Christopher Nolland has been a mediator and arbitrator since 1993. He has conducted over 2,700 mediations and numerous arbitrations, primarily in complex business and commercial matters and fiduciary litigation. Nolland's mediation and arbitration practice focuses on large, complex, multifaceted disputes. His mediation and arbitration practice is national in scope. Mr. Nolland is a member of both the AAA Panel of Arbitrators and the AAA Panel of Mediators.
In addition to his mediation and arbitration practice, over the past 20 years Chris Nolland has also established a national practice as Settlement Counsel (sometimes referred to as "Special Negotiation Counsel"), acting as the primary negotiator for one party in a non-neutral role. Mr. Nolland has been engaged as Settlement Counsel in dozens of matters, primarily involving complex high stakes business litigation and significant fiduciary disputes. These matters have included major trust and probate litigation, director and officer litigation, professional liability cases, and partnership and closely held business litigation, as well as significant insolvency and litigation trustee matters. His Settlement Counsel practice has been the subject of leading legal and business publications.
As an Adjunct Professor of Law at SMU Law School for 25 years, Mr. Nolland has taught a full semester course on Negotiation to 2nd and 3rd year law students and LLM candidates.
After law school, Mr. Nolland served as an appellate law clerk and thereafter practiced law in New York City with a major national firm and in New York City and Dallas, Texas as a partner with a well-known national business litigation firm. Mr. Nolland is admitted to practice in Texas and New York and numerous United States Courts of Appeal and United States District Courts, as well as the United States Supreme Court.
Mr. Nolland is a Fellow of the American College of Civil Trial Mediators and a member of the National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals (both by invitation only) as well as a member of the Association of Attorney Mediators and the ADR and Litigation sections of National, State and Local Bar Associations.
Chris Nolland has been repeatedly selected as one of the leading attorneys Nationally, in Texas, and in Dallas for his ADR practice. He was named by Chambers as a leading Mediator in 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020 and 2021 (ranked Nationwide Band 2 in 2021) , noting in its 2020 profile that "Christopher Nolland brings a 'very innovative' approach to mediation...". Other national and regional recognitions include selection by Thompson Reuters as a Texas Super Lawyer (2003 – 2021 and in 2020 as one of the Top 100 Lawyers in Texas) and by D Magazine in its annual and bi-annual listing of the Best Lawyers in Dallas (2003 - 2021). Mr. Nolland has also been selected as one of The Best Lawyers in America (2008 – 2022) by BL Rankings LLC and is ranked as a Best Lawyer by U.S. News and World Report in 2013 – 2022, most recently a Tier 1 Mediator.
American Lawyer named Chris Nolland to its 2021 Inaugural Class of Trailblazers South for his creation and development of a new practice area - acting as Special Settlement Counsel to clients in major litigation. In 2016, Mr. Nolland was named as a National ADR Champion by The National Law Journal and was the recipient of the Steve Brutsché Award from the national Association of Attorney Mediators, its highest honor. In 2018, he received the Justice Frank Evans Award from the ADR Section of the State Bar of Texas for excellence in the field of Alternate Dispute Resolution. In 2019 Texas Lawyer named Mr. Nolland a Texas Trailblazer for his development of the Special Settlement Counsel concept of bifurcating the litigation and settlement negotiation functions among different outside counsel.
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