Franke, Schultz & Mullen, PC | Dominique Nelson
Kansas City - Springfield - St. Louis - Overland Park
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Attorneys
Dominique  Nelson

PRACTICES

Insurance Defense Litigation
Premises Liability
Professional Liability
Trucking & Automobile Litigation

EDUCATION

  • Indiana University Maurer School of Law, J.D. (2013).
  • University of Notre Dame, B.A. & B.S. (2010).

ADMISSIONS

  • Indiana
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Indiana
  • Missouri, pending
Dominique Nelson
Associate
CONTACT INFORMATION
Tel: (314) 455-8300
Fax: (314) 455-8301
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Dominique N. Nelson concentrates her practice in civil litigation in the areas of automobile, premises liability, professional liability, and general civil defense litigation. Prior to joining Franke Schultz & Mullen, Dominique spent several years at an Indiana insurance defense firm, where she mediated and settled many cases.  Before that, she served as a deputy prosecutor at the Marion County Prosecutors Office, where she first-chaired numerous jury, and bench, trials.  Dominique has argued in countless suppression, contested hearings, and bail review hearings.  Dominique also brings to her practice the unique perspective of working for a plaintiff’s firm.  She makes meeting her clients’ needs a top priority and follows a team approach to litigation matters.  She excels at understanding client goals and concerns and provides counseling and guidance for clients.
 
Dominique earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Notre Dame, where she was a Track & Field student-athlete.  She received the Zora Zorich Memorial Scholarship and was the President of the Africana Studies Club.  During law school, Dominique was extremely active with the Black Law Students Association, serving as the Midwest Region Director of the Thurgood Marshall Mock Trial Competition for two years.  She competed in the Sherman Minton Moot Court Competition and was an Executive Editor of the Indiana Journal of Law & Social Equality.  For two years, Dominique also served as Class Representative on the Student Bar Association.
 
Dominique recently relocated from Indiana.  She was selected as a National Black Lawyer Top 40 Under 40 African-American Attorneys in Indiana (2019).

RECENT TRIAL HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Dominique was assigned this claim after a judgment against the defense was entered in Small Claims court. The client immediately wanted to appeal, and we began the case de novo in the Marion County Superior Court.  The initial claim arose out of a contract dispute. Plaintiff contracted with the client to install a pool liner in Plaintiff’s pool.  During the installation, the client noticed an issue with Plaintiff’s pool that could cause a major leak.  The client offered a recommendation that would have fixed the issue. Plaintiff declined the service.  After about a year of use, Plaintiff reported a leak in his pool.  The client made multiple attempts to determine whether its pool liner installation was the cause of the leak and ultimately determined that it was not.  Plaintiff claimed that the client failed to properly install the pool liner, thus causing his pool to leak.  At trial, Dominique defense successfully proved that there was no evidence that the installation of the pool liner was defective and that it was most likely an issue that was present before the client ever serviced Plaintiff’s pool.  The Court entered a defense verdict.  Plaintiff recovered nothing.
  • Dominique successfully settled this complex underinsured motorist case a month before its scheduled trial date.   The plaintiff was a delivery driver pulled over on the side of the road, when an intoxicated driver hit his truck head on. The plaintiff underwent neck fusion surgery for his injuries, failed to return to work, and claimed substantial future loss wages for the remainder of his work-life.  Ultimately the case successfully settled for $390,000, which was well under the $1,000,000 demand and policy limits.
  • This case involved a biking accident in which the plaintiff rode his bicycle into the side of the client ’s vehicle.  The plaintiff underwent several procedures to his left and right hips, A/C joint, and groin.  Before the accident, he was an avid marathoner and Iron Man competitor, and was unable to compete after the accident.  Therefore, the plaintiff claimed permanent damages, even though there were no medical findings to support his claim.  Dominique settled the matter for $240,000, which was hundreds of thousands of dollars below the $500,000 demand.
  • In a case involving a rear-end collision wherein the defendant, while out delivering pizzas, struck the bumper of the plaintiff's vehicle, Dominique successfully negotiated a settlement at mediation.  Liability in the incident was not contested, and the plaintiff complained of back and knee injuries, eventually undergoing a total knee replacement surgery.  Plaintiffs’ counsel initially demanded $350,000.  The case settled for less than half the demand.