Donald Nolan

Nolan Law Group
20 North Clark, 30th Floor
Chicago, IL 60602
(312) 630-4000
www.nolan-law.com


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
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  • Aviation and Space Law Committee
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  • Association of Trial Lawyers of America Aviation Law Section, Chair, 2004
    Leaders Forum, Member
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  • ATLA PAC Eagle Member
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  • Railroad Section, Chair, 1988-1999
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  • Traumatic Brain Injury Litigation Group, President, 2001-2002
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  • Editor of TBI Litigation Group Newsletter, President, and Executive Committee Member
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  • Birth Trauma Litigation Group, Member
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  • Illinois Trial Lawyers Association Secretary, 1996-1997
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  • Illinois State Bar Association
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  • Appointment to Tort Section Council, 1994-1996
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  • Chicago Bar Association, Member
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  • Appointment to Public Affairs/Media Relations Committee, 1996-1999
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  • Long Range Planning, Chair 1997-1999
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  • Tort Litigation Committee, Chair, 1989-1990 and Vice-Chair, 1988-1989
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  • Judicial Evaluation Committee, 1984-1987
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  • Industrial Commission, 1982-1983
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  • Civil Practice, 1981-1982
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  • National Air Disaster Alliance/Foundation
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  • National Transportation Safety Board Bar Association
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  • Lawyers Pilots Bar Association
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  • Association for Transportation Law, Logistics and Policy
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  • Brain Injury Association of Illinois
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  • Board of Directors, 1996-2001
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  • Honorary Member of the Board of Directors since 2002
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  • Spinal Cord Injury Association
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  • DePaul Aviation Institute Advisory Board Member
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  • Civil Justice Foundation Trustee
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  • Trial Lawyers for Public Justice
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  • Melvin Belli Society

Appointments and Cases
       
  • Plaintiffs' Steering Committee, American Airlines Flight 587
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  • Plaintiffs' Steering Committee, Singapore Airlines Flight SQ006
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  • Plaintiffs' Steering Committee, EgyptAir Flight 990
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  • Plaintiffs' Steering Committee, TWA Flight 800
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  • Plaintiffs' Steering Committee, Swissair Flight 111
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  • Plaintiffs' Steering Committee, USAir Flight 427
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  • Plaintiffs' Liaison counsel, United Airlines Flight 585
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  • Plaintiffs' Discovery Committee and Trial Team, American Eagle Flight 4184
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  • Illinois Supreme Court Committee on IPI Jury Instruction
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  • Plaintiffs' Steering Committee Silk Air Flight 185
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  • Plaintiffs' Steering Committee Air Philippines Flight 541 Lead Counsel
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  • Plaintiffs' Steering Committee Corporate Air Lead Counsel
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  • Garuda Flight 152
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  • Silk Air Flight 185
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  • LAPA Airlines Flight 3142
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  • Air Philippines Flight 541
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  • China Airlines Flight CI-611
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  • Garuda Flight 421
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  • American Trans Air Flight 208
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  • Flash Airlines
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  • American Eagle Flight 5401
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  • Corporate Airlines Flight 5966
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  • Circuit City Corporate Jet
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  • United Flight 232
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  • Austral Airlines Flight 2553
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  • Mandela Airlines
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  • Lion Air Flight 538
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  • Air France Flight 358

