Thomas J. Nolan

Tom Nolan is chair of Skadden’s West Coast litigation practice and is widely recognized as one of the nation’s leading trial attorneys. Mr. Nolan is a former federal prosecutor and served as chief of fraud and special prosecutions in the Los Angeles United States Attorney’s Office. He has been a member of the defense bar since 1979.

Mr. Nolan’s extensive trial experience includes representing corporations and individuals, including directors and officers, in both complex civil and criminal litigation in state and federal courts. He has represented both plaintiffs and defendants in matters involving antitrust and intellectual property issues, as well as in class action lawsuits and litigation involving a wide variety of contract disputes, unfair business practices and consumer fraud. Mr. Nolan also has represented clients in criminal and SEC enforcement matters and in internal investigations involving FCPA allegations, securities fraud, money laundering, RICO, health care fraud and insider trading violations. He has obtained jury verdicts of more than $1 billion for his clients and defeated claims exceeding $2 billion dollars asserted against his clients.

Mr. Nolan is a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and a fellow of the Academy of Trial Lawyers (admission limited to 500 trial attorneys in the United States). He has served as a lawyer representative to the Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference. Additionally, Mr. Nolan has served as an adjunct professor of law teaching trial advocacy at Loyola University School of Law at Los Angeles, which has honored him with the Champion of Justice Award for excellence in trial advocacy. He is a frequent lecturer on trial advocacy issues at seminars sponsored by the Association of Business Trial Lawyers and Federal Bar Association. He also was named “Pro Bono Lawyer of the Year” by the California Bar Association for his representation of tenants against a slumlord, which resulted in a record-breaking settlement mid-trial. In 2015, Mr. Nolan was awarded the Beverly Hills Bar Association’s Excellence in Advocacy Award, which honors a trial lawyer whose case successes have resulted from expert legal skills, unique trial strategy and courtroom teamwork, and who also gives back to the community.

Mr. Nolan has been selected for inclusion in Chambers Global: The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business, and he is one of only 21 attorneys listed in the top tier of national trial attorneys by Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, which also ranks him in its top tier for general commercial litigation. He has been named “Litigator of the Week” by The Am Law Litigation Daily for his trial success in limiting damages awarded in the “Barbie v. Bratz” doll-war case and also has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America. In addition, Mr. Nolan has been profiled as one of the “Top 100” most influential lawyers in California and as one of the “Top 30 Securities Litigators” in California by the Daily Journal. He was named Best Lawyers’ 2015 “Los Angeles Bet-the-Company Litigation Lawyer of the Year” and in Lawdragon 500 Leading Lawyers in America.