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Nicholas A. Carda

Personal Injury | Criminal Defense Law

Nicholas A. Carda has represented clients in a wide array of civil, criminal, and administrative law since 2010. Nick is a general practice attorney that focuses on the areas of OWI’s, Criminal Defense, Landlord-Tenant Disputes, Civil Litigation, and Personal Injury.  He has successfully tried both civil and criminal jury trials and has appealed several civil and criminal matters.  The Court of Appeals found his arguments to be persuasive and held that nearly $400,000 should be returned to an estate by the son of the deceased who Nick argued had exerted undue influence on his mother during her lifetime.   He has also fought for his client’s rights at the trial court level and on appeal regarding such areas as the 4th Amendment search and seizure law and the measure of damages regarding inverse condemnation claims against governmental entities. 

Additionally, he has represented clients in various areas including criminal suppression hearings, Department of Transportation license revocation appeals, appeals of revocation of a permit to carry, restoration of firearm rights and relief from disabilities, civil rights commission complaint, parole reinstatement, appeal, and defense of child abuse findings and modification of sex offender registry placement.  Nick previously practiced law in South Dakota in the area of insurance defense, is a former Assistant City Attorney for the City of Indianola, has written a bill that passed the Iowa House of Representatives, and co-presented a class to educate other lawyers on gun rights and permits.

  • Civil Litigation
  • Personal Injury
  • Criminal Defense
  • Iowa State Bar Association
  • State Bar of South Dakota
  • Iowa Association for Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyer Association
    • Top 40 under 40 Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Indianola Young Professionals, Co-Chair
  • Rupert v. City of Rapid City, 827 N.W.2d 55  (S.D. 2013)
  • State v. Ripperger, 880 N.W.2d 518 (Iowa Ct. App. 2016)
  • In re the Matter of the Estate of Hadsall, 2019 WL 1056803 (Iowa Ct. App 2019)
  • South Dakota State Bar
  • Iowa State Bar
  • United States District Court, District of South Dakota
  • University of South Dakota School of Law (J.D. 2010)
    • President of Trial Team
    • Vice President Alternative Dispute Resolution Board
  • University of South Dakota (B.A. 2007)