Nicholas C. Pappas

T 317.237.3888
F 317.237.3900
201 North Illinois Street
Suite 1900
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204-4236

Nick is a trial lawyer who concentrates his practice in product liability and commercial litigation. Nick serves as national lead trial counsel for a major construction and agricultural equipment manufacturer. He represents clients in lawsuits in state and federal courts throughout the United States and has tried cases to successful defense verdicts in Alabama, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, South Dakota and Wisconsin. Nick also advises clients regarding Medicare reporting issues.

Nick is also the Chair of the Defense Research Institute's (DRI) Product Liability Committee, which is DRI's largest substantive law committee and has over 3,300 members.


Smith v. Joy Mining Technologies – Successfully defended Joy in federal court in London Kentucky in a product liability case involving a below the knee leg amputation.  The jury returned a unanimous verdict of no liability on both design defects and failure to warn claims. Successfully argued appeal at the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals, which unanimously affirmed the district court's ruling in Joy's favor. Read more about the decision here

 Otieno v. Rolls Royce Corporation, et. al Represented helicopter engine manufacturer in a wrongful death case at trial court, Indiana Court of Appeals, and Indiana Supreme Court. Writing for the first time on the issue of forum non conveniens, the Supreme Court affirmed the trial court's order of dismissal in favor of the defendants.

Roebuck v. CNH America LLC Lead Trial and Appellate counsel in product liability wrongful death case in Alabama State Court that resulted in defense verdict and ruling for CNH by the Alabama Supreme Court.

Barnard v. Saturn Defended General Motors at the trial court and Court of Appeals, wherein the Indiana Court of Appeals affirmed summary judgment for GM, and for the first time, recognized the application of comparative fault in product liability enhanced injury case.

Highlights & Recognitions

  • BTI Client Service All-Star, Product Liability, 2016, 2018
  • DRI 2012 Product Liability Conference Chair
  • Chambers USA, Commercial Litigation, 2013–2018
  • Defense Lawyer of the Year, Defense Trial Counsel of Indiana, 2010
  • Selected for inclusion in Indiana Super Lawyers® 2011–2018
  • AV® Rated, Martindale-Hubbell®
  • The Best Lawyers in America©, 2010-2019

Memberships & Affiliations

  • Defense Research Institute, Chair, Product Liability Committee, Membership Committee; Agricultural, Construction, Mining and Industrial Equipment (ACMIE) Specialized Litigation Group, Former ACMIE Chair, ACMIE Newsletter Editor
  • Defense Trial Counsel of Indiana
  • Indianapolis Bar Association (IBA), IBA Bar Leader Series Steering Committee Member
  • Indianapolis Bar Foundation, Distinguished Fellow; Vice President of the Board of Directors 

Press Releases

Civic & Charitable Organizations

  • Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, Past Parish Council Treasurer, Vice President and President, Member of Building Steering Committee, Sunday school teacher
  • Spring Knoll Property Owner's Association, past Board Member and President
  • Homeless Legal Services Project, Volunteer
  • Kid's Voice, Volunteer Guardian ad Litem

Non-FBT Publications and Events

"GCs Name Favorite Product Liability Attorneys," Law360, 2016. Read the full article here

"Lessons from Lincoln: What Every Practicing Lawyer can Learn from Abraham Lincoln," DRI Product Liability Conference, National Harbor, Maryland, and Litigation Management Seminar, New York, New York

"Top 10 ACMIE Cases," DRI Product Liability Conference, New Orleans, Louisiana

"Discovery and the In-House Expert: Are Two Hats Better Than One?," DRI Product Liability Seminar, Las Vegas, Nevada

Lorman Educational Services, Expert Witness Seminar, Indianapolis, Indiana

"Getting the ATLA Package: Discovery of Litigation Clearinghouse Materials," DRI Product Liability Seminar, Las Vegas, Nevada

"Cargo Loss Claims in the U.S.," The Harmonie Group, Transportation & Trucking Seminar, Toronto, Canada and Chicago, Illinois

“Discovery of Documents Obtained from Litigation Clearinghouses: It’s Not Work Product Anymore,” For the Defense

Other Contact Info


Jean Coniglen
T 317.237.3972