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Donald J. Nolan

Donald J. Nolan

Donald J. Nolan is a nationally-acclaimed lawyer and founder of Nolan Law Group which has become one of the nation’s most prestigious and well-recognized plaintiff firms.

In the area of aviation law, Donald Nolan has represented the rights of victims and families in air disasters around the world. His work has led to the redesign of several safety systems and defective components of major commercial and general aviation aircraft. In the course of his career, he has been appointed as Lead Counsel and to leadership positions in a multitude of air crash cases in state and federal courts throughout the country.

While he has consistently been named to the Bar Register of Pre-eminent Lawyers and has been named a Leading American Attorney in Personal Injury Law, a distinction less than 6% of practicing attorneys can claim, he considers the creation of the firm itself and establishment of an experienced, competent & well-versed staff as the hallmark of a career dedicated to clients needs.

He continues to represent clients from around the world on a select basis in the most tragic of cases.

Memberships and Societies

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

Birth Trauma Litigation Group, 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

Spinal Cord Injury Association

DePaul Aviation Institute Advisory Board Member

Civil Justice Foundation Trustee

Trial Lawyers for Public Justice

Melvin Belli Society

Appointments and Cases

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

Illinois Supreme Court Committee on IPI Jury Instruction

Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee Silk Air Flight 185

Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee Air Philippines Flight 541 – Lead Counsel

Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee Corporate Air – Lead Counsel

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

United Flight 232

Austral Airlines Flight 2553

Mandela Airlines

Lion Air Flight 538

Air France Flight 358

Presentations

2007 American Association for Justice Annual Convention
Aviation Law Section
Opening Statements, Speaker
Chicago, Illinois
July 2007

2006 Annual Brain Injury Association of Illinois Education Conference
Pulling It All Together, Speaker
Oakbrook, Illinois
October 2006

2005 Annual ATLA Conference
Aviation Law Section Panel Member
Toronto Canada
July 2005

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

2005 Annual ATLA Conference
Aviation Law Section Panel Member
Toronto Canada
July 2005

Academic Background

DePaul University, College of Law, Chicago, Illinois, J.D. – 1977

Elmhurst College, Elmhurst, Illinois, B.A. – 1974 Honors

Professional Experience

Nolan Law Group, Chicago, Illinois 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, Illinois-Associate, 1979 – 1981

Garreston and Santora, Chicago, Illinois-Associate, 1977 – 1979

Admissions

District of Colorado – 2007

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 State Bar – 1977

Awards and Recognitions

Leading Lawyers Network, The Top Lawyers

ATLA Board of Governors
Leaders Forum
2004

Civil Justice Foundation Honor Roll of Champions
2004

The Bar Register of Pre-eminent Lawyers
87th Edition
2003

1st Annual Lighthouse Award
For unwavering support, encouragement and guidance.
Presented by the Brain Injury Association of Illinois
October 4, 2002

Toe Tonahill Award
ATLA, New Lawyers Division Annual Conference
July 21, 2000

Brain Injury Association Certificate of Appreciation
Presented by the Brain Injury Association of New York
June 23-23, 2000

Supporting Fellow
Roscoe Pound Foundation
August 31, 1998

Chicago Bar Association Certificate of Appreciation
For service to the organized bar and the association as Chair of the Long Range Planning Committee
June 1998

ATLA Board of Governors
Presidents Club
1998

Presidents Award
In appreciation for providing continuous and exemplary support of programs and services
Presented by the Brain Injury Association of Illinois
October 24, 1997

Recognized as a “Special Friend” of the Brain Injury Association of Illinois
For exceptional support and commitment to increasing the quality of life for the brain injured person and their family.
Presented by the Brain Injury Association of Illinois
October 4, 1996

AV Peer Review Rated