Christopher Nolland has been a mediator since 1993. He has conducted over 2,700 mediations, primarily in complex business and commercial matters, fiduciary litigation, professional liability disputes, and insolvency litigation. Mr. Nolland is in high demand and typically conducts approximately 100 mediations each year. Nolland's mediation and arbitration practice focuses on large, complex, multifaceted disputes.
Mr. Nolland has developed a national reputation as an extraordinarily proactive mediator. He is regularly engaged in the most protracted and difficult cases - cases with significant economic or business stakes, difficult personalities (either the clients or counsel or both), sophisticated and nuanced legal, factual, financial and business issues, and histories of settlement intransigence or denial of litigation realities. Mr. Nolland is known for immersing himself in the case and for his robust post-mediation follow-on activities until the case is resolved or any opportunity to do so is exhausted.
Remote and In Person Mediation. Mr. Nolland is currently conducting remote mediations via Zoom. In light of the most recent pandemic surge, Mr. Nolland anticipates resuming limited in person mediations beginning in late Fall 2021 with the participants' commitment to appropriate safety precautions and protocols and all in person participants vaccination confirmation. Even after the pandemic is largely under control Mr. Nolland expects there will continue to be substantial demand for remote mediation or hybrid remote/in person mediation because of its effectiveness, the ease of scheduling, convenience for the participants, and the savings in travel time and costs.
Mr. Nolland has conducted over 150 remote mediations and arbitration hearings via Zoom with as many as a dozen distinct parties/counsel and over 40 participants in separate breakout rooms. Those mediations and arbitration hearings have been fulsome and extremely effective. Mr. Nolland is highly proficient in conducting remote mediations and has co-authored a Zoom Mediation Resource Guide with his colleagues. That Zoom Resource Guide is available for download in the link below.
Types of Cases. Mr. Nolland has extensive experience in mediating virtually every kind of significant commercial and business dispute, including: core bankruptcy and other insolvency related matters (such as fraudulent conveyance or other adversary proceedings); note and lender cases; trade secret and intellectual property cases; software litigation; probate, trust, and estate litigation; securities cases; significant product liability and personal injury cases; significant employment matters including sex, age, or race discrimination, wrongful termination, and FLSA cases; franchise or license litigation; lender liability cases; construction cases; DTPA cases; commercial landlord/tenant disputes; legal and accounting malpractice cases; partnership and corporate oppression disputes; class actions; insurance coverage litigation; and D&O litigation.
Scheduling. In addition to normal business days, Mr. Nolland is often available to mediate cases on the weekends to accommodate special scheduling needs of the parties or the court. He mediates cases pending in locales throughout the nation and internationally. A link to Mr. Nolland's on line mediation calendar is available here.
Mediation Fees. Mr. Nolland's typical mediation fees are $3,250 - $5,250 per party, per day for full-day mediations depending on the magnitude of the case, although the mediation fee may be higher or lower depending on the nature and complexity of the case, the number of parties, the dollar amount, seriousness, or magnitude of the matters at issue, and other factors which may impact the amount of time necessary to conduct the mediation, preparation for the mediation, and for any post-mediation follow-up. More information is provided in his Mediation Fee Schedule available as a PDF at the download link below.
Court Admissions. Mr. Nolland is licensed to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court, the U.S. Courts of Appeal for the 2nd, 4th and 5th Circuits, the U.S. District Courts for the Northern and Eastern Districts of Texas and for the Northern, Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, the Texas Supreme Court and all State Courts in Texas and New York.
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Please note that the calendar changes daily or even more frequently. Accordingly, please re-confirm the continued availability of the date with my office before going firm on the date with clients, opposing counsel, or other participants.
Experience. Chris Nolland has served as an arbitrator in cases throughout Texas and the United States. Mr. Nolland typically is involved in two or three arbitration cases each year as an arbitrator, either as a sole arbitrator or as one member of a three-member arbitration panel, including cases where all three panel members are selected by an arbitration organization as well as those situations where the parties each appoint an arbitrator and the party-appointed arbitrators select the third arbitrator.
Arbitration Fees. Mr. Nolland's arbitration fees are typically $6,500 -$7,500 per day for hearings and study time, depending on the nature, magnitude, and complexity of the case, plus reimbursement of travel and other external expenses. Arbitration fees and expenses are split evenly among the parties unless otherwise agreed and require an advance deposit prior to any hearing and the issuance of an award. Arbitration fees are prorated for any half day arbitral proceedings or hearings or partial day study time sessions. The daily rate is normally reduced for travel days for out of town arbitrations if not utilized for study time.
No Nickel and Diming. Mr. Nolland typically does not charge for intermittent arbitration related activities that require an hour or so of his time in a single day, such as status or scheduling conferences, emails or other communications with counsel, routine administrative tasks, or even simple discovery hearings. Mr. Nolland generally does not consider cancellation fees for arbitrations unless the arbitration is cancelled within two weeks of the hearing for those matters scheduled for less than a week of hearings (four weeks for matters scheduled for a week or more) and those booked days cannot be utilized for other matters. Even then, Mr. Nolland is reluctant in the extreme to apply a cancellation fee and will consider the totality of the circumstances and consult with counsel where necessary in determining whether any cancellation fee is fair and appropriate.
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