Presentations
       
  • 2007 American Association for Justice Annual Convention
    Aviation Law Section
    Opening Statements, Speaker
    Chicago, Illinois
    July 2007
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  • 2006 Annual Brain Injury Association of Illinois Education Conference
    Pulling It All Together, Speaker
    Oakbrook, Illinois
    October 2006
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  • 2005 Annual ATLA Conference
    Aviation Law Section Panel Member
    Toronto Canada
    July 2005
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  • 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
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  • North American Brain Injury Society
    Annual Brain Injury Medical-Legal Conference
    Putting It All Together, Speaker
    Napa, California
    October 8-10, 2004
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  • ATLA Annual Convention 2003
    Aviation Law Section Program
    Media Relations & Disaster Assistance in Complex Accidents, Moderator
    San Francisco, California
    July 21, 2003
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  • Traumatic Brain Injury Litigation Group Program
    Defeating the Defenses in Traumatic Brain Injury Cases, Moderator
    San Francisco, California
    July 20, 2003
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  • ATLA Annual Convention 2002
    Emerging Issues: Airports and Airplanes, Panel
    Atlanta, Georgia
    July 21, 2002
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  • Southern Methodist University
    Annual Aviation Law Symposium, Speaker
    Dallas, Texas, February 22 23, 2001
    Pre-Impact Terror
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  • American Bar Association
    Aviation Issues in the New Millennium Conference, Moderator
    Washington, D.C. October 19 21, 2000
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  • Brain Injury Association of Illinois
    Annual Education Conference, Speaker
    Lisle, Illinois, October 16, 1999
    Pediatric Life Care Planning
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  • Brain Injury Association of California
    Annual Conference, Paper
    San Francisco, October 12, 1999
    Special Opening Statement Techniques in the M.T.B.I. Case
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  • John Marshall Law School
    Legal and Medical Seminar, Paper
    Chicago, Illinois, September 9, 1999
    Mild Traumatic Brain Injury
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  • Traumatic Brain Injury Seminar, Speaker
    Columbus, Ohio, June 3-4, 1999
    The Ultimate T.B.I Notebook
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  • 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
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  • Handling the Severe TBI Case: Settlement and Trial Perspectives
    Direct Examination of Medical and Defense Experts in the Mild to Moderate TBI Case
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  • 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
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  • The Brain Injury Association of New York State
    Understanding the Medical and Legal Aspects of Traumatic Brain Injury, Speaker
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  • New York, New York, June 18-19, 1998
    Final Arguments in Brain Injury Cases
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • Vocational Economics, Inc.
    Defining Monetary Damages, Speaker
    Chicago, Illinois, September 12, 1997
    Overview of a Traumatic Brain Injury Case Opening Statement
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  • 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
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  • Brain Injury Association of Wisconsin
    Annual Seminar, Speaker
    May 30-31, 1997
    Presentation of the Brain Stem Case
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  • 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
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  • Southern Trial Lawyers Association, Speaker
    New Orleans, Louisiana, February 9, 1997
    Demonstrative Evidence in Both Head and Neck Injuries
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  • Brain Injury Association of North Carolina, Speaker
    Charlotte, North Carolina, January 24, 1997
    Evaluation of Claims involving Brainstem Injuries
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  • Association of Trial Lawyers of America
    Mid-Winter Convention, Speaker
    Boca Raton, Florida, January 20, 1997
    Voir Dire in the Mild Brain Injury Case
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  • Brain Injury Association of Illinois
    Educational Conference, Speaker
    Lisle, Illinois, October 4, 1996
    Unifying the Medical-Legal Approach to Traumatic Brain Injury
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  • Brain Injury Association
    Annual Conference for Attorneys, Speaker
    Palm Beach, Florida, September 19, 1996
    Preparing the Post Concussion Syndrome Case for Settlement and Trial
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  • Association of Trial Lawyers of America
    Annual Convention, Speaker
    Boston, Massachusetts, July 29, 1996
    Traumatic Brainstem Injury
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  • Brain Injury Association of Michigan, Speaker
    Flint, Michigan, March 28, 1996
    Understanding Economic Consequences of Traumatic Brain Injury
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  • Southern Trial Lawyers Association
    Mardi Gras Conference, Speaker
    New Orleans, Louisiana, February 19, 1996
    Proving the Invisible Injury: Seeing is Believing
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  • Brain Injury Association of North Carolina, Speaker
    Charlotte, North Carolina, January 29, 1996
    Direct Examination of Vocational Economic Analyst
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  • 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
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  • The National Head Injury Foundation,
    14th Annual National Symposium, Speaker
    San Diego, California, December 3-5, 1995
    Informed Consent: Whatâ??s it all about?
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  • Southern Trial Lawyers Association, Moderator
    New Orleans, Louisiana, February, 1995
    Proving Mild Traumatic Brain Injury
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  • Chicago Bar Association, Program Moderator
    Chicago, Illinois, February 14, 1990
    The Wrongful Death Act: Obtaining the Successful Result
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  • 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
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  • Elmhurst College, Elmhurst, Illinois, B.A. 1974 Honors

Professional Experience
       
  • Nolan Law Group, Chicago, Illinois 1981 present
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  • 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.
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  • A. Dennison Weaver, Ltd., Chicago, Illinois-Associate, 1979 1981
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  • Garreston and Santora, Chicago, Illinois-Associate, 1977 1979

Admissions
       
  • District of Colorado 2007
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  • New York State Bar 2003
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  • United States Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit 1992 Trial Bar,
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  • United States District Court, Northern District of Illinois 1983
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  • United States District Court, Northern District of Illinois 1977
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  • Illinois State Bar 1977

Awards and Recognitions
       
  • Leading Lawyers Network, The Top Lawyers
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  • ATLA Board of Governors
    Leaders Forum
    2004
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  • Civil Justice Foundation Honor Roll of Champions
    2004
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  • The Bar Register of Pre-eminent Lawyers
    87th Edition
    2003
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  • 1st Annual Lighthouse Award
    For unwavering support, encouragement and guidance.
    Presented by the Brain Injury Association of Illinois
    October 4, 2002
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  • Toe Tonahill Award
    ATLA, New Lawyers Division Annual Conference
    July 21, 2000
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  • Brain Injury Association Certificate of Appreciation
    Presented by the Brain Injury Association of New York
    June 23-23, 2000
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  • Supporting Fellow
    Roscoe Pound Foundation
    August 31, 1998
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  • 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
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  • ATLA Board of Governors
    Presidents Club
    1998
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  • 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

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