About Patrick

Creative, tireless and resourceful litigator 

Patrick Nolan is an experienced litigator and trial lawyer who has represented companies and individuals throughout the United States and Canada. Advising clients on all phases of the litigation process, from initial claim and fact investigation to civil discovery, trial and appeal, Patrick focuses on litigation claims involving:

  • Product liability, including personal injury, premises liability and toxic tort matters
  • Insurance coverage
  • Indemnity agreements
  • UCC Article 2 sales and warranty claims
  • Professional liability

Patrick provides strategic recommendations to his clients in the early stages of a claim, delivering and implementing a broad strategy for resolving a matter in keeping with their legal and business objectives. His clients know him to be an aggressive advocate for their interests, working with experts in a variety of disciplines to make thoughtful and persuasive arguments before judges and juries.

Experience in Action

  • Defending product manufacturers against catastrophic personal injury and wrongful death claims, including manufacturers of farm, aerial lift, crane, construction and aviation components and equipment, dental products and pharmaceuticals.
  • Advising clients on product recalls and related regulatory questions that may arise before the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and other regulatory agencies.
  • Litigating insurance coverage issues arising from general liability, directors and officers, errors and omissions, employment practices and property-casualty insurance policies.

Successes

  • Resolved personal injury and product liability claims and related indemnification issues for a large national brewer.
  • Defended pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers, including obtaining summary judgment in favor of a drug manufacturer on a claim that its biologic pharmaceutical caused plaintiff's multiple sclerosis and other permanent ailments.
  • Represented a medical device manufacturer on a claim that its oximetry probe failed to detect low blood oxygen levels, causing patient serious hypoxic injuries.
  • Obtained summary judgment and affirmance on appeal for a dental amalgam manufacturer on claims that its amalgams caused mercury poisoning.
  • Represented a large chemical manufacturer in complex toxic tort and environmental claims throughout the nation.
  • Obtained substantial insurance recoveries, including both indemnity and defense costs for clients under directors and officers (D&O), employment practices liability (EPL), media liability and other claims made and professional liability policies.
  • Obtained significant multi-million-dollar insurance recoveries for clients facing environmental contamination, asbestos and other long tail exposure claims.

Professional Recognitions

  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America® (2020-present: Product Liability Litigation - Defendants)
  • Selected for inclusion in Wisconsin Super Lawyers®–Rising Stars Editions 2007–2011 (Personal Injury Defense: Products)
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV® Peer Review Rated

Professional & Civic Activities

  • State Bar of Wisconsin (Member)
  • American Bar Association (Member, Tort Trial Insurance Practice Section)
  • Civil Trial Counsel of Wisconsin (Member)
  • Defense Research Institute (Member)
  • Trial Attorneys of America (Member)

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