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   3Donald J. NolanChicago(312) 630-4000djn@nolan-law.comdjn@nolan-law.comNolan Law Groupwww.nolan-law.comwww.nolan-law.comNolanDonald.jpgAviation LawPersonal Injury Law: GeneralPersonal Injury Law: Transportation Including FELA & Maritime
Donald J. Nolandjn@nolan-law.com
Nolan Law Grouphttp://www.nolan-law.com
20 N Clark St 30th FL
Chicago IL 60602-5094
Ph.(312) 630-4000 Fx.(312) 630-4011
Recommended by peers in:
Aviation Law
Personal Injury Law: General
Personal Injury Law: Transportation Including FELA & Maritime
Advisory Board Member
County:  Cook
Litigator:  Yes

Practice Description:  
Under Mr. Nolan's leadership, the firm has grown to be one of the nation's most prestigious and recognized plaintiff firms with a practice that spans the globe. He and his team consistently win multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements for the firm's clients. Through his determination, he and others in the firm have fought to improve dangerous conditions within industries and to create meaningful changes.

Nolan Law Group provides representation to people who have sustained severe personal injuries or lost loved ones as a result of work-related and unsafe premises occurrences, unsafe products, medical malpractice, vehicular collisions and other related areas. His unwavering pursuit of justice and his willingness to take on tough cases has led to a concentration in three unique areas of the law - aviation, traumatic brain injury and railroad law.

In the area of commercial and general aviation law, Mr. Nolan has represented the rights of families in aviation disasters around the world. His dedication has resulted in the federal government forcing a major airplane manufacturer to redesign an aircraft -- possibly saving hundreds of lives. In the course of his career as a lawyer he has served in a leadership position on numerous plaintiffs' steering committees, Trial Teams, and as Liaison Counsel, for complex mass tort cases including American Airlines Flight 587, United Airlines 232, Singapore Airlines SQ006, TWA Flight 800, Swissair Flight 111, US Air Flight 427, United Airlines Flight 585, American Eagle Flight 4184 and others.

Brain injuries are often the most misunderstood injuries to suffer. From a legal standpoint, traumatic brain injury lawsuits can be the most challenging personal injury cases to litigate. Victims often appear normal, are well spoken and do not appear to jurors as being seriously injured, and yet they suffer greatly. Mr. Nolan has pioneered the use of advanced computer and medical technology to illustrate his clients' brain injuries. He has been committed to brain injury advocacy and education throughout his career because he has seen the devastation they can cause a person and their family.

He is consistently named to the Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers by Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory, the international authority on the legal profession. This honor is given to lawyers with the highest level of legal ability and ethics. He has also been recognized in Who's Who in American Law.

Nolan Law Group is guided by Don's belief that our civil justice system, though not perfect, is the best in the world and that victims who have been devastated by unforeseen tragedy and injury can depend on all those in Nolan Law Group to find for them the truth, to recover for them just compensation, and to be dedicated so that the tragedy that has happened will not happen again.


Notable Cases and Results:  
Plaintiffs' Steering Committee, American Airlines Flight 587
Plaintiffs' Steering Committee, Singapore Airlines Flight SQ006
Plaintiffs' Steering Committee, EgyptAir Flight 990
Plaintiffs' Steering Committee, TWA Flight 800
Plaintiffs' Steering Committee, Swissair Flight 111
Plaintiffs' Steering Committee, USAir Flight 427
Plaintiffs' Liaison counsel, United Airlines Flight 585
Plaintiffs' Discovery Committee and Trial Team, American Eagle Flight 4184

Garuda Flight 152

Silk Air Flight 185

LAPA Airlines Flight 3142

Air Philippines Flight 541

China Airlines Flight CI-611

Garuda Flight 421

American Trans Air Flight 208

Flash Airlines

American Eagle Flight 5401

Corporate Airlines Flight 5966

Circuit City Corporate Jet


Bar Admissions:  
New York State Bar, 2003
United States Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit, 1992 Trial Bar
United States District Court, Northern District of Illinois, 1983
United States District Court, Northern District of Illinois, 1977
Illinois, 1977


Year of Birth:  1952

Law School:  DePaul University College of Law, J.D. , 1977
Undergraduate School:  Elmhurst College, B.A., 1974
Undergraduate School Honors/Involvement:  Honors

Employment History:  
Nolan Law Group, Chicago, principal; 1981-present
  Principal of nine-attorney law firm that concentrates on litigation involving wrongful death and representation of people who have suffered serious personal injuries from aviation disasters, railroad disasters, vehicular collisions, work-related and unsafe premises occurrences, unsafe products, medical malpractice and other related areas.

