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Mark Wayne Nicholson

Criminal defense Attorney at Indianapolis, IN

5.0   7 reviews

Licensed for 13 years

About Mark

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I worked as a Civil Court Bailiff and a law clerk for the American Civil Liberties Union. At the Indiana State Public Defender Office, I worked as a law clerk then an attorney. I practice mainly in the areas of criminal law, representing people accused of misdemeanors, felonies, traffic offenses, OVWI/DUI, drug cases, probation violations, and drug crimes. I also practice family law, personal injury, small claims, and Civil Rights and discrimination.

I have extensive trial experience, and I am not afraid to fight for you. I love the challenge of facing the government or big insurance companies. When they are trying to take advantage of you, then that is where an aggressive lawyer that knows the way around a courtroom can help.

I am an adjunct law professor at the Indiana University McKinney School of Law in Indianapolis. I am a motivational speaker and have spoken at various non-profit organizations and for-profit businesses. I have spoken at various colleges, churches, jails, prisons, veteran's organizations, graduations, Eli Lilly, legal conferences, and various other functions. I am in the December 2015 issue of Indianapolis Monthly, the Fall 2012 issue of the ACLU's Carrying the Torch, the August 3-16, 2011 issue of Indiana Lawyer and various other news outlets.

I am a military combat veteran and assist veterans in receiving the benefits they earned. Also, I am a certified Kansas City Barbecue Society Judge and former member of the United States Parachute Association.

I serve on the Board of Directors for the Hoosier Veterans Assistance Foundation (HVAF) and the Indiana Public Defender Council.

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Licensed for 13 years
State IN
Status Active In Good Standing
Acquired 2009
Updated 10/12/2022

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

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Law Office of Mark Nicholson
Law Office of Mark Nicholson
9702 E. Washington St.
Suite 171
Indianapolis, IN, 46229
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Posted by Stephanie | June 3, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Expungement
I was introduced to Mark Nicolson by my best friend to see about getting my record expunged .Mark took down my information and called me back the next day I met him paid my fee and he did exactly what he said he was going to do he don’t just take your money he’s a sincere lawyer I would recommend Mark Nicolson in a flash and would use him again if I needed an attorney
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Posted by anonymous | January 17, 2020
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My Son
He spoke to me about the situation and let me know how much he charge to take my case so we will see what happens he was so very polite and respectful an apology for what is going on
Posted by gail | December 13, 2018
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Outstanding Attorney
I can't Thank you enough Attorney Mark Nicholson. I hope to see you again in New Castle Indiana respresenting clients in need of a good attorney with professionalism as yourself. Mark you did an outstanding job for my friend in the court room. You were always available through phone or email with quick response. I was so impressed with your professionalism, as we know Lawyers are important advocates whom respresent us through the legal system Mark I think when people read your profile,it speaks for itself. This is a hard working, professional attorney that cares about his clients. Thank you, gail
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Posted by anonymous | May 23, 2018
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He fought for me!
Mr. Nicholson is a very professional Trial Attorney. He represented me in a DUI case. We won!
Posted by Michael | January 16, 2018
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Great Lawyer!
He handle my divorce in a timely manner and more importantly did it the exact way I WANTED it done!
Posted by TJ | January 13, 2018
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He will help you fight your case.
Mark represented me a couple of years ago. I had a drug possession case and we had a jury trial. He fought very hard the entire trial. The jury returned a not guilty in 30 minutes! I walked out of the courtroom and haven't been back.
Posted by anonymous | December 27, 2017
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Mark did an amazing job defending my case
During my initial hearing Mark came up and introduced himself to me. He was very polite and seemed very professional and gave me his card. I contacted him later that day and we scheduled a consultation. We set up an easy payment plan that would work well for me. At court he was able to make sure that I got the bare minimum and explained everything to me since this was my first offense. I would recommend Mark to anyone! He did an amazing job and if I ever need an attorney again, it will definitely be Mark.
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Response from Mark Nicholson December 30, 2017
I sincerely appreciate you allowing me the opportunity to help you.
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Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Adjunct Professor
  • Indiana University McKinney School of Law
  • 2018 - Present
  • Assistant Misdemeanor Supervisor
  • Marion County Public Defender Agency
  • 2016 - 2018
  • Deputy Public Defender
  • Marion County Public Defender Agency
  • 2011 - 2016
  • Deputy Public Defender
  • Indiana State Public Defender Office
  • 2009 - 2011
  • Law Clerk
  • Indiana State Public Defender Office
  • 2006 - 2009
  • Bailiff and Law Clerk
  • Marion County Superior Court 2
  • 2005 - 2006
  • Law Clerk
  • American Civil Liberties Union
  • 2002 - 2003
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Education

