Nick Nichols

Nick Nichols

Location:
Houston, Texas
Phone:
713-587-9668
800-580-9121
Fax:
713-225-0827
E-mail:

Areas of Practice

  • 18 Wheeler & Commercial Truck Accidents
  • Personal Injury
  • Catastrophic Injuries
  • Wrongful Death
  • Product Defects
  • Business Litigation
  • Aviation Accidents
  • Admiralty & Maritime Accidents
  • Birth Injuries
  • Brain Damage
  • Burns
  • Construction Accidents
  • DWI Accidents
  • Electrocutions
  • Environmental Law
  • Explosions
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Motorcycle Accidents
  • Nursing Home Negligence
  • Offshore Injuries
  • Paraplegia
  • Patent Infringement
  • Petrochemical Accidents
  • Pharmaceutical Litigation
  • Quadriplegia
  • Spinal Cord Injuries
  • Swimming Pool Accidents
  • Workplace Accidents
  • Vehicular Accidents

Bar Admissions

  • Texas, 1961
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Texas
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court

Education

  • The University of Texas School of Law, Austin, Texas
    • LL.B. - 1961
  • Rice Institute
    • B.A. - 1958
    • Major: History/Pre-Law

Published Works

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

Classes/Seminars

  • Adjunct Professor and Faculty, Civil Trial Advocacy, South Texas College of Law
  • Speaker, "Post Traumatic Stress Disorder: Misdiagnosis and Maltreatment", American Board of Professional Liability Attorneys' Seminar
  • Speaker, "Pre-Suit Depositions (Rule 202): A Brief Journey", Texas Tech/St. Mary's Schools of Law Medical Malpractice
  • Speaker, "The Basics of Recreational Injuries, A Case Study of Rudy Tomjanovich v. Cal-Sports, Inc. dba Los Angeles Lakers", CLE International Seminar
  • Speaker, "Sports Law (Recreational Injuries)", Rice University, Kinesiology Department
  • Speaker, "A Quick Look at Referral Fees in Texas", HPAL Meeting
  • Speaker, "Mediation: Should You Tip Your Hand? Stonewall? Or Just Show Up?", Kentucky Academy of Trial Attorneys Annual Convention and Seminar
  • Speaker, "Crossing Over 4590i - Can it be Done? Fraud and Stowers", Texas Trial Lawyers Association, 13th Annual Medical Malpractice Conference
  • Speaker, "Botox: Curse or Cure", Texas Tech University/St. Mary's School of Law Medical Malpractice Conference
  • Speaker, "Overcoming Settlement Obstacles at Mediation", Texas Tech University/St. Mary's School of Law Medical Malpractice Conference
  • Faculty Member, Texas College of Trial Advocacy
  • Faculty and Speaker, Specialized Courses in Trial Advocacy, The Association of Trial Lawyers of America
  • Speaker/Lecturer, "Sports Litigation", Rice University

Honors and Awards

  • Selected to Texas' Top Rated Lawyers of 2014, Leagal Leaders and Martindale-Hubbell Lawyer Ratings
  • Distinguished Alumni Award, presented by the Association of Rice Alumni
  • The Best Lawyers in America, Personal Injury Litigation, Plaintiff
  • Top 100 Lawyers in Houston - Texas Super Lawyer
  • Recipient, War Horse Award, Southern Trial Lawyers Association
  • Outstanding Adjunct Professor, South Texas College of Law
  • Keeton Fellow, University of Texas Law School Alumni Association
  • Fellow, Board of Governors, Southern Trial Lawyers Association
  • Life Fellow, Houston Bar Foundation
  • Life Fellow, Texas Bar Foundation
  • The Nick Nichols Endowed Presidential Scholarship Established at the University of Texas School of Law
  • Life Fellow, Foundation of the American Board of Trial Advocates
  • Texas Super Lawyer and Rising Star honors as presented by Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters Business, in Texas Monthly
  • H Texas Top Lawyers for the People honor as presented by H Texas Magazine
  • "Houston's Top Lawyers 2013" list, 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
  • Law Dragon 500
  • Top Lawyers 2013 list, Personal Injury, Admiralty and Maritime, Aviation and Aerospace, Houstonia Magazine

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • International Academy of Trial Lawyers, Director
  • American College of Trial Lawyers
  • International Society of Barristers
  • Inner Circle of Advocates
  • Texas Trial Lawyer Association, Director Emeritus
  • American Board of Trial Advocates, National Board of Directors
  • American Board of Trial Advocates, President, Houston Chapter
  • The Association of Trial Lawyers of America, Governor
  • State Bar of Texas, Tort and Compensation Section, Chairman
  • State Bar of Texas, Member, Grievance Committee, District Four
  • American Association for Justice
  • Texas Trial Lawyers Association, Board of Directors, Director Emeritus
  • American Bar Association
  • American Board of Professional Liability Attorneys, Diplomat
  • American College of Legal Medicine, Sports Lawyers Association
  • American Judicature Society
  • American Society of Law Medicine & Ethics
  • College of the State Bar of Texas
  • Houston Bar Association, Member
  • Houston Trial Lawyers Association
  • Inns of Court, Garland Walker Chapter
  • Roscoe Pound Foundation, Member
  • Texas College of Trial Advocacy, Member, Executive Committee
  • Trial Lawyers for Public Justice, Member
  • University of Texas School of Law, Chancellor's Council
  • University of Texas School of Law, Dean's Council
  • Houston Bar Foundation

Fraternities/Sororities

  • Delta Theta Phi
  • Phi Delta Phi