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Christopher Nolland, Mediator, Dallas, Texas.

Christopher Nolland

Offices of Christopher Nolland
1717 Main Street
Suite 5550
Dallas, TX 75201
Tel: (214) 653-4348
Cell: (214) 801-6110
Fax: (214) 653-4343
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Recognized to Texas Chapter for Mediation

Regularly travels out of state to: California, Georgia, Louisiana, Nevada, New York

Other ADR Services: ADR Training/CME, Early Neutral Evaluation, Facilitation & Systems Design, Insurance Umpire, Med-Arb
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  • Practice Commenced: 1993
  • Total Mediations (as of Jan 2021): 2600
  • Total Arbitrations (as of Jan 2021): 50
Practice Percentages
  • WACO


After law school, Chris Nolland served as an appellate law clerk and thereafter practiced law in New York City and Dallas, Texas. He was a partner in a well-known national business litigation firm. His experience as a lawyer is in business litigation including contracts, franchise law, securities, intellectual property, partnerships, corporations, joint ventures, construction law, real estate, bankruptcy and insolvency litigation, banking and lender liability, and other complex business litigation, as well as significant probate, trust and estate litigation.

In 1993, Mr. Nolland began his own practice with an emphasis on complex business and commercial disputes, bankruptcy and debtor/creditor related matters and with an additional focus on the development of a mediation/arbitration practice. Since that time, Mr. Nolland has mediated or arbitrated over 2,600 cases and has earned a reputation as the "go to" medaitor/arbitrator for the resolution of complex disputes. While neutral mediation and arbitration services are Mr. Nolland's primary focus, in the last 15 years, he has also developed a significant practice in which he acts as  a non-neutral special negotiation/settlement counsel to other law firms and clients in complex, high stakes litigation. His practice both as a mediator/arbitrator and as special settlement counsel is national in scope.

Since 1997, Mr. Nolland has been an Adjunct Professor at Southern Methodist University's Dedman School of Law, teaching a course in Negotiation to second and third-year law students. He is a frequent speaker at ADR programs and training courses and has been profiled in numerous legal and business publications.

In 2003, 2005, 2007, 2008, and 2010 – 2020 (all years the list has been published), Mr. Nolland was named by D Magazine as one of the Best Lawyers in Dallas. In all years from 2003 - 2020 Texas Monthly selected him as a Texas Super Lawyer based upon the votes of his peers, most recently in 2020 as one of the top 100 lawyers in Texas. He has also been selected by The Best Lawyers in America for all years from 2008 - 2021 and is ranked as a first tier mediator for 2013- 2021 by U.S. News and World Report. Mr. Nolland is one of only 5 Texas mediator finalists statewide for the 2012 Go-To Lawyers Guide published by Texas Lawyer every five years and in 2016 he was selected for its Lifetime Achievement Award. He was named a 2016 National ADR Champion by The National Law Journal. In 2016, Mr. Nolland was the recipient of the Steve Brutsché Award from the national Association of Attorney Mediators (it’s 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 Alternative Dispute Resolution.  He was named by Chambers as a leading Nationwide Mediator in 2017, 2018, 2019, and 2020.

Case Experience

  • ADA Disability
  • Anti-Trust
  • Appellate
  • Banking & Finance
  • Bankruptcy/Creditors
  • Business Dissolution
  • Civil Rights
  • Class Actions
  • Commercial/Business
  • Community Associations
  • Construction
  • Contract Disputes
  • Debt Collections
  • Discrimination
  • EEOC
  • Employment
  • Entertainment Sector
  • Family Businesses
  • Franchise
  • Health Care
  • Insurance
  • Intellectual Property
  • International
  • Legal Malpractice
  • Libel & Slander
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Nursing Homes
  • Partnerships
  • Pensions
  • Personal Injury
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Premises Liability
  • Probate
  • Professional Liability
  • Professional Malpractice
  • Professional Negligence
  • Real Estate
  • Religious Institutions
  • Securities
  • Shareholder Disputes
  • Software
  • Taxation
  • Technology
  • Telecommunications
  • Torts
  • Trademarks/Patents
  • Trusts / Estates
  • Unfair Competition
  • Venture Capital
  • Wage & Hour/FMLA
  • Wrongful Death



  • American Academy of Attorney-Mediators, Inc. - Basic Mediation Training
  • American Arbitration Association - Basic and Advanced Arbitration Training
  • Association of Attorney-Mediators - Advanced Mediation Training
  • National Association of Securities Dealers (FINRA predecessor)
  • SMU Law School- Adjunct Professor of Law Teaching Negotiation for over 20 years

Memberships & Affiliations

  • American, Texas, New York State and Dallas Bar Associations
  • Member of ADR, Litigation, and other sections of the foregoing bar associations
  • Association of Attorney Mediators
  • Association for Conflict Resolution
  • American College of Civil Trial Mediators
  • Texas Academy of Distinguished Neutrals

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