A. Dennison Weaver, Ltd., Chicago, associate; 1979-1981
Garreston and Santora, Chicago, associate; 1977-1979


Bar/Professional Association Involvement:  
American Bar Association
  Aviation and Space Law Committee

Association of Trial Lawyers of America
  Aviation Law Section, Chair, 2004
  Leaders Forum, Member
  ATLA PAC Eagle Member
  Railroad Section, Chair, 1988-1999

Traumatic Brain Injury Litigation Group, President, 2001-2002
  Editor of TBI Litigation Group Newsletter, President, and Executive Committee Member

Illinois Trial Lawyers Association
  Secretary, 1996-1997

Illinois State Bar Association
  Appointment to Tort Section Council, 1994-1996

Chicago Bar Association, Member
  Appointment to Public Affairs/Media Relations Committee, 1996-1999
  Long Range Planning, chair 1997-1999
  Tort Litigation Committee, chair, 1989-1990 and vice-chair, 1988-1989
  Judicial Evaluation Committee, 1984-1987
  Industrial Commission, 1982-1983
  Civil Practice, 1981-1982

National Air Disaster Alliance/Foundation
National Transportation Safety Board Bar Association
Lawyers Pilots Bar Association
Association for Transportation Law, Logistics and Policy
Brain Injury Association of Illinois
  Board of Directors, 1996-2001
  Honorary member of the Board of Directors since 2002


Legal Lectures:  
2005 Conference on Brain Injury
Brain Injury Association of Utah and The Utah Trial Lawyers Association
Pulling It All Together, Speaker
Salt Lake City, Utah
March 3-4, 2005

North American Brain Injury Society
Annual Brain Injury Medical-Legal Conference
Putting It All Together, Speaker
Napa, California
October 8-10, 2004

ATLA Annual Convention 2003
Aviation Law Section Program
Media Relations & Disaster Assistance in Complex Accidents, Moderator
San Francisco, California
July 21, 2003

Traumatic Brain Injury Litigation Group Program
Defeating the Defenses in Traumatic Brain Injury Cases, Moderator
San Francisco, California
July 20, 2003

ATLA Annual Convention 2002
Emerging Issues: Airports and Airplanes, Panel
Atlanta, Georgia
July 21, 2002

Southern Methodist University
Annual Aviation Law Symposium, Speaker
Dallas, Texas, February 22 - 23, 2001
Pre-Impact Terror

American Bar Association
Aviation Issues in the New Millennium Conference, Moderator
Washington, D.C. October 19 - 21, 2000

Brain Injury Association of Illinois
Annual Education Conference, Speaker
Lisle, Illinois, October 16, 1999
Pediatric Life Care Planning

Brain Injury Association of California
Annual Conference, Paper
San Francisco, October 12, 1999
Special Opening Statement Techniques in the M.T.B.I. Case

John Marshall Law School
Legal and Medical Seminar, Paper
Chicago, Illinois, September 9, 1999
Mild Traumatic Brain Injury

Traumatic Brain Injury Seminar, Speaker
Columbus, Ohio, June 3-4, 1999
The Ultimate T.B.I Notebook

Utah Trial lawyers Association
Winning Brain Injury Cases: Medical, Legal and Technological Issues, Speaker
Salt Lake City, Utah, January 28-29, 1999
The Ultimate Trial Notebook
Handling the Severe TBI Case: Settlement and Trial Perspectives
Direct Examination of Medical and Defense Experts in the Mild to Moderate TBI Case


Brain Injury Association
Annual conference for Attorneys, Speaker
Palm Beach, Florida, September 17-19, 1998
Organizing the File and Preparing the Case For Settlement or Trial