  • Indiana University School of Law, Indianapolis
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2008

Legal Cases

  • False Arrest at Chili's Dismissed
  • Case dismissed because we proved the police violated his rights.
  • OVWI/DUI Client Found Not Guilty on All Counts
  • Not Guilty All Counts

Associations

  • Indiana Public Defender Council
  • President
  • 2019 - Present
  • Hoosier Veterans Assistance Foundation
  • Board Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • Indianapolis Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Indiana State Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Indiana Public Defender Council
  • Vice President
  • 2016 - 2019
  • Horizon House
  • Member
  • 2006 - 2007
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • Elite Lawyer
  • Elite Lawyers of America
  • 2020
  • Litigator of the Year
  • American Institute of Trial Lawyers
  • 2019
  • Lead Counsel
  • Thomas Reuters
  • 2018
  • A+ Rated
  • Better Business Bureau
  • 2018
  • Marcus Emery Award
  • Marion County Public Defender Agency
  • 2013
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Publications

Speaking Engagements

  • Legal Ethics
  • In Defense of Ethics
  • 2018
  • Prisoner Graduation
  • A Better Future
  • 2017
  • Police Interaction and Accountability Community Forum
  • Police Interaction and Accountability
  • 2017
  • Guest Speaker
  • Don't Give Up
  • 2017
  • Depos and Taped Statements
  • Depostions and Taped Statements
  • 2017
  • HVAF Fundraiser
  • On Veteran's
  • 2015
  • Horizon House Fundraiser
  • Horizon Helps the Homeless
  • 2012
  • Wabash Valley
  • Progress To Success
  • 2011
  • Indianapolis Business College
  • How To Prepare For a Legal Career
  • 2010
  • Guest Speaker Series
  • A Career in Criminal Justice
  • 2010
  • Faith Conference
  • Faith In Action
  • 2010
  • D.R.E.S.S For Success
  • How To Dress for Success
  • 2010
  • CLEO
  • How To Prepare For Law School
  • 2010
  • Law School Graduation
  • IRAC
  • 2008
  • Blueprint to End Homelessness
  • Fundraising to Help the Homeless
  • 2008
  • HVAF
  • Angel Story
  • 2007
  • Lunch Break
  • Grace Helps
  • 2006
  • Colts Tackle Homelessness
  • Tackling Homelessness
  • 2006
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Attorney endorsements

Received (10)
Given (23)
General practice Attorney | Jun 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I know Mark to be a thoughtful, passionate attorney. He deeply cares about protecting his client's interests in often very challenging circumstances."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 12
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Mark works hard for his clients!"
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 21
Relationship: Friend
"Mark is a passionate advocate who fights for his clients. He genuinely cares for individuals and it shows through his tireless approach to his craft. Mark has my endorsement."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 28
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Mark is a really good attorney. He works hard for his clients!"
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 11
Relationship: Friend
"Mark is a zealous advocate and will fight hard for his clients. He has a good grasp for the law and has a lot of trial experience!!"
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have had the honor to personally observe Mark’s trial skills and he has tried a large number of jury trials. Mark is a passionate attorney who aggressively fights for and defends his clients. Further, he is very knowledgeable in criminal law and uses that knowledge to advance the interests of his clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 18
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 13
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have known Mark since we were in law school together. That was ten years ago. In that time, I have known him to be a passionate defender for his criminal clients. He is also, quite simply, a good person. Any client would be well advised to place their trust in him."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 09
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Mark is a great attorney who is very knowledgeable and caring attorney. He is very client-centered."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mark is a highly competent, experienced and dedicated attorney who I know well. He is a man of strong character and sincerity."
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