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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 Dec 2021): 2800
  • Total Arbitrations (as of Dec 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 complex business litigation including contracts, franchise law, securities, intellectual property, partnerships, corporations, joint ventures, construction law, real estate, bankruptcy and insolvency litigation, professional liabilty, fiduciary duty litigation, banking and lender liability, and other high stakes business and commercial cases, 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 2,700 cases and has earned a reputation as the "go to" medaitor/arbitrator for the resolution of complex and significant litigation and disputes. While neutral mediation and arbitration services are Mr. Nolland's primary focus, in the last 20 years, he has also developed a robust and fulsome practice in which he acts as a non-neutral special Negotiation/Settlement Counsel to other law firms and clients in their most important and high stakes matters. Nolland's work as Settlement Counsel includes cases being actively litgated as well as those disputes in which resolution is sought before a lawsuit is filed. His practices both as a mediator/arbitrator and as special Settlement Counsel are 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.

Chris 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), the Association of Attorney Mediators, and the ADR and Litigation sections of National, State and Local Bar Associations. Mr. Nolland is also a member of both the AAA Panel of Arbitrators and the AAA Panel of  Mediators.

Chris Nolland has been repeatedly selected as one of the leading attorneys Nationally, in Texas, and in Dallas for his ADR practice. Mr. Nolland was named by Chambers as a leading nationwide Mediator in 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020 and 2021 (Nationwide Band 2), noting in its 2020 profile that "Christopher Nolland brings a 'very innovative' approach to mediation...". Mr. Nolland was named by D Magazine as one of the Best Lawyers in Dallas in 2003, 2005, 2007, 2008, and 2010 - 2021 (all years the list has been published). Texas Monthly/Thompson Reuters selected him as a Texas Super Lawyer based upon the votes of his peers in all years published from 2003 – 2021, and in 2020 as one of the top 100 lawyers in Texas. Mr. Nolland has also been selected byThe Best Lawyers in America by BL Rankings LLC (2008 - 2021) and is ranked as a Best Lawyer (2013 - 2021) by U.S. News and World Report, most recently as a Tier 1 mediator. Mr. Nolland is one of 5 Texas mediator finalists statewide for the 2012 Go-To Lawyers Guide published by Texas Lawyer every five years. In 2016 he was selected by Texas Lawyer for its Lifetime Achievement Award.

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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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

  • AAA Panel of Arbitrators and AAA Panel of Mediators
  • 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
  • Fellow - American College of Civil Trial Mediators
  • National and Texas Academy of Distinguished Neutrals

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