Nick C. Nichols

Nick C. Nichols

Retired Partner
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
    • 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 Houston
    • 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
    • Nation's Top One Percent, The National Association of Distinguished Counsel
    • AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rated, Ethical Standards and Legal Ability, Martindale-Hubbell®
    • Selected to Texas' Top Rated Lawyers of 2014, Legal 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 Houston
    • 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, 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 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
    • National Association of Distinguished Counsel, Founding Member, Nation's Top 100 Attorneys
    • 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