educational Background:

  • Rice Institute, B.A. Major: History/Pre-Law, 1958
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Office Location for Nick C. Nichols

800 Commerce Street
Houston, TX 77002

Phone: 713-587-9668

 

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Last Updated: 2/9/2017

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