Christopher R Nolan

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Christopher R. Nolan is a litigation attorney in Holland & Knight's New York office and serves as co-chair of the firm's Transportation and Infrastructure Group.

He focuses on resolving shipping disputes arising from charterparties, bills of lading, fire and explosion, total loss, limitation, and insolvency. Mr. Nolan is regularly instructed on insurance aspects on behalf of Hull underwriters and P&I Clubs on marine insurance matters ranging from H&M, P&I, FD&D, and marine disputes.

Mr. Nolan acts as national counsel for a major ocean carrier, and as such is frequently instructed in cargo disputes and contamination claims. In the last decade, he has developed a niche focus on the early resolution of thorny matters destined for court or arbitration.

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

Chambers Global and Chambers USA – America's Leading Business Lawyers guides have recognized Mr. Nolan in the category of Transportation: Shipping: Litigation. The independent legal directories have said: 

"Christopher Nolan is a New York-based litigation specialist who regularly represents clients in significant shipping and insolvency disputes. 'Chris has expertly guided us through the pitfalls in the litigation process,' [lauded a client to the guide], adding 'I trust his judgement and ability to lead others on his team.'" – Chambers Global 2018

"[A] flourishing maritime litigator, who performs 'excellent' work on behalf of a host of domestic and international marine insurers, shipping companies and financial institutions, with additional experience handling insolvencies." – Chambers USA 2017

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 is active in the legal community, elected in 2018 as an officer of the 17,000 member American Bar Association's (ABA) Tort, Trial and Insurance Section, the 2011-12 ABA TIPS Admiralty Committee Chair, and as a Maritime Law Association of the United States Proctor in Admiralty and Vice Chair of its Arbitration & ADR committee. Mr. Nolan has been quoted in maritime publications Tradewinds and Fairplay on a wide range of topics. From 2013 to 2017, he served as co-chair of a national conference on the defense of admiralty and maritime claims and litigation.

In 2016, Mr. Nolan was one of two partners to receive the firm's inaugural Living the Commitment Award recognizing his work as the New York office's community service chair in connection with the firm's 9/11 Day of Service commitment. He also is the New York office's representative for pro bono work with Kids In Need of Defense (KIND), and he has handled pro bono cases for journalists on First Amendment grounds in defamation suits and a workers' compensation proceeding arising out of the September 11 tragedy.

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Honors & Awards

  • The Best of the Best USA, Shipping and Maritime, Legal Media Group's Expert Guides, 2019
  • Lloyd's List, Top 10 Maritime Lawyers, 2018
  • Chambers Global - The World's Leading Lawyers for Business guide, Shipping Litigation, Up and Coming, 2018, 2019
  • Chambers USA – America's Leading Business Lawyers guide, Transportation: Shipping: Litigation (New York), 2016-2019 
  • The Best Lawyers in America guide, Admiralty & Maritime Law, 2014-2019
  • New York Super Lawyers magazine, 2013-2018
  • Holland & Knight Public and Charitable Service All-Star Award, 2017
  • Rising Star, New York Super Lawyers magazine, 2011-2013 
  • Holland & Knight LLP Inaugural Living the Commitment Award, 2016
  • ACI's Forum on the Defense of Admiralty & Maritime Claims and Litigation, Co-Chair and speaker, 2013-2017
  • 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
    • Officer position of Secretary in one of the largest sections in the ABA and brings together more than 17,000 lawyers, judges, law students and non-lawyers in the areas of tort law, trial practice and insurance-related matters
    • One of 15 lawyers elected to Section's Council, 2016-2018
    • Admiralty & Maritime Law Committee, Chair, 2011-2012; Vice Chair, 2008-2017
    • International Law Committee, Vice Chair, 2012-2018
    • TIPS Annual Section Conference, Co-Chair, 2017
    • Liaison to the Union Internationale Des Avocats (UIA), 2013-2018
    • Co-Chair, Business Development and Networking Task Force, 2018
    • Representative to the Joint Study Committee on Harmonization of the Law of Canada, Caribbean Nations, and the United States Concerning Registration of Foreign Judgments, 2013-2016
  • Proctor in Admiralty, Maritime Law Association of the United States
    • Arbitration & ADR Committee, Vice-Chair, 2017-2018; Secretary, 2014-2017
    • YLC liaison to the Arbitration & ADR Committee, 2010-2015
  • The Fellows of the American Bar Foundation, 2015-2018
  • Union Internationale Des Avocats, 2015-2018
  • 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, 2013-2018
  • PENCIL, Business Partner, 2007-2018
  • Holland & Knight Public and Charitable Services Committee, Chair, 2011-2018
  • PENCIL, Honor Rollers Young Leaders Program, 2013-2014