Nicholas Pothitakis - Pothitakis Law Firm P.C.

Nicholas Pothitakis

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2013

Nicholas Pothitakis was born June 4, 1966, in Fort Madison, Iowa.  he attended the Univesity of Iowa from 1984 through 1988, obtaining a degree in Finance and a degree in Economics with Honors and with High Distinciton. 


Mr. Pothitakis enrolled in the fall of 1988 at one of the top law schools in the country, the University of Texas School of Law in Austin, Texas.  He received his Doctor of Jurisprudence in the summer of 1991.  Since then, Mr. Pothitakis has practiced primarily in the areas of Iowa Workers' Compensation and personal injury.  The Pothitakis Law Firm, P.C., has offices in Burlington and Keokuk, Iowa. 


Mr. Pothitakis was a board member Iowa Association of Workers' Compensation Lawyers, Inc., from 2005- 2011.  In 2011, he was elected to the position of treasurer of the organization. That term will run through 2012. In October of 2013 Mr. Pothitakis was elected the Vice President of the Association.  In October of 2014 Mr. Pothitakis was elected the President of the Iowa Associaton of Workers Compensation Attorneys.


Mr. Pothitakis was a member of the Board of Governors of the Iowa Trial Lawyers Association from 2006 to 2007 and from 2014 to 2015.  Mr. Pothitakis was a board member of the Workers' Compensation Section of the Iowa State Bar Association from 2000-2002.  He was a member of the Workers' Compensation Core Group of the Iowa Trial Lawyers Association.  Mr. Pothitakis has been a longstanding member of the Iowa Association for Justice, the Workers’ Injury Law and Advocacy Group, and the American Association for Justice.   Mr. Pothitakis was recently elected to be the President of the Des Moines County Bar Association for 2013.


In 2015 Mr. Pothitakis was named to the Super Lawyers List. No more than 5% of the lawyers in Iowa are selected by Super Lawyers.   Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters business, is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement.  The annual selections are made using a patented multi-phase process that includes a statewide survey of lawyers, an independent research evaluation of candidates, and peer reviews by practice areas.  The result is a credible, comprehensive, and diverse listing of exceptional attorneys.  The Super Lawyers lists are published nationwide in Super Lawyers magazines and in leading city and regional magazines and newspapers across the country.  Super Lawyers magazines also feature editorial profiles of attorneys who embody excellence in their practice of law. 

The University of IowaBBA 1988The University of Texas at AustinJ.D. 1991
Iowa Association Of Workers Compensation Attorney's Iowa Association for JusticeAmerican Association for JusticeDes Moines County Bar AssociationThe National Trial Lawyers Top 100 Trial LawyersSuper Lawyers Union Plus Iowa Association of Workers Compensation Attorney's

Case History

Offer of $500 Turned Down- Award $500,000

In 2013 the Pothitakis Law Firm, P.C. assist an injured worker on a Second Injury Fund Claim. The offer of settlement was $500. This offer was turned down and the parties proceeded to hearing. At hearing the injured worker was found to be permanently and totally disabled entitling him to a present value award of approximately $500,000. 

Fire Victim- $750,000 verdict

            On March 22, 2011, J.M. was living in a boarding house in Columbus Junction, Iowa.  J.M. paid a weekly rent for a room within the boarding house.  The landlord of the facility collected rent from approximately nine tenants.  The configuration of the boarding house was that there was a kitchen in the front of the building, by the front door.  The rooms were all behind the kitchen, towards the back of the building.  Unfortunately, the only exit and entrance to the space was through the front door, by the kitchen.  Other exits had been locked and closed off. 

            On March 22, 2011, a fire started in the kitchen.  J.M. was in his room at the time.  Because the fire consumed the kitchen area which is where the front door was located, he was unable to exit the building.  For approximately 15 minutes, J.M. made phone calls in an attempt to escape the fire.  Unfortunately, he was unable to escape and suffered fatal injuries from the smoke and fire. 

        In December of 2013, Pothitakis Law Firm assisted by co-counsel commenced trial in Louisa County, Iowa.  Ultimately, the jury agreed that the landlord was negligent and awarded $750,000 ($500,000 in actual damages and $250,000 in punitive damages). 


Appeal Decision results in award

In January of this year, the Pothitakis Law Firm received an Appeal Decision finding in favor of our injured client.  The employee was injured in 2009 while performing work for his employer.  He sustained a left shoulder injury that resulted in a surgical procedure.  After surgery, the Claimant’s treating physician recommended that he return to work full duty without restrictions.  The physician also set forth a 1% impairment. 


Although the Claimant was able to return to work and perform his job duties, he did so with significant pain and discomfort.  The employer and insurance carrier took the position that since the Claimant was able to return to work and earn more money than he had prior to the injury, that he was not entitled to an industrial disability award. 


The claim proceeded to hearing before the Iowa Workers' Compensation Commissioner.  The Deputy Workers' Compensation Commissioner entered an order awarding the Claimant over 100 weeks of benefits, which with interest amounts to in excess of $65,000.  Not happy with the Decision, the Defendants appealed the matter to the Iowa Workers' Compensation Commissioner. 


In January of this year, an Appeal Decision was filed affirming the Deputy’s Decision and Award. 

Office Location

320 North Third Street, Suite 100
P.O. Box 337
Burlington, IA 52601
United States


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Practice Areas

Workers' Compensation Law - Claimants

Other Information

Gender: Male