The Brain Injury Association of New York State
Understanding the Medical and Legal Aspects of Traumatic Brain Injury, Speaker

New York, New York, June 18-19, 1998
Final Arguments in Brain Injury Cases

Vocational Economics, Inc.
Defining Monetary Damages, Speaker
San Francisco, California, November 12, 1997
Overview of a Traumatic Brain Injury Case
Opening Statement
Appropriate Use of a Vocational Economic Expert


Brain Injury Association of Illinois
Annual Educational conference, Speaker
Lisle, Illinois, October 24-25, 1997
Lawsuits and Workers' compensation claims: What Brain Injury Patients and Health Care Providers Should Know About Legal Rights and Remedies

Brain Injury Association, Inc.
Annual Conference for Attorneys, Speaker
San Francisco, California, September 25-27, 1997
Organizing the File and Preparing the Case For Settlements or Trial

Vocational Economics, Inc.
Defining Monetary Damages, Speaker
Chicago, Illinois, September 12, 1997
Overview of a Traumatic Brain Injury Case Opening Statement

Association of Trial Lawyers of America
Annual convention, Speaker
San Diego, California, July 19-23, 1997
Summation in the Mild Traumatic Brain Injury Case
The Use of Demonstrative Evidence in Construction Site Accidents


Brain Injury Association of Wisconsin
Annual Seminar, Speaker
May 30-31, 1997
Presentation of the Brain Stem Case

Association of Trial Lawyers of America
New Jersey Educational Foundation
Boardwalk Seminar, Speaker
Atlantic City, New Jersey, April 18, 1997
Preparing the Case for Settlement and Trial

Southern Trial Lawyers Association, Speaker
New Orleans, Louisiana, February 9, 1997
Demonstrative Evidence in Both Head and Neck Injuries

Brain Injury Association of North Carolina, Speaker
Charlotte, North Carolina, January 24, 1997
Evaluation of Claims involving Brainstem Injuries

Association of Trial Lawyers of America
Mid-Winter Convention, Speaker
Boca Raton, Florida, January 20, 1997
Voir Dire in the Mild Brain Injury Case

Brain Injury Association of Illinois
Educational Conference, Speaker
Lisle, Illinois, October 4, 1996
Unifying the Medical-Legal Approach to Traumatic Brain Injury

Brain Injury Association
Annual Conference for Attorneys, Speaker
Palm Beach, Florida, September 19, 1996
Preparing the Post Concussion Syndrome Case for Settlement and Trial

Association of Trial Lawyers of America
Annual Convention, Speaker
Boston, Massachusetts, July 29, 1996
Traumatic Brainstem Injury

Brain Injury Association of Michigan, Speaker
Flint, Michigan, March 28, 1996
Understanding Economic Consequences of Traumatic Brain Injury

Southern Trial Lawyers Association
Mardi Gras Conference, Speaker
New Orleans, Louisiana, February 19, 1996
Proving the Invisible Injury: Seeing is Believing

Brain Injury Association of North Carolina, Speaker
Charlotte, North Carolina, January 29, 1996
Direct Examination of Vocational Economic Analyst

Brain Injury Association of Wisconsin, Speaker
Milwaukee, Wisconsin, January 5, 1996
The No Reported Loss of Consciousness Case: Panel Discussion
Effective Summation in Traumatic Brain Injury Cases


The National Head Injury Foundation,
14th Annual National Symposium, Speaker
San Diego, California, December 3-5, 1995
Informed Consent: What's it all about?

Southern Trial Lawyers Association, Moderator
New Orleans, Louisiana, February, 1995
Proving Mild Traumatic Brain Injury

Chicago Bar Association, Program Moderator
Chicago, Illinois, February 14, 1990
The Wrongful Death Act: Obtaining the Successful Result


Practice Group Description:  
Nolan Law Group is well known for the depth and breadth of its experience in aviation accident and traumatic brain injury litigation as well as in several other core practice areas.
The firm has represented clients in a number of cases involving spinal cord injury, medical malpractice, workers' compensation, premises liability, product liability, construction negligence, railroad accidents and motor-vehicle accidents.
Its reputation for results is respected throughout the legal community and it is devoted to providing high quality legal services to clients.


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