Selected as an Indiana Super Lawyer in the area of Plaintiff Personal Injury, Steve Crell has aggressively represented clients for over 28 years in all areas of litigation, focusing on personal injuries and wrongful death involving auto and truck accidents, motorcycle accidents, animal and dog bites, premises liability and nursing home negligence/abuse.
Steve is a Life Member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum. Membership in this exclusive group is limited to attorneys who have won at least one verdict or settlement of $1 Million or more. Less than 1% of attorneys in the United States are members. The forum recognizes attorneys with the ability to accomplish superior results in complex cases.
Steve completed the requisite training and met the qualifications to mediate disputes. He is now registered with the Indiana courts as a Registered Civil Mediator. Steve has been an innovator in the use of pre-trial and even pre-lawsuit mediation to assist clients in achieving settlements and avoiding controversies and the associated expense and stress that often accompany the protracted litigation of such disputes. When a settlement is not possible, Steve has the jury trial, court trial and arbitration experience in Federal and state courts to competently, professionally and aggressively assert, protect and defend the claims of his clients.
Mr. Crell received his B.S. degree in Accounting from Ball State University in 1985 and his Doctor of Jurisprudence degree from Indiana University School of Law-Indianapolis in 1988, where he was a recipient of the Francis J. Feeney, Jr. tax award for academic excellence in taxation.
Steve was a charter member and Barrister of the Indianapolis Chapter of the American Inn of Court, an invitation-only group of judges and trial lawyers. He has been admitted to and argued before the United States Court of Appeals, 7th Circuit, the United States Tax Court, and the Indiana Supreme and Appellate courts. He is a member of the Torts and Litigation sections of the American Bar Association, The Indiana Bar Association, and the Indianapolis Bar Association, where he served on the pro-bono committee that oversees and recognizes lawyers who provide free legal services to those in need.
Steve has lectured and taught classes on navigating the superior and small claims courts, and on managed health care and other business-related topics. He is the Past-President and member of the Board of Directors of Congregation Beth-El Zedeck and Past-President and a member of the Board of Directors of Hooverwood Nursing Home, a non-profit, state of the art comprehensive nursing and rehabilitation center that specializes in the care of Alzheimer’s residents. He formerly served on the board of directors of the Indiana Cancer Research Foundation.
Areas of Practice
- 50% Auto & Truck Accidents
- 10% Premises Liability
- 10% Wrongful Death
- 10% Nursing Home Liability
- 10% Medical Malpractice
- 10% Business, Labor and Wage Disputes
- 90% of Practice Devoted to Litigation
- Indiana, 1988
- U.S. District Court Northern District of Indiana, 1988
- U.S. District Court Southern District of Indiana, 1988
- U.S. Court of Appeals 7th Circuit, 1990
- U.S. Tax Court, 1989
- Indiana University School of Law, Indianapolis, Indiana
- Doctor of Jurisprudence – June, 1988
- Ball State University, Muncie, Indiana
- B.S. – June, 1985
- Honors: Dean’s List
- Major: Accounting
- H & G Ortho, Inc. v. Neodontics Intern., Inc., 823 N.E.2d 718 (Ind.App. 2005)
- Rogier v. American Testing and Engineering Corp., 734 N.E.2d 606 (Ind.App. 2000)
- Robinson v. Century Personnel, Inc., 678 N.E.2d 1268 (Ind.App. 1997)
- Knauf Fiber Glass, GMBh v. Stein, 622 N.E.2d 163 (Ind. 1993)
- Valinet v. Eskew, 574 N.E.2d 283 (Ind. 1991)
- Slavin v. C.I.R., 932 F.2d 598 (C.A.7 1991)
- Managed Healthcare Contract, Indiana Medical Association, 1997
- How to Navigate Superior & Small Claims Courts, Indianapolis Property Investors Association, 1998 – 2004
Honors and Awards
- Francis Feeney, Jr. Tax Award, 1988
- Indianapolis Bar Association President’s Award for Pro-Bono Committee Work, November 20, 2003
Professional Associations and Memberships
- Indiana Cancer Research Foundation, Member, Board of Directors, 2003 – 2006
- Indianapolis Bar Association, Pro-Bono Standing Committee, 2003 – 2006
- Hooverwood Nursing Home, President, Board of Directors, 1998 – Present
- American Inn of Courts, Member, 2000 – 2006
- Kiwanis, Vice President, 1989 – 1995
- American Bar Association, Member, 1988 – Present
- Indiana Bar Association, Member, 1988 – Present
- Pro-Bono Standing Committee
Pro Bono Activities
- Volunteer Attorney, Indianapolis Landlord/Tenant Association, 1990 – 2000
- Served on Indianapolis Bar Association Pro-Bono Committee, 2002 – 2006
- Beta Theta Pi