Steven M. Crell


Steven M. Crell

Indianapolis, Indiana

For over twenty-six years, Steve Crell has aggressively represented clients in all areas of litigation, including personal injuries and wrongful death involving auto and truck accidents, motorcycle accidents, medical malpractice and nursing home negligence/abuse, and litigation involving real estate and business and labor disputes.

Mr. Crell 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.

Mr. Crell 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.

Recently, 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.

Mr. Crell also assists clients in forming businesses and creating, drafting and managing sophisticated business and corporate and real estate transactions.

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.

Mr. Crell 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.

Mr. Crell 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.

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Representative Verdicts and Settlements


Past results cannot guarantee future performance. Any result in any particular case does not constitute a promise, prediction or guarantee regarding the outcome of any other case. Mr. Crell represents his clients to the best of his ability and those efforts over the years have resulted in substantial settlements and verdicts on behalf of his clients and positive changes in the law to benefit future injury victims. However, each case involves many variables and results will always be different from case-to-case. For that reason, the result Mr. Crell obtains in one case is no guarantee that he will achieve the same or a similar result in any future case. Every case is dependent upon its unique facts and the laws of the jurisdiction where a lawsuit is filed.

  • Auto Accident--Obtained pre-trial settlement for auto accident victims of car crash involving car going wrong way on interstate highway for $1,250,000.00.
  • Rear End Auto Collision--Secured $48,000.00 jury verdict for client who was offered only $2,000 to settle prior to jury trial.
  • Car Crash with Truck--Settled case in pre-trial mediation for seriously injured client with orthopedic injuries for $700,000.00.
  • Passenger in Auto Accident with Under-Insured Driver--Recovered additional $325,000.00 from client's previously undiscovered business insurance policy after recovering $105,000.00 insurance policy limits from negligent driver.
  • Passenger in Single-Car Crash--settled case involving orthopedic injuries for insurance policy limits of $300,000.00.
  • Car Rear-Ended by Truck--settled case involving injury to client's lumbar spine for insurance policy limits of $250,000.00.
  • Wrongful Death of Child--Settled claim for $500,000.00 against landlord of mother whose child was killed in fire of rented trailer.
  • Dog Bite--Obtained $150,000.00 for parents of daughter attacked by friend's dog.
  • T-Bone Intersection Accident--recovered $50,000.00 from negligent driver's insurance company for client who sustained broken hand.
  • Soft Tissue-Whiplash--Settled case for personal injury client in auto accident involving soft tissue injuries with little medical expense and no broken bones for $40,000.00.
  • Motorcycle Crash--recovered insurance policy limits of $100,000.00 for motorcycle driver struck on city street by pick-up truck.
  • Medical Malpractice--Recovered $40,000.00 for patient whose breast implant was perforated during mamogram.
  • Sports Injury--Recovered $100,000.00 settlement for customer of indoor climbing facility who fell from climbing wall.
  • Slip and fall at Apartment Complex--Obtained $75,000.00 settlement for tenant injured from wet floor on common area floor.
  • Premises Liability--Recovered $70,000.00 for customer of mobile home park who broke wrist from fall on uneven pavement.
  • Work Injury--Secured $75,000.00 for trucker who slipped and tore quadriceps muscle on unplowed parking lot.
  • Injury to Business--Arbitration award of over $500,000.00 for business owner claiming injury to business from wrongful conduct of corporation.
  • Claim Against Estate--Secured inheritance of $275,000.00 for grandson who was excluded by trustee of grandfather's trusts.
  • Intersection Car Accident--Secured settlement of $73,750.00 for injured college student with broken collar bone from collision.
  • Uninsured Motorist--Obtained $100,000.00 uninsured motorist insurance coverage limits for innocent bystander struck by car evading police chase.
  • Pedestrian Injured by Car--Obtained $138,000.00 settlement for parade participant struck by automobile, causing broken bones.

Representative Appellate Opinions

  • Kroger v. WC Associates, LLC--Obtained and upheld on appeal a substantial monetary judgment for real estate developer against tenant who modified sign pylon without consent.
  • H & G Ortho, Inc. v. Neodontics Intern., Inc.--Successfully upheld Trial Court Judgment exceeding $1 Million for purchaser of business claiming breach of non-compete contract and other wrongful conduct of the seller.
  • Rogier v. American Testing and Engineering Corp.--Successfully presented oral argument to Indiana Court of Appeals and upheld claims of business broker against seller of business.
  • Robinson v. Century Personnel, Inc.--Successfully defended employer in resisting substantial monetary claims of former employee.
  • Knauf Fiber Glass, GMBh v. Stein--Represented trucking company in obtaining the largest jury verdict ever recorded in Bartholomew County, Indiana at the time, in claim against shipper--matter resolved following appeal.
  • Valinet v. Eskew--Convinced Indiana Supreme Court to adopt new premises liability law resulting in upheld verdict for auto accident victim.
  • Slavin v. C.I.R.-- Argued to the United States Court of Appeals after getting a judgment against the taxpayers for over $1 Million set aside in the United States Tax Court.

Year Joined Organization

  • 1988

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

Litigation Percentage

  • 90% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • 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, 1990U.S. Tax Court, 1989


  • Indiana University School of Law, Indianapolis, Indiana
    • Doctor of Jurisprudence June - 1988
  • Ball State UniversityMuncie, Indiana
    • June - 1985
    • B.S.
    • Honors:Dean's List
    • Major: Accounting

Representative Cases:

  • 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)

Classes/Seminars Taught

  • 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, 2003 - 2006
    Member, Board of Directors
  • Indianapolis Bar Association, 2003 - 2006
    Pro-Bono Standing Committee
  • Hooverwood Nursing Home, 1998 - Present
    President, Board of Directors
  • American Inn of Courts, 2000 - 2006
    Barrister, Charter Member
  • Kiwanis, 1989 - 1995
    Vice President
  • American Bar Association, 1988 - Present
    Member, Torts and Litigation Sections
  • Indiana Bar Association, 1988 - Present

Pro Bono Activities

  • Volunteer Attorney, Indianapolis Landlord/Tenant Association, 1990 - 2000
  • Served on Indianapolis Bar Association Pro-Bono Committee, 2002 - 2006


  • Beta Theta Pi

Birth Information

  • 1963, Fort Wayne, Indiana, United States of America