Rand Nolen is board certified in personal injury trial law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. Rand joined Fleming | Nolen | Jez, L.L.P., f/k/a Fleming & Associates, L.L.P. in 1997, and since that time has been one of the firm’s most active trial lawyers. Rand has tried cases against some of the largest companies in the world including: Exxon, Wyeth, Pfizer, ConocoPhillips, Ford Motor Company, Sanofi, and AbbVie. Rand has tried cases to verdict in the state courts of Texas, Oregon, Georgia, Pennsylvania, Florida and Illinois. He has also tried cases to verdict in the federal courts for the Southern, Western Districts of Texas, and Eastern District of Louisiana.
Experience & Admissions
In addition to litigating and trying lawsuits, Rand briefs and argues appeals. Rand has argued appeals before the Texas Supreme Court, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, Seventh Circuit, the Tenth Circuit, both Houston Courts of Appeals, the Texarkana Court of Appeals, the Superior Court of Pennsylvania, and the Pennsylvania Supreme Court.
Rand is admitted to practice law in the State of Texas. He is also admitted to practice in the United States Supreme Court, the United States Courts of Appeals for the First, Third, Fifth, Seventh, and Tenth Circuits, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. He is admitted in the United States District Courts for the Southern, Western, Northern and Eastern Districts of Texas, the United States District of New Mexico, and the United States Court of Federal Claims.
Dedicated Career, Trial Success
A native Texan, Rand Patrick Nolen graduated from Westbury High School and later received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Stephen F. Austin State University. He received his Juris Doctorate from South Texas College of Law. During law school, Rand clerked at the Houston litigation firm Tucker, Hendryx & Gascoyne, P.C., and upon graduation accepted an associate’s position. Over the next four years, Rand gained significant jury trial and appellate experience. He also worked in mass tort litigation involving polybutylene plumbing, breast implants, and toxic underground chemicals.
After joining George Fleming’s firm, Rand has represented plaintiffs in mass actions for various products including litigations related to: Fen-Phen diet drug, Ford-Firestone rollover, Asbestos, RezulinTM diabetes drug, HydroxycutTM, Accutane®, Ortho Evra® Contraceptive Patch, Hormone Replacement Therapy, AndroGel® Testosterone Replacement Therapy, Taxotere® permanent hair loss, Inferior Vena Cava filters, Roundup® , and many others.
Judicial Appointments And Committees
Rand was appointed by United States Judge Kurt Engelhardt to serve on the Plaintiffs Steering Committee – In Re: TAXOTERE (DOCETAXEL) PRODUCTS LIABILITY LITIGATION, MDL NO. 2740, United States District Court, Eastern District of Louisiana.
He was appointed by United States Judge Susan G. Braden Co-Lead Counsel for Downstream Plaintiffs as to Pre-Trial Discovery, Dispositive Motions for Partial or Summary Judgement and/or Cross-Motions and/or a Trial on Liability, and Scheduling – In Re Downstream Addicks And Barker (Texas) Flood-Control Reservoirs, Sub-Master Docket No. 17-cv-9002L, United States Court of Federal Claims.
Rand was appointed class counsel in Harry Snowden, Individually and as Representative of All Persons Similarly Situated v. Farmers Insurance Company, Inc.; Cause No. CIV-2000 (Cir. Ct. of Faulkner County, Arkansas, First Division, July 2009), which certified a settlement class benefiting Arkansas Farmers Insurance policy holders who had suffered diminished value to their vehicles as a result of accidents.
Rand was appointed class counsel in Royce Yarbrough, Individually And As Representative Of The Class Of All Similarly Situated Persons v. ConocoPhillips Company, et al., Cause No. 99-DCV-107968 (In the 268th Judicial District, Fort Bend County, Texas), which certified a settlement class for the underpayment of gas royalties.
Rand served for 19 years as a member of the Mississippi Litigation Group in IN RE: BOGALUSA CHEMICAL RELEASE, Circuit Court for the First Judicial District, Hinds County, Mississippi.
Honors And Awards:
AV® Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
Associate – American Board Of Trial Advocates
Senior Fellow – Litigation Counsel of America
The Best Lawyers in America® Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs 2022
Texas Super Lawyers® 2012 – 2022
The American Trial Lawyers Association “THE 2007 TOP 100 TRIAL LAWYERS”
The National Trial Lawyers “TOP 100 TRIAL LAWYERS” 2011 – 2022
AVVO “Superb Rated Attorney” 2015
AVVO “Top Rated Lawyer” 2017 and 2018
H TEXAS MAGAZINE “Houston’s Top Lawyers” – 2006 – 2010, 2012 - 2019
H TEXAS MAGAZINE “Lawyers For The People” – 2007 – 2009
HOUSTONIA magazine “Top Lawyer” 2013 – 2019
Stephen F. Austin State University College of Liberal and Applied Arts –Dr. James O. Standley Distinguished Alumni Award 2018
Rand is the author of the book chapter titled “PREDOMINANCE AND SUPERIORITY” – A Practitioner’s Guide to Class Actions, 2010, 2017 2021 American Bar Association.
Primerus Annual National Conference – Napa Valley 1998
American Bar Association – Tort and Insurance Practice Section – San Francisco 2000
Mealey’s Fen-Phen Trial Strategies and Settlements Update – Dallas, Texas, 2003
Houston Bar Association 2005 Experts Institute Houston, Texas, 2005
Strafford Legal Teleconferences – Nationwide 2008 teleconference – Reducing Costs Through Relevancy Quick Peek Agreements In E-Discovery
American Bar Association – Current Issues in Pharmaceutical and Medical Device Litigation – Austin 2014
MCM Services Group Houston Mass Torts Conference – October 2014
Trial Lawyers Marketing Roundtable Palm Springs Conference – Medtronic INFUSE Litigation – February 23, 2015
HarrisMartin’s Hurricane Conference – May 22, 2018
Rand practices in the areas of personal injury, products liability, class action, mass action, Qui Tam, and commercial litigation. He is married and has a daughter.