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Nelson A. Nettles - Brownsburg, IN

401 East Main Street Brownsburg, IN 46112

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Updated: 06/28/2021

Brownsburg Aviation Lawyer


NELSON NETTLES a graduate of Indiana University (B.A. Political Science) and its School of Law, was a law clerk for Magistrate Judge J. Patrick Endsley of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana and also clerked for District Judge Larry J. McKinney of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana. His practice includes all aspects of tort and insurance litigation before the Indiana state and federal courts.

About Nelson A. Nettles

Practice Areas

  • Aviation
  • Complex Litigation
  • Subrogation
  • Employment Law
  • Environmental Law
  • Government Law
  • Personal Injury
  • Toxic Torts
  • Products Liability
  • Mediation Arbitration Appraisal
  • Insurance Coverage
  • Insurance Defense


  • 80%

Representative Cases

  • Crawford v. Marion County Election Board, United States Supreme Court, No. 07-21, 553 U.S. (decided April 28, 2008);(amicus brief on behalf of the League of Women Voters)
  • – Williams v. REP Corp., 302 F.3d 660 (7th Cir. 2002) (complex product liability case)
  • McPhaul v. Madison County Board of Comm’rs, 226 F.3d 558 (7th Cir. 2000); Certiorari Denied March 19, 2001(ADA and § 1981 claims
  • Detroit Edison Co. v. Prot. Mut. Ins. Co., 134 F.3d 790 (6th Cir. 1998) (property insurance coverage case)
  • Arkwright Mut. Ins. Co. v. Cygnet Automated Cleaning, No. 95-2186, United States Court Of Appeals For The Sixth Circuit, 1996 U.S. App. LEXIS 22299 (large loss property subrogation case)
  • Zetter v. Griffith Aviation, Inc., 435 F. Supp. 2d 622 (E.D. Ky. June 16, 2006) (aviation case)
  • Zetter v. Griffith Aviation, Inc., Summary judgment granted, Judgment entered by Zetter v. Griffith Aviation, Inc., 435 F. Supp. 2d 622 (E.D. Ky., June 16, 2006)
  • Zetter v. Griffith Aviation, Inc., Summary judgment granted, Summary judgment granted, in part, summary judgment denied, in part, Zetter v. Griffith Aviation, Inc., 2006 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 23192 (E.D. Ky., Apr. 25, 2006)
  • McPhaul v. Madison County Board of Comm’rs, IP97-0097-C-B/S, 976 F. Supp. 1190; 1997 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 14319 (S.D. Ind. 1997) (ADA and § 1981 claims)
  • Biddle v. BAA Indianapolis, LLC, 860 N.E.2d 570 (Ind. 2007) (aviation case). – Schultz v. Ford Motor Co., 857 N.E.2d 977 (Ind. 2006) (filed amicus brief on behalf of Defense Trial Counsel of Indiana)
  • Daimler Chrysler Corp. v. Graves Sheet Metal, 827 N.E.2d 607 (Ind. Ct. App. 2005) (large loss property subrogation)
  • Inlow v. Henderson, Daily, Withrow & DeVoe, 804 N.E.2d 833 (Ind. Ct. App. 2004) (represented insurance brokers)
  • Inlow v. Henderson, Daily, Withrow & DeVoe, 787 N.E.2d 385 (Ind. Ct. App. 2004); Costs and fees proceeding at Inlow v. Henderson, Daily, Withrow & DeVoe, 2004 Ind. App. LEXIS 404
  • R. R. Donnelley & Sons Co. v. N. Tex. Steel Co., 752 N.E.2d 112 (Ind. Ct. App. 2001); Rehearing Denied September 24, 2001, Reported at: 2001 Ind. App. LEXIS 1699. Petition to Transfer Denied February 22, 2002 (large loss property subrogation case involving product liability claim)
  • R.N. Thompson & Assocs. v. Wickes Lumber Co., 687 N.E.2d 617 (Ind. Ct. App. 1997) (construction case involving implied indemnity claim)
  • North Tex. Steel Co. v. R.R. Donnelley & Sons Co., 679 N.E.2d 513 (Ind. Ct. App. 1997); Appellants Rehearing Denied July 7, 1997. Appellant’s Transfer Denied December 3, 1997. Petition for Writ of Certiorari Denied May 4, 1998, Reported at: 1998 U.S. LEXIS 2988
  • Gilliam v. Contractors United, 648 N.E.2d 1236 (Ind.Ct.App. 1995) (construction case involving serious personal injury)


Bar Admissions

  • Indiana, 1992
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Indiana, 1992
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Indiana, 1992
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 7th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court Central District of Illinois

Other Affiliations

  • Indianapolis Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Indiana State Bar Association
  • Federal Bar Association

Past Positions

  • Magistrate Judge J. Patrick Endsley, U.S. District Court of the Southern District of Indiana, Clerk
  • District Judge Larry McKinney, U.S. District Court of the Southern District of Indiana, Clerk


  • Indiana University at Bloomington School of Law, Bloomington, Indiana, 1992
  • Indiana University, 1989


Accepts Credit Cards

Office Information


401 East Main Street Brownsburg, IN 46112


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Included on the 2024 Indiana list

Past Lists

  • 2023 Indiana Super Lawyers list
  • 2022 Indiana Super Lawyers list
  • 2021 Indiana Super Lawyers list
  • 2020 Indiana Super Lawyers list
  • 2019 Indiana Super Lawyers list
  • 2018 Indiana Super Lawyers list

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