Christopher R. Nolan

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Christopher R. Nolan is a litigation and maritime attorney in Holland & Knight’s New York office and a member of the firm’s Litigation and Dispute Resolution practice. Mr. Nolan concentrates his practice in the areas of international law with emphasis on admiralty and commercial litigation. He routinely represents domestic and foreign businesses involved in high-value disputes in both federal and state court, as well as in domestic and international arbitrations, including matters involving marine casualties with environmental impact, charter party disputes, energy contractual liabilities and indemnities, international marine insolvencies, judgment enforcement, Society of Maritime Arbitrators (SMA) arbitral security and Rule B attachment applications and defense, and the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act and its implications. Mr. Nolan has been quoted in maritime publications Tradewinds and Fairplay on a wide range of topics. From 2013 to 2016, he served as co-chair of a national conference on the defense of admiralty and maritime claims and litigation.

In 2014, Mr. Nolan served as delegate for the Comité Maritime International (CMI) at the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law – Working Group IV – on the pending convention on electronic shipment documentation to determine its impact on the proposed new ocean cargo liability convention (the "Rotterdam Rules").

Mr. Nolan maintains an active pro bono caseload, including handling matters with Kids in Need of Defense (KIND), The List Project to resettle Iraqi Allies, journalists on First Amendment grounds in defamation suits and a worker’s compensation proceeding arising out of the September 11 tragedy.

View a list of Mr. Nolan’s transportation, commercial and insolvency representative cases.

Honors & Awards

  • Chambers USA – America's Leading Business Lawyers guide, Transportation: Shipping: Litigation (New York), 2016
  • The Best Lawyers in America guide, Admiralty & Maritime Law, 2014-2017
  • New York Super Lawyers magazine, 2013-2016
  • Rising Star, New York Super Lawyers magazine, 2011-2013 
  • ACI's Forum on the Defense of Admiralty & Maritime Claims and Litigation, Co-Chair, 2013-2016
  • Holland & Knight Public and Charitable Service All-Star, 2014
  • 21st John W. Sims Distinguished Admiralty Practitioner in Residence, Tulane University Law School, 2013
  • Kids in Need of Defense (KIND), Allegiance Award, accepted on behalf of Holland & Knight, 2013
  • ABA TIPS Overall Excellence Award, Admiralty and Maritime Law Committee Chair, 2012
  • Holland & Knight Opening Doors for Children, Volunteer of the Year Award, primarily for leading the Reading Is Fundamental (RIF) Program and Goldilocks on Trial mock trial program at Public School 19 in Manhattan, 2006
  • Distinguished Service to School Award, Corpus Juris Secundum Award in Contracts, Hofstra University School of Law, 1999
  • The Honorable Anita R. Florio, Associate Justice, Appellate Division of the Supreme Court, Second Judicial Department; and the Honorable Luis A. Gonzalez; the Honorable John P. Collins; and the Honorable Alexander W. Hunter Jr. – Justices of the Supreme Court, Bronx County, Intern, Summer 1999


  • American Bar Association, Tort Trial & Insurance Section
    • Admiralty & Maritime Law Committee, Chair, 2011-2012; Vice Chair 2008-2015
    • International Law Committee, Vice Chair, 2012-2015
    • Annual Meeting Program, Chicago, Chair, 2015
    • Liaison to the Union Internationale Des Avocats (UIA), 2013-2015
    • Representative to the Joint Study Committee on Harmonization of the Law of Canada, Caribbean Nations, and the United States Concerning Registration of Foreign Judgments, 2013-2014
    • Continuing Legal Education (CLE) Board, Member; Free CLE Initiative, Chair, 2013-2015
    • Task force on corporate counsel, 2013-2015
    • Revenue enhancement committee, 2013- 2015
    • Long range planning committee, 2013-2015
    • Section meetings task force, 2014-2015 2015-2016; Annual meeting program committee, 2013-2015; Spring meeting program planning committee, 2013-2014
    • Technology committee, 2013-2014
    • Task force on outreach to young lawyers, 2012-2013
  • Proctor in Admiralty, Maritime Law Association of the United States
    • Arbitration & ADR Committee, Secretary, 2014-2015
    • YLC liaison to the Arbitration & ADR Committee, 2010-2015
  • The Fellows of the American Bar Foundation, 2015
  • Union Internationale Des Avocats, 2015
  • Connecticut Maritime Association, 2014-2015
  • Federal Bar Council, Joint Committee on Local Rules, Local Admiralty and Maritime Rules Subsection, 2012
  • Association of the Bar of the City of New York, Committee on Admiralty, Rule B Subcommittee, 2009
  • Kids in Need of Defense (KIND), New York Office Pro Bono Coordinator, 2013-2015
  • PENCIL, Business Partner, 2007-2015
  • Holland & Knight Public and Charitable Services Committee, Chair, 2011-2015
  • PENCIL, Honor Rollers Young Leaders Program, 2013-2014