Nick C. Nichols

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Top Rated Personal Injury Attorney in Houston, TX

Abraham, Watkins, Nichols, Sorrels, Agosto, Aziz & Stogner
 | 800 Commerce Street, Houston, TX 77002
Phone: 713-396-3964
Fax: 713-225-0827
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2003 - 2020
Licensed Since: 1961
Practice Areas:
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (80%),
  • Transportation/Maritime (10%),
  • General Litigation (10%)
    Attorney Profile

    Nick Nichols is a retired partner of the personal injury firm of Abraham, Watkins, Nichols, Sorrels, Agosto, Aziz & Stogner, 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
    • 80%Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff
    • 10%Transportation/Maritime
    • 10%General Litigation
    Focus Areas

    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, Railroad Accident, Admiralty & Maritime Law, Transportation Law, Litigation

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    Super Lawyers: 2003 - 2020

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    About Nick Nichols

    Admitted: 1961, Texas

    Professional Webpage: https://www.abrahamwatkins.com/Attorney-Profiles/Nick-C-Nich...

    Honors/Awards:

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

    Bar/Professional Activity:

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

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

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

    Representative Clients:

    • Personal Injury

    Educational Background:

    • Rice Institute, B.A. Major: History/Pre-Law, 1958
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    800 Commerce Street
    Houston, TX 77002

    Phone: 713-396-3964

    Fax: 713-225-0827

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